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2006 Championship Roses

What Makes a Rose a Winner?

A winning rose embodies all of the characteristics consumers desire in a garden plant. Every AARS winning rose completes an extensive two-year trial program where it's judged on everything from disease resistance to flower production to color to fragrance. This sophisticated evaluation process guarantees that only the best of the crop make it into your garden.

AARS has been testing roses since 1938. Over the years, the program has evolved into a sophisticated process with a network of Official Test Gardens within select Public Gardens throughout the United States. These gardens, which represent a wide range of climates, maintain standards specified by AARS to ensure that roses undergoing testing receive the care normally provided by an average - not necessarily expert - home gardener.

Rose specimens are submitted to the gardens each year from rose producers. The specimens are assigned an official AARS number and undergo a two-year trial program. A judge - usually a college horticulture professor or supervisor of a large public garden - is assigned to evaluate each garden.

During the evaluation period, roses are graded by a prescribed numerical scoring system on vigor, growth habit, disease resistance, foliage, flower production, bud and flower form, opening and finishing color, fragrance, stem and overall value. This complex scoring system has been developed to answer consumer demand for beautiful, easy-to-grow roses. The end result is a new crop of AARS winning roses each year.

Julia Child

Julia ChildJulia Child is a floribunda destined to be as famous as her namesake. Personally chosen by the award-winning chef herself, this rose combines old-fashioned style with delicious fragrance rarely found in a free-flowering plant. This rose has a rounded habit and excellent disease resistance, raising the bar for any English-style rose. Julia Child also features a sweet licorice perfume that exudes from each fully-petaled flower, as well as a butter-gold color that's perfectly suited to any landscape.

Rainbow Sorbet

Rainbow SorbetRainbow Sorbet™ is as cool and delicious as it sounds. This multicolor floribunda harkens back to the popular variety Playboy from which it is a descendant. More rugged and winter hardy, it shows a remarkable resistance to black spot. A symphony of bright color uninterrupted through the season, it is perfect as a single bold accent or as a border for those who like to make a statement in their garden.

Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue YonderWild Blue Yonder™ offers a journey into uncharted territory.
The lavender blend is the first rose in this color range to garner the AARS designation since 1984. Every large wavy petal is a velvety warm wine-purple layered onto rich lavender, making Wild Blue Yonder a unique rose to behold. Each lovely blossom exudes the perfume of sweet citrus and rose. A vigorous 'shrubby' bush, its abundant, deep-green leaves provide the perfect accent to the extraordinarily novel color.

Tahitian Sunset

Tahitian SunsetTahitian Sunset offers a little slice of paradise. This brightly-hued hybrid tea features splendid blossoms starting from high-centered, orange-yellow buds that open fully to a
peachy apricot-pink with yellow highlights. The vigorous plant produces 14-16 inch stems and flowers with about 30 petals to create blooms up to five inches in diameter. With its complex color, delightful licorice fragrance and semi-glossy foliage, this perfectly formed rose makes a strong focal point in any garden.