Roses judged this year were planted at the estate two years ago. They came from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
The second trial in the Biltmore International Rose Trials competition came to a close late last month when an international jury selected the winning roses in 11 categories.
The rose named Miracle on the Hudson, bred by Robert Neal Rippetoe, of California, took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose. Miracle also took the top spot in three additional categories: the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose; the William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit; and the Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant.
Since 2011, Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists.
Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2012.
Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years. The roses judged this year were from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Rose trials are a more common occurrence in Europe, with trials held in 20 different locations in 15 countries.
New rose varieties are planted for trials each May. They are evaluated for garden performance, fragrance, disease resistance and ability to be used in varying landscape situations. The next awards will be in 2015 for the roses planted in 2013 and will continue annually.
Following are the winners of the second annual Biltmore International Rose Trials:
• George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials (Best in Show): Miracle on the Hudson, bred by Robert Neal Rippetoe of California. Available through Roses Unlimited.
• Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub; William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit; and Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant: Miracle on the Hudson.
• Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose: Honorine de Brabant.
• Frederick Law Olmsted Award for Best Groundcover: Sweet Drift, bred by Meilland in France, distributed by Star Roses and Plants. Available at garden centers nationwide.
• Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda: Tequila Supreme, bred by Meilland in France, distributed by Star Roses and Plants. Available at garden centers nationwide.
• The Hon. John Cecil Award for Open Group: Pookah, polyantha bred by James Delahanty and available through Burlington Rose Nursery in California.
• Gilded Age Award for Best Climber: Bajazzo by Kordes, available through Roses Unlimited.
• Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea: Francis Meilland. bred by Meilland in France, distributed by Star Roses and Plants. Available at garden centers nationwide.
• Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose: Munstead Wood, bred in the U.K. by David Austin Roses and available in the U.S. through David Austin Roses in Tyler, Texas.
IF YOU GO
What: See the flowers from the second annual Biltmore International Rose Trials.
When: Anytime the estate is open. Roses should be blooming through September.
Where: Rose Garden, within the Walled Garden, Biltmore.
Admission: Estate admission required; no additional charge. Visit www.biltmore.com.