All-America Rose Selections 1940s-1960s

For more than 60 years, All-America Rose Selections (AARS) has been testing this most treasured of flowers. See winners from past decades, as seen in Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living.

By Luke Miller; Photographs by Ed Gohlich


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FLASH (1940), Red Climber
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Flash

    1940s: The depression ended, World War II raged, and Victory Gardens sprouted everywhere. Homeowners grew food for sustenance and roses to nourish their souls.

    Red Climber (1940)

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Mary Margaret McBride

    Pink Hybrid Tea (1943)

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Lowell Thomas

    Yellow Hybrid Tea (1944)

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Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek

    Light Yellow Hybrid Tea (1944)

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Horace McFarland

    Buff-Pink Hybrid Tea (1945)

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Mirandy

    Crimson Hybrid Tea (1945)

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Diamond Jubilee

    Buff Hybrid Tea (1948)

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Forty-niner

    Multicolor Hybrid Tea (1949)

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Tally Ho

    Two-Tone Pink Hybrid Tea (1949)

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Ma Perkins

    1950s: It was a decade of big E's, from Eisenhower and Elvis to the ill-fated Edsel. Suburban life began to take hold, offering homeowners the space they'd been craving for kids' play, outdoor entertaining, and planting some of the 23 new AARS Winners.

    Coral-Pink Floribunda (1953)

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Circus

    Multicolor Floribunda (1956)

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Golden Showers

    Daffodil Yellow Climber (1957)

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Fusilier

    Orange-Red Floribunda (1958)

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Gold Cup

    Golden-Yellow Floribunda (1958)

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Starfire

    Cherry-Red Grandiflora (1959)

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Duet

    1960s: Camelot inspired us, King enlightened us, and the Beatles invigorated us. Turbulent times left many longing to get back to nature. Gardening was salve to the emotional wounds of the day. Whether they appreciated it or not, the flower children had 29 new award-winning roses to enjoy.

    Multicolor Hybrid Tea (1961)

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Golden Slippers

    Orange-Gold Floribunda (1962)

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Tropicana

    Orange-Red Hybrid Tea (1963)

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Saratoga

    White Floribunda (1964)

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Apricot Nectar

    Apricot Floribunda (1966)

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Lucky Lady

    Creamy Shrimp-Pink Grandiflora (1967)

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Scarlet Knight

    Scarlet-Red Grandiflora (1968)

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