Biltmore Rose Trials Results 2018

‘Princess Charlene De Monaco’ of Meilland International claims 3 awards at the 2018 International Biltmore Rose Trials: ‘Most Outstanding Rose’, ‘Best Hybrid Tea’, & ‘Most Fragrant Rose’, the 2nd ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ for Meilland since ‘Francis Meilland won in 2014.

‘Princesse Charlene De Monaco’ (Meidysouk), a hybrid tea rose bred by House of Meilland in France, and distributed by Star Roses & Plants, took home the George and Edith Vanderbilt for Most Outstanding Rose of the trials.

The winning rose was among a collection of roses planted for trials in 2016 in the western border of Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden. Since 2011, Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which nearly 200 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists. A permanent jury of rose experts judged the plantings four times a year during the trial’s two years.

In addition to winning the Best in Show Award, ‘Princesse Charlene De Monaco’ won the Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose, and the Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea.

Oso Easy ‘Urban Legend’ an Easy Elegance Collection Rose 

Additional winners this year were:

  • Oso Easy Urban Legend (R. ‘ChewPatout’), bred by Chris Warner of Spring Meadow Nursery, winner of the Lord Burleigh Award for Best Disease Resistant, and the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose.
'Highwire Flyer' bred by William Radler of Star Roses and Plants‘Highwire Flyer’ bred by William Radler of Star Roses and Plants
  • Highwire Flyer (Radwire), bred by William Radler of Star Roses and Plants, winner of the Gilded Age Award for Best Climbing Rose, and the William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit.
‘Shining Moment’ Best Floribunda
  • ‘Shining Moment’ (Radshining), by William Radler of Star Roses and Plants, winner of the Edith Wharton Award for ‘Best Floribunda’.

Roses competing for this year’s titles came from breeders based in the U.S., France, Great Britain and Germany. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. Competing roses are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

Roses competing for this year’s titles came from breeders based in the U.S., France, Great Britain and Germany. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. Competing roses are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

Since 2011, Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 200 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, the international and permanent juries have conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in 2016. The gardens are managed by Biltmore horticulturalist, Parker Andes.

Susan Fox | Paul Zimmerman
Reception for the Biltmore Rose Trials

The International Rose Trials were created and coordinated by Paul Zimmerman of Paul Zimmerman Roses and author of Everyday Roses. This year Paul introduced the newly appointed rosarian of the rose gardens at the estate, the delightful and talented Claire Cottrel, Saturday September 29, 2018 who assisted him announce the winners. Here are the other winners:

About Biltmore
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques.  Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; The Inn on Biltmore Estate; Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

For more information about this news release contact Susan Fox

*All photos of the winners were supplied by the growers

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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Biltmore Rose Garden Awarded Prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’

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

https://youtu.be/6pKNIjJRBcQ

“Education is the key to the heart of rosarians of the World Federation of Rose Societies. People from all over the world have on their bucket list to travel to every WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ Rose Garden in the World. The Biltmore Rose Garden is a welcome, exciting addition to our world class rose gardens.” says Jolene Adams

Asheville, NC ~ The Biltmore Rose Garden, home of the world famous International Rose Trails, 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 Excellence’, Friday, September 24th in the Biltmore Estate Rose Garden. On hand to receive the award from Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies, Jolene Adams was Biltmore Horticulturalist, Parker Andes, and Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson as well as this year’s Biltmore International Rose Trial judges and sponsors of the event; Witherspoon Roses, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike, and Mills Mix Rose Fertilizer, Mr. & Mrs. John Beaty. The highly sought after and prestigious ‘Garden of Excellence’ Award was established to improve the public’s knowledge in all matters concerning the rose. ‘Award of Excellence’ Gardens world wide must meet the following requirements to qualify:

The WFRS ‘Award of Excellence’ recognizes the highest levels of arrangement in the field of rose garden development, maintenance and display.

  1. Eligibility. A garden may be eligible for an award which has:
  2. 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.
  2. Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.

    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden
    World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence Garden

Biltmore Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson graciously accepted the award from Ms. Adams during the Friday evening at the reception of the Biltmore International Rose Trials that will be conducted Saturday, September 25th. All judges for the 2016 Biltmore Rose Trials were on hand for the unveiling of the ‘Award of Excellence’ to view its permanent home in the Biltmore Rose Garden. For More information to tour the estate and Biltmore Rose Garden garden visit. www.biltmore.com and more information about WFRS gardens visit www.worldrose.org

'Strike It Rich' A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance
‘Strike It Rich’ A Perfect Rose Color Match | The Biltmore House in the Distance

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Editors, please note: Photos are available on request to the media contacts on this release.

Media Contact: Susan Fox at gagasgarden.com@gmail.com

About The World Federation of Roses

The World Federation of Rose Societies is a federation of the national rose societies of 39 countries founded in 1968 representing rose lovers around the world. Their goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives from the rose societies of Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the USA. Its stated purpose was to hold international rose conferences and act as a clearing house for rose research.

To encourage and facilitate the interchange of information about and knowledge of the rose between national rose societies; To coordinate the holding of international conventions and exhibitions; To encourage, and where appropriate, sponsor research into problems concerning the rose; To establish common standards for judging rose seedlings; To assist in coordinating the registration of rose names; To establish a uniform system of rose classification; To encourage and advance international cooperation on all matters concerning the rose.

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Love Planted A Rose Garden | June Is National Rose Month

June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom

“Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet ” ~

Katherine Lee Bates

June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom
June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom

Floribunda Rose Garden in Bloom

June was declared National Rose Month by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

The Northeastern Illinois Rose Society was proud to play a role in having the rose named America’s floral emblem while Don Ballin was the President of the American Rose Society (ARS). I was on the board of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society at the time. It was a historic moment, captured for the world to see, when our Northeastern Illlinois President Don Ballin was with President Reagan as he signed the proclamation making the rose the national flower. Don Ballin is pictured below with President Reagan (far right) as he signed the legislation.

The National Flower In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. The National Rose Garden is committed to honoring this national symbol as a reflection of our broader landscape. (Image: American Rose Society)

President Ronald Reagan signing Proclamation 5574, November 20, 1986 (Image: American Rose Society)

 Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ by Robert Neal Rippetoe | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Winner | May 24, 2014. I was a judge at the International #BiltmoreRose Trails at the Biltmore Estate last week-end in Ashville, NC. Paul Zimmerman author of Everday Roses and Consultant to the Biltmore Estate conducts the Trials along with Lucas Jack and his Team each year.
'Miracle On The Hudson' By Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ By Robert Neal Rippetoe | @FrancisRoses | Best Shrub | Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner

Across the nation there are rose shows and gardens open that you can take your family and enjoy the beauty of the first bloom all through the month of June and of course the entire summer.  I encourage you to go to the gardens across the country. Here’s just a few of the blooms that are spectacular in the garden this week. It’s been a cool & wet spring in Central Illinois but it is still a breathtaking first cycle of bloom.

PR Web even Lists 12 Fun Facts about roses:

Did you know 85% of American say the rose is their favorite flower?

FUN FACT 1: The White House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden this year. In 1913 Ellen Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, replaced a colonial garden established by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1902.

FUN FACT 2: In 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5574, which made the rose the National Floral Emblem. The document contained these words: “More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity.”

FUN FACT 3: Roses are the official flower of the District of Columbia, as well as the states of Georgia, Iowa, New York and North Dakota.

FUN FACT 4: President George Washington bred roses.

FUN FACT 5: The rose is the favorite flower of 85 percent of Americans.

FUN FACT 6: Thousands of songs have been sung about roses, including, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Ramblin’ Rose,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses,” “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and, of course, “Mama Liked the Roses,” a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1969.

FUN FACT 7: A fossilized imprint of a rose was discovered in Florissant, CO. Its estimated age: about 40 million years old.

FUN FACT 8: In Indiana, the fourth week of June has been designated as “A Rose for Friendship Week.”

FUN FACT 9: William Shakespeare referred to roses more than 50 times, including, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

FUN FACT 10: The War of the Roses was a face-off between two families who wanted to control England: The House of Lancaster, which used a red rose on its family crest, and the House of York, whose symbol was a white rose.

FUN FACT 11: The Tournament of Roses began in 1890 as a festival. In 1902, a football game was added for entertainment.

FUN FACT 12: Red roses became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby in 1904. The phrase “Run for the Roses” was first used in 1925.

Bouquet of 'Honorine de Brabant' Best Establish Rose, A Bourban
Bouquet of ‘Honorine de Brabant’ Best Establish Rose, A Bourbon Rose

‘Honorine de Brabant’ winner of Best Established Rose at The Biltmore Rose Trails

THE NATIONAL ROSE GARDEN
HONORING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
The National Flower
In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. The National Rose Garden is committed to honoring this national symbol as a reflection of our broader landscape.
President Ronald Reagan signing Proclamation 5574, November 20, 1986
UNITED STATES SENATE RESOLUTION The flower commonly known as the rose is designated and adopted as the national floral emblem of the United States of America, and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to declare such fact by proclamation.Title 36, Chapter 10, §187
United States Code Proclamation No. 5574. The Rose Proclaimed the National
Floral Emblem of the United States of AmericaProc. No. 5574. Nov. 20, 1986, 51 F.R. 42197, provided:
Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.
We see proofs of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.
The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 159 [Pub.L. 99.449, Oct. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 1128, which enacted this section], has designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation declaring this fact.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.
RONALD REAGAN