A winning rose embodies all the characteristics consumers desire in a garden plant: beauty, fragrance, disease resistance, and of course, ease of maintenance. These traits are the hallmark of the
American Garden Rose Selections™ testing program, and we are proud to announce our selections for 2022.
The AGRS testing program recognizes roses that are easy to care for, disease-resistant, and suitable for different regions of the country. In addition, awards are given for fragrance to help guide consumers who desire roses for their scent.
The 2022 AGRS™ Winners are:
• Celestial Night™ - Introduced by Weeks Roses, bred by Christian Bedard. Regional Choice Award Winner in 3 regions – South Central, Southeast, Southwest, and Fragrance Award Winner.
• Easy on the Eyes™ – Introduced by Weeks Roses, bred by Tom Carruth. Regional Choice Award in five regions – North Central, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, and Fragrance Award Winner.
• Pink Freedom - Introduced by Weeks Roses/Spring Hill Nursery, bred by Christian Bedard. Regional Choice Award in four regions – Northeast, Northwest, South Central, and Southeast.
• Pretty Polly™ Pink – Introduced by Star Roses and Plants, bred by David Zlesak, Regional Choice Award Winner in four regions - Northeast, Northwest, South Central, and Southeast.
All roses entered into the AGRS™ program are tested for two years in six different geographical regions, each containing two test gardens. Additional characteristics that are evaluated include: vigor, foliage proportion, plant habit, flowering effect, rebloom habit, bloom form, aging quality of blooms, fragrance, and hardiness. In order for a variety to be granted an award, the rose must demonstrate superior performance in at least three (3) of the six (6) regions entered.
By recognizing and recommending the best garden-worthy rose varieties for the various regions of the United States through testing, the AGRS™ has the goal of providing objective and reliable information to the general public.
For more information:
American Garden Rose Selections