Dear Rose Friends,
As president of the SRNB I am happy to welcome our Rose Friends and especially those who are passionate about of roses.
Our society was created in 1926 by Georges van Oost, who’s favorite Roses at the time included the Pernet-Dücher, Golden Sun 1900 and Souvenir de Claudius Pernet 1920 varieties, the first yellow variety.
This success made him aware of the infinite possibilities offered by roses to perfect, through crossings, what breeder could achieve alongside nature in the evolution of roses;
Through exhibitions, publications and conferences the Belgian Rose Society has raised the awareness of this evolution and encouraged the participation of its progress.
Since the very beginning bagatelle’s jury member, Georges van Oost met the greatest roses specialists of his time with whom he would collaborate with their common goal: the glorious future of the rose. He was particularly happy and honored to encourage his great friend Victor Lens in his research and to publicize his successes.
Georges van Oost presided over our society until his death in 1957. His daughter Lily de Gerlache who took over from him, in turn maintained with Louis Lens (son of Victor) an extraordinary cooperation of 40 years promoting the rose in Belgium and in the world.
In 2003 it was with great joy that I accepted to take the Presidency of the Society. We are proud to have a Belgian rose from Louis Lens named Pascali among the Hall of Fame.
Founding member of WFRS in 1968, we also have 3 rose gardens which have obtained the label of “Garden of Excellence” and that we are proud to add to the visits.
I am delighted to share my passion for our Belgian roses and pursue the dream of my predecessors to promote the Rose.
Welcome in Belgium in June 2023!
President Belgian National and Royal Rose Society