The 8th International Fragrant Rose Trial in Echigo Hillside Park, Nagaoka Japan
Award-winning Entries (2014)

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 1 Etienne Richard Huber AG – Switzerland
Silver Award 4 Ihatov no Kaze Teizo Yoshiike – Japan
Bronze Award 42 Space Naoko Eiichi Arisaka – Japan
Special prize : Nagaoka City Mayor's Award 47 RT08973 Rosen Tantau – Germany

Floribunda Roses (F)

Entry No. Variety Breeder
Gold Award
Special prize : Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award
37 Ihatov no Kaori Teizo Yoshiike – Japan
Silver Award
Special prize : Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award
50 In a Sentimental Mood(ZENfulavender) Takashi Kawai – Japan
Bronze Award 26 KOR(s) KO 06/2134-06 W.Kordes'Söhne Rosenschulen GmbH & Co KG – Germany

Shrubs (S)

Entry No. Variety Breeder
Gold Award 63 Pub Rock Fuminori Nukariya – Japan
Silver Award 72 Sheherazade Takunori Kimura – Japan
Bronze Award 67 Royal Jubilee David C.H. Austin – United Kingdom

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

There is no prizewinner.

Category : Large-flowered Roses (HTs, Grandifloras)

Gold Award

pic. ‘Etienne’Gold Award

Entry No. 1

Variety
Etienne
Breeder
Richard Huber AG – Switzerland
Flower
Blooms with neatly formed cups which open out into rosettes, as the petals transition from apricot pink to a light pink. Lateral buds bloom in numerous clusters.
Fragrance type
Damask-Classic: A soft powdery scent on blooming, progressing to a fresh green scent with violet and leafy notes. When the rose has fully bloomed the fragrance becomes increasingly fruity with berry notes and a honey-like sweetness to produce the classic rose fragrance.

Silver Award

pic. Ihatov no KazeSilver Award

Entry No. 4

Variety
Ihatov no Kaze
Breeder
Teizo Yoshiike – Japan
Flower
A cheerful orthodox hybrid tea variety with a well-balanced attractive bloom form and beautiful salmon pink gradation.
Fragrance type
Tea: Throughout flowering this rose has a soothing tea rose fragrance with fruity peach notes and fresh herb-like hints of geranium.

Bronze Award

pic. Space NaokoBronze Award

Entry No. 42

Variety
Space Naoko
Breeder
Eiichi Arisaka – Japan
Flower
This variety has showy giant rosettes with bright pink petals which complement the colored leaves beautifully.
Fragrance type
Tea: A gorgeous high quality tea rose fragrance with a deep green scent with violet notes on blooming, progressing to a fruity fragrance with berry notes and a honey-like sweetness.

Nagaoka City Mayor's Award

pic. RT08973

Entry No. 47

Variety
RT08973
Breeder
Rosen Tantau – Germany
Flower
These blooms hold their shape right until the end of flowering. With its gorgeous scarlet color and large number of petals, this variety stands out even when surrounded by other roses.
Fragrance type
Tea: A soft elegant tea rose fragrance which on blooming has a green scent with notes of fresh hyacinth married with a fruity scent with apple notes.

Category : Floribunda Roses (F)

Gold Award
Special prize : Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award

Entry No. 37

pic. Ihatov no KaoriGold Award
Variety
Ihatov no Kaori
Breeder
Teizo Yoshiike – Japan
Flower
A cuplike bloom which transitions from apricot to light pink and doesn't lose its form until the end of flowering. A floriferous variety with lovely pea green leaves that complement the flower color well. This variety flowers strongly throughout the year.
Fragrance type
Damask-Modern: A luxuriously sweet, fresh, and well balanced rose fragrance with subtle nuances of citron lemon and soft tea accents.

Silver Award
Special prize : Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award

Entry No. 50

pic. ZENfulavenderSilver Award
Variety
In a Sentimental Mood(ZENfulavender)
Breeder
Takashi Kawai – Japan
Flower
A beautiful bewitching variety with just the right number of petals balanced perfectly with the delicate pale lavender frill which ripples the edge of the bloom.
Fragrance type
Blue: On blooming this rose has a fruity green scent with notes of hyacinth and green apple, then the honey-like sweetness intensifies to create a bold yet elegant blue rose fragrance.

Bronze Award

pic. KOR(s)(KO 06/2134-06)Bronze Award

Entry No. 26

Variety
KOR(s)(KO 06/2134-06)
Breeder
W.Kordes'Söhne Rosenschulen GmbH & Co KG – Germany
Flower
A charming well balanced bright magenta rose with rose pink striping on ruffled petals, complemented by elongated leaves.
Fragrance type
Damask-Classic: A finely balanced elegant and gentle rose fragrance with the sweet and sour fruity aroma of apricot blended with honey-like sweetness and leafy green notes.

Category : Shrubs(S)

Gold Award

pic. Pub RockGold Award

Entry No. 63

Variety
Pub Rock
Breeder
Fuminori Nukariya – Japan
Flower
A delightful round rose that holds its shape from budding through to full bloom. Its magenta pink coloring does not fade until the end of flowering.
Fragrance type
Blue: A luxurious blue rose fragrance with a harmonious blend of honey-like rose sweetness with fruity notes of fresh green apple and apricot.

Silver Award

pic. SheherazadeSilver Award

Entry No. 72

Variety
Sheherazade
Breeder
Takunori Kimura – Japan
Flower
This rose has round pink petals tinged with purple. The flower is paler towards the edges of the petals. A floriferous rose with nearly enough blooms on a single spray to make a bouquet.
Fragrance type
Damask-Modern: On blooming this rose has a light powdery fragrance with iris notes which progresses to a rich rose fragrance with fruity berry notes blended with the spiciness of cloves.

Bronze Award

pic. Royal JubileeBronze Award

Entry No. 67

Variety
Royal Jubilee
Breeder
David C.H. Austin – United Kingdom
Flower
A delicate mid-sized rose with a small number of petals. The thin drooping flower and stem looks lovely. The round blooms curve inwards and have pink petals with pale undersides.
Fragrance type
Damask-Modern: From a harmoniously blended fruity green scent with juicy watermelon and leafy notes, this rose gradually develops into a strong sweet rose fragrance with accents of honey blended with elegant tea nuances.

Comments from Judging Committee Members

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

This year we received a record number of entries for the 8th International Fragrant Rose Trials with 74 entries in total. Every category was well represented this time with 30 hybrid tea entries, 21 floribunda entries, 18 shrub entries, and 5 entries in the miniature category.
Despite unusual weather patterns this year, including a sudden transition to high temperatures in spring, followed by a wet summer without the usual lingering summer heat, flowering progressed normally and we were able to conduct a fair and deliberate examination twice, once in spring and once in autumn. We awarded nine Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in total, a Bronze, a Silver and a Gold for each category excluding the miniature category. Judging was challenging with fierce competition between the winning entries. The winning entries all scored very highly and placings were decided by very narrow margins.

Ihatov no Kaori was the Gold Award winner in the floribunda category and also the recipient of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award. It is a very well-balanced variety with a stunning transition in color and bloom form during flowering. The Gold Award winner in the hybrid tea category, Etienne, scored highly for all features. It is a pleasing pink rose that blooms with neatly formed cups which open out into rosettes. Pub Rock was the Gold Award winner in the shrub category. It has dark pink voluminous flowers with lots of petals. It also scored highly for its fragrance. ZENfulavender, Silver Award winner in the floribunda category and winner of the Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award, is a pale blue grey rose and was awarded the highest points for fragrance. The Nagaoka City Mayor's Award was awarded to RT08973, which made a favorable impression on park visitors thanks to its eye-catching gorgeous scarlet red blooms and overall prettiness.

Judging Committee Deputy Chairman:
Yuji Ichikawa, Perfumer

We received a total of 74 entries from Japan and overseas for the 8th International Fragrant Rose Trials.

Despite an unseasonably hot spring followed by a cool wet summer, this year we had the highest number of award winners, with three Gold Awards, three Silver Awards and three Bronze Awards. The fragrance quality of winning entries was high this year and there were many roses with complex scents.

The highest overall score was awarded to Ihatov no Kaori, the Gold Award winner in the floribunda category and winner of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award. It has a damask modern fragrance described as “a luxuriously sweet, fresh, and well balanced rose fragrance with subtle nuances of citron lemon and soft tea accents.”

Pub Rock was the Gold Award winner in the shrub category and has a blue fragrance described as “a luxurious blue rose fragrance with a harmonious blend of honey-like rose sweetness with fruity notes of fresh green apple and apricot.” Etienne, Gold Award winner in the hybrid tea category, has a damask modern fragrance described as being “a soft powdery scent on blooming, progressing to a fresh green scent with violet and leafy notes. When the rose has fully bloomed the fragrance becomes increasingly fruity with berry notes and a honey-like sweetness to produce the classic rose fragrance.” The floribunda variety ZENfulavender was awarded highest points for fragrance, as well as a Silver Award, and the Niigata Prefectural Governor's Award. It has a blue fragrance. It was observed that “on blooming this rose has a fruity green scent with notes of hyacinth and green apple, then the honey-like sweetness intensifies to create a bold yet elegant blue rose fragrance.”

RT08973, which was awarded The Nagaoka City Mayor's Award, has a tea fragrance described as “a soft elegant tea rose fragrance which on blooming has a green scent with notes of fresh hyacinth married with a fruity scent with apple notes.”

 

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