Growing Roses & Growing Friends

THE AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY

Through the American Rose Society, I have rose friends from all over the country that enrich my rose hobby. This society exists to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose, through education and research to members, to local rose societies and their members and to the public.

Locally our rose growing season is coming to an end, but, like NYC, the American Rose Society is an organization that never sleeps. There will be something going on all winter long. If you are not a member, isn’t this a perfect time to join! So many rosey benefits!

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING…

The ARS is having their annual board meeting this week. Today they released the year in review. Fun to see what’s going on in the world of the American Rose Society! Look closely, there might be a sighting of yours truly.😉

MEMBERSHIP…

Most ARS members are home gardeners who enjoy growing roses and want to expand their knowledge of rose culture. Starting now gives you all winter for learning and getting ready for spring!  If you are not ready to take on a full membership, give it a try with the cost effective TRIAL MEMBERSHIP and see what you think.

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FOUR-MONTH TRIAL MEMBERS RECEIVE:

  • Free advice from Consulting Rosarians.
  • Free or reduced garden admissions, a $25 value after just 3 uses.
  • Free online access to five quarterly bulletins, a $45 value.
  • 2 issues of American Rose magazine, $16 value.
  • Discounts of up to 30% at merchant partners.
  • A four-month trial membership is valued at $86 for only $10!

ARS and You (2)And one of my fav ARS member benefits currently is the monthly newsletter. I am the editor! To see a sample of the newsletter, read on here.
For the trial membership, complete the online form or call 800-637-6534.

New ARS Website coming soon!



OUR LOCAL SOCIETY … INDIANAPOLIS ROSE SOCIETY

In this organization I have met some amazing people of all ages. We are all at different stages of the gardening experience and have different passions. Some are into just growing while others with the competitive spirit, enter the most amazing blooms and arrangements in competitions! We have those who use chemicals and others who are all organic. Some members have 1 rose and some have 500 roses.

But it is so much more…

We spend time enjoying all things “rose” together. We learn, we laugh, we celebrate successes and we deal with failures & issues together. It’s not just roses that keep us together, over the years–we have become family and you are welcome anytime!

This year we have had members coming from Marion, Kokomo, Bloomington and most of the surrounding burgs! 

This week we had our last official meeting of the year but are already making big plans for next year. You can keep up with what’s going on by subscribing to our blog at INDIANAPOLISROSESOCIETY.COM. You will receive posts in your email as we “post” them. We begin meeting again the second Tuesday in March at 6:30 pm at the Sullivan Munce Center in Zionsville. Get it on your calendar! 

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Come grow with us!

Biltmore International Rose Trials 2016

 The Roses, The Garden, The Hats!!

 THE ROSE TRIALS. . .

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There is so much for me to love about the rose world. Roses, rose friends and rose events add so much to my life. None more than the annual pilgrimage to judge roses at the Biltmore. What a pleasure to be in this beautiful place with so many beautiful friends. And, the roses, oh my, spending this last weekend in September in the Biltmore rose garden is truly ending my rose growing season on a high note.

ABOUT THE TRIALS:

The trial is dedicated to the backyard gardener and is open to professional as well as amateur rose hybridizers from around the world. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. Even in winter!

Roses are evaluated for their overall health and vigor, fragrance, disease resistance and their ability to rebloom. All things that we backyard gardeners are looking for. In my garden are several of the past winners and I am making plans to add a few of these as well! 🙂

And, the 2016 winner are…

POLAR EXPRESS (Kordes Sunbelt Collection)  Link to New Flora http://newflora.com/product/polar-express-rose/

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  • Best Growth Habit
  • Best Floribunda
  • Most Outstanding Rose of the Trial

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HONEYMOON (Kordes Arbors Collection) More info here.

  • Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistance
  • Gilded Age Award for Best Climber

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DOUBLE 10 by Ping Lim

  • Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

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THE LARK ASCENDING by David Austin

  • Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub

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 An amazing collection!



THE GARDEN…

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Belinda’s Dream was so dreamy–I could hardly tear myself away! You can order this one here. Lucky for me, my Belinda’s Dream was blooming when I got home! (More about that here.)

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Pink Pet (Sometimes thought to be Caldwell Pink … read more about that here. Also sold at Chamblees.)

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Strike it Rich … Mercy! Tom Carruth has a winner with this one. Read more.



THE HATS. . .

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Marci Martin always lovely and always inspiring. Check out her FB page here.

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Tina VanCleave, Marci and I having just the best time!

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Jim Wilson and Susan Fox looking so fine as always! Don’t you think the Vanderbilts would be proud!

Susan and Strike it Rich … Color match made in heaven.

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Debbie Clark taking note!

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Award winning rose grower, Cindy Dale, hard at work!

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George Ann Hamilton … so lovely in her pink!



THE BEST PART…

Mr. G and I were celebrating our 39th anniversary that day.

He is the VERY BEST!

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These guys know how to say “welcome home”!

Last week when I left home for the Biltmore, there was not very much going on in the garden. (A post about the incredible Biltmore Rose Trials is coming very soon!)

Back to the garden… Something changed while I was gone. Rain. Lots of rain. The rain came and things started blooming! You can water and water and water but nothing is like a good soaking rain.

Caution... excessive garden pictures to follow...

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Lady Ashe

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Sunshine Daydream

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Belinda’s Dream

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Belinda’s Dream

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Petit Pink

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Quietness

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More Quietness

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Moje Hammarberg Rugosa

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Dick Clark

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Smoothie

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Flamenco Rosita

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Flamenco Rosita 2

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View from the Potting Shed porch.

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Some of them were ready to come inside! 🙂

I am enjoying every single one of them! It’s gonna be hard to say goodbye for the winter. You are going to have to help me through it!

Wishing you a wonderful day and a warm welcome wherever you go!