Biltmore Rose Trials 2016 Results

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

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, Emily Tice Wilson.

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

Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, Saturday, September 24th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmore’s Historic Rose Garden, just named an ‘Award of Excellence Garden’ Friday, September 23rd by the World Federation of Rose Societies.

“The Biltmore Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Parker Andes Biltmore’s Horticulturist 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.

About The Biltmore Rose Trials

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 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

'Honeymoon™ Arborose®" Created by Kordes North America Distributed by Newflora, LLC
‘Honeymoonâ„¢ Arborose®” Created by Kordes North America Distributed by Newflora, LLC | Biltmore Rose Trials Winner of Most Disease Resistant Rose

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®
Honeymoon™ Arborose® Climber | Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant Honeymoon Arborose

Type of Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

Winner: P9511T

Breeder/Distributor: Ping Lim Distributor/TBD Click HERE

P9511T Bred by Roses by Ping Lim
P9511T Bred by Roses by Ping Lim

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

'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®' Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
Spray of  ‘Polar Expressâ„¢ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
Polar Express™ Sunbelt® Rose | Sweeps the Show winning Best Floribunda | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Rose
Polar Express™ Sunbelt® Rose | Sweeps the Show winning Best Floribunda | Best Growth Habit | Best Overall Rose
'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®' Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016
‘Polar Expressâ„¢ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection | Single bloom shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 25, 2016
Congratulations to Kordes Roses & Newflora, LLC
Alexander Kordes | Kordes Team at the New York American Rose Society Convention

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

Its wonderful to see the dedicated rosarians that come as rose judges to rate the roses and share the day with you. Here’s the Biltmore International Rose Trials Rotogravure 2016.

Teresa Byington Judging the Biltmore Rose TrailsTeresa Byington judging roses

The Van Cleaves, Chris & Tina his lovely bride of Rosechat Radio and Cindy Dale at the Reception
The Van Cleaves, Chris & Tina his lovely bride of Rosechat Radio and Cindy Dale at the Reception
Dr. & Mrs Keith Zary
World renown rose breeder Dr. & Mrs Keith Zary

The lovely Teresa Byington & Marci Martin | Two of the most beautiful, kind sharing world class rosarians you will ever meet.

Rose Judges Listen To Instructions from Jolene Adams
Lovely Past President of ARS, Marlyn Wellan, & Rose Judges Listen To Instructions from Jolene Adamschis_emily
Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker Andes The Biltmore Team that put the International Rose Trials Together
Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker Andes
The Biltmore Team that put the International Rose Trials Together

 

 

 

 

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100 Million Roses

Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
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 Del Vecchio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Hering, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff as she is sworn in for her term as ARS president at the Fall convention in Syracuse, NY

“100 million roses,”

Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA
Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA | I took this picture of them at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago at Navy Pier launching ‘Popcorn Drift’

“100 million roses is our goal.” Stephen Hutton, president and CEO of Star Roses and Plants* made this bold statement at the American Rose Society Fall Convention In Syracuse, New York. Rose titans from all over the globe met on the most famous week end in America, September, 11-14th.

'Radrazz' Double KnockOut Rose
‘Double KnockOut®’ Rose

Every rose you have ever seen, will ever see, or dream about may have been created by one of these quiet unassuming giants of the rose world as they quietly assembled to collaborate on ways to insure the perpetuation of better roses.

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International, mentioned that he came in honor of 9/11.

 

MMarriott_W15Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses, UK

Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin Roses
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015

Alexander Kordes and Thomas Proll of international famous Kordes Roses from Germany and our own best and brightest Dr. Dave Byrne, Agrilife Research Horticultuirist from Texas A&M, College Station and Dr. Jim Sproul the General Director of the Rose Hybridizers Association, Bakersfield, CA. are just a few of the rose dignitaries that assembled in Syracuse, NY. Behind the regal eminence of the rose a battle rages.

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

It’s about change and keeping pace with our environment and giving gardeners the roses they want. Did you know while you and your families go to gardens all over the world these folks work with the best hybridizers in the world to create better roses. What’s a better rose you say? What qualities do a better rose have?

Form – you said you want a rose to look like a rose;

Fragrance – you said you want a rose that has a lovely fragrance;

Disease Resistance – you want and require easy-to-grow and minimal care especially due to time constraints;

Color -  is a must for you;

Beautiful Foliage – you don’t want your roses to ‘drop’ foliage due to disease;

Winter Hardiness –you want to keep your investment over cold winters.

Rose Titans like Will Radler who with one single rose Knocked it Out of the ball park and changed the face of the landscape around the entire globe. He said he will be creating more roses like his KnockOut® rose.

Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
Will Radler’s Rose ‘Double Knock-Out’ Radtko | The rose that changed the face of landscaping around the globe and made roses fashionable everywhere.

The pace of life continues to speed up. You have spoken. You say yes to roses in your garden. And now you can have exactly the kind of rose you want.

We can do it folks. You see there is a rose for everyone. Get out there and lets plant 100 million roses! With results like we had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show we can do it. Did you know The American Rose Society signed up almost 400 trial memberships and 100’s and 100’s of new folks for the ARS & You newsletter? If you belong to organizations that membership is dropping the reality is if you offer value folks will join and the American Rose Society offers far more value than the cost. We handed out thousands of brochures and folks want to learn about roses. Opportunities abound where people and roses come together to educate folks about the fact that there is a rose for every gardener.

Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago #IGCShow

Tom Carruth King of the Roses – Keith Zary – Christian Bedard

*Star Roses and Plants has been acquired by Ball Horticultural Company

* Current statistics show that we sell 30 million roses in the US each year. A goal of 100 million with all of us on board is attainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Ode To Joy, A Rose by David Clemons

Joy, ARS Award of Excellence Winner by David Clemons

“Joy, beautiful spark of Gods!,
Daughter of Elysium,
Joy, beautiful spark of Gods!”

Ode To Joy, Ludwig Von Beethoven’s – Symphony No 9 Ode to Joy

 

Joy, ARS Award of Excellence Winner by David Clemons
Joy, ARS Award of Excellence Winner by David Clemons

Ludwig Von Beethoven’s – Symphony No 9: Ode to Joy is the first time in history lyrics were added to a major symphony from “the best composer of all time.”

 

David Clemons, Thoroughbred Roses is an amateur hybridizer of roses. His rose, Joy named for his Mother, was awarded the 2008 American Rose Society’s Award of Excellence. Joy also received the 2012 American Rose Society’s Member’s Choice Award, the first time this award was ever given to a rose created by an amateur hybridizer.

 

In honor of this Mother’s Day here’s the story of how an amateur rose hybridizer who names his roses after racehorses broke tradition to name the most special rose of all for his mother.

 

Clemons Rose Garden
Clemons Rose Garden

Love of Gardening

 

David, while growing up with his younger sister, helped plant and grow vegetable gardens. The plantings were all of a useful nature to produce food for the family. He recalls that his mother always had heirloom plants, and unnamed roses. The ornamentals consisted of irises, phlox, grasses, and hostas. Theses plantings had to be low maintenance since their time in the garden was dedicated to producing food for the table. 

 

Joy His Mother

 

David’s love for growing things only grew. When he started his garden he introduced roses to his mother. His fascination and love for roses increased and he began to show roses. His mother who has always been so encouraging was a big fan of David’s success with growing and showing roses.

 

Joy Blooming in May
Joy Blooming in May

From Rosarian to Hybridizer

 

David joined the local society and learned how to hybridize and propagate roses.

It took a couple of years of propagating to get more plants of a rose that he thought had outstanding characteristics. At this point David wanted to enter this plant in the Award of Excellence program in test gardens all over the country. This is a two-year program. At this point he had enough plants to enter the program from 2005-2007 with what he felt was a very strong candidate.

 

 

 

ARS Miniature Rose Award of Excellence for Joy hybridized by David Clemons
ARS Miniature Rose Award of Excellence for Joy hybridized by David Clemons

What To Name A Winner

 

David was thrilled to learn he had won the American Rose Society’s Award of Excellence for 2008. He knew this was a moment of historical importance. He wanted to name this rose something that would stand the test of time. He had been naming his roses for price winning racehorses. After reflection he knew that the perfect name would be to name the rose Joy after his mother. Naming the rose Joy was significant for many reasons because he wants to bring Joy to people with his rose.

 

David Clemons, Thouroughbred Roses and his Mother, Joy
David Clemons, Thouroughbred Roses and his Mother, Joy

A Birthday Present Like No Other

 

For his mother’s birthday in 2007 David had friends and family gather and he announced to his mother that he would name this rose Joy in her honor. The family was in tears as they witnessed this priceless gift. The first year after Joy won the ARS Award of Excellence David entered it at a rose show and his mother was present as it won Queen of Show. Joy has won Miniature Queen of Show across the country since then over 65 times and was the #1 exhibition miniature rose for the year 2012. Joy truly continues to bless and bring Joy to rosarians across the nation. In closing David told me his mother “suits her name to a “T,” she is always optimistic and energetic.” Happy Mother’s Day Joy!  And to every Mom and roses that bring joy everyday across the world to families everywhere.

 

Joy October Bloom
Joy October Bloom

About David Clemons

 

*David Clemons of Thoroughbred Roses resides in Grant, Alabama. He and his wife, Tammy, grow more than 250 exhibition type hybrid teas, miniatures and minifloras. As an avid rose exhibitor, he has competed and won awards on the local, district, and national levels. David is a Consulting Rosarian and past president of the Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society in Huntsville, Alabama. His hybridizing efforts have led to the introduction of several “thoroughbred” minifloras: ‘Ruffian’, ‘Charismatic’, ‘Foolish Pleasure’, and ‘Whirlaway’. Two of his newest introductions include the exhibition miniflora ‘Unbridled’ and the 2008 Award of Excellence winner ‘Joy’.

Joy, Miniature Rose Award of Excellence Winner
Joy, Miniature Rose Award of Excellence Winner Awarded to David Clemons