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Biltmore announces international rose trial dates


The judging and awards ceremony for the second annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition is schedled for Saturday, May 24, in the Biltmore Estate's historic Walled Garden, located in Asheville, N.C. 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 horticulturists. 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.

"Biltore'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. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. New rose varieties will be planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and vigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

The Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres, including renownded gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. (Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company)