World Federation of Rose Societies Awards Biltmore's Rose Garden, NC, Prestigious Award

Biltmore's Rose Garden now included as an Internationally acclaimed WFRS 'Award of Garden Excellence' Garden, presented by WFRS Vice President, Jolene Adams
By: Biltmore, World Federation of Rose Societies
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Oct. 7, 2016 - PRLog -- News Release

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Susan Fox, Technology Subcommittee
World Federation of Rose Societies

Lee Ann Donnelly, Senior Public Relations Manager
Biltmore, Asheville, NC

         Asheville, NC (Sept. 23, 2016) – Asheville, NC ~ Biltmore's Rose Garden, home of the world famous Biltmore International Rose Trials and host to rose breeders and rosarians from Canada, the U.S., France, Ireland, Great Britain, and Germany was awarded the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) Award of Garden Excellence on Friday, September 24th in Biltmore's Rose Garden. On hand to receive the award from Past President of the American Rose Society (ARS) and current Vice President for North America World Federation Of Rose Societies (WFRS), Jolene Adams was Parker Andes, and Biltmore's director of horticulture and Emily Tice Wilson, Biltmore's rosarian as well as this year's Biltmore International Rose Trials judges and sponsors of the event Witherspoon Roses, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike, and Mills Magic Rose Fertilizer, Mr. & Mrs. John Beaty. This highly sought after and prestigious 'Award of Garden Excellence' for the best rose gardens in the world was established to improve the public's knowledge in all matters concerning roses. Award of Garden Excellence gardens must meet the following requirements to qualify:

"Education is the heart of what matters to rosarians of the World Federation of Rose Societies. Many people from all over the world have on their bucket list to travel to every WFRS Award Rose Garden in the World. Biltmore's Rose Garden is an exciting addition to this remarkable list of world class gardens." says Jolene Adams

"I am thrilled to be added to the list of the most prestigious and sought after gardens that folks come from all over the world to visit, " said Andes.

The WFRS 'Award of Garden Excellence' recognizes the highest levels of achievement in the field of rose garden development, maintenance and display.

1.     Eligibility. A garden may be eligible for an award which has:

• Demonstrated sustained performance in providing high quality displays of roses which are:

·       Beautiful and attractive and open to the public (and/or)

·       Educational, whereby the knowledge of the public and its interest in roses is enhanced (and/or)

·       Of assistance with the preservation of the genus (or)

(1)  Sustained performance in conducting international rose trials.

(2)  Private gardens will be considered, but the public must have unlimited access throughout the full flowering period.

Emily Tice Wilson, Biltmore's rosarian graciously accepted the Award as the unveiling was conducted the Friday evening of the reception of the Biltmore International Rose Trials that were conducted Saturday, September 25th. All judges for the Biltmore International Rose Trials were on hand for the unveiling of the 'Award of Excellence' to view its permanent home in Biltmore's Rose Garden. For more information to tour the estate and garden visit For more information about WFRS gardens visit


About Biltmore Estate Gardens

About Biltmore's gardens

Biltmore's founder George Vanderbilt collaborated with landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Richard Morris Hunt to bring his vision to life. Today the 8,000-acre, self-sustaining estate is privately owned by Vanderbilt's descendants. The estate includes 75 acres of landscaped historic gardens, 300 acres of pastures and fields, and about 4,500 acres of managed forest.

About Biltmore

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America's largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family's original collection of furnishings, art and antiques.  Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and BiltmoreFor Your Home, the company's licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to or call 877-BILTMORE.

About The World Federation of Roses

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives of national rose societies from 39 countries including Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the USA. Their goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose its stated purpose was to hold international rose conferences and act as a clearinghouse for rose research. To encourage and facilitate the interchange of information about and knowledge of the rose between national rose societies; To coordinate the holding of international conventions and exhibitions; To encourage, and where appropriate, sponsor research into problems concerning the rose; To establish common standards for judging rose seedlings; To assist in coordinating the registration of rose names; To establish a uniform system of rose classification; To encourage and advance international cooperation on all matters concerning the rose. For more information about WFRS visit

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