Famous Roses from Lyon

Over 3,000 varieties of roses have been created in Lyon, representing know-how which is recognized around the world. From these varieties, here are some of the famous Lyon roses, classified by period:
  • Before 1850 - Roses from the very first rose growers,
  • 1850-1930 - A period of innovative creation with internationally famous roses,
  • 1930-1950 - The influence of Charles Mallerin with a very broad palette of new colors,
  • 1950-2000 - Roses sold around the world confirm Lyon's expertise,
  • 2000 to the present - Recent creations by ten rose designers from Lyon.

Before 1850

In 1825, the first Lyon rose growers created roses which would cross the centuries:

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Gloire des Rosomanes' - Jacques Plantier (1825)
'Gloire des Rosomanes'
Jacques Plantier (1825)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Plantier' - Jacques Plantier (1835)
'Mme Plantier'
Jacques Plantier (1835)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' - Bazile Beluze (1843)
'Souvenir de la Malmaison'
Bazile Beluze (1843)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Géant des Batailles' - Antoîne Nérard (1845)
'Géant des Batailles'
Antoîne Nérard (1845)

1850-1930

Because of their innovative creations, rose growers from Lyon acquired an international reputation with roses like:

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Salet' - François Lacharme (1851)
'Salet'
François Lacharme (1851)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Ardoisée de Lyon' - Frédéric Damazin & Jacques Plantier (1858)
'Ardoisée de Lyon'
Frédéric Damazin & Jacques Plantier (1858)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Falcot' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1858)
'Mme Falcot'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1858)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Catherine Guillot' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1861)
'Catherine Guillot'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1861)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Alfred Colomb' - François Lacharme (1865)
'Alfred Colomb'
François Lacharme (1865)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Boule de Neige' - François Lacharme (1865)
'Boule de Neige'
François Lacharme (1865)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'La France' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1867)
'La France'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1867)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Catherine Mermet' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1869)
'Catherine Mermet'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1869)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Comtesse d'Oxford' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Père (1869)
'Comtesse d'Oxford'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Père (1869)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Marie de St Jean' - Frédéric Damaizin (1869)
'Marie de St Jean'
Frédéric Damaizin (1869)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Baron de Bonstetten' - Jean Liabaud (1871)
'Baron de Bonstetten'
Jean Liabaud (1871)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Reine Victoria' - Joseph Schwartz (1872)
'Reine Victoria'
Joseph Schwartz (1872)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Paquerette' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1875)
'Paquerette'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1875)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Lambard' - François Lacharme (1877)
'Mme Lambard'
François Lacharme (1877)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Reine Marie Henriette' - Antoine Levet (1878)
'Reine Marie Henriette'
Antoine Levet (1878)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'William Allen Richardson' - Veuve Ducher (1878)
'William Allen Richardson'
Veuve Ducher (1878)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Anne Marie de Montravel' - Veuve Rambaud (1879)
'Anne Marie de Montravel'
Veuve Rambaud (1879)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Alfred Carrière' - Joseph Schwartz (1879)
'Mme Alfred Carrière'
Joseph Schwartz (1879)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Ulrich Brunner Fils' - Antoine Levet (1881)
'Ulrich Brunner Fils'
Antoine Levet (1881)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Jeanne Drivon' - Joseph Schwartz (1883)
'Jeanne Drivon'
Joseph Schwartz (1883)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Melle Clotilde Soupert' - Antoine Levet (1883)
'Melle Clotilde Soupert'
Antoine Levet (1883)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Gloire Lyonnaise' - Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1885)
'Gloire Lyonnaise'
Jean-Baptiste Guillot Fils (1885)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Docteur Grill' - Alexandre Bernaix (1886)
'Docteur Grill'
Alexandre Bernaix (1886)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Melle Claire Jacquier' - Alexandre Bernaix (1887)
'Melle Claire Jacquier'
Alexandre Bernaix (1887)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Laurette Messimy' - Guillot et Fils (1887)
'Mme Laurette Messimy'
Guillot et Fils (1887)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Ernest Calvat' - Veuve Schwartz (1888)
'Mme Ernest Calvat'
Veuve Schwartz (1888)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Joseph Bonnaire' - Alexandre Bernaix (1891)
'Mme Joseph Bonnaire'
Alexandre Bernaix (1891)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Caroline Testout' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher  (1890)
'Mme Caroline Testout'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1890)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Francis Dubreuil' - Francis Dubreuil (1894)
'Francis Dubreuil'
Francis Dubreuil (1894)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Souvenir du Président Carnot' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1894)
'Souvenir du Président Carnot'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1894)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Irène Watts' - Pierre Guillot (1895)
'Irène Watts'
Pierre Guillot (1895)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Beauté Inconstante' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1897)
'Beauté Inconstante'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1897)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Souvenir de Mme Léonie Viennot' - Alexandre Bernaix (1897)
'Souvenir de Mme Léonie Viennot'
Alexandre Bernaix (1897)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'La Tosca' - Veuve Schwartz (1900)
'La Tosca'
Veuve Schwartz (1900)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Antoine Rebe' - Joseph-Marin Laperrière (1900)
'Mme Antoine Rebe'
Joseph-Marin Laperrière (1900)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Soleil d'Or' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1900)
'Soleil d'Or'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1900)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Capitaine Soupa' - Joseph-Marin Laperrière (1902)
'Capitaine Soupa'
Joseph-Marin Laperrière (1902)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Comtesse du Cayla' - Pierre Guillot (1902)
'Comtesse du Cayla'
Pierre Guillot (1902)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Crépuscule' - Francis Dubreuil (1904)
'Crépuscule'
Francis Dubreuil (1904)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Lyon Rose' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1907)
'Lyon Rose'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1907)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mrs Aaron Ward' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1907)
'Mrs Aaron Ward'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1907)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Edouard Herriot' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1913)
'Mme Edouard Herriot'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1913)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Comtesse de Cassagne' - Marc Guillot (1919)
'Comtesse de Cassagne'
Marc Guillot (1919)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Souvenir de Claudius Pernet' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1920)
'Souvenir de Claudius Pernet'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1920)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Souvenir de Georges Pernet' - Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1921)
'Souvenir de Georges Pernet'
Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1921)

1930-1950

Roses created during this period under the influence of Charles Mallerin offer a broad palette of new colors:

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Sœur Thérèse' - Francis Gillot (1931)
'Sœur Thérèse'
Francis Gillot (1931)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Madame S. Croza' - Louis Laperrière (1935)
'Madame S. Croza'
Louis Laperrière (1935)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Golden State' - Francis Meilland (1937)
'Golden State'
Francis Meilland (1937)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Dunkerque' - Joseph Laperrière (1940)
'Dunkerque'
Joseph Laperrière (1940)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme A. Meilland' - Francis Meilland (1942)
'Peace' 'Mme A. Meilland' 'Gioia' 'Gloria Dei'
Francis Meilland (1942)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Michèle Meilland' - Francis Meilland (1945)
'Michèle Meilland'
Francis Meilland (1945)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Ami Léon Pin' - Jean-Marie Gaujard (1947)
'Ami Léon Pin'
Jean-Marie Gaujard (1947)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Charles Mallerin' - Francis Meilland (1947)
'Charles Mallerin'
Francis Meilland (1947)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Virgo' - Charles Mallerin (1947)
'Virgo'
Charles Mallerin (1947)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Grand Mère Jenny' - Francis Meilland (1950)
'Grand Mère Jenny'
Francis Meilland (1950)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Louis Laperrière' - Joseph Laperrière (1950)
'Mme Louis Laperrière'
Larib
Joseph Laperrière (1950)

1950-2000

Lyon rose growers confirm their expertise by creating famous roses sold around the world:

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Astrée' - Paul Croix (1956)
'Astrée'
Cropearin
Paul Croix (1956)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Rose Gaujard' - Jean Gaujard (1957)
'Rose Gaujard'
Gaumo
Jean Gaujard (1957)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Christian Dior' - Meilland-Richardier - 1958
'Christian Dior'
Meilie
Francis Meilland (1958)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Papa Meilland' - Alain Meilland (1963)
'Papa Meilland'
Meicesar
Alain Meilland (1963)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Mme Louis Pradel' - Joseph Laperrière (1967)
'Mme Louis Pradel'
Lapav
Joseph Laperrière (1967)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Antigone' - Jean Gaujard (1969)
'Antigone'
Gauhti
Jean Gaujard (1969)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Bonica' - Marie Louise Meilland (1981)
'Bonica'
Meidomonac
Marie Louise Meilland (1981)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Diane de Poitiers' - Paul Croix (1983)
'Diane de Poitiers'
Croqueage
Paul Croix (1983)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Pierre de Ronsard' - Marie Louise Meilland (1985)
'Pierre de Ronsard'
Meiviolin
Marie Louise Meilland (1985)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Sourire d'Orchidée' - Paul Croix (1985)
'Sourire d'Orchidée'
Crochetdit
Paul Croix (1985)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Roxane' - Robert Laperrière (1990)
'Roxane'
Lapdal
Robert Laperrière (1990)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Violette Parfumée' - François Dorieux (1995)
'Violette Parfumée'
Dorient
François Dorieux (1995)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Martine Guillot' - Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1996)
'Martine Guillot'
Masmabay
Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1996)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Novaia' - Joseph Orard (1996)
'Novaia'
Oragofe
Joseph Orard (1996)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Prince Jardinier' / 'Francis Meilland' - Francis Meilland (2006)
'Prince Jardinier'
'Francis Meilland'

Meitroni
Francis Meilland (2006)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Paul Bocuse' - Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1997)
'Paul Bocuse'
Maspaujeu
Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1997)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Hacienda' - Joseph Orard (1998)
'Hacienda'
Oradal
Joseph Orard (1998)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Chantal Mérieux' - Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1999)
'Chantal Mérieux'
Maschame
Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (1999)

Famous Roses from Lyon: '1001 Nuits' - François Dorieux (2000)
'Mille et Une Nuits'
Dorcafe
François Dorieux (2000)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Annapurna' - François Dorieux (2000)
'Annapurna'
Dorblan
François Dorieux (2000)

2001 to the present

Contemporary roses are the focus of ten rose designers from Lyon:

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Rose de Tavel' - Pierre Reuter (2001)
'Rose de Tavel'
Reubis
Pierre Reuter (2001)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Bicentenaire de Guillot' - Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (2003)
'Bicentenaire de Guillot'
Masbigui
Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (2003)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Bernard Buffet' - Jean-Jacques Gaujard (2004)
'Bernard Buffet'
Gau525
Jean-Jacques Gaujard (2004)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Rose Optimiste' - Jean-Jacques Gaujard (2004)
'Rose Optimiste'
Gau453
Jean-Jacques Gaujard (2004)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Florence Ducher' - Fabien Ducher (2005)
'Florence Ducher'
Ducflo
Fabien Ducher (2005)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'New Imagine' - François Dorieux (2006)
'New Imagine'
Dormelo
François Dorieux (2006)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Elodie Gossuin' - Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (2007)
'Elodie Gossuin'
Maselgo
Jean-Pierre Guillot / Dominique Massad (2007)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Jet Set' - Robert Laperrière (2007)
'Jet Set'
Lapra
Robert Laperrière (2007)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Pink Ghislaine de Féligonde' - Fabien Ducher (2007)
'Pink Ghislaine de Féligonde'
Ducgdf
Fabien Ducher (2007)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Vanille Fraise' - Philippe et Richard Laperrière (2008)
'Vanille Fraise'
Lapvanil
Philippe et Richard Laperrière (2008)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Acapulco' - Pierre Reuter (2009)
'Acapulco'
Reulife
Pierre Reuter (2009)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Frédéric Dard' - Jean-Pierre Guillot (2010)
'Frédéric Dard'
Guifrédar
Jean-Pierre Guillot (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'George Sand' - Philippe et Richard Laperrière (2010)
'George Sand'
Lapsan
Philippe et Richard Laperrière (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Jean de Luxembourg Roi de Bohème' - Fabien Ducher (2010)
'Jean de Luxembourg
Roi de Bohème'

Ducjdl
Fabien Ducher (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Michel Fugain' - Jean-Pierre Guillot (2010)
'Michel Fugain'
Guimifug
Jean-Pierre Guillot (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Nefertiti' - François Dorieux (2010)
'Nefertiti'
Dorfarou
François Dorieux (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Princesse Sibilla de Luxemboug' - Pierre Orard (2010)
'Princesse Sibilla de Luxemboug'
Orafantanov
Pierre Orard (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Vol de Nuit' - Pierre Reuter (2010)
'Vol de Nuit'
Reumany
Pierre Reuter (2010)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Antoine de Caunes' - Jean-Pierre Guillot (2011)
'Antoine de Caunes'
Guiande
Jean-Pierre Guillot (2011)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Valérie de Montgolfier' - Jean-Pierre Guillot (2011)
'Valérie de Montgolfier'
Jean-Pierre Guillot (2011)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Bagnoles de l'Orne' - Jacques Ranchon (2012)
'Bagnoles de l'Orne'
Cromifleurs
Jacques Ranchon (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Château La Tour Carnet' - Aveline Gaujard (2012)
'Château La Tour Carnet'
Gau527
Aveline Gaujard (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Musilac Grimpant' - Roseraie Reuter (2012)
'Musilac Grimpant'
Reuname
Roseraie Reuter (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Jacques Truphémus' - Fabien Ducher (2012)
'Jacques Truphémus'
Ducjat
Fabien Ducher (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Purple Lodge' - Pierre Orard (2012)
'Purple Lodge'
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Pierre Orard (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Rioloco' - Roseraie Reuter (2012)
'Rioloco'
Reunice
Roseraie Reuter (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Stéphane Bern' - Fabien Ducher (2012)
'Stéphane Bern'
Ducber
Fabien Ducher (2012)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Paul Croix' - Dominique Croix (2013)
'Paul Croix'
Crojardin
Dominique Croix (2013)

Famous Roses from Lyon: 'Reine des Parfums' - Pierre Orard (2013)
'Reine des Parfums'
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Pierre Orard (2013)



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