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"Each year, more rose breeders send their most promising introductions to the A.R.T.S. national trial gardens to be evaluated under low-input conditions across the various U.S. climate regions. Each year’s set of trial roses are grown side by side with two industry standard/control roses that have well-documented strong performance in past research-Carefree Beauty (‘BUCbi’) and Knock Out (‘RADrazz’). The bar is definitely set high. After two full years of testing, the scores of the two industry standards are averaged to create a benchmark score. The test roses that outperform this benchmark in each climate region and have at least two-thirds of the trial roses in the region surviving to the end earn an A.R.T.S. Local Artist award. Gardeners selecting an A.R.T.S. Local Artist award winner for their region can expect to be very successful with this rose when providing basic plant care."
Thank you Henry for posting this!! I appreciate that you are quick at finding rose literature and sharing it with others on the forum. It is nice to have strong connections with trade magazines to have articles like this each year to get our word out about the program and the new winners. It is nice to have a May article the season before in trade magazines so people can book winning roses for their garden centers and landscape firms for the following spring. We have been working to connect with more popular press magazines to get word about the program out more. It is amazing how the program has grown since the inception with just a great core group of volunteers that work well together to weigh the best options to move ahead for the program. A.R.T.S. is definitely a labor of love and sacrifice on behalf of many volunteers. I am grateful to be part of it.
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