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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Love Planted A Rose Garden | June Is National Rose Month

June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom

“Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet ” ~

Katherine Lee Bates

June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom
June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom

Floribunda Rose Garden in Bloom

June was declared National Rose Month by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

The Northeastern Illinois Rose Society was proud to play a role in having the rose named America’s floral emblem while Don Ballin was the President of the American Rose Society (ARS). I was on the board of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society at the time. It was a historic moment, captured for the world to see, when our Northeastern Illlinois President Don Ballin was with President Reagan as he signed the proclamation making the rose the national flower. Don Ballin is pictured below with President Reagan (far right) as he signed the legislation.

The National Flower In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. The National Rose Garden is committed to honoring this national symbol as a reflection of our broader landscape. (Image: American Rose Society)

President Ronald Reagan signing Proclamation 5574, November 20, 1986 (Image: American Rose Society)

 Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ by Robert Neal Rippetoe | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Winner | May 24, 2014. I was a judge at the International #BiltmoreRose Trails at the Biltmore Estate last week-end in Ashville, NC. Paul Zimmerman author of Everday Roses and Consultant to the Biltmore Estate conducts the Trials along with Lucas Jack and his Team each year.
'Miracle On The Hudson' By Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ By Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner

Across the nation there are rose shows and gardens open that you can take your family and enjoy the beauty of the first bloom all through the month of June and of course the entire summer.  I encourage you to go to the gardens across the country. Here’s just a few of the blooms that are spectacular in the garden this week. It’s been a cool & wet spring in Central Illinois but it is still a breathtaking first cycle of bloom.

PR Web even Lists 12 Fun Facts about roses:

Did you know 85% of American say the rose is their favorite flower?

FUN FACT 1: The White House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden this year. In 1913 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 million years old.

FUN FACT 8: In 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.

Bouquet of 'Honorine de Brabant' Best Establish Rose, A Bourban
Bouquet of ‘Honorine de Brabant’ Best Establish Rose, A Bourbon Rose

‘Honorine de Brabant’ winner of Best Established Rose at The Biltmore Rose Trails

THE NATIONAL ROSE GARDEN
HONORING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
The National Flower
In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. The National Rose Garden is committed to honoring this national symbol as a reflection of our broader landscape.
President Ronald Reagan signing Proclamation 5574, November 20, 1986
UNITED STATES SENATE RESOLUTION The flower commonly known as the rose is designated and adopted as the national floral emblem of the United States of America, and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to declare such fact by proclamation.Title 36, Chapter 10, §187
United States Code Proclamation No. 5574. The Rose Proclaimed the National
Floral Emblem of the United States of AmericaProc. No. 5574. Nov. 20, 1986, 51 F.R. 42197, provided:
Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.
We see proofs of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.
The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 159 [Pub.L. 99.449, Oct. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 1128, which enacted this section], has designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation declaring this fact.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.
RONALD REAGAN

Biltmore Rose Trial Winners 2014 Announced

Bejazzo | Kordes | Best Climber
Bejazzo | Kordes | Best Climber
Bejazzo | Kordes | Best Climber

“Since 2011, Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, the international and permanent juries will conduct the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2012.

Honorine de Brabant
Honorine de Brabant | Best Established Roses | Biltmore Rose Trials

“Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Lucas Jack, Biltmore’s rosarian 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.”

'Miracle On The Hudson' | Best Shrub| by Robery Neal Rippetoe @FrancisRoses Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner | Best Over All Biltmore Rose Trials
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Best Shrub| by Robery Neal Rippetoe @FrancisRoses Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner | Best Over All Biltmore Rose Trials

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.

'Tequila Supreme' | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants
‘Tequila Supreme’ | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

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. New rose varieties will be planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

'Francis Meilland' | Best Hybrid Tea | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants
‘Francis Meilland’ | Best Hybrid Tea | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

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.”

'Sweet Drift' | Best Ground Cover | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants
‘Sweet Drift’ | Best Ground Cover | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

Thank-you Paul Zimmerman on twitter @PZimmermanRoses Lucas Jack, Parker Andes and LeeAnn Donnelly  and all the gracious folks who were the epitome of Southern hospitality at The Biltmore on Twitter @BiltmoreEstate for inviting us to judge this spectacular affair. Check out @VisitNC on Twitter

'Pookah' Polyantha and 'Bejazzo' Climber Winners of Biltmore Rose Trials
‘Pookah’ and ‘Bejazzo’ Winners of #BiltmoreRoseTrials

The Biltmore Rose Trials 2014 Results

  • ‘Honorine de Brabant’ | Best Established Roses

  • ‘Bejazzo’ | Best Climber | Kordes

  • ‘Tequila Supreme’ | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

  • ‘Sweet Drift’ | Best Ground Cover | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

  • ‘Francis Meilland’ | Best Hybrid Tea | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

  • ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Best Shrub Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses

  • ‘Pookah’ |Best Open Group | Polyantha | by the Late and Beloved James Delahanty

  • ‘Munstead Wood’ Most Fragrant David Austin Roses

  • ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Winner @Francis Roses

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials.

Susan Fox and Paul Zimmerman at The Biltmore Rose Trials Asheville NC
Susan Fox and Paul Zimmerman at The Biltmore Rose Trials Asheville NC

 

Bouquet of 'Honorine de Brabant' Best Establish Rose, A Bourban
Bouquet of ‘Honorine de Brabant’ Best Establish Rose, A Bourbon Rose