Roses are not just the most popular flower in the U.S., they are the most popular flower in the world. The World Federation of Rose Societies is a group of rose societies from 41 different countries. Founded in England in 1968, its purpose is to be a clearinghouse for rose information and to hold international rose conferences. They hold a World Rose Conference every 3 years. (In 2009 it was in Vancouver, Canada). Not only does the organization disseminate information, create international standards, and sponsor research, they also have awards. One award is the World's Favorite Rose.
Every three years the World's Favorite Rose is elected by the members from across the globe. To date there are 13 favorite roses including the ever popular 'Peace' and 'Queen Elizabeth' roses. In 2009 David Austin's 'Graham Thomas' English heirloom rose was the only rose to win the award. This heirloom shrub rose has deep yellow flowers, old fashioned form, and a strong tea rose fragrance.
For more information on the World's Favorite Roses; go to: World Federation of Rose Societies
Article published on September 9, 2009.