I am just back from my annual trek to the Biltmore Estate to participate in the Biltmore International Rose Trials. Once again I found myself steeped in the old world charm of a walled sunken garden to take an in-depth look at the most modern of roses. Hybridizers from around the world continue to work hard to bring us the best of the best for our home gardens..
WINE & ROSES
Our time in the garden begins on Friday evening with a wine and roses party. It is so wonderful to renew long time friendships and make new friends as we bond around our mutual love for the rose.
TIME FOR BUSINESS!
In the spirit of the Vanderbilt legacy we don our fancy clothes and hats and make our way to the task at hand.
It is my pleasure to share with you the 2019 Rose Trial Winners. These roses have been judged each season (even winter) for two years.
Moonlight Romantica (MEILkaquinz)
Meilland / Star Roses
Pauline Merrell Award – Best Hybrid Tea Rose
Sweet Hips (KAPswehp)
Lord Burleigh Award – Best Disease Resistant Rose
William Cecil Award – Best General Impression
Bliss Parfuma (KORmarzau)
Edith Wharton Award – Best Floribunda Rose
Cupid’s Kisses (WEKtriscala)
Weeks – Bedard
Gilded Age Award – Best Climbing Rose
Coral Knock Out Rose (RADral)
Star Roses – Radler
Chauncey Beadle Award – Best Shrub Rose
George and Edith Vanderbilt Award – Most Outstanding Rose
SPECIAL THANKS TO…
…Our coordinator of the Biltmore Rose Trials, Paul Zimmerman, for his leadership and vision to work with amateur and professional hybridizers to provide the very best for our gardens.
…Parker Andes, Biltmore Director of Horticulture, and his teams for the care of the gardens and their commitment to the Biltmore vision.