ALL-AMERICA ROSE SELECTIONS KICKS OFF ITS FIRST "DESIGNING WITH ROSES" COMPETITION FOR PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS Innovative, rose-centric entries to receive national recognition SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 20, 2006 - All-America Rose Selections(TM) (AARS(TM)) has opened its Designing with Roses Competition to recognize and honor excellence in landscape architecture and garden design by both professionals and students. The AARS is currently accepting entries for 2006 through July 7. AARS will judge entries on design excellence, execution and creativity in the fields of landscape architecture and garden design. The call for entries extends to a broad scope of landscapes, from commercial properties including hospitals, corporate complexes, and university grounds, to private estates and homes. To honor the AARS' mission of introducing and promoting exceptional roses, all submissions must incorporate U.S. roses as a primary design element. Winning entries will be selected by a jury of experts including members of the AARS, members from the American Society of Landscape Architects and garden writers from trade and consumer gardening publications. Selected winners will be announced and honored in August 2006 at the 58th annual Garden Writers Association symposium in Valley Forge, Penn. First place for professional design includes a trip for two to the 2007 Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade in January 2007; students' designs will be honored with cash prizes totaling $1,750. Second and third place professional selections will also be awarded and all finalists will be publicized in a variety of industry publications including the AARS newsletter and web site, ASLA related newsletters, as well as other landscape trade and general interest garden publications. "Landscaping professionals dedicate their lives to the creation of beautiful spaces," says AARS president Steve Hutton. "We're very excited about this competition because it enables us to recognize two of our organization's passions: supporting the amazing work of these talented individuals, and showing that roses, now easier to grow than ever, can be at the forefront of design." For more information, official rules and to enter the competition, visit the AARS website at www.rose.org. About All-America Rose Selections (www.rose.org) All-America Rose Selections is a nonprofit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses. Since 1938, the AARS trial program has encouraged the rose industry to improve the vitality, disease resistance and beauty of roses for American home gardens. Today, the AARS program is one of the most successful and highly regarded of its kind, having brought to the forefront such roses as Peace, Mister Lincoln, Knock Out and Bonica.