Inaugural Sonoran International Rose Trials judging at MCC

MESA, Arizona — Nov. 21, 2018 — The Rose Garden at Mesa Community College, the largest rose garden in the Southwest, is hosting the inaugural Sonoran International Rose Trials on Nov. 23 and 24 at the Southern and Dobson Campus. The garden at MCC is the only test garden in the world that is located in a desert. The results will provide valuable information for professional growers as well as amateur gardeners about which roses grow successfully in the desert.

The trials mark the end of a two-year growing period beginning with 26 trial plants in the MCC Rose Garden from two main introducers representing five hybridizers.

Trial roses will be judged for qualities such as health, floriferousness (bearing flowers), novelty and scent. The Mesa-East Valley Rose Society, consisting of 75 members, has invited 50-60 growers, breeders, landscape architects and members of rose organizations at home and abroad to participate in the trials at MCC, joining the 12 local judges from the permanent panel. The permanent judging panel, which serves throughout the two-year period, is appointed by garden curators to represent a wide spectrum of rose knowledge and experience.

After the trials, in December of this year, rosarians will plant the varieties for the 2019-20 season. There are three test gardens in the Rose Garden at MCC: The American Rose Garden Association, The Award of Excellence Garden and The International Test Garden.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, beginning at 9 a.m., judges will evaluate the roses and turn in their scores. Awards will be announced the same day, at a 6 p.m. awards dinner. The rose garden is at 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa.

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Contact: Dawn Zimmer, (480) 461-7892,

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018