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Biltmore International Rose Trials competition set for Sept. 24, 2016

Asheville, N.C. (August 2016)

On Sept. 24, an international jury will judge the final round of the 2016 Biltmore International Rose Trials, selecting winning roses in 12 categories, including the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials (Best in Show).

Since 2011, Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 150 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists.

Guests visiting Biltmore’s gardens may view the roses on trial, which are planted and marked in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the historic Rose Garden.

Biltmore’s rose history
Roses and Biltmore share a 120-year history that began when Frederick Law Olmsted first started planning the grounds. Both George and Edith Vanderbilt took an interest in the garden, and they worked closely with Chauncey Beadle, then head of estate landscaping, to make changes to it, and double it in size from its original layout, drafted by Olmsted. 

How it works
Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. This year’s final round of competition started with 31 entries planted in 2014 from Canada, the U.S., France, Ireland, Great Britain and Germany. The international jury will be judging the final round starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24.

Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. Competing roses are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

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.

Viewing Biltmore’s Rose Garden and the roses being trialed is included in general admission to the estate. For more information about visiting Biltmore, go to

About Biltmore
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 includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; four-star The Inn on Biltmore Estate; the Village Hotel 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 or call 877-BILTMORE.

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