Welcome Address from Kelvin Trimper,
Past President of World Federation of Rose Societies
Past President's Message,
Nanyang is a thriving city in Henan Province with a population of nearly 12 million people. It is the largest rose production city in China and features the best standard (tree) roses I have ever seen.
The Chinese Rose Society, the China Flower Association and the City of Nanyang feel honoured to host this World Federation of Rose Societies Regional Convention and will be ready to welcome all rosarians and ensure we have a rewarding and memorable experience.
Nanyang's rose gardens and annual Rose Festival are amazing and will surprise and delight visitors. The region's tradition of jade carving began 2000 years ago and is still as popular as ever. It's jade carvings by master craftsmen are exquisite and among the best in the world. Outside the Jade Exhibition there are pavilions filled with stalls, selling jade jewellery of every kind.
The modern and comfortable Nanyang Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Centre are conveniently in the same location. The organisers and citizens of Nanyang will ensure we are well looked after. The program offers an opportunity to visit extraordinary gardens, ancient historic sites and enjoy Nanyang's culture and delicious food.
The pre and post tours include many new destinations and experiences which have not been included in past conventions.
I look forward to sharing this experience with all rosarians who can attend this convention. We will enjoy it.
Welcome address from Zhang Zuoshuang,
President of Chinese Rose Society
On behalf of the Chinese Rose Society, I would like to extend my best regards to you and sincerely invite you to participate in the 2019 WFRS Regional Convention to be held in Nanyang, China, from April 27th to May 1st, 2019.
As is well known, China rose contributed a lot to modern roses with its unique characteristics of being recurrent-flowering. Without China rose, we would not have had diverse modern roses that we have today. China has a long history of utilizing and appreciating roses. And in China, roses means longevity, everlasting and good luck.
Nanyang is one of the most important production areas of rose plants in China as well as in the world. It plays an important role in modern rose production in China. The theme of the regional convention is “new era of roses”. It means, for roses in Nanyang, in China or even in the world, we are in the new time for roses. We are looking for new colors, new shapes, new forms, new disease-resistance and cold-hardiness of roses. We are also looking for new uses of roses. By communicating and exchanging ideas in roses, I hope that we can find the solution for the new era of roses.
I look forward to seeing you in Nanyang in April 2019.
Invitation to International Rosarians from
Huo Haosheng, the Mayor of Nanyang Municipality
The 2019 WFRS Regional Convention will be held in Nanyang, China, from April 27 to May 2, 2019. On behalf of Nanyang Municipal Government and 11.94 million Nanyang people, I hereby sincerely invite you to visit Nanyang and attend the 2019 WFRS Regional Convention.
Nanyang is located in the southwest of Henan Province, at the junction of Henan, Hubei, and Shaanxi Provinces. Known as “Wan” in ancient times, Nanyang is the largest and most populous city under the administration of Henan Province, with an area of 26,600 square kilometers and a population of 11.94 million.
Nanyang enjoys a long history and profound culture, and has good ecology and rich natural resources. It is located at the transitional zone between north and south, having distinct seasons, mild climate and sufficient rainfall, suitable for both northern and southern plants. Nanyang has rich plant resources and it is particularly suitable for the cultivation of roses, magnolias and other plants. There are currently 6 national and provincial nature reserves and 16 national and provincial forest (wetland) parks.
Picturesque Nanyang bonds the world with amazing roses. Nanyang is a “city of rose”, with the rose as the city flower. Nanyang is located at the transitional zone between north and south, universally accepted as one of the best places for the growth of roses by experts and scholars, and has a history of rose cultivation for more than 2,000 years. Nanyang is also a major rose germplasm bank and more than 2,300 cultivars are preserved here. The current planting area in Nanyang is more than 100,000 mu ( approximately 6,666.67 hectares). The supply of rose plants accounts for 80% of the domestic market, and the exports are more than 70% of the total in China. Nanyang is really worthy of the name of “city of rose”. Every rose is an angel, bringing beauty and aroma to the world and building bridges of friendship for the cultural exchanges throughout the world.
The 2019 WFRS Regional Convention highlights the concept of "rose as medium, culture as soul, exchange and cooperation, for green development” and the goal of “leading rose industrial development and spreading world rose culture”. We sincerely welcome all the international rosarians to spare time to attend this grand event. Let us enjoy together the wonderful time in the picturesque and rose-briar city of Nanyang.