Premio Roma international contest is a festival attracting representatives from around the world. This year the best rose will be chosen from 97 applicants. Different sorts of roses will be presented by flower growers from Italy, Poland, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Romania and Spain. The favourites are still unknown. It can only be mentioned that the winner of last year competition was the French specialist Michelle Rychardier and his pink roses.
The garden itself has an impressive collection of garden roses. There are over 1200 varieties of this flower. Everyone can visit the rose garden free of charge until June 24, 2012.
It is worth noting that the competition on choosing the best roses in Rome will take place in the lower part of the park opposite to the Circus Massimo, which is to be opened on May 20. The upper part of the rose garden is already opened to the public.
Rome's rose garden was opened to the public for the first time in 1931 at the initiative of an American Mary Gayley Senni. Then she managed to save the territory from the council buildings, where at that time grew more than 300 species of plants. A year later, in the garden was held the first Premio Roma competition, which is now an integral part of the Roman cultural palette. During the World War II, the rosary was destroyed and rebuilt in 1950 on the site of the Jewish cemetery.
The Roseto Comunale (Italian name of the garden) is situated on the Via di Valle Murcia near the Circus Massimo. The garden is open from 10.00 to 19.00.