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The 2016 Award Winners


The latest awards from the National Rose Trial Garden of Australia were announced in Adelaide on 25 October. The roses were independently assessed 14 times during the two year trial period by professional nurserymen, garden designers and rose society experts.

The charter of the trial garden is to identify and promote roses best suited to Australian growing conditions and provide information on roses to the public, and feedback to rose breeders, growers and retailers. The roses are only identified by a bed number and the plant’s identity remains unknown to the assessors during the trial.

The top prize, the ‘Marion de Boehme Award’ for the Best Rose of the Trial and Gerald Meylan Perpetual Trophy for Best Groundcover and a prestigious Gold Medal was awarded to a new rose named ‘Eye Shadow’  (Code CHEWsumstar), bred by British hybridiser Chris Warner and entered by Roses and Friends of New South Wales. ‘Eye Shadow’ is a low maintenance Groundcover rose with colour, scent, prolific flowering and tough, healthy foliage.

After 30 years of selective breeding, Chris Warner has earned a global reputation for his breeding program and collection of beautiful roses created using a plant genus known as Hulthemia Persica. The Persica rose native to the Middle East has blooms distinguished by a dark spot at the base of each petal, giving the impression of an ‘eye’.

This year’s Gold Medal winning rose follows hot on the heels of Warner’s Gold Medal last year for ‘Bright as a Button’ (Code CHEWsumsigns) a pink-bronze shrub rose in the Persica line which has become an international sensation.

Chris Warner, of Warner’s Roses in Shropshire, has introduced a collection of roses in a range of colours with exceptional disease resistance and a good growth habit. These include ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, Berry Delightful, ‘Bright as a Button’ and now the Groundcover rose ‘Eye Shadow’ which will be available in two years.

Another UK amateur breeder to achieve success at the 2016 Awards was Calvin Horner who received a Bronze Medal and Trophy for the Best Floribunda of the Trial for the soon to be released fragrant floribunda ‘Happy Home’.

For more information contact Roses and Friends, Website or phone 02 4887 7477.

Click here to download the NRTGA-AWARDS-Booklet