Today was a very special day for rose lovers — the judging of the Biltmore International Rose Trials. Since 2011, The Biltmore historic rose garden has been home to these trials. It is my extreme pleasure to serve as a juror to the wonderful event that showcases the work of the amateur as well as the professional hybridizers. More about the rose trials here.
Under the supurb direction of Paul Zimmerman of Paul Zimmerman Roses, this event is a highlight in the rose world where after two years of observation in no spray and limited care conditions, the winners are announced. Dressed in our garden party best, the jurors come together to be about the serious work of finding the roses we can look forward to having in our own backyards and yours.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose
Honorable John Cecil Award for Open Group
Popcorn Drift / Nova Flora
Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda
Tequila Gold / Meilland
Gilded Age Award for Best Climber
FlyingKiss / Ping Lim
Chauncy Beadle Award for Best Shrub
Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
Peachy Keen / Bill Radler
William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit
Phloxy Baby / Bill Radler
Pauline Merrill Award for Best Hybrid Tea
Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trial (Best in Show)
Savannah / Kordes
JURORS HARD AT PLAY (I mean work!)
Yes, today was a very good day in a very beautiful place!
Thanks for stopping by!