ASHEVILLE NC – The judging and awards ceremony for the third annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2015. An international jury will select the winning roses in 12 categories.
Since 2011, Biltmore’s historic 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 2013.
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 historic Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmore’s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September.
Biltmore International Rose Trials event details
Several ticket options are available for guests interested in attending competition events.
-Welcome Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 29 in the Conservatory Rose Garden. Tickets are $65 each. Call 800-543-2961 to purchase.
-The Rose Trials Ticket Package includes attendance at the Welcome Reception in the Conservatory Rose Garden at 6:30 p.m. on May 29; competition day on May 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with judging and garden tours; a self-guided tour of Biltmore House; access to the grounds and the awards presentation and lunch at 12:30 to 3 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. Tickets are $175 per person for the package (non-pass holders); $132.20 for pass holders. Call 800-543-2961 to purchase.
-The Inn on Biltmore Estate Package includes accommodations for two at the award-winning Inn on Biltmore Estate, attendance at the Welcome Reception in the Rose Garden; entry into competition day on May 30 in 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. Also included is the chef’s breakfast buffet each morning in The Dining Room; audio guides to Biltmore House; valet parking at the Inn; and complimentary shuttle service around the estate. Guests may also enjoy Biltmore’s Winery and “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition in Antler Hill Village. Package price starts at $1,168. Call 800-858-4130 or book online at www.biltmore.com.
-Select area hotels are offering special Biltmore International Rose Trials rates. For ticket and hotel information, call 800-543-2961 or book online at www.biltmore.com.
More information about the Biltmore International Rose Trials may be found here; http://www.biltmore.com/events/international-rose-trials-1