Virtual Rose Day 2020
The University Gardens' annual "Rosens dag" had to be called off this year. In its place we are presenting a series of short videos on aspects of the rose collections.
Virtual Rosendag 2020, introduced by Per Harald Salvesen (in English)
A virtual tour of the Rosarium
Earlier in June, our gardeners and volunteers were hard at work getting the Rosarium ready for another wonderful flowering season. Enjoy this fly-by tour, with drone footage captured by our University Museum colleague Thomas Olsen.
Norwegian wild roses: Rosa spinosissima, R. mollis, and their hybrid (in Norwegian)
Per Harald Salvesen describes the subject of research at the University Gardens: Rosa spinosissima is extremely rare in Norway, and where it grows our results show that it hybridises with another wild rose, R. mollis.
Rosa sericea, the Arboretum's earliest flowering rose (in Norwegian)
In the Wild Rose Walk: Rosa zangezura (in English)
By now - early July - the wild roses have mostly finished flowering, but one or two are still going, including Rosa zangezura.
Historical Roses at the Rosarium (in English)
Per Harald Salvesen is at the 'Historical Walk', where early rose cultivars are on display.
Historical roses with Per Harald Salvesen, part 1 (in Norwegian)
In this first visit to the Historic Walk at the Rosarium, Per Harold discusses a number of early cultivars in the Arboretum's collections: Rosa majalis, R. villosa ‘Duplex’, & R. ‘Hurdalsrosa’.
Historical roses with Per Harald Salvesen, part 2 (in Norwegian)
Per Harald continues his tour of the historical rose cultivars at the Arboretum's Rosarium. Here we see bourbon roses 'Great Western' and 'Heroine de Vaucluse'; alba roses 'Semiplena' and 'Maxima'; and centifolia rose 'Variegata'.
The old garden "Store Milde" (in Norwegian)
Per Harald Salvesen shows us botanical historical treasures at Store Milde: naturalised Lilium martagon, Rosa villosa ‘Duplex’, and Jomfrurose.
The Damask rose, at the Museum Garden (in English)
Three gardens make up Bergen's University Gardens, and today Per Harald Salvesen is at the Museum Garden in central Bergen, where the collections include Rosa x damascena, the Damask rose.
Modern roses at the Rose Garden (in English)
Per Harald Salvesen describes how the modern rose collection is arranged at the Rosarium, following cultivar types and colours.
A bouquet of favourite roses
Per Harald guides us to a number of his particular favourite cultivars and species, including 'Rhapsody in Blue' and 'Gertrude Jekyll' amongst the modern roses, historic cultivars 'El Ariana' and 'Mme. Lauriol de Barny', and species Rosa roxburghii. Behind every beautiful flower there is a story waiting to be told.
In the Rose Garden with the association 'Rosevenner' (in Norwegian)
Members of the Rosevenner describe their experiences of the Rosarium, favourite cultivars, and tips for rose cultivation.
Rose tips: Mulch for the Rosarium... from an unusual source (in Norwegian)
The University Garden's rose gardener Stefan Reimann describes the preparation of a special mulch.
Rose tips: Battling weeds in the Rosarium (in Norwegian)
Weeds are always a problem at the gardens. Stefan Reimann talks about some of the ways he tries to keep weeding to a minimum in the Rosarium, including planting ground-cover and a heat-weeder - using hot water, without chemicals, to kill weeds.
Rose family invaders (in Norwegian)
At the University Gardens we’re interested in different members of the rose family, Rosaceae, but this is one we would rather see the back of: the invasive Rubus spectabilis. Alf Helge Søyland describes the plant and the challenge involved in eradicating it.
We hope that you have enjoyed this glimpse into the Rose collections, and look forward to welcoming you in person at our next Rose Day (or hopefully earlier). For more snapshots of our other collections you can follow our University Gardens YouTube channel and look out for regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.