Biltmore’s Rose Garden receives Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award
Asheville,NC (June 2014)
Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has received the 2014 Great Rosarians of the World (GROW) Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award. Every year the GROW organization meets to recognize significant contributors to the world of roses and remarkable gardens. The Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award was created to highlight the world’s great rose gardens and promote a wider knowledge and appreciation of the country’s botanical gardens to the rose-growing world and the gardening public.
To be considered for the award a rose garden must be open to the public; be recognized as having an outstanding design or historical significance; display an outstanding collection or broad display of roses; and promote rose growing with educational outreach programs.
Lucas Jack, Biltmore’s Rosarian, recently accepted this award in New York at the Great Rosarians of the World Lecture Series - East. Since 2011, Lucas has overseen the care of 1,800 roses in the estate’s historic rose garden and maintained the space as a show garden for guests within the Walled Garden.
The Biltmore Rosarian role is steeped in history, as the rose garden has been in continuous cultivation since 1895, when Frederick Law Olmsted was walking the grounds as George Vanderbilt’s chief horticultural adviser. Lucas relies on Olmsted’s design intent and combines that with contemporary horticulture practices to ensure that Biltmore’s rose garden is world-class. Lucas and team maintain more than 120 different cultivars laid out in both French formal and English border designs. The garden is home to nearly every class of roses and one may find roses of antiquity and cutting-edge varieties.
In addition to taking care of the descendants of those roses planted in the 1890s, Lucas also oversees the planting and cultivation of the Biltmore International Rose Trials, which just completed its third year of trialing and competition.