The 7th International Fragrant Rose Trial in Echigo Hillside Park, Nagaoka Japan
Award-winning Entries (2013)

The International Fragrant Rose Trials is held every year by inviting applications of new fragrant roses from rose breeders not only in Japan but all around the world. All the applied nursery plants are planted and brought up for two years under exactly the same condition in the snowy and cold region of Japan. Then, examination session is held twice every spring and autumn by the Judging Committee comprising of experts of roses and fragrances to decide the award winning varieties.

The winning prizes are Gold Award, Silver Award and Bronze Award each for the specified four criteria. In addition, as special awards, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award is presented to the highest score winner among the Gold Award Winners, Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award is presented to the highest score winner in the fragrance section among the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, and Nagaoka City Mayor's Award is presented to the most popular variety among the general guests to the park.

Large-flowerd Roses (HTs,Grandifloras)

Entry No. Variety Breeder
Gold Award
(Special prize: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award)
(Special prize: Niigata Prefectural Governor’s Award)
11 Gospel® (RT02733) Rosen Tantau - Germany
Silver Award 45 Capriccio Tamotsu Tomokage - Japan
Bronze Award
(Special prize: Nagaoka City Mayor’s Award)
25 Karaito Hironaka Ohtsuki - Japan

Floribunda Roses (F)

Entry No. Variety Breeder
Silver Award 37 Fresh Lemon Teizo Yoshiike - Japan
Bronze Award 48 Rose de Kumiko Takashi Kawai - Japan

Shrubs (S)

Entry No. Variety Breeder
Gold Award 62 Bella Donna Atsuya Iwashita - Japan
Bronze Award 60 Claude Monet Pépinières et Roseraies Georges Delbard - France

Miniature Roses, Mini-floras, Patio Roses, and Polyanthas (Min)

There is no prizewinner.

Category : HTs

Gold Award
Special prize : Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award
Special prize : Niigata Prefectural Governor’s Award

Entry No. 11

pic. Gospel® (RT02733)Gold Award
pic. Gospel® (RT02733)
Variety
Gospel® (RT02733)
Breeder
Rosen Tantau - Germany
Flower
Large rosette blooms with claret-red petals which turn dark crimson by autumn. The neck of the flower is strong in this variety.
Fragrance type
Damask-Modern: A full-bodied fragrance with a honey-like sweet rose scent combined with crisp fruity and hyacinth green notes and a magnificent powdery nuance.

Silver Award

pic. CapriccioSilver Award

Entry No. 45

Variety
Capriccio
Breeder
Tamotsu Tomokage - Japan
Flower
Particularly beautiful with a high-centered bloom form, and an amazing complex gradation in color from a lovely apricot cream base. Has a certain presence and is simply beautiful for the entire season from bud to the end of bloom.
Fragrance type
Fruity: A well-balanced fragrance with a strong rose scent coupled with a fresh citrus aroma and a green fruity fragrance with hints of apple, pear and apricot.

Bronze Award
Special prize : Nagaoka City Mayor’s Award

pic. KaraitoBronze Award

Entry No. 25

Variety
Karaito
Breeder
Hironaka Ohtsuki - Japan
Flower
Beautiful medium to large magenta petals. Long-lasting blooms with petals that become lighter in color.
Fragrance type
Spicy: A charming velvety fragrance with a candy-like vanilla scent and the spicy aroma of cloves in a vibrant rose fragrance.

Category : F

Silver Award

pic. Fresh LemonSilver Award

Entry No. 37

Variety
Fresh Lemon
Breeder
Teizo Yoshiike - Japan
Flower
A lemon yellow rosette that harmonizes beautifully with its leaf color. A beautifully structured rose plant with excellent cluster flowering. One of its hybrid parents is North Fragrance, winner of the Nagaoka City Mayor's Award in the 3rd International Fragrant Rose Trials.
Fragrance type
Tea: A finely balanced fragrance with an elegant tea aroma blended with sweet rose and tropical fruit scents.

Bronze Award

pic. Rose de KumikoBronze Award

Entry No. 48

Variety
Rose de Kumiko
Breeder
Takashi Kawai - Japan
Flower
A mid-size purplish magenta rose with smallish full double flowers. Cluster flowering is poor in autumn but there is minimal color fade even when flowers have fully bloomed.
Fragrance type
Damask-Classic: A delicate fragrance with accents of green hyacinth and sweet honey in a crisp Damask rose fragrance.

Category : S

Gold Award

pic. Bella DonnaGold Award

Entry No. 62

Variety
Bella Donna
Breeder
Atsuya Iwashita - Japan
Flower
A beautiful purple midsize rose the color of the Japanese people’s beloved wisteria, with sword-shaped petals. A blue rose with beautifully shaped flowers that hold their shape right until the end.
Fragrance type
Blue: A luxurious blue rose scent with a rich aroma accented by peach-like fruitiness, light honey-like sweetness, and geranium notes.

Bronze Award

pic. Claude MonetBronze Award

Entry No. 60

Variety
Claude Monet
Breeder
Pépinières et Roseraies Georges Delbard - France
Flower
A striking rose with pink and yellow stripes. Charmingly indecisive - first flowering in cuplike blooms with round petals and then transforming into a rosette bloom. Awarded the highest marks for novelty this year.
Fragrance type
Tea: A carefully balanced classy fragrance with an elegant tea aroma together with a light and powdery honey sweet scent.

Comments from Judging Committee Members

Judging Committee Chairman:
Yoshihiro Ueda, Principal of Gifu International Academy of Horticulture

We received 64 entries for the 7th International Fragrant Rose Trials. This year there was a significant number of entries in the Hybrid Tea Category with a total of 34 entries. In the other categories there were 15 Floribunda entries, 13 Shrub entries, and 2 Miniature entries.

Due to unusual weather conditions this year, including a sudden rise in temperature in spring and the intense lingering summer heat, flowering was earlier for all entries in comparison to previous years. However, despite these weather conditions, we were able to conduct a fair and deliberate examination twice, once in spring and once in autumn. In the Hybrid Tea Category we awarded three awards, a bronze, a silver and a gold. In the Floribunda Category we awarded two awards, a silver and a bronze. In the Shrub category we also awarded two awards, a gold and a bronze. In total there were two gold, two silver, and three bronze award winners.

Gospel, Gold Award winner in the Hybrid Tea Category and recipient of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award and the Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award, is a very well-balanced variety with a large claret-red rosette bloom form. It was awarded the highest marks among all the entries and is a very well-balanced variety, with excellent fragrance strength and quality.

Bella Donna, Gold Award winner in the Shrub Category, is a blue rose variety with a beautiful wisteria-colored bloom. It scored highly for fragrance and for overall characteristics, and was awarded highest marks for floriferousness.

Silver Award winner in the Floribunda Category, Fresh Lemon, has a lemon yellow flower that harmonizes beautifully with its leaf color. It is wonderfully floriferous and scored highly for overall beauty.

Capriccio, Silver Award winner in the Hybrid Tea Category was judged to be simply beautiful for the entire season from bud to the end of bloom with its high-centered bloom form with sword-shaped petals and complex gradation in color from an apricot cream base.

Winner of the Nagaoka City Mayor's Award and Bronze Award winner, Karaito, was the favorite among park visitors for its long-lasting beautiful magenta blooms which gradually change to a lighter shade.

Judging Committee Deputy Chairman:
Yuji Ichikawa, Perfumer

We received a total of 64 entries from Japan and overseas for the 7th International Fragrant Rose Trials. Despite the unusually warm spring and intense summer heat, this year we have again selected two gold, two silver and three bronze award winners from among the entries. The fragrance quality of winning entries was high this year. By category, the highest points for fragrance were awarded to hybrid tea varieties, followed in order by shrubs, floribunda and miniatures.

Gospel, a hybrid tea variety, not only won a Gold Award but was also awarded two other awards, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award and the Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award. It has a Damask Modern fragrance, described as a ‘full-bodied fragrance with a honey-like sweet rose scent combined with crisp fruity and hyacinth green notes and a magnificent powdery nuance.’

Bella Donna, Gold Award winner in the Shrub Category, has a Blue fragrance, described as a ‘luxurious blue rose scent with a rich aroma accented by peach-like fruitiness, light honey-like sweetness, and geranium notes.’

Karaito, winner of the Nagaoka City Mayor's Award and Bronze Award winner, has a Spicy fragrance described as ‘a charming velvety fragrance with a candy-like vanilla scent with the spicy aroma of cloves in a vibrant rose fragrance.’

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