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2015 Results


“Savannah” takes Best in Show at the 2015 

Biltmore International Rose Trials

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An international jury of rose experts awarded “Savannah,” a dusky pink rose bred in Germany, the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose/Best in Show during the third annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015. 

Growers, distributors and all-around rose appreciators joined the jury for the event, the culmination of two years’ growth of roses submitted by breeders in 2013 to be cared for and tested by Biltmore’s expert gardening team. Rose breeds from the U.S. and several other countries made it through preliminary judging rounds for Saturday’s final contest, held at Biltmore’s 120-year-old Rose Garden.

“Savannah” is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant. Two roses bred by Bill Radler took three categories. Radler is creator of the breed called Knock Out Roses, well-known in both home gardening and professional landscaping circles.

Pat Shanley, international jury member and president-elect of the American Rose Society, said trials like these provide an opportunity to not only admire the beauty of roses, but to eradicate the long-thought notion that roses are difficult to grow and need to be treated with pesticides. The roses trialed at Biltmore’s contest are bred especially for the casual gardener to grow and nurture.

The trial roses are on display amid rose specimens that have been growing in Biltmore’s Rose Garden for more than 100 years. Guests at Biltmore are welcome to stroll through and judge for themselves.

Here are all of the winners of the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials:

  • The George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials (Best in Show): “Savannah,” (KORvioros) bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany
  • The Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea: “Savannah,” (KORvioros) bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany
  • The Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose: “Savannah,” (KORvioros) bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany
  • The Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose: “Queen Elizabeth,” a Grandiflora rose.
  • The Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda: “Tequila Gold,” (MEIpojona) bred by Meilland in France.
  • The Honorable John Cecil for Open Group: “Popcorn Drift,” NOVarospop) bred by Nova Flora, a breeder in West Grove, Pa.
  • The Gilded Age Award for Best Climber: “FlyingKiss,” (LIMkiss) bred by Ping Lim, based in Portland, Oregon.
  • The Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose: “Peachy Keen,” (RADgor) bred by Bill Radler, of Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • The William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit: “Phloxy Baby,” (RADcleome) bred by Bill Radler, of Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • The Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant: “Peachy Keen,” (RADgor) bred by Bill Radler, of Milwaukee, Wisc.

About Biltmore

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Savannah (KORvioros)


“Tequila Gold,” (MEIpojona)


“Popcorn Drift,” NOVarospop)


“FlyingKiss,” (LIMkiss)

“Phloxy Baby,” (RADcleome)


“Peachy Keen,” (RADgor)

Queen Elizabeth (Photo Chris Van Cleave)