Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

Biltmore Rose Trial Awards Announced Sept 28, 2019

Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

The #BiltmoreRoseTrials Winners Announced by Paul Zimmerman Roses just now Biltmore Roseraies Meilland Richardier Christian Bedard Ball Horticultural#StarRosesandPlants #PlantAStar

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

The Biltmore Rose Trials by Paul Zimmerman Sat. 09/28/19

'Pookah' Polyantha and 'Bejazzo' Climber Winners of Biltmore Rose Trials
Paul Zimmerman | Author of Everyday Roses

Paul Zimmerman Rosarian Extraordinaire, Creator of The Biltmore Rose Trials

Paul Zimmerman lives a life gardeners and rose lovers dream of. He is owner of Paul Zimmerman roses, a company dedicated to Budding the Rose Grower In All Of Us. His credentials include a veritable who’s who in the rose world, among them Dr. Thomas Cairns, past president of both the American Rose Society and World Federation of Rose Societies, Steve Jones, former president of The American Rose Society who introduced him to Old Garden Roses, Bob Edberg of Linberlost Roses and Rose Books. He writes award-winning articles for The Rose, the National Magazine and Annual of the American Rose Society.

'Honorine' at The Biltmore Last Year
‘Honorine’ at The Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Garden

Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Rose Garden

Paul an independent consultant to Jackson & Perkins lectures internationally and serves as an international juror for numerous rose trials. While attending school at UT Austin studying Aerospace Engineering he quickly realized rocket science was not for him and did the next logical thing, he enrolled in clown school, The Dell Arte School of Mime & Comedy in Northern California. He actually toured the country for 15 years doing stand-up comedy where he met his current fiance, Pam.

Judging The Gardens

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

After becoming an ABC TV show head writer for 2 years Paul decided to return to his first love, gardening and roses. Currently he and Pam live on a 27 acre horse farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had the pleasure to talk with him about how he created the Biltmore Rose Trials that I will be attending as a rose judge next week-end, September 27-29th at the Biltmore Rose Garden in Ashville, NC.

A Heritage Rich In Blooms

Paul’s first Love Is the Beautiful Daffodil First To Bloom In The Spring

Q. Paul, you mentioned you are a first generation American of Dutch parents. One cannot think of Holland without thinking of tulips. Is this part of your heritage? Tell us about yourself and how you came to love roses and be in this business.

One of Paul’s First Roses: ‘Olympiad’

Olympiad, photo Weeks Roses
Olympiad’, photo Weeks Roses

A. While my family has always loved gardening, there is no tradition of anyone being in the horticultural industry. While we love tulips and have planted many on our farm, our main bulb planting has been over 2000 daffodil bulbs that come back year after year. My wife’s heritage is British and she loves daffodils.

‘Alexandria of Kent’ English Roses Example of Pauls First Roses

'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ by #DavidAustinRoses an #EnglishRoses extraordinaire named for the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II Princess Alexandra who loves and maintains a rose garden. #PrincessAlexandraofKent

A. I’ve always loved gardening and in fact had a little lawn care business when I was growing up in Miami, Florida. In the early 1990s I was looking for a career change and took some time off to decide what that should be. I began gardening again and bought three roses, Pristine, Crystalline and Olympiad. After that I bought some David Austin Roses and then some Old Garden Roses. I joined a rose society and then was instrumental in creating a new one – The Tinseltown Rose Society. I was the first Vice President and later President. One day I was helping a member prune their roses when a neighbor walked up and asked me what I would charge to prune their roses. From that came my company Hundred Acre Woods Rosescaping, which grew to four employees caring for over 60 rose gardens in the Los Angeles area. I sold that company when my wife and I moved from Los Angeles to our farm in upstate South Carolina.

Biltmore Rose Trial Winner Polar Express

Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
Spray of ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’

Q. As former owner of Ashdown Roses tell us how you came to be a consultant to the Biltmore Estate Rose Gardens.

A. Ashdown Roses occasionally supplied roses and advice to the Biltmore Rose Garden starting in 2002. When I closed Ashdown due to the recession and to focus on other areas of roses, is when I approached Biltmore with the idea of the Trials leading to the Biltmore Garden Rose Collection leading to the recreation of the walled rose garden. Part of my role is consultant to the rose garden.

Q. The Biltmore Garden has 2000 roses with 250 varieties. Do you manage the selection process? Also do you cull out less than stellar producing varieties, etc.

Biltmore Rose Trials Award Table

'Screaming Neon Red' Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials
‘Screaming Neon Red’ Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials

A. I advised the head gardener who was Lucas Jack at the time in the rose garden, on variety selection, design ideas etc. I also helped source the roses, including many new varieties just coming to market. The final decisions on variety selection are made by the head rosarian of the Biltmore,

Q. Frederick Law Olmstead, said to be the founder of American Landscape Architecture, was the landscape architect of the Biltmore gardens. Do you know if the design included the rose garden that is host to the 2000 roses of today, or was it a later addition?

A. The rose garden, in its present location and very similar configuration, was on the first drawings for the Walled Garden done in the early 1890’s and was installed with the original plantings.

Biltmore Walled Rose Garden

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

Q. The Biltmore Estate Rose Garden is host to the International Rose Trials, can you tell us about the role you play in this process.

A. I created the trials, wrote the rules, find the entrants and now run 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.

LeeAnn Donnelly publicist for the Biltmore snapped this picture while I was judging the fragrance of ‘Bejazzo’ at the Biltmore Rose Trials. It was in the Ashville Times and has been reprinted around the world

‘Everyday Roses’ by Paul Zimmerman

Paul’s book ‘Everyday Roses’; The casual gardener’s guide to growing Knock Out® Roses and other modern easy care roses was published by Taunton Press February of 2013. It’s available at book stores, garden centers and of course Amazon, Barnes and and so on.

‘Top Ten’ September Rose Blooms

Fall can produce a spectacular rose bloom. The secret: water, fertilizer, sun. In Central Illinois this summer saw lots of rain that’s now producing a lush floriferous bloom. Due to excessive rain the blooms are big and beautiful. Enjoy the rotogravure of the first of the September bloom.

Rotogravure of Roses

‘Children’s Hope’

‘Children’s Hope’
'Childrens' Hope'

Weeks Roses donates a portion of each sale to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. This is an adorable prolific, floriferous bloomer.

‘Stormy Weather’

‘Stormy Weather’ Large Flowered Climber
'Stormy Weather' Against a backdrop of Blue Skies and Fluffy Clouds

‘Stormy Weather’ continues to darken as temperatures dip later in September.


‘Moondance’ Fully Open

‘Easy On The Eyes’ Hulthemia Shrub

‘Easy On The Eyes’ Truly ‘Easy On The Eyes’


‘Savannah’ winner of Biltmore Rose Trials

‘Savannah’ awarded Best In Show of the Biltmore Rose Trials in the rose garden.

‘Francis Meilland’ Lucky ‘7’ Blooms

Francis Meilland’ Lucky 7 Blooms

‘Francis Meilland’ was awarded ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ at Biltmore Rose Trials in 2015.

‘Hot Cocoa’

‘Hot Cocoa’ Warms Up Cool Evenings



‘Fragrant Cloud’

‘Fragrant Cloud’

‘South Africa’ Sunbelt by Kordes Roses

South Africa Sunbelt by Kordes Roses

Rose Jungle

'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

It’s a rose jungle out there! Rain-rain and more rain is the reason. ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ is 6-7 feet tall. Invasive Morning Glories that can also plague farmers in the fields were taking over. When it stopped raining I carefully ripped out vine after vine of Morning Glories that had twisted around the canes of ‘Miracle On The Hudson’. It’s a miracle they hadn’t strangled the rose bushes! It might have been pretty to see the purple blooms among the roses but it was not good to see how they had started twisting & twining around every cane in a strangle hold blocking nutrients to the plant.

“Today a rose jungle, spring an English garden, always changing, never static from buds to fully open roses the garden creates a different landscape everyday.”

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ 6-7′ Tall

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Now over 6 feet tall and a Jungle
'Miracle on the Hudson' Sales Sheet on Display at Certified Roses with Ted Williams

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ bred by Robert Neil Rippitoe, grown by CertifiedRoses won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials

Rain Fall Increases 3X’s Normal Rates

Normal rain fall in Central Illinois is 3.19″ during August, this August 8.43-10.5″. Excessive rain can wash away rose fertilizer & soil amendments that you’ve added to build up your soil. You can still reapply fertilizer that’s been washed away that you’ve added in preparation for your fall bloom.

Watch For Blackspot

Although hesitant to bring up the ‘B’ word, it’s: BLACKSPOT. Blackspot is especially prevalent during damp cool nights. Start spraying your preferred method of fungicide now to protect your fall bloom.

The Rose Garden Jungle
'Sunsprite' Blooming on Labor Day Week-End

‘Sunsprite’ part of my ‘Top Ten’ Classic Roses is flourishing in the Rose Jungle.

Foliage Is Abundant

The rain has produced massive amounts of foliage. Less sun has allowed for limited buds and, blooms but due to more rain fall should bring about more heat to produce the rose blooms we want. I’m adding extra Espoma Rosetone and spraying a high phosphorous foliar feed to produce more blooms.

‘Cape Diamond’ blooming after the rains

‘Cape Diamond’ is filled with foliage and just beginning to add buds now that the rain has let up. It’s over 10′ tall.

Lush Companions

‘Easy Spirit’ by Weeks Roses After The Rains

‘Easy Spirit’ on my list of ‘Top Ten New Roses’ is flourishing rain or shine

Rose Entryway

Wisteria After The Rains

The Wisteria planted at the beginning of this season to the left of the gate and ‘Cape Diamond on the right makes a dramatic entryway to the rose garden especially when the Wisteria is in bloom.

Kordes Roses Blooming Sunbelt Series

‘Desmond Tutu’ Sunbelt Rose
‘South Africa’ Sunbelt

10 Tips For Cutting Back Your Roses For A Fall Rose Bloom

Summer Time of Easy Livin’ Sets The Stage For Catching Up In The Garden

It’s the dog days of summer. Vacations abound. Excessive heat can create conditions for your roses to produce smaller blooms and stunted growth to preserve water. Now is the time to prepare for a glorious fall rose display. Whether your roses have been subjected to extreme heat or lots of rain you can rejuvenate them with a few simple steps.

Roses Are Forgiving Now’s The Time To Get Ready For A Fall Super Bloom

I’ve said many times “Roses Are Forgiving”. So whether you’ve neglected your roses over the summer or taken great care of them it doesn’t matter they can bounce right back and produce a beautiful fall bloom with a few easy steps. Excessive rain can wash away nutrients and heat stresses the plant during the growing season. During August do a few simple steps and you can sit back in your fall rose garden sipping your favorite beverage with friends enjoying the luxurious fall rose bloom. So before you pack-up the kids for the last summer fling have the kids get out there to put down a couple of cups of Espoma Organic Rosetone around each rose bush. Be sure they have plenty of water and you’re on your way to seeing a glorious fall bloom.

Cutting Back Roses For Fall Bloom

Cutting Back Roses for A Spectacular Fall Bloom Begins Now. I chose 'Kimberlina' to demonstrate how to begin the process now. #rose #pruning

Posted by Gagas Garden on Saturday, August 12, 2017

Here’s How To Cut Back Your Roses For A Fabulous Fall Bloom

  • A good rule of thumb is to prune your rose bush about one-third to one-half their height.
  • Prune out dead wood.
  • Leave the strong hardy canes.
  • New rose bushes only need to be dead headed.

“Rose Shows and State Fairs require planning and dedication to the cycles in days it requires to cut back your roses to produce the rose to show a qualifying rose at your local events. So start your planning now.”

Folks that show roses cut back for the rose shows in their area or for the County and State Fairs. If you plan on showing in your local rose shows then cut back your roses based on this handy guide to approximately how long it takes to produce a rose on each type rose:

Repeat Rose Cycles In Days  

Hybrid teas, grandifloras, and floribundas:                            42 to 54 Days

Multi-Petal Floribundas (Europeana):                                          54-60 days 

Single Petal Floribundas (Playboy)                                              35 Days            

Miniatures                                                                                              35-42 Days                

August is the time to prepare for a spectacular fall rose bloom

September, October, November and even up until Christmas, fall is perfect throughout much of the country to spend time in your rose garden. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor, contemplate strategies for expansion and begin to winterize your roses. The cooler temperatures of fall create a glorious canvas for the fall rose show. It’s time now to begin the process of cutting back roses for your fall bloom. ‘Kimberlina’, a ‘Floribunda of the Year’ 2009 winner is such a spectacular rose in the fall I chose it to show you how to cut back your roses to create a spectacular fall bloom.

Cooler Temperatures of Fall Intensify Colors

Cooler temperatures in fall create a palette of colors that makes your roses look doubly magnificent. From Wisconsin to Texas I’ve seen roses continue to bloom through the holidays. Roses can tolerate 3 days of hard frost of temperatures below 21 degrees before they are fully dormant for the season. So you can plan on roses for your bouquets for the Thanksgiving table in Illinois, maybe even Wisconsin. September is time to determine if there are still any American Rose Society rose shows in the area you may want to exhibit at as well.

Here are some ‘Rose of the Year’ winners and roses exclusive to Jackson & Perkins that I’ve grown from IL to Texas successfully that bloom beautifully all season and into the fall:

#1 ‘Kimberlina’ ‘Floribunda

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Posted by Gagas Garden on Friday, May 19, 2017

#2 ‘Black Cherry’ ‘Floribunda of the Year’ 2006

‘Black Cherry’, glorious in Plano, TX award winning garden

#3 ‘Moondance’ ‘Floribunda of the Year’ 2007

'Moondance' Glorious & One of a Candelabra in Gaga's Garden on a Fall Morning
‘Moondance’ one of a Candelabra in Gaga’s Garden on a Fall Morning

#4 ‘Sugar Plum’ Exclusive at Jackson & Perkins

'Sugar Plum' Cascades of Candelabras of Fragrant Plum Roses in Fall
‘Sugar Plum’ Cascades of Candelabras of Fragrant Plum Roses

#5 ‘Soft Whisper’ Exclusive at Jackson & Perkins

‘Soft Whisper’

August Rose Garden Check List

  1. Remove all debris from the garden
  2. Cut Back Your Roses Following Video In This Article
  3. Plan To Show Your Roses at @American Rose Society Rose Shows
  4. Check for spider mites by feeling the underside of the leaves, they look & feel like salt and pepper and can be removed with a water jet spray 
  5. Fertilize with @EspomaOrganic Rosetone Fertilizer
  6. Add a layer of Canadian Spagnum Peat Moss around each rose bush, top with hard wood mulch with breaks down into the soil and replaces it
  7. Check out DIY composting options to convert useful veggie scraps into soil building organic plant food  
  8. Replace mulch to conserve water and keep your bed cooler
  9. Continue watering program, plant new roses using Greenwell Water Saver
  10. Order fall rose deals and companion plants like clematis specials that you can plant now. 
'Double Delight' hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection
‘Double Delight’ hybrid tea rose, pruned like a vase, fertilized, Canadian Spagnum peat moss layer added, ready for mulch for winter protection