We know we can grow roses using organic methods in our own gardens. I’ve been doing it for years and I know many of you do as well. Not only are my roses stronger but I also like not harming the environment.
I will admit I’d feel even better if the rose I purchased was grown organically from the start. In other words if the nursery that propagated, raised and sold the rose used totally organic methods. I would like to know the rose was environmentally friendly before it even reached my garden.
There are small boutique nurseries that grow roses organically like the one I used to have, but most large scale nurseries claim raising roses for the commercial market organically cannot be done.
Enter Rose Nursery de Bierkreek in The Netherlands.
Started twelve years ago by four individuals who would not take no for an answer they raise and sell a lot of roses using sustainable organic methods. And they are licensed by the European Union to do so. This means this is not someone just claiming to be organic. Instead there are strict guidelines to follow and inspections are made making sure those guidelines are being adhered to.
Plus it’s not like Rose Nursery de Bierkreek only grows naturally disease resistant roses. They grow all kinds of roses from old to modern using organic methods. While not all their varieties are available every year, they currently house over 2000 different varieties of roses all grown and cared for organically.
What jolted the idea of this post is they have now taken this one step further by selling their roses in a way that takes the organic rose concept even further. Not only are they raising their roses organically but with their new Bio-Rosa line they make it possible for stores selling their roses to continue the organic process right through to the consumer.
Bio-Rosa roses are their organic roses sold in a tube made from environmentally friendly materials. On top of that like everything else they do it’s Co2 neutral.
I realize doing a post about an organic rose nursery in The Netherlands might not make a lot of sense on an American website. But we can all hope an American Rose Grower might read this and want to learn more.
This rose gardener would love to buy roses from an organic rose nursery. And I bet I’m not the only one!