AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY
MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSE COMMITTEE
Dr. Jim Hering, Chairman
1050 Kingwood Drive, Marion, OH 43302
Phone: (740)389-5395, E-mail: rosehering[at]roadrunner[dot]com
October 14, 2013
DEAR MINIATURE ROSE HYBRIDIZER, PRODUCER OR REPRESENTATIVE,
The first year scores of the 2013 Award of Excellence entries are currently being submitted and tabulated. As soon as this process has been completed, all participants will receive the scores and rankings. Only second year scores are used to determine the AOE winners.
As you are aware, the AOE test program now has two divisions – “preventive spray” and “no spray”. Roses can be entered in one or both divisions, and the divisions are judged and awarded separately. Additionally, not only are unnamed seedlings and sports of miniature and miniflora cultivars eligible, but also named and registered miniatures and minifloras which have been in commerce 12 months or less. Finally, only 2 plants are required per division per trial garden.
As Chairman of the ARS Miniature Rose Test Garden Committee, I extend an invitation to enter the 2014-2015 Trials. By December 15, 2013, you should indicate in writing to me your entry plans. Please respond by giving your hybridizer’s number for each entry, the division(s) being entered and a brief description, including color, plant habit and class. If your rose is a climber, it will be evaluated for three years and will be eligible for AOE at the end of 2016. There is a fee of $10 per entry with a limitation of five entries per hybridizer. Please send your entry fee to me, payable to the American Rose Society.
Commercial and amateur hybridizers are eligible to enter plants. The roses tested during the 2014-2015 trials are eligible to receive the Award of Excellence for the year 2017 (except climbers which would be 2018). Winners will be selected by the Committee, and at the 2016 ARS National Miniature Rose Conference the official announcement of the 2017 winners will be made (hybridizers will be notified privately in December, 2015).
Plants for the official test gardens are to be shipped to Phoenix about January 13th; Portland about February 10th; Shreveport and Farmers Branch about March 10th; Orangeburg, Hartford, Hershey and Marion about April 7th; and Toledo and St. Cloud about April 21st. You are required to send two plants per division to each trial garden. Exact shipping details will be forwarded to you by December 30, 2013.
If you entered the 2013 trials, the committee hopes that you will enter again; if you didn’t, consider entering in 2014. Please let me know as soon as possible the number of entries you plan to submit. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with you in the testing of new miniature and miniflora roses.
Cc: Pat Shanley, President
Bob Martin, Vice President
Laura Seabaugh, Executive Director
Carol Spiers, Assistant to the Executive Director
AOE Committee Members
Test Garden Supervisors
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