When I was in Holland last November, visiting one of the floriculture trade fairs, I met Peter van de Werken, the inventor of Rainbow Roses. If you’ve not seen these quirky blooms before, they’re roses which have petals in the seven different colours of the rainbow.
Peter designed and developed this unique and natural colouring process. He graduated from Agricultural College in Den Bosch in 1992. During his studies, he specialised in biology, physics and chemistry. Then, in 1993, he opened his own nursery in Nederhemert in the Netherlands. One of his hobbies is colouring flowers using natural colourings. He combined his scientific background and his hobby to produce the Rainbow Rose. And they first became available in 2005, when they were originally called Happy Roses. Last year, I saw them used at an event and at the Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala. They look wonderful when they’re en masse in a design.
Now, the product range includes Rainbow Chrysanthemums, Rainbow Carnations and Rainbow Tulips. At the show, I also saw Rainbow Gerberas. If you’d like to read more about these multi-coloured flowers, do visit the Rainbow Roses website. You can also find the brand on Twitter and Facebook.
(Image : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)