Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

Biltmore Rose Trial Awards Announced Sept 28, 2019

Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

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Posted by Gagas Garden on Saturday, September 28, 2019
Biltmore Rose Trials Awards Announced By Paul Zimmerman

‘Coral Knock Out® ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ & ‘Best Shrub’ Award

‘Coral Knock Out®’ bred by Will Radler, of Star Roses and Plants wins the prestigious George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ and the Chauncey Beadle Award for ‘Best Shrub’.
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award & Chauncey Beadle Award for 'Best Shrub' & 'Most Outstanding Rose' "The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award & Chauncey Beadle Award for ‘Best Shrub’ & ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ “The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award 'Most Outstanding Rose' "The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler

The Biltmore Rose Trials run for two years judged four times a year. ‘Coral ‘Knock Out® bred by Will Radler of Star Roses and Plants won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’, and ‘Best Shrub’.

Another Star Rose is born, Plantastar that is. ‘Coral Knock Out®’, bred by the infamous breeder of the 2018 World Federation of Rose Societies ‘Hall of Fame’ Rose ‘Double Knock Out®’ the rose that changed the world of landscapes, Will Radler, and winner of ‘Best Climber’, ‘Highwire Flyer’ last year, ‘Coral Knock Out®’ Congratulations Will, Star Roses & Plants, and Ball Horticulture. We missed you Brad Yoder. Wished you were there to collect your awards.

‘Cupid’s Kiss ‘Gilded Age Award’ ‘Best Climber’ by Christian Bedard, Weeks Roses

Rosa Cupid's Kisses 'Gilded Age Award' 'Cupid's Kiss' by Christian Bedard 'Best Climber'
Rosa Cupid’s Kisses ‘Gilded Age Award’ ‘Cupid’s Kisses’ by Christian Bedard
‘Best Climber’
'Gilded Age Award' 'Cupid's Kiss' by Christian Bedard 'Best Climber'

Spray of ‘Cupid’s Kisses’ cut from the winning plant of the Biltmore Rose Trials on Sept. 18, 2019

‘Moonlight Romantica’ By Meilland Wins ‘Best Hybrid Tea Rose’

'Pauline Merrill Award' 'Moonlight Romantica' Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses 'Best Hybrid tea Rose'
‘Pauline Merrill Award’ ‘Moonlight Romantica’ Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses ‘Best Hybrid tea Rose’
'Pauline Merrill Award' 'Moonlight Romantica' Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses 'Best Hybrid tea Rose'

‘Moonlight Romantica’ cut from the rose bush in the Biltmore Rose Garden the day of the judging.

‘Bliss Parfuma’ by Kordes Wins ‘Best Floribunda’

'Edith Wharton Award' 'Bliss Parfuma' bred by Kordes Roses' 'Best Floribunda'
‘Edith Wharton Award’ ‘Bliss Parfuma’ bred by Kordes Roses’ ‘Best Floribunda’

‘Sweet Hips’ Wins ‘Best General Impression’ & ‘Best Disease Resistant’

'Rosa ‘Sweet Hips’ Rosa rugosa KAPswehp 'William Cecil Award' & 'Lord Burleigh Award': 'Best General Impression' & 'Best Disease Resistant' 'Sweet Hips'
‘Rosa ‘Sweet Hips’ Rosa rugosa KAPswehp ‘William Cecil Award’ & ‘Lord Burleigh Award’: ‘Best General Impression’ & ‘Best Disease Resistant’ ‘Sweet Hips’
William Cecil Award' & 'Lord Burleigh Award; 'Best General Impression' & 'Best Disease Resistant' 'Sweet Kiss'

Cutting from the shrub the day of the judging of ‘Sweet Hips’. Paul Zimmerman stated ‘Sweet Hips’ was only 4/10 of a point less than ‘Coral Knock Out® of the top scoring rose for ‘Most Outstanding Rose’

Sept. 27th Biltmore Rose Garden Reception

Host of the Award Ceremony Witherspoon Rose, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike of Witherspoon Rose
Center, sponsors of the Award Ceremony Witherspoon Rose, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike of Witherspoon Rose, Susan Fox, and Mr. & Mrs. Dale
Ann & Joe Gibson
Ann & Joe Gibson
Julie Ashman judging roses at Biltmore Rose Trials
Julie Ashman judging roses at Biltmore Rose Trials
Judging the Biltmore Rose Trials
Judging the Biltmore Rose Trials
Carolyn Jolly Windmoyer
Carolyn Jolly Windmoyer, Biltmore Rose Trials Rose Judge
Biltmore Rose Garden Team lead by Parker Andes
Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture, Stacy Weir, Walled Garden Manager, and Bill Quade, Sr. Garden Manager, cutting up for the camera
Susan Fox & Paul Zimmerman at the Reception, Darlene
University of TN Knoxville's expert on Rose Rosette Dr. & Mrs. Mark Windham Whitmore
University of TN Knoxville’s expert on Rose Rosette Dr. & Mrs. Mark Windham Whitmore
Judging the Roses

Until next year that’s the results for this year’s rose trials. You can trust the results of the Biltmore Rose Trials. I judge the roses and I grow them as well. These roses are the best roses you can grow in your home gardens I guarantee.

Judges Listening to Instructions from Paul Zimmerman
Steve Hilker, Susan Fox and Joe Gibson

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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Easy To Love | Easy To Grow |Roses

Pretty Lady Rose
Pretty Lady Rose

An Easy To Love |  Easy To Grow | Rose Garden

“Roses Are For Every Garden” at  The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, interview with

What Jodie Henke of Living the Country Life radio (a Meredith, Better Homes & Garden property) will air across the U.S., on

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower. They want easy-to-grow roses. Rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with. Here are some of the  Conard Pyle Star Roses and Weeks Roses, that I researched and have personally grown. I included them because of their beauty and ease of care. Star Roses and Weeks Roses supplied the roses for the Chicago Flower & Garden rose garden his year and last year  had been planned to be at the show. They are minimal care roses bred for their easy to grow qualities. I can vouch for their high degree of success in the garden. Christian Bédard told us ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ may be the best rose he’s ever bred and I can tell you its at the top of my list for perfection.

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Hybrid Teas Roses | Americas Favorite Flower

Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden. They are perfect for cut flowers and creating our own bouquets. A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by their large shapely single flower blooms on long stems. Here are a few of the very best hybrid teas that are true winners.

‘Pretty Lady Rose’ New 2016 | Weeks Roses 2nd in their The Downton Abbey Series

  • Dark even rose pink almost fuchsia
  • 4-5 “ Large old fashioned ruffled petals
  • The smell of peonies with a hint of spices

'Francis Meilland'
‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’ 1996

  • Color: Very large shell pink flowers
  • Winter hardy disease resistant
  • Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials Best Hybrid Tea
  • Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance

Award of Excellence Best Established Rose | Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).
Award of Excellence Best Established Rose

‘Queen Elizabeth’ 1954

  • Pink 4” with large petals, and pointed buds
  • Moderate rose fragrance
  • Won ‘Best Established’ Rose at The Biltmore International Rose Trials when I was a judge in 2015

For Hedge and Borders I love Shrub roses because they grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing conditions.

'Watercolors Homerun'
‘Watercolors Homerun’

‘Water Colors Home Run’ by Weeks Roses

  • 3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
  • Medium height and bloom size
  • Winter hardy and disease resistant

'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.

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® – Shrub

  • The Bonica rose has been voted the World’s Favorite Rose in by the World Federation of Rose Societies and an All-America Winner
  • Pastel pink, 3” blossoms, about 5’ tall spreading
  • Slight fragrance

For containers you can plant Miniature or miniflora roses known for novelty and versatility.

Some of the most beautiful and hardy are:

'All a Twitter'
‘All a Twitter’

‘All a’ Twitter’

  • Twinkling brilliant orange
  • Tall, medium size blooms
  • Winter hardy

‘Be My Baby’

  • Incandescent pink
  • Large round blooms, medium tall
  • Fragrance mild tea 

‘Sunblaze®’ Miniatures by Star Roses and Plants

  • All colors from amber-to yellow, vigorous, disease resistant, winter hardy.
  • 12-18 inches compact
  • Slight fragrance

For walls, fences, and pergolas we want climbing or rambling type roses for their unique long arching canes, and their ability to climb fences, over walls, through trellises, arbors, trellises.

‘Above All’

  • 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’

  • Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
  • 10-14 feet canes
  • Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance

‘Pretty in Pink Eden’ or ‘New Dawn’ (Light pink)

  • All qualities of highest rated, award winning rose ‘Eden Climber’ also known as ‘Pierre de Ronsand’ only deep pink
  • 10-12’ with gorgeous very double blooms 70-80 petals
  • Vintage rose fragrance, vigorous and disease resistant 

Floribundas

Beautiful Roses for the garden known for their profusion of bloom are floribundas. They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses with large clusters of and trusses. This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays that are hardier, easy care and more reliable in wet weather than their hybrid tea counterpart.

'Bolero' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Bolero’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

‘Bolero’

  • 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’

  • One of the top selling roses in the world
  • Butter/gold color, medium very full 3-4” blooms
  • Strong licorice fragrance

'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
‘Easy Does It’ by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops

‘Easy Does It’

  • Gorgeous Mango Peach
  • Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
  • Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites!  

Be sure and join us at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This is only the 2nd year we will have roses blooming in March in a rose garden setting in Chicago at Navy Pier. We’ll have American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians there to answer your rose growing questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show | Grow & Learn

Gaga's Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.

Gaga's Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.
Gaga’s Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.

“Con­sumers are constantly connected, and that’s not a bad thing,” says Susan McCoy, Garden Media president. “It’s time for the industry to fully embrace technology and all it can do for the garden. The more consumers learn about nature, the more they will grow to care about it.” ~ Susan McCoy

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GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty

The Secret to Landscaping With Roses

Day: Wednesday, 2/17/2016

Time: 2:15 PM

Seminar Room: Rainier

Roses, Bearded Iris and Peony have graced gardens for more than a century. Today they are deservedly popular, with more varieties than ever before, many suitable for NW gardens. These Beauty Queens need not be intimidating! Join three nationally acclaimed experts, as they share the secrets to getting the most from of these plants. Rosarian Susan Fox, horticulturist Kelly D. Norris and Peony expert Kathleen Gagan will inspire your love affair with these magnificent plants.

Gaga's Illinois Rose Garden, the elevated garden of hybrid teas, floridunda's, and David Austin Roses.
Gaga’s Illinois Rose Garden, the elevated garden of hybrid teas, floridunda’s, and David Austin Roses.

See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

“We have a wide array of seminars to help you amp up your skills in the garden. Learn to prune like a pro, divide your perennials, grow healthy blooming orchids, plant a shrub or tree (so it doesn’t die), start seeds, and make light work of those inevitable weeds!

'Above and Beyond' by Dr. David Zlesak
‘Above and Beyond’ by Dr. David Zlesak

Miniature Roses: Hot New Color Spots

Susan Fox – Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Roses are the perfect flower choice when you want to create an ever-changing splash of color. From bud to a fully open rose, minis and multifloras lure you back to your garden each morning. These are winter hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that can make a color spot so rich and intriguing you will be lured back to your garden just to see the bloom cycles And some miniatures can be grown both indoors and outdoors.

Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Date: Thursday, Feb 18 at 6:45 pm / Book signing to follow

Seminar Room: Hood

Proven Winners 'Oso Easy' Pink Cupcake
Proven Winners ‘Oso Easy’ Pink Cupcake

See It, Learn It, Do It: Come to The Northwest Flower & Garden Show The 2nd Largest Garden Show in The U.S. the “True Gardener’s Garden Show.”

Northwest Flower & Garden Show Speakers

C.L. Fornari The Garden Lady
Chris Beardshaw: One Hundred Plants That Almost Changed The World
Richie Steffan: Designing With Ferns
Kristin Green: Vintage Vogue
Kelly D. Norris: Plants With Style
Ciscoe Morris: That Can’t Grow Here
Debbie Teashon: Star of The Season Garden Party

26 Jan Solving Design Challenges With Style: Artistic Inspiration for Every Garden

Our next seminar category is about tricky design problems and how to solve them. You can be your own expert after dropping in on these seminars.

Along with the seminars above, this category contains some more garden superstars. Author Jenny Peterson will show how to introduce the trend “staycations” into your own yard with her seminar “Creating an Entertaining Garden: Outdoor Spaces for Connecting.”

Stumped on how to combine plants properly? Brenda C. Adams can help with “Truly Compelling Combinations: Creating Sizzle and Subtlety.” She also will be speaking on “Having It All: Beauty and Low Maintenance” (which is possible!). 2016 NWFGS Show Judge Brian Minter can also share some combo advice in his seminar “The Art of Combination: Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary.”

Looking to design DIY? You’ll need to see NWFGS Garden Creator Phil Wood‘s seminar “Secrets of Garden Design: Solving Problems to Make a Great Garden” to help you transform unsightly views, bad neighbors, and many other common problems.

Chanticleer Garden is a renowned estate and garden in Pennsylvania. Horticulturalist Dan Benarcik has been with Chanticleer for 23 seasons and will be spilling insider secrets on how they keep the garden looking stunning in his seminars “Chanticleer: The Art of Gardening” and “Design Principles of the Chanticleer Pros For Home Gardeners.”

Ever heard of “Carpet Gardening?” You have now. NWFGS Garden Creator Susan Calhoun will show you how to weave groundcovers into beautiful plant tapestries.

Solve all of your garden design problems in a matter of 45 minutes. You can find the full seminar schedule online… and remember, all of these seminars are completely FREE with your Northwest Flower & Garden Show ticket! -Courtney

The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings
The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings

 The Northwest Flower & garden Show demigraphics: 60,ooo attendees 4,100 followers on Twitter

 Advocates of Education from The American Rose Society President Pat Shanley and Past President, Jolene Adams

American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff as she is sworn in for her term as ARS president at the Fall convention in Syracuse, NY

American Rose Society Past President, Jolene Adams, Education Champion and Oz Osborn
American Rose Society Past President, Jolene Adams, and Oz Osborn

 

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