The All-America Rose Selection (AARS) announced their 2008 winners: a Floribunda and Grandiflora won the honors for the upcoming year. Those of you who like pastel roses will be very happy with the choices.
Every year when the new rose catalogs begin to hit my mailbox one of the first things that I look for is the AARS symbol. All-America Rose Selections is a designation given to roses that have passed a very rigorous evaluation.
These evaluations are conducted at 20 AARS trial gardens throughout the country. They are located in all USDA climate zones.The plants in the test gardens are given the same care as they would receive in an average home garden.
Only the roses that pass these rigid processes get the coveted AARS designation.
The criteria that the plants are judged on are: vigor of the plant, fragrance, disease resistance, foliage, flower production, growth habits, bud and flower form, and overall value.
There are the 2 AARS winners for 2008.
Dream Come True
This is a Grandiflora with a yellow center and ruby red petals to the outside of the bloom.
It’s hardy to USDA zone 5 (zone 4 with winter protection)
It has a mild fragrance
The blooms are large and can reach up to 5 inches in diameter.
This is only the third rose that was hybridized by an amateur, Dr. John Pottschmidt, of Cincinnati, Ohio
This 2008 winner is introduced by Weeks Roses.
This selection is a floribunda, with blooms of pink orange and yellow.
It grows to a height of about 4 feet.
It is hardy to zone 5.
It is very disease resistant.
'Mardi Gras' is introduced by Jackson & Perkins
All American Rose Selections have been awarding their honors since 1940. If you’re looking for a quality rose that has been time tested look for the AARS logo.
Images and plant facts courtesy of All American Rose Selections
About Paul Rodman
Paul Rodman has been gardening for over 45 years. He is an Advanced Master Gardener, and American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian. He is President Emertius of the Western Wayne County Master Gardener Association in Wayne County, Michigan. He currently serves as the greenhouse chairman of this group. Rodman has amassed over 5500 volunteer hours in the Master Gardener program.
Rodman is the garden columnist for The News Herald newspaper, in Southgate, Michigan. He has also written for the Organic Gardening.com web site.
He is a certified Master Canner and has taught classes on Home Food Preserving for 7 years.
He has lectured on various gardening topics throughout southeastern Michigan.
His favorite pastime is teaching children about gardening. For the past several years he has conducted classes for second grade students teaching them about subjects ranging from vermi-composting to propagation.