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INTERNATIONAL ROSE TRIALS
A spectacular rose display can be found at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, renowned for its International Rose Gardens, on 13-17 July.
During the annual City of Belfast International Rose Trials a panel of international judges will visit the rose garden to determine which of the trial roses are best – the best flowers, the best growth, the best scent and the best at resisting disease.On Thursday 14 July local judges will join judges from the Netherlands, Italy, China, Belgium, England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland to assess the 24 trial roses. The winners of the major awards sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Rose Society of Northern Ireland, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Clive Richardson Ltd and the Lagan Valley Probus Club will be announced at a civic lunch in the City Hall on Thursday 14 July. Around 45,000 rose blooms provide a spectacular array of colour and scent in one of the world`s leading rose gardens. An Irish Heritage garden displays many of the top varieties bred by Ulster`s two most renowned rose growers - the Dicksons and McGredys. A Historical Garden traces the development of the rose from the wild ramblers to the modern Hybrid Teas and miniatures. The International Rose Trials are held during Rose Week which this year runs from Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July inclusive. A programme of events takes place during Rose Week each year attracting thousands of visitors to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. There is free admission to this event.