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Listing last updated on 31 Mar 2023.
Catalog: Printed and Online.
Via del Casello, 5
Pistoia, Toscana 51100
In the 19th Century, I Barni started as a traditional nursery carrying a variety of plants. Since about the middle of the 20th Century, however, the Barni family have dedicated themselves exclusively to Roses and, for the last thirty years or so, have introduced new varieties from their breeding program every year. Their focus is so much on Roses, they even changed the name of the nursery to Rose Barni to reflect this.
[From World Rose News, October 2010, pp. 13ff:] In 1935, the sanctions against Italy forbade the importation of plants from Belgium and France, traditional producer countries. It was then that Pietro and his son Vittorio devoted themselves to rose growing, which gradually became the main production, so much so that the firm soon became known as "ROSE BARNI". At the end of the 1960's, Vittorio Barni started his own research programme, together with his wife Anna Medici Barni....Since Vittorio Barni's death, his sons Pietro and Enrico have been collaborating in the running of the company: the former attends to public relations and to promotional marketing, the latter supervises the rose production and conducts the nursery work. In the last decade, their respective children have entered into the partnership, too: Vittorio helps his father in customer management, whereas Beatrice is involved in the research and attends to the hybridisation programme, which in the past had been carried out by her grandmother.