Building A New Rose Garden

 
Welcome To Green Acres: “What’s A Hybrid Tea?”

Starting over can be hard to do. Add giving up your award-winning dream rose garden, designed with love and filled with over 200 varieties it can be doubly hard. Living in a vibrant booming metro area, accepting the exceptional as the norm was a gradual paradigm shift for me. It never occurred to me I might have difficulty locating the rose varieties I left behind in my Plano award winning rose garden*.“

He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart.”     ~ Reverend Dean Hole     

My first indication it might be difficult to locate the varieties of container roses I was looking for was when I called the closest garden center (that I had to locate by going online and downloading the list of landscape & garden centers in the area) I could find and asking the garden associate that answered the phone if they had hybrid teas. Who promptly replied, “What’s a hybrid tea?”

This is ‘Black Cherry’ in my Plano, Texas garden. Thrilled to locate it at Jackson & Perkins its in this garden now! It came in a 2 quart container!

“Where can I find roses like you have?”

The question most often asked of me at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show while I worked at the rose garden promoting membership in the American Rose Society for ten days all day every day was, “where can I find roses like yours?” Thanks to Jackson and Perkins now you can have the varieties of roses you see in my pictures without the grief I had locating them. In a populated metroplex I had become used to selecting roses from a landscape & garden center that had roses nicely potted in containers placed all in a row, alphabetized by their name that published the list of availability a season in advance to download. Moving to a rural area was a wake-up call and a learning experience.

Transition From Gentrified Urban Rosarian To Rural Rose Gardener
Transition From Gentrified Urban Rosarian To Rural Rose Gardener

From Gentrified Urban Rosarian To Country Rose Gardener

As a totally spoiled DFW Metroplex dweller, the garden center I chose my roses from delivered them in 5 gallon containers on a flatbed truck. They also list their roses each year on their Web site in the fall of each year announcing the roses that will be available in February of the next year.

Jackson & Perkins Rose Garden | 2018 Test Roses

In this rural area of Illinois now like so much of the country where so many folks live that want roses, the closest garden center that sells any potted roses in containers is 80 miles away. Then when I drove to this garden center I found the selection wanting because after having a discussion with the owner of the Landscape Center on how he arrived upon his rose buying decisions the family run store said he gave the order form to an employee and they selected roses based on whether they liked the names. His inventory had already told the story. Roses that were ‘out of patent’ that had great names were sitting on his floor.

 

Black Cherry, Floribunda Rose Gagasgarden
I was Looking For Roses Like ‘Black Cherry’ Seen here growing in my Plano, Texas Garden

Spoiled pampered Gentrified Urban Rosarian that I was I thought I would waltz into the local Garden Center and select my container roses growing in 5 gallon pots and have all the roses I needed ordered and delivered to my new gardens.  Wrong. The  closest Landscape & Garden Center with any selection of container roses is 80 miles away and they didn’t then and still don’t carry the varieties I want.

So let’s talk about the facts.

Percentage of the Population in Rural Areas | Growth Target To Sell Roses

Welcome to Rural America Retailers

The rural portions of metropolitan areas with fewer than 1,000,000 residents cover 94 percent of their land areas. These areas include approximately 20 million residents, or 34 percent of the nation’s rural population. Only six percent of the land area in these metropolitan areas is urban.

Outside Metropolitan Area

This leaves a minority of 27.5 million rural residents living outside the metropolitan areas.Metropolitan areas are defined by OMB as labor markets with core urban areas between 10,000 and 50,000, and are not considered metropolitan. Approximately 98.5 percent of the land in micropolitan areas is rural. The rural population of micropolitan areas is 13 million. other 14 million rural residents live outside the micropolitan areas. However, there are still 4.7 million urban residents outside both metropolitan and micropolitan areas, with each of these urban areas having fewer than 10,000 residents.

Rural Land in Metropolitan America

Even where America is most urban, a strong rural element remains. This is illustrated in the Northeast Corridor, the “megalopolis” defined by Jean Gottman more than a half-century ago. The urbanization he identified is still short of continuous along the corridor. Rural areas interfere with urbanization in parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Nearly 60 percent of the land area in these adjacent metropolitan areas remains rural (Figure 5).

Question: Where Do You Get Your Roses Now?

I get my roses from the one of oldest most trusted brand names in America, a name that is synonymous with roses: Jackson & Perkins. I remember my mother buying roses and trusting Jackson & Perkins as her rose source. Now the 3rd rose garden has been transitioned back to where my heart leads me. It’s a Jackson & Perkins test rose garden. It has 4 Jackson & Perkins roses that as of yet are unmanned. Some of the most famous rose breeders have worked with Jackson & Perkins.  The roses in the garden are in the list below, you can click and vote on whether you like them. The biggest surprise I have saved for last. While in Chicago I worked, as you know representing Chicago Flower Show Director, Tony Abruscato and he partnered with Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. The artists would come and spend some time at the rose garden where we had their sculptures.

Sculpture by Michael Young | Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

Since I was there full time representing the rose garden, I also spoke for the sculpture artists as well. Michael Young is an artist that I ended up promoting and I believe we may have sold some of his pieces and the piece that was on display. Soon we hope to have a Michael Young Sculpture to set off the beauty of this Jackson & Perkins exquisite Rose Garden.

The Roses in The Jackson & Perkins Rose Garden

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Black Cherry™ Floribunda Rose

This floribunda repeats all summer long, with nearly black buds and dark, wonderfully fragrant red blooms. Very resistant to mildew and rust, it's great for humid climates.

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Aromatherapy™ Hybrid Tea Rose

Aromatherapy is a hybrid tea rose with a powerful old-rose fragrance and soft pink blooms, perfect for cutting.

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Sugar Plum™ Hybrid Tea Rose

Sweeten your garden with the scrumptious combination of Sweet Pea fragrance and big, lavender blooms!

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Crescendo® Hybrid Tea Rose

For Large Pink and White Blooms, Buy Crescendo® Hybrid Tea Rose ? available at Jackson & Perkins!

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Soft Whisper Hybrid Tea Rose

For elegant presentation and sweet fragrance, buy �??SoftWhisper�?? Hybrid Tea Rose �?? available at Jackson & Perkins!

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Voodoo Hybrid Tea Rose

Voodoo is a hybrid tea rose with blooms that change from orange and pink to scarlet! Very large and showy, the flowers are sweet-scented on disease-resistant shrubs.

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Spice It Up™ Floribunda Rose

Kick your garden up a notch with a stunning mixture of fragrance and orange/coral-pink blooms!

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Bella'roma Hybrid Tea Rose

Bright yellow buds open into warm-toned blooms redolent of grandmother's rose garden. The colors deepen with maturity on vigorous, disease-resistant plants. 2003 Rose of the Year® Winner.

Benefits of the American Rose Society

Your comments & shares are welcome especially that I support the American Rose Society that offers so much in return for a minimal investment. Its one of the few memberships that still print a beautiful magazine 6 times a year with valuable educational information, a newsletter and an invaluable tool to choose roses: The American Rose Societies handbook for Selecting Roses, and once a year the Rose Annual. I have contributed articles to the newsletter, magazine and the Rose Annual, and would be happy to provide you with a copy of each.

*The Texas Rose Garden won Dallas Rose Society ‘Best Large Garden’ and was on the Plano Garden Tour, and was the recipient of many photography awards, blue ribbons as well, request rose bio for a list of all awards.

 

 

 

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Planting A Memorial Day Rose Garden

'Memorial Day' Blooming on a Fall Day in Illinois

Memorial Day Is To Honor Those Who Have Died in America’s Wars

Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. It’s a deeply rewarding endeavor and can be a family project. Here’s how:

  1. Decide who you want to memorialize, perhaps order or make a plaque or bench for spending time and reflection. The Gardens of the American Rose Society offer ways to memorialize loved ones in their rose gardens in Shreveport, LA.
  2. Choose a location with 6-8 hours of sun. Some roses can do fine in partial shade. Both Europeana & Iceberg became covered in partial shade in my Texas rose garden and continued to flourish. This article discusses roses in partial shade by Al Whitcomb.
  3. You can order ‘Memorial Day’ from Jackson & Perkins’ online to plant as a tribute to loved ones. The most often asked question I had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is “Where do I find the varieties of roses I have?”, Jackson & Perkins online is an excellent source for Weeks Roses, Star & Certified Roses, since they are wholesale rose growers.
  4. Here are some ideas of roses suitable for a Memory Rose Garden, and ‘Memorial Day’ is a rose that tolerates heat very well. It’s included in the June issue of the American Rose Magazine article I wrote ‘Some Roses Like It Hot’ .
    1. ‘Memorial Day’ The All-America Garden Selections said “This One Is Definitely a ‘Year of the Rose’

      Memorial Day Blooming in the Garden in Illinois
      Memorial Day Blooming in the Garden in Illinois
    2.  ‘Veteran’s Honor’

      'Veterans Honor' Picture 'Veterans' Honor in Peak Form: Picture Taken May 18th, 2017 in Illinois Garden
      ‘Veterans Honor’ Picture ‘Veterans’ Honor’ in Peak Form: Picture Taken May 18th, 2017 in my Illinois Garden
    3. ‘Let Freedom Ring’

      Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns
      Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns
    4. Mr. Lincoln

      Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns
      Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday

During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves. The tradition of laying wreaths on the graves of our soldiers that lost their lives to War is carried out in cemeteries by devoted families all across our great country to this day. In fact many family members place wreaths on graves of veterans that have passed away as well even though Memorial Day is expressly to honor our war dead.

By the late 1800s, cities all across America observed Memorial Day. Several states had declared it a legal holiday, since it was widely established as a national holiday throughout the country.

When Is Memorial Day?*

In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. “Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.” 

* PBS.org educating folks on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Roses Evoke Fond Memories

Memorial Gardens are becoming more popular as a way to honor and pay tribute to those that have passed on. Roses are especially popular as a flower to plant ‘In Loving Memory” because they are a trigger to so many fond memories of loved ones in our life either by their name that is like the loved ones name or our loved ones loved roses as their favorite flower. So this Memorial Day is a good time to plant a Memorial Garden and start your very own Garden of Memories. We’re only a Website away to answer your questions about rose growing. Have a blessed Memorial Day.

American Rose Society,                                                                                                             8877 Jefferson Paige Road                                                                                       Shreveport, LA 71119                                                                                                                           tel: (318) 938-5402                                                                                                                              Contact: Carol Spiers

 

 

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Jackson & Perkins Winner Creates A Memory Mother’s Day Rose Garden

Jackson & Perkins Gift Certificate Drawing Winner Trevor Singh

“Omg, that’s so exciting — I’ve never won a thing in my entire life!!  So hearing this wonderful news just fills me with joy!!”   ~ Trevor Singh, Winner of the Jackson & Perkins $100 Gift Certificate

Dreaming of A Memory Rose Garden
Dreaming of A Memory Rose Garden

The Jackson & Perkins winner of the $100 gift certificate drawing is using it to pay it forward. He wants to order roses to create a Mother’s Day Memorial Garden of Roses.

Meet Trevor Singh of Mesa, AZ., you can find his company, The Tinman’s Cellar on Facebook: The Tinmans Cellar, and Etsy where he sells the “mixed media art and jewelry, predominantly steampunk/victorian/bohemian/altered art” he creates. Though he’s fallen on hard times lately his first thoughts when we notified him that he was the winner of the Jackson & Perkins drawing was to think of others. His favorite quote is that he “loves spreading joy wherever he can”. He has a real life heart breaking Mother’s Day story that he said we could share with you. He asks me if I would please direct readers to his jewelry Website The Tinmans Cellar, its not too late to get Mom a little something special, so please visit Trevor’s site & show him you care.

Creating A Rose Garden
Pink Roses Are Every Little Girls Favorite

Trevor said he’s using his Jackson & Perkins gift certificate to buy roses to create a Memorial Rose Garden for his best friend of 15 years who died on Mother’s Day last year leaving twin premature babies and a 4 year old daughter.

'Double Delight' shaped blooming as a heart-in-nature
‘Double Delight’ shaped blooming as a heart-in-nature

Thoughts from Trevor

“Good afternoon Susan. 🙂 Omg, that’s so exciting —  I was literally just thinking the other day about how bummed I was that I couldn’t indulge in the Jackson & Perkins 50% off rose sale that ended a week or so ago because I just had a bunch of surgeries recently, so I’m trying to pay a bunch of medical bills off. In addition, I lost my best friend of 15 years on Mother’s Day of last year, so the anniversary of her death looming has been difficult to cope with. So hearing this wonderful news just fills me with joy!!”                ~ Trevor Singh

Tinman's Cellar Trevor Singh Handcrafted Bumble Bee
Tinman’s Cellar, Trevor Singh Handcrafted Bumble Bee

Creating A Memorial Mother’s Day Rose Garden

Planting A Memory Rose Garden

Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. It can help in the healing process and provide a connection to your loved one. Here’s how:

  1. Decide who you want to memorialize.
  2. Pick a spot with 6-8 hours of sun.
  3. Look up names of roses to plant as a tribute to loved ones & order them. Many of them are available from Jackson & Perkins online, if not choose names that have meaning to you in a special way.
  4. When I get my bareroot roses I soak them in water that I have added Haven Brands Soil Conditioner Moo-Poo Tea. Then I fertilize the new plant with the tea fertilizer its been soaking in after I plant the new bareroot rose.
  5. Here are just a few Roses that are great roses for Memory Gardens for Mother’s Day that I’ve passed on for you Trevor, ‘Peace’ in particular is a great rose and Jackson & Perkins has it. ‘Beloved’ is another perfect one.
    1.  ‘Love & Peace’ 

      Love & Peace | Memory Garden Rose
    2. ‘Peace’

      'Peace' by Meilland Roses, the most popular rose in the world
      ‘Peace’ by Meilland Roses, the most popular rose in the world
    3. ‘Love Song’

      'Love Song' floribunda rose with lavender, ruffled petals & a mild beautiful citrus fragrance
      ‘Love Song’ floribunda rose with lavender, ruffled petals & a mild beautiful citrus fragrance
    4. ‘Love’
      Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as 'Love'. Grandiflora.
      Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977).
      Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as ‘Love’.
      Grandiflora.

      5 ‘Fragrant Cloud’ was my Mother’s Favorite rose. It’s still on the list as most fragrant roses in the world.

      Fragrant Cloud
      Fragrant Cloud | My Mother’s favorite rose

Or any rose that was your loved one’s favorite. Choose a bench or space to sit to enjoy your time in the garden. You can also carve a name in a tree or paint a stone with your loved ones name nearby.

Thank-you for sharing your story with us Trevor. Please keep us posted. And Thank-you for sharing your thoughts on a Memorial Rose Garden for Mother’s Day. We will be thinking of you and let me know how your rose garden comes along. Warm Wishes, Susan Fox.

 

 

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Ten Top Roses For Mother’s Day, Order Her A Living Rose From Jackson & Perkins

‘A dusky pink rose named “Savannah” emerged as the morning’s star. “Savannah” took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words ‘Best in Show’. “Savannah” is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.

Order your Mom a Jackson & Perkins living rose bush today from the list below that includes winner of the Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ ‘Savannah’, she’ll get her roses in time for Mother’s Day and you can enter a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Honor Mom this Mother’s Day with a Living Rose

Do you often hear yourself saying the same witty quips you heard your Mom say to the kids in your life? “Close the door.” “Were you born in a barn?” “Quit running in and out.” Since my Mom was a rosarian, and avid gardener I hear “Mom’s Gardening Tips” in my head! “Top off your roses with Canadian sphagnum peat moss”; “Keep water off the leaves”, “You missed some spent blooms.”

A Tribute to Moms & Caregivers Everywhere

In honor of Mother’s Day this is a tribute to Moms and caregivers everywhere that teach us all the things about gardening that we didn’t learn in books or Google Search. Since roses were one of my Mom’s favorite flowers, I wish she were here to see the first rose bloom each spring. Most Moms tell me they prefer living plants over cut flowers so this year why don’t you give living rose bushes to your Mom, Step-Moms, Mother-in-Law, and Grandmothers? You can even plant rose bushes in honor of the loved ones that have been important in your life and passed on.

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower

They want easy-to-grow roses and prefer living plants to cut flowers. Just having returned from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, I can tell you the world’s most prolific and famous rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with.

Where Can I Get Roses Like You Have?

Do you know the question I was most often asked while at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show? “Where can I get these kinds of roses?” Many people that attend the show are sophisticated gardeners that love and appreciate roses. Many have seen my website and even mention my roses, saying “We see the types of roses you have, but don’t know where to get varieties like ‘Savannah’ that swept the Biltmore Rose Trials!” People tell me often, “We don’t ever see roses like this at Independent Garden Centers.” They went on to say, “You have all these beautiful roses but where can we get them?” I’m here to tell you: you can get the very best varieties online at Jackson & Perkins.

‘Savannah’ Wins ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at The Biltmore Rose Trials: Now You Can Get It From Jackson & Perkins

For instance the amazing rose ‘Savannah’ that swept the show while I was a judge at the Biltmore, and underwent 2 years of testing, is available and in-stock so order it now so you can get it in time for Mother’s Day.

Here’s what LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist at the Biltmore says about ‘Savannah’ that underwent two years of testing and won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at the Biltmore International Rose Trials while I was a judge:

“A dusky pink rose named ‘Savannah’ emerged as the morning’s star. ‘Savannah’ took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words Best in Show. ‘Savannah’ is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.” Posted on 06/01/2015 by LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist, Biltmore

Enter Now For Your Chance To Win A $100 Jackson & Perkins Gift Certificate

If you’re feeling lucky, enter the Mother’s Day Rose Contest for a chance to win a $100 J&P Gift Certificate, so your Mom can take her pick of Jackson & Perkin’s quality varieties. To enter the contest, simply enter your email address below!

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The Top Ten Jackson & Perkins Roses for Mom

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Jackson & Perkins Rose Garden

These are the roses I ordered to plant in my Illinois Jackson & Perkins rose garden along with the 2018 roses

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Savannah™ Sunbelt ® Rose

Savannah won 'Best Hybrid Tea' at the #BiltmoreRoseTrials A rose by any other name than Savannah won't smell as sweet as this overachieving hybrid tea whose rich double blooms release a perfume that is positively hypnotic!"Savannah” takes Best in Show at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials

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Summer Nights Hybrid Tea Rose

Order the Jackson and Perkins 2012 Rose of the Year, 'Summer Nights' and enjoy amazing color, fragrance, and performance!

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Surreal™ Floribunda Rose

Enjoy out-of-this world color all summer long with this striking accent rose, perfumed with fruity fragrance and decked out in orange-to-pink petals!

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Spice It Up™ Floribunda Rose

Kick your garden up a notch with a stunning mixture of fragrance and orange/coral-pink blooms!

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Dark Desire™ Parfuma® Grandiflora Rose

Dark Desire™ Parfuma® Grandiflora Rose is a blackspot- and mildew-resistant shrub that reblooms all summer, setting clusters of violet blooms. The flowers are strongly fragrance, the scent combining floral, citrus, and spicy notes.

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Desmond Tutu™ Sunbelt®

Highly disease resistant, vigorous and easy to grow even in the heat and humidity, the Sunbelt® roses are a great choice!

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Moondance Floribunda Rose

Moondance Floribunda Rose -- Award winning white floribunda that flowers non-stop all summer long bred by Dr. Keith Zary.

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Sweet Intoxication Floribunda Rose

This floribunda offers sparkling amethyst clusters with non-stop color and fragrance that Mom will love all summer long!

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Kimberlina Floribunda Rose

This fast-growing, winner of Floribunda of the Year Kimberlina is one of my all time Favorites! See my Rose Review Video on Instagram at Jackson & Perkins!

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Astounding Glory Hybrid Tea Rose

'Astounding Glory' at Jackson & Perkins has the color that is the essence that is deep rose and so gorgeous Mom will swoon!

We Learn So Much About Gardening From Our Moms

Mother passed away in 1994, yet she walked me through every step of learning how to grow roses; I can still hear her voice in my head say “plant the graft 4-6 inches below ground to protect the rose from frost damage over the winter.” Since I can hear my Mother’s ‘gardening tips’ in my head about taking care of roses, I thought in honor of my Mom, and Mom’s everywhere that pass on crucial oral history I’d share her 5 growing tips. And I want to thank Mom’s and care-givers everywhere for the critical role they play and their voices in our head and for passing on all the vital oral knowledge that cannot be learned anywhere else and their profound wisdom that is an echo through the furrows of time.

While working in the garden this spring I was wondering how did our Mom’s know so much without ‘Google Search’, and the Internet? Oral history was key to knowledge. I’ll give you a hint: Our Moms must have read EVERYTHING!

Moms Tips To Rose Growing Success

  • Plan your rose garden where you have 6-8 hours of sun
  • Design for easy maintenance with access to water
  • Roses need good drainage
  • Space on 3 Foot Centers for most roses
  • Fertilize regularly in soil that has lots of organic matter

There’s Still Plenty Of Time To Get Your Living Roses, Order Now

Order your roses now so Mom will have them in time for Mother’s day or get your Mom a Jackson and Perkins Gift Certificate so she can choose her favorites. The varieties I listed are VERY popular with Mothers!

Read More Mother’s Day Stories

You will want to read the amazing story called In Loving Memory, discovering the hidden peonies.

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Rose Garden Recipe

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show Rose Garden in Bloom In March | Apricot Candy | Cinco de Mayo
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden In Bloom

Rose Garden Recipe

Ingredients:

Roses of your Choice I chose Weeks Roses for this Recipe or you can choose from Star Roses, David Austin Roses of which I have some of each kind in this garden.

'Neil Diamond' 2nd place winner hybrid tea Digital Photography Photo Contest Novice Class
‘Neil Diamond’ 2nd place winner hybrid tea Digital Photography Photo Contest Novice Class

Remaining ingredients:

Canadian Sphagnum Peat

Mills Magic Rose Mix Fertilizer*

Soak in Haven Brand Soil Conditioners

6-8 hours full sun

Water

Tools I used Corona Gardening Tools for this Recipe

Lots of TLC

'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
‘Easy Does It’ by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops

Optional Ingredients:

Wind chimes

Fountain

Decor

Companion plants (Proven Winners)

Champagne

Iced Tea

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

Preparation: Select a location with 6-8 hours full sun where you want to spend time that has a water source. Add elements for the pleasure and perception of your 5 senses, Sight; the roses and companion plants that attract pollinators. Hearing; wind chimes or a water fall type fountain for the relaxing sound of water Smell; fragrant roses and flowers, and add the beverage of your choice champagne, wine, iced tea, coffee. And we can add thermoception (temperature differences) by carefully choosing the location of a bench or swing in the shade or sun. Sound; wind chimes or a water fountain, Wind chimes, sound; the roses, sight; touch, textured companion plants like Mondo grass; smell, roses. Add your favorite beverage for taste, like champagne and hear the tinkling of the bubbles. Meditate, pray and stimulate the 6th sense plant these three roses according to instructions, add a fountain, decor, like wind chimes, a beautiful bench and companion plants and you’ve got your self a rose garden. Children and grown ups alike love my geese girls that I dress for holidays. The most important ingredient of all is Love. A garden is a gathering place for loved ones.

Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners
Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners

*Mills Magic Rose Mix is the perfect blend of organic soil amendments that I personally used to buy separately in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store, transport home and mix in a huge wheelbarrow and separate in 5-gallon pails. Now I just use this product exclusively. So if there is a secret to rose success this is it.

'Easy Does It' | 'Hot Cocoa' | 'Elle' | Pumpkin Patch'
‘Easy Does It’ | ‘Hot Cocoa’ | ‘Elle’ | Pumpkin Patch’ Floribunda Roses in a Garden Setting
Kids Love Tools
Kids Love Tools

Rose Pruning Review

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” ~ Yogi Berra

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois Featuring Gene Boerner | From Pruned To Bloom

Have you ever experienced déjà vu and wondered: was that true déjà vu or have I actually done the exact same thing at the same time last year? My rose pruning, is a ritualistic Rite of Spring. The ‘Rite of Spring’ is an actual ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, that when first performed, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. I understand, if the symphony is anything like the cacophony of nature during spring and the urge to prune our bushes. Rosarians, and most all gardeners live for spring. It’s that simple. We lift leaves to peek for new growth and basal breaks.

Rosarians live for seeing new basal breaks
Rosarians live for seeing new basal breaks

What Is A Basal Break?

A basal break is a new cane that sprouts from the bud union on grafted roses and from the ground on roses grown on their own root. The most exciting discovery for rose lovers are new basal breaks on their rose bushes. Fresh, renewed growth – the sign of a healthy plant– and a promise of new flowers to come makes our work exciting and worthwhile.Use the proper tools  Corona_Principles_of_Pruning

How Can We Protect Basal Breaks?

'Corona Tools' Principals of Pruning Guide
‘Corona Tools’ Principals of Pruning Guide | Get Your PDF

Today let’s talk about pruning roses and some of the most finite processes that require delicate tools that let you feel like an artist or a surgeon.

Gardeners love to work with their hands. That’s why we love tools. Tools that allow us to do more finite work make us feel in touch with the force of nature.

Its All In The Tools

Corona Needle Nose Pruners
Corona Needle Nose Pruners

You can see by the demonstration in the pictures how the needlenose pruners, loppers and the small fork allow us to get close to delicate growth while protecting it. These are the tools that let you get close and protect delicate new growth. A picture of how these tools work is worth a thousand words.

Corona Convertible Loppers
Corona Convertible Loppers

Have they tools ready. God will find thee work. ~ Charles Kingsley

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President’s Day Rose Pruning Primer

Mr. Lincoln in Full Bloom
Rose Pruning Cart Ready For Rose Pruning Season
Rose Pruning Cart Ready For Rose Pruning Season

I would like to coin a new gardening phrase. Pruning post-traumatic stress disorder (PPTSD) I have it, it’s real, I suffer every President’s Day. It occurred from having pruned right after President’s Day in Texas, the supposed last day of the danger of a deadly killing frost. I relive the horror and the loss of 19 new rose bushes and having to re-prune 200 roses every President’s Day. The temperatures dipped to 8 degrees on March 10th well after the safe time to plant and prune. I lost all my new bushes and all the newly pruned bushes stimulated by my early pruning had to be pruned all over again. Well enough with my cheerful stories. This erroneous information was passed on to an unwitting northerner who grew up in the frozen tundra region on the frigid shores of Lake Michigan in Northern Illinois. Since today is President’s Day I thought I would cheer you all up and tell you again don’t prune too early.

Here is a primer on pruning your roses. It’s the best tips I’ve come up with over the years, as we get ready for the season of pruning.

Depending on the season and upon where you live pruning time can come between the middle of January and the end of April. The idea is to do it soon enough that you will not be cutting off too much new growth, and late enough that you will not promote premature growth. Usually this is just when the buds begin to swell, and then if you do not get a late frost the bushes will be off to a good start.

Pruned late, even after new growth starts, the canes are cut to a swollen dormant bud and the bush will do just fine, so it is probably better to prune late than too early. As I preach due to my disorder PPTSD, late-pruned bushes will bleed, but this has not been shown to be harmful to roses. Bleeding interferes with sealing cut ends but I stopped sealing smaller canes, with no increase in cane borer problems.

In addition to removing dead or diseased canes, there are several reasons for pruning. You want to remove non-productive branches and make room for ones that will make flowers. Remove crossing branches that clutter the bush or damage others. Open up the interior of the bush for ease in spraying and to promote good flowering stems. Remove non-productive canes at the base to promote growth of new vigorous canes. Finally, shape the bush to please you.

Before cutting out canes, you need to look at the branches they produced. If they have long, healthy, new branches, they should be left. If they have nothing but short twiggy non-blooming shoots, remove them. Sometimes there is not much left, but then perhaps the bush should be, as my mother used to say, “shovel pruned” and removed from the garden. We are told to reduce the number of canes to 3-5, but this is not necessarily a good guide.

Corona Garden Snips
Corona Garden Snips

Here are my tips:

  1. Wear tough protective clothing such as denim with long sleeves. It won’t snag as easily as some other fabrics.
  2. Wear thorn resistant gloves such as plastic coated garden gloves, or ones made of flexible leather.
  3. Watch where you put your hands and forearms. Thorns can penetrate almost any fabric I’ve used in the garden. I’ve had thorns penetrate the soles of my shoes, be careful.
  4. Invest in a small pruning or keyhole saw, they are essential for cutting larger canes and getting into tight spaces.
  5. A fairly large cane can be cut with hand shears if the cane is bent gently away from the shears, but I prefer to use a good pair of loppers rather than wrestle with the cane.
  6. Hold the shears so that the blunt blade is on the part to be cut off.
  7. Cut to an outside bud on upright-growing bushes or to an inside bud on spreading type bush. Cut to a bud pointing in the direction you want the branch to grow, the top bud usually will produce the dominant shoot.
  8. Cut to about ¼” of the bud, on a slight slant away from the bud. Cut shorter, the new shoot can break off in the wind, any longer causes unsightly dieback.
  9. If you feel you should seal cuts, use Elmer’s glue, I usually just seal large canes.
  10. Leave as many canes as are hardy and allow space to grow without crowding and are very well shaped.
  11. Learn to grasp the cane gently and very carefully with a slight circular motion.
  12. If you cut or accidentally knock off a branch you meant to leave don’t let it spoil your day. It will brow back.
  13. Do not prune once-blooming roses until they have bloomed.
  14. Prune miniature roses like hybrid teas and floribundas, if you have the time and patience.
  15. Old Garden Roses (OGR) are too diverse in nature to lay down rules. If you know the variety its best to research online for the best pruning for your OGR. In general, the best rule for pruning OGRs for the first two or three years is, “Don’t.”

    'Double Delight' hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection
    ‘Double Delight’ hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection

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Rose Classifications | Review Before You Buy

Gaga's Garden In Bloom
The Rose Garden | This Picture Can Barely Capture the Glory of It
The Rose Garden | This Picture Can Barely Capture the Glory of It

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Roses are the ‘Diva’ of the flower world. Statistics say you want roses is your garden. One of the most often searched plant is the rose. Before you head out to garden centers to buy roses here’s an easy guide to what rose classifications mean. Here’s a few rose winners to look for. Rose bushes are a big investment. Decide what you want to achieve with roses before you buy.

'Good As Gold' Hybrid Tea Rose. Bold, beautiful, double-dipped yellow burnished with a touch of golden red, its a heart stopper!
‘Good As Gold’ Hybrid Tea Rose. Bold, beautiful, double-dipped yellow burnished with a touch of golden red, its a heart stopper!

An Easy To Love |  Easy To Grow | Rose Garden

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower. They want easy-to-grow roses. Rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better, minimal care roses available that you can have great success with. Here are some Weeks Roses, Meilland Roses, Kordes Roses, and Conard Pyle Star Roses that I’ve personally grown and can vouch for. Some roses I list below have won at the Biltmore Rose Trials. You can also see videos on my Gaga’s Garden Facebook page. They are included because of their disease resistance, ease of care, beauty and fragrance. I can vouch for their high degree of success in my Illinois and Texas gardens. A side note on one of my new favorite roses: World famous hybridizer, Christian Bédard told a highly reliable friend of mine that the hybrid tea ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ may be the best rose he’s ever bred. I can tell you its at the top of my list for true perfection.

Modern Rose Classifications

Hybrid Tea | Grandiflora Rose | America’s Favorite Flower

Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden.*

  • Hybrid tea roses are ideal for cut flowers and creating your own bouquets
  • A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by its large, shapely 30-50 petal blooms on long stems
  • Grandiflora roses bear clusters of full size roses, the 1st was ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in 1954

Here are some true winners:

A Candelabra of 'Pretty Lady Rose' 2nd in the Weeks Roses Series of Downton Abbey Roses
A Candelabra of ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ 2nd in the Weeks Roses Series of Downton Abbey Roses | One of My Favorites

Weeks Roses 2nd in their The Downton Abbey Series | ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ New 2016 Description:

  • Dark even rose pink almost fuchsia
  • 4-5 “ Large old fashioned ruffled petals
  • The smell of peonies with a hint of spices

    'Francis Meilland' the Best Hybrid Tea named at the Biltmore International Rose Trials 2015
    ‘Francis Meilland’ hybrid tea rose, winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials ‘Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea Rose 2015’

‘Francis Meilland’ 1996 Description:

  • Color: Very large shell pink flowers
  • Winter hardy disease resistant
  • Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials ‘Best Hybrid Tea’
  • Videoed and rated by me for the American Rose Society Web site
  • Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance

    Award of Excellence Best Established Rose | Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).
    Award of Excellence Best Established Rose

‘Queen Elizabeth’ First Grandiflora 1954 Description:

  • Pink 4” with large petals, and pointed buds
  • Moderate rose fragrance
  • ‘Best Established’ Rose at The 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials, I was a rose judge 

Floribundas | Polyantha

  • Floribundas are known for large clusters of flowered trusses & rapid bloom cycles
  • They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses in a profusion of bloom 
  • This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays 
  • Floribundas are hardier, more easy care & reliable in wet weather than their HT counterparts
  • Polyanthas are smaller but very sturdy plants with large clusters of small masses of blooms
'Bolero' In The Heat of Summer In Illinois
‘Bolero’ In The Heat of Summer In Illinois

‘Bolero’ Description:

  • White, large blooms with 100 petals
  • Old rose and spicy fragrance
  • Bushy and about 3 feet tall

    'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
    ‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

‘Julia Child’ Description:

  • One of the top selling roses in the world
  • Butter/gold yellow in color, medium very full 3-4” blooms
  • Strong licorice fragrance

    'Easy Does It' In The Illinois Garden
    ‘Easy Does It’ In The Illinois Garden

‘Easy Does It’ Description:

  • Gorgeous Mango Peach
  • Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
  • Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites! 

For Hedge and Borders | Shrub Rose| English Roses

  • Shrub roses grow  in a sprawling direction from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing condition
  • The unique group of English roses hybridized by David Austin Roses belong to this class of shrub roses.
  • Recurrent bloomers, often have wonderful fragrance of Old Garden Roses
Close-Up of 'Watercolors Home Run' Shrub Rose
Close-Up of ‘Watercolors Home Run’ Shrub Rose

‘Water Colors Home Run’ by Weeks Roses Description:

  • 3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
  • Medium height and bloom size
  • Winter hardy and disease resistant'Bonica' Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub

‘Bonica’ Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub Description:

  • ‘Bonica’ Inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies Rose Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.
  • Prolific, flush, medium to large, cluster-flowered (26-40 petals) stems of blooms cluster-flowered shrub
'Drift® Chamboeuf'
‘Drift® Chamboeuf’

‘Drift®’ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants

  • 8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
  • Blooms 1 ½” -3” bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
  • Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow’
Named for the founding figure of the Industrial Revolution
‘Abraham Darby’ a David Austin Rose amed for the founding figure of the Industrial Revolution

‘Abraham Darby’ Description: David Austin Shrub

  • David Austin Shrub rose
  • Very large, rounded, cup-shaped flower with up to 70 petals
  • Vigorous and hardy in all areas
  • Fruity fragrance

Large Flowered Climbers | Climbing Roses

  • Dominated by their growth habit with long arching canes
  • Ability to climb over fences, walls, trellises arbors and pergolas
  • Climbers offer a wide range of flower colors, forms, & shapes with canes from 10-14 feet tall.
'Above and Beyond' after its roped up!
‘Above and Beyond’ after its roped up!

‘Above and Beyond’ Description:

  • The old classic ‘Westerland’ raised modernized with 21st century ‘best-off-best’ qualities!
  • Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
  • Old fashioned, 3 ½”-4” blooms, fruity fragrance
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
  • ‘4th of July’ Description:

      • Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
      • 10-14 feet canes
      • Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance

Miniature or miniflora roses

  • Ideal for containers and small space gardens, hardy due to being grown on own root
  • Great for edging, rockeries, indoor gardens
  • Minifloras are a new class introduced by ARS in 1999 for the size between miniature roses & floribundas
'All a Twitter'
‘All a Twitter’

‘All a’ Twitter’ Description:

  • Twinkling brilliant orange
  • Tall, medium size blooms
  • Winter hardy

*Roses require 6-8 hours of full sun. They will bloom with 4 hours of full sun but they have more foliage and less blooms.

 

 

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Biltmore Rose Trials 2016 Results

'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®' Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
Biltmore Rose Trials Winning Rose Shrub ‘Polar Express™ Spray of ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’

The Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the International Rose Trials since 2011. 100’s of varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists and Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson.

Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams
Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams

Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, Saturday, September 24th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmore’s Historic Rose Garden, just named an ‘Award of Excellence Garden’ Friday, September 23rd by the World Federation of Rose Societies.

“The Biltmore Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Parker Andes Biltmore’s Horticulturist and trials manager. “We’ve enjoyed introducing these new varieties to our guests as they stroll through the gardens. It has been an educational experience, and it complements the work we do to care for Biltmore’s collection of old garden and modern roses.” Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years prior. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the U.S. The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner.

About The Biltmore Rose Trials

New rose varieties are planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom. Guests visiting Biltmore’s gardens may view the roses currently on trial in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmore’s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September. Here are this year’s award winning roses and breeders.

Biltmore International Rose Trials 2016 Results

Type of Award: The Guilded Age Award for Best Climber

Winner: ‘Honeymoon™’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses

Breeder: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoon’ click HERE

'Honeymoon™ Arborose®" Created by Kordes North America Distributed by Newflora, LLC
‘Honeymoon™ Arborose®” Created by Kordes North America Distributed by Newflora, LLC | Biltmore Rose Trials Winner of Most Disease Resistant Rose

Type of Award: Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant

Winner: ‘Honeymoon™’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses

Breeder/Distributor: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoon™ Arborose’ click HERE

Honeymoon™ Arborose®
Honeymoon™ Arborose® Climber | Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant Honeymoon Arborose

Type of Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

Winner: P9511T

Breeder/Distributor: Ping Lim Distributor/TBD Click HERE

P9511T Bred by Roses by Ping Lim
P9511T Bred by Roses by Ping Lim

Types of Awards: Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda

George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose Of The Trials      

William Cecil Award For Best Growth Habit Polar Express Sunbelt

Winner of all three above awards: ‘Polar Express Sunbelt’

Breeder & Distributor: Kordes Roses International, Newflora, LLC

To learn more about ‘Polar Express Sunbelt’ click HERE

'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®' Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
Spray of  ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
Polar Express™ Sunbelt® Rose | Sweeps the Show winning Best Floribunda | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Rose
Polar Express™ Sunbelt® Rose | Sweeps the Show winning Best Floribunda | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Rose
'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®' Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 25, 2016
Congratulations to Kordes Roses & Newflora, LLC
Alexander Kordes | Kordes Team at the New York American Rose Society Convention

Type of Award: Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub 

Winner: ‘The Lark Ascending’

Breeder: David Austin Roses

To read about David Austin ‘The Lark Ascending’ click HERE

David Austin Lark Ascending
David Austin Lark Ascending | Bred by David Austin Roses of the UK

Its wonderful to see the dedicated rosarians that come as rose judges to rate the roses and share the day with you. Here’s the Biltmore International Rose Trials Rotogravure 2016.

Teresa Byington Judging the Biltmore Rose TrailsTeresa Byington judging roses

The Van Cleaves, Chris & Tina his lovely bride of Rosechat Radio and Cindy Dale at the Reception
The Van Cleaves, Chris & Tina his lovely bride of Rosechat Radio and Cindy Dale at the Reception
Dr. & Mrs Keith Zary
World renown rose breeder Dr. & Mrs Keith Zary

The lovely Teresa Byington & Marci Martin | Two of the most beautiful, kind sharing world class rosarians you will ever meet.

Rose Judges Listen To Instructions from Jolene Adams
Lovely Past President of ARS, Marlyn Wellan, & Rose Judges Listen To Instructions from Jolene Adamschis_emily
Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker Andes The Biltmore Team that put the International Rose Trials Together
Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker Andes
The Biltmore Team that put the International Rose Trials Together

 

 

 

 

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Biltmore Rose Garden Awarded Prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’

Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams
Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams
Emily Tice Wilson | Past American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams

“Education is the key to the heart of rosarians of the World Federation of Rose Societies. People from all over the world have on their bucket list to travel to every WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ Rose Garden in the World. The Biltmore Rose Garden is a welcome, exciting addition to our world class rose gardens.” says Jolene Adams

Asheville, NC ~ The Biltmore Rose Garden, home of the world famous International Rose Trails, host to rose breeders and rosarians from Canada, the U.S., France, Ireland, Great Britain, and Germany was awarded the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) ‘Award of Excellence’, Friday, September 24th in the Biltmore Estate Rose Garden. On hand to receive the award from Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies, Jolene Adams was Biltmore Horticulturalist, Parker Andes, and Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson as well as this year’s Biltmore International Rose Trial judges and sponsors of the event; Witherspoon Roses, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike, and Mills Mix Rose Fertilizer, Mr. & Mrs. John Beaty. The highly sought after and prestigious ‘Garden of Excellence’ Award was established to improve the public’s knowledge in all matters concerning the rose. ‘Award of Excellence’ Gardens world wide must meet the following requirements to qualify:

The WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ recognizes the highest levels of arrangement in the field of rose garden development, maintenance and display.

  1. Eligibility. A garden may be eligible for an award which has:
  2. Demonstrated sustained performance in providing high quality displays of roses which are:
  • Beautiful and attractive and open to the public (and/or)
  • Educational, whereby the knowledge of the public and its interest in roses is enhanced (and/or)
  • Of assistance with the preservation of the genus (or)
  1. Sustained performance in conducting international rose trials.
  2. Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.

    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden
    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden

Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson graciously accepted the award from Ms. Adams during the Friday evening at the reception of the Biltmore International Rose Trials that will be conducted Saturday, September 25th. All judges for the 2016 Biltmore Rose Trials were on hand for the unveiling of the ‘Award of Excellence’ to view its permanent home in the Biltmore Rose Garden. For More information to tour the estate and Biltmore Rose Garden garden visit. www.biltmore.com and more information about WFRS gardens visit www.worldrose.org

'Strike It Rich' A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance
‘Strike It Rich’ A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance

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Editors, please note: Photos are available on request to the media contacts on this release.

Media Contact: Susan Fox at gagasgarden.com@gmail.com

About The World Federation of Roses

The World Federation of Rose Societies is a federation of the national rose societies of 39 countries founded in 1968 representing rose lovers around the world. Their goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives from the rose societies of Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the USA. Its stated purpose was to hold international rose conferences and act as a clearing house for rose research.

To encourage and facilitate the interchange of information about and knowledge of the rose between national rose societies; To coordinate the holding of international conventions and exhibitions; To encourage, and where appropriate, sponsor research into problems concerning the rose; To establish common standards for judging rose seedlings; To assist in coordinating the registration of rose names; To establish a uniform system of rose classification; To encourage and advance international cooperation on all matters concerning the rose.

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