Besides the AARS awards the American Rose Society gives an ARS Award Of Excellence. This is the highest honor for a miniature rose to receive. The miniature roses go through two years of testing with the same criteria used to judge the roses for the AARS awards. This year there are four outstanding varieties that received the AOL. They include: Autumn Splendor, hybridized by Michael Williams; Little Flame, hybridized by John Walden; Little Tommy Tucker, hybridized by Robbie Tucker; and Sweet Caroline, also hybridized by Michael Williams.
Autumn Slendor is a yellow blend miniature that has blooms with 26-40 petals and usually are one bloom to a stem. The brilliant yellow, gold, orange and occasional red reflexed petals form outstanding exhibition form blooms. The plant has large medium green, semi-glossy foliage that forms upright growth of the bush to 30-40 inches. It's parentage is a Seedling X Selected pollen. Autumn Slendor is being introduced by The Mini Rose Garden.
Little Flame is a bright orange miniature that has blooms with 17-25 petals and usually blooms in clusters. The plant has medium dark green, semi-glossy foliage that forms a compact plant that grows to 30-36 inches. It's parentage is New Year X Unnamed seedling. Little Flame is being introduced by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc.
Little Tommy Tucker is a medium yellow miniature that has small blooms with 17-25 petals is almost always in bloom in small clusters. The plant has medium green matt foliage that form a small compact bush from 14-20 inches. It's paretage is Rise 'n' Shine and Captivation. Little Tommy Tucker is being introduced by Nor'East Miniature Roses.
Sweet Caroline is a red blend miniature that has high centered exibition blooms with 17-25 petals and usually blooms one bloom to a stem. The plant has medium dark green, semi-glossy foliage that forms a slightly spreading plant from 28-36 inches. It's parentage is a Seedling X Selected pollen. Sweet Caroline is being introduced by The Mini Rose Garden.
This is not a complet list of all the new introductions. There are still several roses from the Class of 1999 that I have not mentioned. But with all of the new introductions, there should be a rose for everyone's garden.
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Last updated November 15, 1998
@1997 Linda Burg