If you have always thought of spring as the time for roses think again. Many of the best blooms of the year come in the fall and the Tallahassee Area Rose Society tries to show you the best varieties of all types of roses at their annual rose show each October at the Doyle Conner Administration Building, 3125 Conner Boulevard. The show is open to the public to compete or visit and admire. The show features many types of displays including long stemmed hybrid teas, roses in a picture frame and in an English Box.
The 2017 Tallahassee Rose Show was held Saturday Oct. 28 and Sunday Oct. 29. Exhibitors entered their roses from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The show was open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
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).
Exhibitors: If you'd like to enter your roses in the show, just bring them in Saturday morning between 7:00 and 10:00. Make a note of the variety names. There will be experts on hand to help you with your entry. Vases etc. are provided. There is a special class for novice exhibitors. Please visit our Rose Show Exhibiting page to learn more about entering roses in the show.
Judging: Judging is done in private late Saturday morning. Prizes are awarded in each class of rose (grandiflora, hybrid tea, antique, miniature, etc.). The very best hybrid tea or grandiflora rose will reign as the queen of the show.
Visitors: The show is open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. There will be hundreds of beautiful roses to see. It truly is stunning!