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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Celebrate Roses Across The USA

The Krasburg Rose Garden | Chicago Botanic Gardens

Celebrate June, National Rose Month

Visit rose gardens across the USA with your family. Here are rose gardens featured in the American Rose Annual 2014 The Magazine of The American Rose Society. If you still love beautiful print magazines, educational articles, a guide on selecting roses, the American Rose Society delivers value for your membership investment. Along with camaraderie here are the key deliverables that I value most and you will too about ARS membership. Click here for more info:

  1. 6 print American Rose Magazines annually. A World Class publication featuring writers, photographers rose breeders, scientists and rose gardens from all over the world.
  2. The Handbook for Selecting Roses, a rating system to guide you in purchasing every rose.
  3. A American Rose Annual publication provided to members each year featuring a collection of educational material.

Rose Gardens Across The USA

The Krasburg Rose Garden | Chicago Botanic Gardens
The Krasburg Rose Garden | Chicago Botanic Gardens
  1. The Krasburg Rose Garden, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Best Botanical Gardens

    Portland Rose Garden
    Portland Rose Garden
  2. Portland Rose Garden

    The Gardens of The American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA
    The Gardens of The American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA
  3. The American Rose Center

The White House celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden in 2013.  Ellen Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, replaced a colonial garden established by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1902.

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.
‘Gene Boerner’ a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins ‘aka’ as ‘Papa Floribunda’, he hybridized more than 60 roses.

Rose Fun Facts

FUN FACT 1: White House celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden in 2013. Ellen Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, replaced a colonial garden established by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1902.

FUN FACT 2: In 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5574, which made the rose the National Floral Emblem. The document contained these words: “More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity.”

FUN FACT 3: Roses are the official flower of the District of Columbia, as well as the states of Georgia, Iowa, New York and North Dakota.

FUN FACT 4: President George Washington bred roses.

FUN FACT 5: The rose is the favorite flower of 85 percent of Americans.

FUN FACT 6: Thousands of songs have been sung about roses, including, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Ramblin’ Rose,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses,” “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and, of course, “Mama Liked the Roses,” a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1969.

FUN FACT 7: A fossilized imprint of a rose was discovered in Florissant, CO. Its estimated age: about 40 millIn Indiana, the fourth week of June has been designated as “A Rose for Friendship Week.”

FUN FACT 9: William Shakespeare referred to roses more than 50 times, including, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

FUN FACT 10: The War of the Roses was a face-off between two families who wanted to control England: The House of Lancaster, which used a red rose on its family crest, and the House of York, whose symbol was a white rose.

FUN FACT 11: The Tournament of Roses began in 1890 as a festival. In 1902, a football game was added for entertainment.

FUN FACT 12: Red roses became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby in 1904. The phrase “Run for the Roses” was first used in 1925.*

Thank-you PRWeb for the great fun facts!

Garden Legends |Their Story & Roses

Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

Garden Legends are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as 'Heirloom'.
‘Heirloom at Sunrise’
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘Heirloom’.

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions while working on J&P hybrids.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as 'Barbara Bush'. Hybrid Tea.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as ‘Barbara Bush’.
Hybrid Tea.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980.

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.

He retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses. His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™ Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as 'Brigadoon'. Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.
Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as ‘Brigadoon’.
Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.

Dr. Keith Zary now with Gardens Alive! was also a rose judge with me at the Biltmore International Rose Trials along with his wife Debbie Zary in 2015. The awards his roses have won include three major European Rose Trials. Dr. Zary also bred ‘Bill Warriner’ a wonderful fkoribunda which I had in Texas. It blooms non-stop and I have pictures of it that I will post when I locate the negatives.

Pink blend Hybrid Tea. Registration name: JACnepal Exhibition name: Gemini Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as 'Gemini'.
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACnepal
Exhibition name: Gemini
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as ‘Gemini’.

We sat at the same table during the awards and it was so interesting to hear the story of how learn that ‘Kimberlina’ was actually named for the exit that Jackson & Perkins was located off of in CA when he worked there.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as 'Kimberlina'. Floribunda.
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as ‘Kimberlina’.
Floribunda.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S. Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins

‘Terra Jubilee’, a cream-to-light-pink floribunda, won the Netherlands’ Golden Rose of The Hague.
Dr. Zary joined Jackson & Perkins in 1985 as only the fourth breeder in the company’s 126-year history. He is responsible for growing some 400,000 varieties of roses in the company’s 20 acres of research gardens and greenhouses. Ultimately, out of these hundreds of thousands of roses, only a select few will be chosen.

Texas Rose Garden | 'Brigadoon'
Texas Rose Garden | ‘Brigadoon’

Here are the my brag book roses by Bill Warriner, and Dr. Keith Zary two Garden Legends bred while at Jackson & Perkins.

Those of you that read my writing know what a wake-up call it was for me starting over with the rose gardens of Illinois. I had to drive 90 miles to Rosey Acres to get the first potted roses to plant. The solution is to buy fine roses from a great online rose provider. And people want roses like these roses. Planting bare root roses is easy Here’s How To Plant A Bare Root Rose While researching some info I discovered that many of these roses are only now available via Jackson & Perkins online with free shipping for orders of $75.00! JacksonandPerkins JPFree75

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois Featuring Gene Boerner

 During the Biltmore International Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC
Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC

 

 

 

 

A View of Roses: A Look Back

'Uncle Joe' is as 'Big As The Broad Side of A Barn!
I Called This Picture 'The Garden Last Night'; I walked out on the deck and took a picture of exactly how the garden was in bloom on one summer evening, 'Easy Does It', 'Drop Dead Red', 'Hot Cocoa' and 'Bolero'
This Picture is called ‘The Garden Last Night’; I walked out on the Illinois deck and took a picture of exactly how the garden looked one summer evening. The roses are Weeks Roses and Star Roses And Plantscalled: ‘Easy Does It’, ‘Drop Dead Red’, ‘Hot Cocoa’ and ‘Bolero’.

Creating this view upon which the sun can shine is a room with a rosy view in Illinois. Its a new dawn in the Illinois rose gardens. We started over in Illinois in 2011. We built the rose gardens together you and I. If we can start over so can you! Make it a new prosperous and healthy 2016 filled with roses! Here’s a picture of the gardens then and now. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Just look at ‘Rosie O’Donnell’ shot on Christmas Eve morn in Texas VS magnificent ‘Uncle Joe’ shot in the fall with a back drop of the little red barn we built. You know how I love that little barn which represents country living of course.  Merry Christmas Every one!

Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses 'Iceberg', 'Blastoff'
Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses ‘Iceberg’, ‘Blastoff’

The award winning film A Room With a View won Best Picture of 1986, National Board of Review. It’s a British 3 time academy award winner about, “when Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr. Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy’s life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?” Written by Bridget Jones

'Uncle Joe' is as 'Big As The Broad Side of A Barn!
When planning our rose gardens having the garden view is a key element  in placing the garden. My kitchen ‘Room With A View’ in Texas; here stands 7’7″, ‘Rosie Donnell’ towering over the fence with her elegant stark, black and white back drop as she stood from Christmas Eve through New Years Day 2011. Glistening with rain drops, I went outside and shot the picture looking up from below the fence on the cloudy Christmas Eve morning. The next shot is of hybrid tea Taboo yesterday morning. That’s then and ‘Uncle Joe and my Little red Barn are now.
Rosie O'Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas
Rosie O’Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas Then

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The remaining shots are to show you the pictures of varieties still beautiful in the winter rose garden.

Texas Rose Garden View Out My Kitchen Window
Then: Texas Rose Garden View Out My Kitchen Window Room With A View out the Texas Kitchen Window
Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
NOW: Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois

The Rose Garden of Fukushima | by Maya Moore

The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore
The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore
The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore

Review: Before and after photos of the Futaba Rose Garden appeared in an article called “Roses Abroad”, written by Akira Ogawa in the July/Aug 2013 issue of The American Rose Magazine of The American Rose Society. I was so moved and stricken with such sorrow and grief for Okada, his family and the people of Futaba Town, I contacted the honorable Akira Ogawa expressing my sincere sorrow for their loss due to the Great East Japan Earthquake measuring 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011. The earthquake, created the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at the three Fukushima Daiichi reactors which combined effect of loss and devastation shall be felt for generations. Mr. Akira Ogawa and I have stayed in touch. On New Year’s Eve of 2014, I opened a package from Mr. Ogawa, it was the book called The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore.

The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore
The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore

I shall always treasure it;

it is the story of one of the “countless narratives that unfolded from the momentous tragedies of the great Tohoku Earthquake and explosion at the nuclear plant”. Ms. Moore tells the story of how the Futaba Rose Garden was designed, built and maintained by one man, Katsuhide “Katz” Okada, and his wife Kazuko and their family over the course of 50 years with pictures of the garden before the earthquake and nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, and pictures of the garden as it stands now after the disaster occurred and its devastating effects on the landscape. Katz began his dream garden when he was only 17, with the support of his father, and would end up “creating an oasis unparalleled in the country, if not the world.” 50,000 people came to visit the rose garden each year in Futaba Town nestled in Japan’s historical Soma region. Ms. Moore’s book is a pictorial of how a little town and its beautiful garden nestled in a pristine setting so close to a sleeping dragon eventually came to be swallowed up by the beast.

The Rose Garden of Fukushima Archway Before
The Rose Garden of Fukushima Archway BeforeKatz Dream was to build

Katz dream was to build the garden

upon four key concepts he called foundation stones, “Natural,” “Green,” “Atmospheric,” and of course “Roses.” His first task was to modulate the space with visual rhythms. This is a powerful force he put in play with Himalayan cedars and vertical design elements. Ms. Moore’s book is a treasure that captures the visual beauty of the garden’s design elements. It also tells the story of what happened on that momentous day in March on another 11th day we have in common with the people of Japan that changed the world forever when this garden and so many lives ceased to exist. In Ms. Moore’s beautiful chronology of the story of the garden as I turned the pages upon reaching page 82, I began to cry at the sight of the garden as it stands today frozen in the despair of that fateful day.

The Archway of The Futaba Rose Garden After the Nuclear Disaster
The Archway of The Futaba Rose Garden After the Nuclear Disaster

But remnants of the beauty remain

draped in an arbor once so beautiful but now poised as if in anguish shown in the picture on page 85. Some of the pictures actually look like a snarled web of destruction, within a wilderness of among wisps of frightened loneliness. The pictures on page 87 depict such barrenness and a statue once beautiful frozen as if asking an eternal question of why? Katz was inspired to tell the history of roses to visitors in a chronology from Wild Roses to Modern Roses so visitors would know the history of roses.

Ms. Moores book includes the history

of the garden and a lesson we need to remember of the fragility of life. Countless people drew beauty and wonder from the Fukushima Rose garden, now this book by Maya Moore captures this story for all time. I am so thankful that the honorable Akira Ogawa sent me The Rose Garden of Fukushima by Maya Moore, and he wrote about Katz Okada and his Fukushima Rose Garden for The American Rose magazine. Ms Moore captured for all time how one man’s dream became a reality, as it was and as it is today so we never forget. All of life is but a vapor that can be gone in an instant, but hope endures in the human spirit and in all living things. Katz at the end was beginning anew with his roses and Ms. Moore tells the story eloquently. Ms. Moore’s book is a beautiful work that I highly recommend.

Futaba Rose Garden Before the Nuclear Disaster and After
Futaba Rose Garden Before the Nuclear Disaster and After

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