Meilland’s deliciously scented roses from southern France 🌹

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Every year around 200.000 new rose plants emerge in Provence, a region in southern France. All of this is done by hand by the Meilland family and its employees. After a testing period of 5 to 7 years in France, and at various locations in Europe, Japan and the USA, about 10 to 15 new varieties are introduced each year. And only a few of those are suitable to get into the fragrant cut roses selection: 

The Meilland Jardin et Parfum collection 

 

“The House of Meilland has more than 200 employees in France alone and a turnover of € 18 million. Meilland’s research team is dedicated to the creation of rose varieties for cut flowers (fresh flowers) and varieties for garden and landscape. They have a garden roses production company (grafted and cutting) and a mail-order company which sells rosebushes, plants, bulbs and seeds.

Meilland remains a 100% family owned company. The sixth generation is already at work.

They has 5 trial stations throughout Europe, with more than 600 employees including 30 agronomists and technicians. 14 hectares greenhouses and 240 hectares field.  20,000 m³ cold storage for storage plants. Meilland has a system to test garden rose varieties and cut flowers (fresh flowers) on every continent and taking into account all types of climates. With agents or partners in more than 62 countries.

 

Sustainability and varieties

Their truly unique scented cut roses collection is grown at the Tambuzi farm in Kenya. A small scale and very sustainable rose farm situated at the foot of Mount Kenya. If you want to read more about Tambuzi’s sustainability efforts and community projects, you can read that here.

As Parfum Flower Company we are proud to be the distributor of these mesmerizing roses. You will find the following varieties, among others, in the Meilland Jardin et Parfum collection:

 

One of the most beautiful and delicious smelling roses from Meilland, 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco'.

One of the most beautiful and delicious smelling roses from Meilland, ‘Princesse Charlene de Monaco’.

 

Delice Romantica; what a fantastic rose! Also a Meilland variety, with a strong aniseed-like smell.

Delice Romantica; what a fantastic rose! Also a Meilland variety, with a strong aniseed-like smell.

 

Rene Goscinny is a deeply filled garden rose with a light apricot perfume. Each rose is a little different in color from one another. Sometimes a little darker peach in the center, sometimes more to mango orange color.

Rene Goscinny is a deeply filled garden rose with a light apricot perfume. Each rose is a little different in color from one another. Sometimes a little darker peach in the center, sometimes more to mango orange color.

 

Not long ago this rose was renamed after the beautiful hotel on the Cote D'Azur: Belles Rives. Before then this rose was also known as 'Greffe de Vie' or 'Purple Perfumella'.

Not long ago this rose was renamed after the beautiful hotel on the Cote D’Azur: Belles Rives. Before then this rose was also known as ‘Greffe de Vie’ or ‘Purple Perfumella’.Not long ago this rose was renamed after the beautiful hotel on the Cote D’Azur: Belles Rives. Before then this rose was also known as ‘Greffe de Vie’ or ‘Purple Perfumella’.

 

With a diameter of roughly 12 centimeters, the scented rose Prince Jardinier is a top pick of many florists and floral designers.

With a diameter of roughly 12 centimeters, the scented rose Prince Jardinier is a top pick of many florists and floral designers.

 

Roses instead of peonies

When peonies are out of season, the four Yves Piaget varieties from the Meilland collection are the perfect substitutes. These four genetic sisters (the rose Pink Yves Piaget was found accidentally as a mutant of the normal Yves Piaget rose at the Tambuzi farm in Kenya) are peony shaped and all have a delicious scent. Gloriously strong scented and with an average of 80 layers of petals, these varieties are truly once seen, never forgotten.

The original Yves Piaget Rose is bred in France and introduced in 1985. ‘ This award-winner is known for its sweet scent and large, full-petaled, pink blossoms reminiscent of the old garden roses grown during English Queen Adelaide’s reign in the nineteenth century.

Named for the famous Swiss clock maker who makes the trophy for the best rose in the Geneva rose competition. Perfectly combines old-fashioned form, strong color and rich fragrance.

On our Meilland Jardin et Parfum page you can learn more about each stunning variety in this collection. We currently supply to almost every cut flower wholesaler and commissioner. Also, more often than not, scented roses are available in Cash & Carry’s and in the web shops of almost every supplier of cut flowers. Can’t find a wholesaler or are the roses not available yet at your local supplier? Email us at info@parfumflowercompany.com so we can set up a connection for you. We’re happy to help 🙂

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Lara Kuhr has been an internet marketeer for five years and is now specialized in content & community management.
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