The first annual Biltmore International Rose Trials ended on Saturday May 18th with winners announced in 12 categories. Rose Chat Radio caught up with a few of the judges to hear their insights into the trials and we also spoke to a a few of the growers and breeders of the roses entered in the trials. You'll hear interviews with Mike Athy a top winner at the show with his entry "ATHYFaLaa" from his home in New Zealand. Chris Pellett of Kordes Roses in Oregon, gives a wonderful description of the fragrance of their winning entry "Beverly" a beautiful hybrid tea. Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses in the UK shared his insight on their winning entry "Darcy Bussell". Under the care and protection of the Biltmore horticultural team lead by Lucas Jack, the roses were given the best opportunity possible to reach their full potential. Read a full list of the winners on the Biltmore Estate blog Visit Biltmore: www.Biltmore.com Paul Zimmerman: Paul Zimmerman Roses Mike Athy: Mike Athy Roses Chris Pellett: Kordes Roses US Michael Marriott: David Austin Roses Congratulations to all the winners!
Kevin Green joins us this week to talk about Sarasota Florida's most stunning rose gardens. "Mable Ringling cherished roses. Her rose garden was completed in 1913 before any development took place on the 66-acre Ringling estate. Once the garden was established, Sarasota felt like home to Mable and she and John built their dream home, the Cà d’Zan mansion, and the Museum of Art in Sarasota. She was also the founder and first president of the Sarasota Garden Club." (Ringling Museum Press Release Apr 3 , 2004] http://www.ringling.org/ Geri Laufer will be with us to talk about Herbs & Roses, The Language of flowers and Tussie Mussies! http://gardengeri.com/ We'll also have continuing coverage of the Biltmore International Rose Trials with Paul Zimmerman and others. http://www.PaulZimmermanRoses.com http://www.Biltmore.com
Ted Mills, aka "The Rose Doc" joins us for a broadcast of biblical proportions! For over 30 years Ted has been growing roses and teaching others how to grow them. A former Director of the Tenarky district of the American Rose Soceity, Ted Mills is also a Rose Show Judge & Master Rosarian holding the Bronze and Silver honor medals for his service to the local and disctrict societies. He was also a member of the ARS Executive Committee. In his quest for blue ribbon roses, Ted began to experiment with organic materials to feed his plants. With the help of Clayton Beaty, Mills Magic Mix was born. Nearing 90, Mr. Mills is as active as ever, writing a popular column for American Rose Magazine and telling others the good news of growing roses! He'll share his "10 Commandments for Growing Roses" on our show. Join us!
The legacy of Miriam Wilkins lives on with "A Celebration Of Old Roses" an annual event that gathers the best old garden roses under one roof and raises awareness of old and scarce varieties and offers the public an opportunity to see for themselves the beauty of these wonderful old roses. Kristina Osborn Joins us to discuss this wonderful event held each year in El Cerrito, California. Full event details: www.celebrationofoldroses.org Quote from The Celebration of Old Roses Founder: "Dear Friends– There is so much in the old rose world to mystify and entrance us. Now as the roses spring forward and buds of known and unknown beauties form, I find the old excitement rising, filling me with wonder. The old world goes oft awry, but there is always the comfort of the garden." Miriam Wilkins
Mark Tyburski of Circle Organics joins us this week to answer the question: What is good soil? Good soil composition is the foundation of any successful garden and Mark will be with us to talk about building a good soil ecosystem in your garden with the Biltmore Naturals Rose Care Kit. This combination of nutrients for the garden is used at the magnificent Biltmore Estate & Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. The estate is home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials and serves as a testing ground for roses in terms of disease resistance, vigor, bloom power and over all heath. www.BiltmoreNaturals.com Biltmore International Rose Trials Coordinator and author of the popular book "Everyday Roses" join us for a chat on the upcoming judging of the trials and also the role that good soil plays in the rose trial process. www.PaulZimmermanRoses.com