World Federation of Rose Societies
WFRS - World Federation of Rose Societies The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) is the organization which supervises the thirty-nine national rose societies. It represents over 100,000 members and was founded in 1968.
WFRS aims to:
Encourage the exchange of information and knowledge concerning roses between national societies
Coordinate international conventions and shows
Encourage research on issues concerning roses
Established shared standards for judging new roses
Help coordinate the registration of new rose names
Establish a uniform system of rose classification
Bestow awards and international prizes
Promote international cooperation on all questions concerning roses
A Fairytale Monarchy
”There lived once a great queen, in whose garden were found, at all seasons, the most splendid flowers, and from every land in the world. She specially loved roses, and therefore she possessed the most beautiful varieties of this flower, from the wild hedge-rose, with its apple-scented leaves, to the splendid Provence rose. They grew near the shelter of the walls, wound themselves round columns and window-frames, and crept along passages and over the ceilings of the halls. They were of every fragrance and colour.”
Thus begins Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale ”The loveliest rose in the world”. The essence of the fairytale is The Rose as symbol of love.