Years ago in England people took their roses to flower shows in a special box which held six blooms with no foliage because it was convenient to travel on the train and carry them. That tradition is still used in American Rose Society Shows today. There are sprays of rose blooms and the very small blooms of Miniature or Mini-Flora roses. There are roses floating on water in a brandy snifter, painter’s palettes with bloom and a section of arrangements (traditional, modern and oriental manner).
Roses are winners and the best entry of the show will be selected. The very best hybrid tea or grandiflora rose will reign as the queen of the show. There are classes for any type rose that you may grow including old garden or antique roses. There will be persons at the show who will be pleased to help you make your entries. There is a special class for novice exhibitors too! If you need help to make your roses the very best there will be ARS Consulting Rosarians at the show to answer your questions.
There are a few basic rules of rose culture that will guarantee you success:
First prepare your bed by amending your soil so that it will drain well.
Purchase quality plants preferable on fortuniana rootstock.
Select an area for your rose bed that receives at least six hours of sun daily.
Water frequently and apply fertilizer and spray on a regular basis.
Roses are worth the effort since most types and varieties bloom from mid to late April until cold weather comes in the fall.
The 2012 Event has concluded:
At this years Rose show you saw the Queen of the show and the other winners of all types of roses. Exhibitors came from throughout the Deep South District – anyone was able to enter the show and there were special classes for novices. Classes include horticulture (blooms) and arrangements. The show was free to the public from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday and 9 to 5 PM on Sunday, October 6 & 7. Members of the society thank you for attending.