‘Savanah’ Rose

'Savannah' Rose

'Savannah' Rose, Winner of 'Best Overall Rose' of the #BiltmoreRoseTrials that I bought as a container rose bush from Jackson & Perkins grows from a tiny potted rose to a beautiful full grown rose in Gaga's Garden.

Posted by Gagas Garden on Friday, May 31, 2019

Savannah” Took ‘Best in Show’ at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials

‘Savannah’ My Original Purchase from Jackson & Perkins

An international jury of rose experts awarded this dusky pink rose bred in Germany called “Savannah,” the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose/Best in Show during the third annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015. I knew I wanted this rose for the garden as soon as I saw it at The Biltmore. Here are some real world garden results for you now. From buying it shipped from Jackson & Perkins in a little pot, planting it, now grown to a full size rose in the garden you can see real results and how ‘Savannah’ will perform for you as well in your garden.

‘Savannah’ Is The Rose I Wanted For My Garden | And So Will You

“Savannah” is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.

· The Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea: “Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany

Growers, distributors and all-around rose appreciators joined the jury for the event, the culmination of two years’ growth of roses submitted by breeders in 2013 to be cared for and tested by Biltmore’s expert gardening team. Rose breed from the U.S. and several other countries made it through preliminary judging rounds for Saturday’s final contest, held at Biltmore’s 120-year-old Rose Garden. After rigorous testing ‘Savannah’ proved to be a rose that is the perfect rose.

‘Savannah’ with Michael Young Sculpture
‘Savannah’ in the Rose Garden
‘Savannah’ in the Rose Garden
‘Savannah’ Spray

‘Savannah’ Is The Rose For Every Garden

This is how ‘Savannah’ looks after two very difficult winters in zone 6b, with extreme winters of heating & cooling and this rose holds up beautifully. If you want a perfect disease free rose that requires minimal care this rose is for you.

Rose Classifications | Know Before You Grow

'Pretty Lady Rose' hybrid tea rose

“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 on the Web is the rose. Before you head out to garden centers to buy roses here’s an easy guide to rose classifications.

‘Rainbow Sorbet’ bred by Ping Lim is a Gorgeous Floribunda Rose | First of The Floribunda Rose Garden Roses Planted

Roses are a big investment, educate yourself on rose classifications and varieties available before you make an investment.

Rose Education Leads To Successful Rose Growing

Here are photos of each classification of rose so that you can familiarize yourself with what you may be looking for in the type rose you want to grow. Learn to recognize the differences and what to look for in the rose classification you want, then identify a color you like and you’re in business. You can read the tag on the rose all about the rose ‘variety 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 have listened to YOU! Each year there are better, minimal care roses available that you will have great success growing.

World Class Rose Growers

Weeks Roses, Meilland Roses, Kordes Roses, and Conard Pyle Star Roses are world class rose growers that I 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. where I rate the roses growing in my garden. The rose included are for their:

Minimal Care Roses Rated On

  • disease resistance
  • ease of care
  • beauty
  • fragrance

Modern Rose Classifications

Hybrid Tea | America’s Favorite Rose

Pretty Lady Rose | Hybrid Tea
Pretty Lady Rose Hybrid Tea | bred by Christian Bedard
  • 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
  • Identifiable by a large bloom grown on a single stem

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

Grandiflora Roses

Queen Elizabeth In The Garden
Queen Elizabeth In The Garden

‘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 Description:

Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
  • ‘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' Roses in Bloom in the Rose Garden
‘Above and Beyond’ Roses in Bloom

‘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.

The Biltmore Rose Trials 2017 Award Winners

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The Biltmore Rose Trials | Saturday, September 22, 2017 | Asheville, NC

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, Jon Parker.

Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, Saturday, September 22th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmore’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 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 2017 Results

Award: Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for ‘Most Fragrant Rose’

Winner: ‘Dee-Lish®’ MEIclusif, bred by Meilland Roses, France

Contact and Distributor: Star Roses and Plants

‘Dee-Lish’ MEIclusif wins ‘Most Fragrant Rose

Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

Winner: ‘Anastasia’ bred by Michelle Adam

Contact and Distributor: Weeks Roses

'Anastasia' (Fully Open) 'Best Hybrid Tea' | On the Actual Winning Specimen an Open Rose Later in The Day of the Awards
‘Anastasia’ (Fully Open) ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ | On the Actual Winning Specimen an Open Rose Later in The Day of the Awards

Award: Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda

Winner: ‘Lion King’ bred by Ping Lim

Contact and Distributor: Altman Plants

‘Lion King’ Best Floribunda

Awards: for ‘Screaming Neon Red’

  1. William Cecil Award For Best Growth Habit:
  2. Type of Award: Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub
  3. Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
  4. George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials

Winner: Easy Elegance ‘Screaming Neon Red’ bred by Ping Lim

Contact and Distributor: Easy Elegance

‘Screaming Neon Red’ | Winner of ‘Best Shrub’ #Biltmore Rose Trials

Rotogravure of The Biltmore Rose Trials

Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge
Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge

Judges Just Before Judging Begins at the Biltmore Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Jim Wilson | Teresa Byington | Judges at Biltmore Rose Trials
Susan Fox | Jim Wilson | Teresa Byington | Judges at Biltmore Rose Trials

Friends Together Again with Laura Seabaugh Exec. Dir. of American Rose Society

Joe & Ann Gibson

Parker & Alice Andes |Teresa Byington and Susan Fox

Chris Van Cleave with Folks From Earth Kind & Cindy Dale

Captain Eddy and The Dales

Susan Fox | Pat Shanley | Ann Gibson | Marilyn Wellan

 

 

The Biltmore Rose Trials Winners Prove Sustainability

Honorine de Brabant - Bourbon and Hybrid Perpetual Roses - Old ...

Since 2011, Biltmore’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 Biltmore’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 year’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.

Susan Fox, Paul Zimmerman, Teresa Byington, Tina Van Cleave at Biltmore Rose Trials reception
Susan Fox, Paul Zimmerman, Teresa Byington, Tina Van Cleave at Biltmore Rose Trials reception

Director of Biltmore Wine Club, Jeff Plack Jplack@biltmore.com 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 Biltmore Rose Trials Reception | Marilyn Wellan, Marci Martin, Susan Fox, Pat Shanley

The Biltmore’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 Biltmore’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 Biltmore’s director of horticulture and Emily Tice Wilson, Biltmore’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 ‘Award of Garden Excellence’ for the best rose gardens in the world was established to improve the public’s knowledge in all matters concerning roses.

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

‘Award of Garden Excellence’Eligibility.

A garden may be eligible for an award which has:

  1. 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.

 

  • Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.

“Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Parker Andes, Biltmore’s Director 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. 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 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.

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

Here are the roses that have won since 2014:

The Biltmore Rose Trials 2014 Results

 

  • ‘Honorine de Brabant’ | Best Established Roses
  • Honorine de Brabant - Bourbon and Hybrid Perpetual Roses - Old ...
    Honorine de Brabant – Bourbon and Hybrid Perpetual Roses –
  • ‘Bejazzo’ | Best Climber | Kordes
  • Bejazzo | Kordes | Best Climber
    Bejazzo | Kordes | Best Climber
  • ‘Tequila Supreme’ | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

    'Tequila Supreme' | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants
    ‘Tequila Supreme’ | Best Floribunda | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants
  • ‘Sweet Drift’ | Best Ground Cover | Meilland | Star Roses and Plants

    'Sweet Drift' | Best Ground Cover | 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

    '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’
  • ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Best Shrub Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses
  • 'Miracle on the Hudson' at The Biltmore the day it swept the show winning 'Best Overall category
    ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ at The Biltmore the day it swept the show winning ‘Best Overall category
  • ‘Pookah’ |Best Open Group | Polyantha | by the Late and Beloved James Delahanty
  • 'Pookah' Best Open Group | 'Bejazzo' Best Climber
    ‘Pookah’ Best Open Group | ‘Bejazzo’ Best Climber
  • ‘Munstead Wood’ Most Fragrant David Austin Roses
  • 'Munstead Wood' David Austin Rose voted a Biltmore Rose Trial Most Fragrant Rose of the 2014 #BiltmoreRoseTrials
    ‘Munstead Wood’ David Austin Rose voted Most Fragrant Rose at the 2014 International #BiltmoreRoseTrials
  • ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Winner @Francis Roses

 

The Biltmore Rose Trials 2015 Results

 

  • ·      Best in Show
  • ·      “Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany

 

‘Savannah’ Winner of Biltmore Rose Trials

  • ·      The Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea:
  • ·      “Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany  
  • ·      The Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose:
  • ·      “Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany
  • ·      The Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose: “Queen Elizabeth,” a Grandiflora rose.

 

Queen Elizabeth In The Garden
Queen Elizabeth In The Garden

  • ·      The Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda:
  • ·      “Tequila Gold,” bred by Meilland Roses International in France.

 

Awarded Best Floribunda
Tequila Gold on The Award Table at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Awarded Best Floribunda

  • ·      The Honorable John Cecil for Open Group:
  • ·      “Popcorn Drift,” bred by Nova Flora, in West Grove, Pa.

 

Star Roses Popcorn Drift
Star Roses Popcorn Drift

  • ·      The Gilded Age Award for Best Climber:
  • ·      “Flying Kiss,” bred by Roses by Ping Lim, based in Portland, Oregon  (Place Holder for Photo)

 

  • The William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit:
  •  “Phloxy Baby,” bred by Bill Radler, of Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Phloxy Baby William Cecil
    Best Growth Habit
    Bill Radler
  • The Biltmore Rose Trials 2016 Results

  • Type of Award: The Guilded Age Award for Best Climber
  • Winner: ‘Honeymoonâ„¢’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses
  • Breeder: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoon’ click HERE
  • Type of Award: Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
  • Winner: ‘Honeymoonâ„¢’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses
  • Breeder/Distributor: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoonâ„¢ Arborose’ click HERE

 

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

  • Type of Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea
  • Winner: P9511T
  • Breeder/Distributor: Ping Lim Distributor/TBD Click HERE

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

 

  • 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

    Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
    Biltmore Rose Trials Winning Rose Shrub ‘Polar Expressâ„¢ Spray of ‘Polar Expressâ„¢ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’
  • ·      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

  • Thank-you Paul Zimmerman, twitter @PZimmermanRoses, Biltmore Director, Parker Andes, Public Relations Director LeeAnn Donnelly 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.

Check out @VisitNC on Twitter for more to see and do while visiting the Biltmore.

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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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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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