ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On Sept. 28, the 7th Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials recognized five exceptional rose varieties. The Coral Knock Out Rose (RADral) was awarded top prize, along with an additional prize. The Sweet Hips (KAPswehp) also garnered two awards in different categories. See below for the full list of the winners:
- The Coral Knock Out Rose (RADral) received two awards: The George and Edith Vanderbilt Award for the Most Outstanding Rose of the 2019 Biltmore International Rose Trials and the Chauncey Beadle Award for the Most Outstanding Shrub Rose. It was bred by William Radler and is available from Star Roses and Plants
- Sweet Hips (KAPswehp) received two awards as well: The William Cecil Award for Best General Impression and the Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant Rose of the Trials. It was bred by Jay Kapac and is available from Weeks Roses.
- Cupids Kisses (WEKtriscala) received the Gilded Age Award for Best Climbing Rose. It was bred by Christian Bedard and is available from Weeks Roses.
- Bliss Parfuma (KORmarzau) received the Edith Wharton Award for best Floribunda. It was bred by Kordes Roses in Germany and is available from Star Roses and Plants.
- Moonlight Romantica (MEIlkaquinz) received the Pauline Merrill Award for best Hybrid Tea. It was bred by Meilland in France and is available from Star Roses and Plants
Biltmore’s rose garden has accommodated the trials since 2013. Nearly 200 varieties from growers and breeders from around the world gather to tend to the rose competition. A permanent jury of experts judged the rose plantings four times a year—10 times in total—during the two-and-a-half-year trial period.
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