ROSES IN REVIEW (RIR)
2018 Roses In Review
By Kathy Monge PSWD RIR Coordinator
It seems like it was only a few months ago, but it is time to get ready to rate the new roses. The annual Roses In Review will start in July. I ask all local presidents and newsletter editors to put a plug in for this project. You have my permission to copy this article and put it in your electronic outreach. We in our district are at a disadvantage of not meeting during the warm summer months and this
decreases our outreach to our fellow rose gardeners.
Who should complete this review? All consulting rosarians, all American Rose Society members and anyone who grows the
roses being reviewed. Three reviews on a rose does not give enough statistical weight about the roses. We have the most unique and diverse climate conditions compared to any other district. Not all roses grow in all climates, especially our desert areas.
What if I do not grow any of these roses? There is a box to check if you do not grow any of these roses.
I do not have a computer to complete this. The American Rose magazine will have a paper form to fill out and mail it to me. I will do the entering in for you. Please print in your best penmanship. I recommend, that each chapter print some forms and pass
them out. Post the names of the roses at your meetings or send an email blast with the forms and lists to your members.
What roses are reviewed? Roses released into commerce in the last 2 years.
Are roses winter hardy in our district? Unless you live in New Mexico, Northern Arizona or the high dessert in Southern, California, please answer you do not know. My version of winter in Zone 10 is really not winter. Winter has snow and lots of sub-32 degree days.
The rating is too complicated. Use the keep it simple method. Start all roses at 7.5 increase or decrease by .5 depending on each flaw or positive feature. For example, mildew would decrease it by .5 while disease resistance would increase the score by .5.
Skip the .1 rating changes.
It was frustrating last year with the change to a new server mid-vote and the original link did not work. The ARS is working on preventing this and hoping to improve the experience. Look for more information in the upcoming American Rose. As usual if you
need to ask me for help about this, please contact me at email@example.com
Thank you for input!