‘Easy Does It’ with her mango orange, peach pink, and ripe apricot colors is the 2010 All-American Rose Winner. It was a lovely presentation at the Duke Gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina. ( Photos in this article my not be used for any purpose)
AARS President Tom Carruth introduced the new winner at the awards ceremony. Tom told me that the AARS usually picks more than one winner but this year he felt this should stand by itself.
The AARS has encouraged the breeding of disease resistant and pest resistant plants by its rigorous testing in places throughout the US. The roses are tested for two years before they pass the strict requirement by the All-American Rose Selections.
Robert Harkness of Harkness Nursery in the UK was there to accept the award. Harkness Nursery is the breeder and what a lovely man he is—-well spoken in a soft UK accent. He was at the AARS booth this week and tirelessly answered questions for all the garden writers.
AARS was one of the sponsors for the Sarah P. Duke garden tour and we thank them. The food and drinks were expertly planned—-not to mention delicious.
Color: Orangey apricot to honey pink
Habit: Very rounded and bushy
Flower Size: Medium, up to 3 inches in diameter
Petal Count: 25-30
Fragrance: Moderate fruity
What makes a winner:
Novelty, Form of both buds and open blooms, color throughout bloom cycle, aging quality, flowering effect, fragrance, stem/cluster form, plant habit, vigor, foliage, disease resistance , repeat bloom quality