Cherry Frost, a miniature climbing rose, has captured the top prize at the recent finals of the 2020 Biltmore International Rose Trials.
Bred by Overom and distributed by Star Roses & Plants, Cherry Frost (Overedclimb) took home the George and Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the trials.
The winning rose was among a collection of roses planted for trials in 2018 in Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden. Since 2011, Biltmore’s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 200 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists. A permanent jury of rose experts judged the plantings four times a year during the trial’s two years.
Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. Competing roses are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.
In addition to winning the Most Outstanding Rose this year, Cherry Frost was awarded the Gilded Age Award for Best Climbing Rose, and the William Cecil Award for General Impression Rose.
Additional winners this year were:
- Whipped Cream (Meitulaca) – Winner of the Lord Burleigh Award for Best Disease Resistant, and the Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda, Whipped Cream is bred by Meilland, and distributed by Star Roses & Plants.
- Pinkerbell (Meivanae) – Winner of the Pauline Merrill Award for Best Hybrid Tea Rose, Pinkerbell is bred by Meilland, and is available from Star Roses & Plants.
- Top Gun (WEKmoridahor) - Bred by Tom Carruth and available from Weeks Roses, Top Gun received the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose.
- Sweet Spirit (Meithatie) – Winner of the Honorable John Cecil Award for Open Group, Sweet Spirit is bred by Meilland and distributed by Star Roses & Plants.