The Biltmore Rose Trials | Saturday, September 22, 2017 | Asheville, NC
The Biltmoreâ€™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 Biltmoreâ€™s expert horticulturalists and Rosarian, Jon Parker.
Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this yearâ€™s competition, Saturday, September 22th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmoreâ€™s Historic Rose Garden, named last year an ‘Award of Excellence Garden’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies.
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 Biltmoreâ€™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 Biltmoreâ€™s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September. Here are this year’s award winning roses and breeders.
Biltmore International Rose Trials 2017 Results
Award: Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for â€˜Most Fragrant Roseâ€™
Winner: ‘Dee-LishÂ®â€™ MEIclusif, bred by Meilland Roses, France
Contact and Distributor: Star Roses and Plants
Award:Â Pauline Merrell Award for BestÂ Hybrid Tea
Winner: â€˜Anastasiaâ€™ bred by Michelle Adam
Contact and Distributor: Weeks Roses
Award: Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda
Winner: â€˜Lion Kingâ€™ bred by Ping Lim
Contact and Distributor: Altman Plants
Awards: for â€˜Screaming Neon Redâ€™
William Cecil Award For Best Growth Habit:
Type of Award:Â Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub
Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials
Winner: Easy Elegance â€˜Screaming Neon Redâ€™ bred by Ping Lim
Since 2011, Biltmoreâ€™s Rose Garden has been home to the Biltmore Rose Trails, created by Paul Zimmerman who wrote the rules, finds the entrants and now runs the trials with the help of the wonderful folks at Biltmore. “My official title regarding the Trials is Coordinator Of The Biltmore International Rose Trials,” says Paul Zimmerman when I interviewed him for, the article called, “Roses Are Plants Too”. More than 90 varieties of roses from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmoreâ€™s expert horticulturalists now under the direction of Rosarian Jonathon Palmer. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. One of the permanent judges we are quite fond of and familiar with that makes the trek to the garden to judge 4 times a year is Lynn Hunt author of the Dirt Diaries and her husband Chris Hunt. We are so appreciative of this tremendous commitment the permanent jury makes. We make the trip once a year and are honored to do it. This yearâ€™s competition, this week-end Saturday, September 23, 2017 the international and permanent juries will conduct the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2015.
Director of Biltmore Wine Club, Jeff PlackÂ Jplack@biltmore.comÂ and others from the wine club, will be joining us for the perfect pairing for wine and roses at the reception the evening before the judging this Saturday, September 23rd. We look forward to meeting the Biltmore Wine Club. This is a group of us with current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley
The Biltmoreâ€™s Rose Garden, home of the world famous Biltmore International Rose Trials and 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 Garden Excellence’ on Friday, September 24th in Biltmoreâ€™s Rose Garden. On hand to receive the award from Past President of the American Rose Society (ARS) and current Vice President for North America World Federation Of Rose Societies (WFRS), Jolene Adams was Parker Andes, and Biltmoreâ€™s director of horticulture and Emily Tice Wilson, Biltmoreâ€™s former rosarian as well as this year’s & last year’s Biltmore International Rose Trials judges and sponsors of the event Witherspoon Roses, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike, and Mills Magic Rose Fertilizer, Mr. & Mrs. John Beaty. This highly sought after and prestigious â€˜Award of Garden Excellenceâ€™ for the best rose gardens in the world was established to improve the public’s knowledge in all matters concerning roses.
‘Award of Garden Excellence’Eligibility.
A garden may be eligible for an award which has:
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)
Sustained performance in conducting international rose trials.
Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.
â€œBiltmoreâ€™s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,â€ said Parker Andes, Biltmoreâ€™s Director and trials manager. â€œWeâ€™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 Biltmoreâ€™s collection of old garden and modern roses.â€
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 â€“ 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.
Guests visiting Biltmoreâ€™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 Biltmoreâ€™s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September.
Roses that have won this award have gone through rigorous testing and have proven to be sustainable, no-spray roses for a period of two years in the climate of Asheville, NC. During the judging process there are no rose names displayed so this process remains anonymous to the judges. The judges do this on their own time and at their own expense to be able to present the best roses to the public.
The Biltmore Rose Trials are important because I feel certain that under most circumstances if you plant a Biltmore Rose Trial award winner healthy plant of the same name purchased from a reputable grower your chances are very good that you will have great success with this rose in your garden. Rose Success Is What We Aim For
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Â·Â Â Â Â Â Type of Award: Chauncey Beadle Award for Best ShrubÂ
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Winner: ‘The Lark Ascending’
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Breeder: David Austin Roses
Â·Â Â Â Â Â To read about David Austin ‘The Lark Ascending’ click HERE
Thank-you Paul Zimmerman, twitter @PZimmermanRoses, Biltmore Director, Parker Andes, Public Relations Director LeeAnn DonnellyÂ and current rosarian Jonathon Palmer who are the epitome of Southern hospitality at The Biltmore on Twitter @BiltmoreEstate for inviting us to judge an event crucial to educating the public on the most sustainable roses for their gardens.
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‘Memorial Day’ Â Hybrid Tea Rose Blooming Today in Central IL Rose Garden
“This One Is Definitely a ‘Year of the Rose’ Rose ~ All America Garden Selections
‘Memory Gardens’ of roses and companion plants are very popular.
Gardens to memorialize loved ones are a place of serenity and contemplation inspiring a sense of connection to your loved ones to keep your memories of them alive.
Planning Your Own Memory Rose Garden
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.*
Choose a location with 6-8 hours of sun. Some roses 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 byÂ Al Whitcomb.
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.
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’Â .
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” of your loved onesÂ because they trigger fond memories by their name or because they may have been their favorite rose.
September 11th is as good a time as any to start your very own Garden of Memories. We’re only a Website away to answer your questions about rose growing. There are so many plants including roses that can be planted in the fall. It’s a great time to plan, order and start your ‘Memory Garden’. Fall planting is really fun, because its cooler weather.