Georges Delbard began the family empire with a simple shop in Paris 1935 selling his vegetable seedlings and flowers. As an early pioneer of mail order he found the need for more varieties of fruit trees, so he began breeding new trees on a couple of hectares in Malicorne, 3 hours south of Paris. His success grew and many Delbard Garden Centres were opened around France.
Rose breeding began in earnest around the early 1950s. From that moment Delbards fame as a great rose breeder grew, first throughout France, then Europe. Today their roses can be seen growing in gardens and glasshouses from Equador South America to South Africa, North America, Japan, Russia and, at last, Australia.
Rankins Roses are now Australian agents for Delbard and we are privileged to be able to offer these flamboyant and revered roses. Their unique collections offer abroad and comprehensive range, with the ‘Grand Parfumes’, brilliant ‘Painters’,‘Bordure’ and ‘Climbing Collection’, ‘Roses of Liberty’ and the effervescent ‘Couture Collection’. All will inspire and bring great joy.
We have grown them now for nearly a decade and we are constantly amazed with their depth of beauty and personality, their adaptability to our climate and their wonderful performance in flowering and growth.
It is with great pleasure Rankins Roses continues our relationship with Delbard of France and we look forward to future wonders from their great rose breeding house in Malicorne, France.
| George Delbard in his rose fields at Malicorne
|| Second and Third Generation father and son Henri and Arnaud Delbard
Delbards love affair with dahlias
|Arnaud Delbard & Raymond
After World War 2 a close friend of Georges Delbard was nourishing a passion for dahlia breeding. Raymond Guillois and Georges began crossing Dahlias together to find out what extraordinary offspring they could create. Over the early years they won many National awards for their efforts.
Raymond continued his passion for many decades, but as age crept up he took the decision to hand back all his knowledge of Dahlia breeding to the next generation of Delbards. Henri, son of George’s conscious of this heritage took up the challenge to continue this great legacy, and continued to create new flowers with color, shape, foliage and habit.
Every colour except the elusive blue (which we are still seeking) is covered by the wide range of offspring. Violet and mauve cultivars, through to sunny lemon, gold’s, oranges, reds, pinks, plum and purple- blacks to white.
The latest Delbard Dahlias are bred and selected over a 6 year process. From 10,000 hand pollinated seeds, through a rigorous selection process, that with much study and angst whittles the numbers down to 5 new varieties to release onto the market in any given year.
Many of these Dahlias are now winning awards throughout Europe, for their size, exceptional flowering, original colours, sturdy and compact growth habits and often decorative foliage.
Rankins continues the passion in Australia
With a great relationship built on the mutual love of roses, the Delbard family and Rankins now embark on a new adventure. This is an adventure of outrageous colours, shapes, and diversity, and one of the toughest plants of all ….Dahlias.
Rankins take up the challenge to grow and release the wonderfully new “Delbard Dahlia” hybrids to Australian gardeners.
We have grown them here for many years now and are very excited to see our first Delbard Dahlias become available for Australian gardeners this winter.
We hope their flamboyance will bring you and your fellow gardeners much joy.