Winners of the 3rd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials

Winners of the 3rd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials

 

Biltmore’s trials are a sustainable trial using natural fertilizers and no spray. They are judged for growth habit and vigor, buds and flowers, recurrent bloom, resistance to disease and fragrance.

The 2015 winners are:

 Queen of Elizabeth Rose from Help Me Find

Photo from HelpMeFind

‘Queen Elizabeth’ a grandiflora rose bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts in 1954

The Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose

 

 ‘Savannah’ (KORviros) bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany

George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials (Best in Show)

The Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

The Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose

‘Tequila Gold’ (MEIpojona) bred by Meilland International in France

The Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda

‘Flying Kiss’ (P1144PCL) bred by Ping Lim. Based at Altman Plants, Vista, CA

The Gilded Age Award for Best Climber

‘Peachy Keen’ (RADgor) bred by Bill Radler of Milwaukee, WI

The Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose

The Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant

‘Popcorn Drift’ (NOVarospop) bred by NovaFlora, LLC in West Grove, PA

The Honorable John Cecil for Open Group

‘Phloxy Baby’ (RADcleome) bred by Bill Radler of Wilwaukee, WI

The William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit

FIREFIGHTER

FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter photo

Hyrbridizer: Orard, 1999

Var: ORAdal, Hacienda, Red ‘n’ Fragrant

Firefighter is a beautiful dark red hybrid tea which is the first of the nine roses to be named for the Remember Me Rose Gardens to honor the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 while trying to save lives in the World Trade Center. Firefighter also honors those men and women who risk their lives daily to protect ours.

Firefighter is a tall hybrid tea about 5-6 ft tall with a perfect flower form, about 4-6 inches and disease resistant. Petal count is about 40-45 and has a very strong fragrance. Firefighter won the City of Portland Gold Medal Award for 2007. I planted two Firefighter rose bushes, one on each side of my walkway and when they are in bloom, you can smell the sweet fragrance as you walk by. Right now, they are about 5 ft tall and full of blooms.

To honor and pay tribute to all the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, an organization was formed by Sue Casey of Portland, Oregon to create three rose gardens on or near the sites of the terrorist attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and at a field in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County in Pennsylvania.

Rose in Christianity

ROSE TIDBITS

rose window at notre dame

In the early days of Christianity, the rose fell out of favor because of its connections with pagan rituals and Roman orgies, but it later became associated with the Virgin Mary (who is often referred to as “The Rose of Heaven” or “The Mystical Rose”), and many saints, including Angelus, Cassilda, Elizabeth of Portugal, Rosalie, Rose of Lima, Rose of Viterbo, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Victoria.

The rose was depicted as a martyr’s crown on statues and in early paintings, while Christian mystics associated the five petals of a red rose with the five wounds of Christ. Later, beautiful stained-glass rose windows to adorn the great cathedrals of Europe.

DICK CLARK

Dick Clark

DICK CLARK – 2015 ARS Members’ Choice Award

(‘Fourth of July’ x unknown); Introduction: Weeks Roses, 2011.

The American Rose Society Members’ Choice Award honors a rose receiving one of the highest national garden ratings in the annual Roses in Review survey, one that is widely grown, and one that does well in most parts of the country.

‘Dick Clark’, a red blend grandiflora, hybridized in 2009 by Tom Carruth & Christian Bedard has white flowers with a cherry pink edges blushing to all dark red. Blooms are 4-5 inches, borne mostly singly on long cutting stems with large, very clean, dark green, glossy foliage. It has moderate cinnamon fragrance. Prickles are almost straight, moderate, and golden tan. It is easy to grow, broadly rounded and the bushy plants have great vigor, disease resistance and quick repeat. It’s a great garden plant. ‘Dick Clark’ is an award winner: All-American Rose Selection 2011 and Rose Hills Rose Trials Gold Medal HT 2012. The 2014 Roses in Review gives it a garden rating of 7.8 and a show rating of 7.5.

Signature

Signature

Signature

Photo courtesy of Bob Sabin

Hybrid Tea

Var: JACnor

Hybridizer: Warriner

            ‘Signature’ is one of the top ten exhibition roses in the country since its introduction in 1996.  Its huge, high-centered blooms, 5 to 6 inches in diameter on a long stems about 18 inches long make it the favorite of exhibitors across the country.  The intense coloration of the bloom which is deep pink with cream at the bottom of the petals looks stunning.  It has sharply pointed buds which open into perfectly formed rose of 30 to 40 petals count, complemented with dark, thick leathery foliage.  Except for the fact that it has very light fragrance, it could be the rose you’ve been waiting for the exhibition table and garden display.  Plant it in the garden in a group of three with some blue perennial like salvia or dephinum and the effect is quite dazzling.