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ARS Member's Choice Rose
by Charlie Nardozzi
Since 2003 The American Rose Society (ARS) has awarded a Members Choice Award each year to the rose that receives the highest kudos from ARS members. The award covers roses introduced to the public since the year 2000. ARS members evaluate the roses on characteristics such as overall growth, flowering, vigor, and pest resistance. Based on reports from nearly 800 members in 2004, Gemini hybrid tea rose received the highest rating (8.2 out of 10) of those new roses and was awarded the Members Choice Award for 2005.
Gemini features densely packed, 4- to 5-inch-diameter flowers in coral pink with cream tones. The flowers have a slight papaya scent. The vigorous plant grows 5 to 6 feet tall and can be purchased as a grafted rose or one grown on its own rootstock. Gemini won the 2000 All-America Rose Selections award and now adds this Members Choice Award to its trophy chest.