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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Labor Day Rose Parade

The Rose Garden in Bloom

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March was our first rose garden blooming of the 2015 season with American Rose Society (ARS) Executive Director Laura Seabaugh and many of the finest US American Rose Society member docents there to educate the public about roses. ARS Vice President, Ms. Pat Shanley, membership chair provided 1000’s of printed ARS handouts

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

Labor Day, the first Monday of September honors the contributions workers have made to the “strength, prosperity and well-being of the country.” It also traditionally signals the end of summer, and back to school. I can define the day in two words, its time to “Get Serious” again and settle into a routine. Summer time can be disruptive for many families and to go about the business of life and learning they need a structured environment.

Star Roses and Plants Apricot Candy in Bloom at Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March
Star Roses and Plants Apricot Candy in Bloom at Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March
September is also time to start wrapping up the rose garden for fall rose shows. For most of the US with a fall season here’s your September rose garden check list:
  • Make your last fertilization this month.
  • Cut spent blooms if you desire
  • Those not cut will form rosehips and start the bush into a slow dormancy process
  • Continue watering deep to eight inches
  • Check for thrips if you intend to exhibit, cooler nights is the right environment for mildew

In honor of Labor Day Here is a rotogravure of the highlights of the 2015 rose season.

The Rose Garden in Bloom
The Rose Garden in Bloom | The two Candelabra are on ‘Hot Cocoa’

I keep a diary of the growing season. My summary thus far for zone 6b “has not been a very good rose year” in Illinois. Too much rain, not enough sun. It looks like the fall bloom may be significant yet.

Moondance by Dr. Keith Zary
Moondance by Dr. Keith Zary
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin Roses
Anna's Promise Blooming at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March
Anna’s Promise Blooming at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March
Rainbow Sorbet by Ping Lim | It positively glows
Rainbow Sorbet, by Ping Lim, Glowing in the morning sun| by Ping Lim | Kimberlina| Iceberg
Legend | A Roses As Big As A Barn ;)
Legend | A Roses As Big As A Barn 😉
Oso Easy® 'Candy Oh!' by Proven Winners
Oso Easy® ‘Candy Oh!’ by Proven Winners
Weeks Roses 'Easy Does It' | The little floribunda work horse of the garden
Weeks Roses ‘Easy Does It’ | The little floribunda work horse of the garden

P. Allen Smith's Garden outside his kitchen | It reminds me of fireworks! | I love this picture!
P. Allen Smith’s Garden outside his kitchen | It reminds me of fireworks! | I love this picture!
Famous and Elusive 'Big Daddy' | My custom amde hat for The #BiltmoreRoseTrials
Famous and Elusive ‘Big Daddy’ | My #rose hat for The #BiltmoreRoseTrials
Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary
Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary

Have a wonderful Labor Day Everyone! I’ll be in New York at the American Rose Society Convention next weekend, September 10-13. to talk about rose photography. Some of the most significant contributors to rose hybridization in the world will be there. Alain Meilland the creator of the ‘Peace’ rose. The Kordes family of roses is coming from Germany. Bill Radler creator of the Knock Out rose. Michael Marriot from David Austin Roses, and that’s just who I can rattle off the top of my head! I’ll be taking notes folks and writing and posting pictures. Do your part and re-tweet and forward. Tell your friends to watch for this exciting event.

Recipe For A Rose Garden

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

Key Ingredients : Weeks Roses 

'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

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.

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

Love

'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.

The Geese Girls in their Patriotic Regalia
The Geese Girls in their Patriotic Regalia
Erik Posing Naturally by Europeana
Erik Posing Naturally by ‘Europeana’

*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.

Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners
Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners

 

Sunshine Award

Gaga and Ella
Sunshine Award
Sunshine Award | Here is how it works. It is an opportunity to help others find new cool things in the blogoshere.
1) Use the logo above in the post.
2) Link to whoever nominated you.
3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4) Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”
5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

Sunshine Award

December flew by like a whirlwind. A blessing from heaven, we have a new grand daughter!

Christmas Baby
Christmas Baby Grand-Daughter

Icing on the cake was being awarded the Sunshine Award by Bren of BG Garden and host of Garden Chat. Delighted and honored when she tweeted the write-up I was taking care of a my 5, 7, and 15 year old while we welcomed the new baby into the world. 

Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning

Have you ever felt that people like to talk about themselves? It seems easy to talk about yourself, right? It is easy as long as the conversation is light and airy. I think most people are uncomfortable talking about themselves. So here goes, the Sunshine Award requires that I share ten things with you about myself. My mother always used to say that I wear my “heart on my sleeve,” so what can I share with you that perhaps you do not already know?

Big Sister Holds the Her Sister for the First Time at The Hospital
Big Sister Holds Ger New Baby Sister for the First Time at The Hospital

The question is, should the sharing be deep or superficial? My dear friend Margie Clayman has debated this question often, that when one shares of themselves then we become vulnerable. Perhaps that’s just who we are.

Here is how it works. It is an opportunity to help others find new cool things in the blogosphere.

1) Use the logo above in the post.

2) Link to whoever nominated you.  

3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.

4) Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”

5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

Ok here goes. Here are ten things about me.

Some things about me kind of go without saying;

#1    I am very loyal to family and friends so I do not know if that counts.

#2    My granddaughter Gabrielle first called me Doggy after I kept saying Gram-ma a million times, then she evolved to what friends and family call me now, Gaga.

#3    I used to ride a dirt bike called a Montessa and I flipped over the handlebars on a ride with my sister-in-law Martha.

#4    My mother is a Chisholm of the Chisholm’s of the Chisholm Trail and my father a descendant of Mary Proctor,  the first witch accused of witchcraft. I love genealogy and I am a          Daughter of the American Revolution. I have the paperwork to become a Daughter of the Republic of Texas.

#5    I don’t sleep with the closet doors or any chest of drawers open.

#6    Straightening rugs is kind of an obsession.

#7    I love fried okra.

#8    Babies always smile at me and I always smile back.

#9    Sports are my thing and I get kind of blue when football season is over.

#10  I used to be a model in Chicago and have a full portfolio.

Gaga on the Wall
Gagas Offical Status Declared By the State of Texas

Ten Outstanding Must Read Blogs

Here are ten writers in alphabetical order because they are all so incredibly gifted that I didn’t want to imply anything by the order I put them in. I know each will enrich your life by reading their blogs.

1. http://badredheadmedia.com/

Rachel Thompson is a top-notch marketer, social media expert and author that is interactive with her audience and knows how to connect all the dots. 

2. www.bggarden.com

Bren’s site is a treasure trove of information and beautiful pictures as well as recipes. I visit there for so many reasons and so will you once you pay your first visit.

3. http://brianvickery.com/

Brian writes about so many topics. What I enjoy the most are his sports analogies. Here is one of my favorites of all time. 12 Most Texas Tall Tales Growing Up Down By The River 

4. http://jack-rosarian.blogspot.com/

The Minnesota Rose Gardener Jack Falker, this rose blog is for the serious rosarian. Jack gets into the ‘real meat’ of rose growing. If you are into research and learning the in-depth details about climate change, shifts in temperatures and zones in the global climate patterns then Jack is your man.

5. http://www.lisapetrilli.com/

Lisa Petrilli is a dedicated businesswoman and she loves roses. She has been so supportive all the while working on a start-up company of hers. Her is a quote from her recent post: “We are all more powerful when we awaken every aspect of ourselves – masculine as well as feminine, head as well as heart – and live our lives as our full, whole, True Selves….” Lisa Petrilli

6. http://www.margieclayman.com/

Margie’s Moments of Tiyoweh. A brilliant marketer and writer, Margie writes about a diverse range of timely topics. She invites dialog and I guarantee you will always learn something and meet new, intriguing writers through her.

7. www.martinamcgowan.com

Dr. Martina McGowan is simply the most inspirational writer I know. Let me put is this way. Say you are having a day that you need good advice or motivation, go to Dr. McGowan’s Web site and just read, you will find what you may need right there at your finger tips. 

8. http://spinsucks.com/

Gini Dietrich is one of the top public relations people in the country. She is witty, entertaining and also writes Gin & Topics every Friday that you don’t want to miss. I can’t tell you how many times I have laughed out loud at her compilation of Friday.

9. www.thegardendiary.com

Teresa Byington is a rosarian that has a heart for roses. She loves roses and is dedicated to writing about them and learning more about them every day.

10. http://wallacegardens.tumblr.com/

Nancy Wallace creates custom container gardens, indoor terrariums and does residential garden design plans. She writes and photographs them as well. She has helped me identify so many plants! She is a delight to know and grow with. Her site is gorgeous and Nancy known on Twitter as @SassyNancy is so much fun to know.

Mother's Bouquet of Roses
Mother’s Bouquet of Roses

Happy New Year Everyone!