Biltmore International Rose Trials competition set for May 24, 2014
Asheville, NC (March 2014)
The judging and awards ceremony for the second annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Biltmore’s historic Walled Garden. An international jury will select the winning roses in 12 categories.
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 will conduct the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2012.
“Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Lucas Jack, Biltmore’s rosarian and trials manager. “We’ve enjoyed introducing these new varieties to our guests as they stroll through the gardens. It has been an educational experience, and it complements the work we do to care for Biltmore’s collection of old garden and modern roses.”
Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years prior. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the U.S.
The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. New rose varieties will be planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.
Guests visiting Biltmore’s gardens may view the roses currently on trial in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmore’s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September.
Biltmore International Rose Trials Event details
A special ticket package is available for guests interested in attending competition events. The $200 ticket covers attendance at a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Rose Garden at 6:30 p.m. on May 23; competition day on May 24 with 9 a.m. judging and 11 a.m. tour of the gardens; a self-guided tour of Biltmore House; access to the grounds and the awards presentation and lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the estate’s Lioncrest. Guests may also enjoy Biltmore’s Winery and the “Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition in Antler Hill Village. Select area hotels are offering special International Biltmore Rose Trials rates. For ticket and hotel information, please call 866-851-4661.
Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.