This is one of the great rose gardens of the world. With over 60,000 roses, 6300 cultivars and more than 500 species roses, it is one of the major repositories of the genus Rosa. Many varieties exist only in this garden. Consequently it is an important research and budwood source.
The garden is located in the former East Germany and after the Second World War the gardeners did their utmost, in spite of innumerable difficulties, to maintain and expand the collection. In this way many thousands of rose varieties which would otherwise have disappeared were saved and preserved.