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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Monday, September 18, 2006

All-America Rose Selections Announces 2006 Competition Winners

Lacy Park Rose Garden

All-America Rose Selections has announced the winning gardens for the 2006 "Designing with Roses" Competition. Judges from Better Homes & Gardens, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Weeks Roses and Jackson & Perkins considered submissions from across the United States for this inaugural competition. Professionals and students submitted a variety of types of gardens including large public gardens, restoration projects, memorial gardens, university grounds and private homes. The judges selected the designs that best demonstrated excellent landscape design execution and incorporation of rose plants into the site design.

What Was Old is New Again: Restored 1920s Garden Wins Professional Category

The panel of judges awarded first place in the professional category to the Lacy Park Rose Garden Restoration project by Steven Ormenyi & Associates, in the City of San Marino in the greater Los Angeles area. AARS will award Steven Ormenyi with an all expenses-paid trip to Pasadena, California to see the annual Rose Parade at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in January 2007.

The Lacy Park Rose Garden, originally designed in 1929, is a beautiful public park with large open spaces and a diverse mix of plants. Following a gradual decline, the Lacy Park landscape committee hired Mr. Ormenyi in 2002 to restore the rose garden to its grand stature. Completed in 2003, the current Lacy Park Rose Garden features a wonderful mix of modern, disease-resistant and fragrant roses including AARS Winners ‘Fourth of July’, ‘Mister Lincoln’, ‘Scentimental’ and ‘Perfume Delight’. The updated palette of colours was selected for optimal viewing and enjoyment at dawn and dusk, while the overall layout of the garden stayed true to its historical roots.

Professional Category Winners:
First Place: Lacy Park Rose Garden Restoration, San Marino, Calif.
Steven A. Ormenyi & Associates

Second Place: September 11th Memorial Rose Garden, Private Estate, Huntington Bay, NY
Michael Spitzer

Third Place: Jasper Crane Rose Garden, Brandywine Park, Wilmington, Del.
Andrew Durham

Kansas State Dominates Student Category
Designed by three students from Kansas State University, the KSU Gardens "Secret Garden" design took top honours in the student category, and the team will receive the $1,000 first place prize.

KSU students Lynda Armstrong, Aarthi Padmanabhan and Hilary Kemper created a special space for the university’s garden that would combine beautiful roses with garden nooks and a quiet retreat for students and visitors. Their design highlights the university’s garden education and learning laboratory by providing visitors with information on growing roses and ideas for incorporating roses into their private gardens. The competition did not require student entries to be built.

Student Category Winners:
First Place: Kansas State University Gardens, Secret Garden, Manhattan, Kan.
Lynda Armstrong, Aarthi Padmanabhan and Hilary Kemper

Second Place: Kansas State University Gardens, Conservatory Garden, Manhattan, Kan.
Timothy Merklein

Third Place: Delaware Valley College, Rose Garden at Schmieder Arboretum,
Doylestown, Penn.
William Rein

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