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

Angels In The Rose Garden

Angel Watching Over My Glasses

“All Night, All Day Angels Watching Over Me”

Angel Fountain | Angel Bird Bath
Angel Fountain | Angel Bird Bath

How did the angel rose garden come to be? It was Divine intervention. Driving home from church one evening in Dallas, Texas I heard Kathleen Battle sing “All Night, All Day Angel’s Watching Over Me” on 101.1 FM. Listen to this haunting lullaby. You will never forget it. The lyrics are so simple, now this lullaby is part of our evening bed time repertoire for the babies.

How Many Roses Are Too Many?

The answer to the question is: when you run out of space. Have you noticed that most beautiful gardens are usually in back yards literally hidden from view? You work sometimes your entire life creating a stationary work of art and unless you have an “open house” only your eyes and the eyes of God will see those flowers that open once only to have the petals flutter to the ground in a season unseen.

Angel Watching Over My Glasses
Angel Bird Bath & Izzabelle Watching Over My Glasses

My mantra is a “garden is meant to be shared.”

The logical expansion place for your garden is at your front door. We had over 225 roses in Texas. When we moved to Illinois I told ‘Big Daddy’ that perhaps we should have a rose garden that consisted of maybe 35 roses.

'Tropical Lightning' Blooming on 4th of July Week-End
‘Tropical Lightning’ Blooming on 4th of July Week-End in the Angel Rose Garden

Then I changed the inventory to no more than 100.

The plan was to put the gardens in in stages and show you that everyone can start over and have rose gardens established and blooming rapidly.  Thus emerged the angel water fountain and bird bath by the brick planter at the front door and the “Angel Rose Garden” because I believe a garden can be enhanced by titillating the 5 senses, sight, the sound of water or wind chimes, and fragrance.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others |  Angel Watching Over Lost Glasses 😉

Roses in the Angel Rose Garden

  • ‘Cinco de Mayo
  • ‘Yabba Dabba Doo
  • ‘Tropical Lightning’
  • 2 ‘Top Gun’ (Resistant To Rose Rosette)
  • ‘Grande Dame’
  • ‘Easy To Please’

*When these bareroot roses arrived some are own-root roses, which I find to be more winter hardy. I soaked all of the roses in water that I add a Haven Brand tea bag, its a product a friend makes on her Haven Farm. Its an organic, all natural, organic, American made, soil conditioner called MooPoo Tea. Call, tweet or email Annie Twitter: @GreenSoil with any questions she will get right back to you ASAP.

People asked me what else I use and I add soil amendments I used to mix myself until I found that Beaty Fertilizer makes Mill Mix. Its Called Mills Rose Magic and I add it as the totally organic soil amendments I used to buy in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store and mix myself but now its all I use

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