May rose, an exceptional flower



Video length: 4 min.


Article written by

C. Guyon, JM. Lequertier, P. Guény

France 2

France Televisions

An exceptional rose has been recreated by a passionate producer in the Vaucluse.

The May rose blooms only once a year, for a month, and can only be picked by hand. Each year, in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse), Roseline Giorgis, producer and president of Rose des Arts en Provence, can count on her volunteer pickers, her friends, who come to help harvest 2,000 roses. . There are flowers of the baptistine centifolia variety, a Provencal rose that was believed to have completely disappeared in the 18th century. She was resuscitated in 1967 by Baptistin Giorgis, Roseline’s father.

This flower with 108 petals is a fragile heritage that Roseline Giorgis has managed to preserve and develop. “I did it spontaneously for the love of the rose, and perhaps in memory of my father who designed it. Me, I developed the concept to achieve it”, explains the producer. At the age of 70, Roseline Giorgis, in turn, passed on her profession as a peasant perfumer to a student in perfumery, who in particular learned to distill roses in a copper still.

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