Biltmore Rose Trial Awards Announced Sept 28, 2019
‘Coral Knock OutÂ® ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ & ‘Best Shrub’ Award
‘Coral Knock OutÂ®’ 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’.
The Biltmore Rose Trials run for two years judged four times a year. ‘Coral ‘Knock OutÂ® 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 OutÂ®’, bred by the infamous breeder of the 2018 World Federation of Rose Societies ‘Hall of Fame’ Rose ‘Double Knock OutÂ®’ the rose that changed the world of landscapes, Will Radler, and winner of ‘Best Climber’, ‘Highwire Flyer’ last year, ‘Coral Knock OutÂ®’ 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
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’
‘Moonlight Romantica’ cut from the rose bush in the Biltmore Rose Garden the day of the judging.
‘Bliss Parfuma’ by Kordes Wins ‘Best Floribunda’
‘Sweet Hips’ Wins ‘Best General Impression’ & ‘Best Disease Resistant’
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 OutÂ® of the top scoring rose for ‘Most Outstanding Rose’
Sept. 27th Biltmore Rose Garden Reception
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.
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.
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
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
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’
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 OutÂ® 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 noble.com and so on.
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.
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.”
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 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’ is filled with foliage and just beginning to add buds now that the rain has let up. It’s over 10′ tall.
Summer Time of Easy Livin’ Sets The Stage For Catching Up In The Garden
Itâ€™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.
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 Iâ€™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: