Bee Happy Sustainably grown roses will attract pollinators to your garden.
Handcrafted vase (right) by Meghan Runkle Bernard, Hendersonville. Courtesy of the Southern Highland Craft Gallery
Grand Design Biltmore’s formal and informal gardens were designed and laid out by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1893. At the Rose Garden’s epicenter are displays of roses that were only available before 1914, the year of George Vanderbilt’s passing. Above, Rural England, bred by Peter Beales
Plant Kingdom The International Rose Trials are located in Biltmore’s Rose Garden, which holds more than 250 varieties, spanning almost every class of rose from antiquity to modern.
Blind Trial Judges never know the name of the rose or the breeder during the rigorous two-year evaluation process. On awards day, only the names of the winning roses and their breeders are revealed. The rest, including this lovely specimen above, remain anonymous.
Blooming Beauties Unlike a flower show, which rates just the bloom, the Biltmore International Rose Trials score the entire plant.