Thursday, February 25, 2016

43rd Annual Gainesville Rose Show

"Let’s All Exhibit in Our Rose Show" - Dan Mills, Consulting Rosarian

One of our primary missions as a rose society is to encourage the cultivation and appreciation of the rose in our community. There is no better time to do it than at our 43rd Annual Rose Show, Saturday, April 16, 2016.

At the show we will encourage visitors to want to grow and further appreciate roses by staging several hundred specimens approaching their “most perfect phase of possible beauty.” Such exhibits are the central feature of every rose show, and they will help determine the overall quality and success of our show.

To help make our show the best it can be, we encourage every member to make at least one entry in the show. For those who have never exhibited or who have never won a blue ribbon, there is the “Novice” class. This class provides the opportunity for the newest exhibitors to learn the basics of exhibiting without having to compete with established exhibitors.

Selecting, Cutting, and Transporting Your Roses:

1. The day before the show or very early in the morning of the show, cut your roses according to the guidelines below and immediately put them in water. Keep them in a cool place until time to transport them to the show. Unless you are absolutely sure you can identify a rose by name when it is time to groom it at the show, you should label it when you collect it.

2. As a rule collect only stems with fresh flowers and clean foliage. Flowers should be no more than one-half to two-thirds open, unless a fully open bloom is to be exhibited. Flowers should have no blemishes, except very minor ones that can be trimmed off without creating a distraction. If the flower is good, but the foliage is seriously damaged (insect, disease, or tears), the flower may be exhibited in a bowl or picture frame without foliage if there is a class in the Schedule for that variety. Minor foliage damage can be rectified in many cases by good grooming.

When collecting roses to groom, always cut stems as long as possible and do not remove any foliage. Adjusting stem length and number of leaves is done in the preparation area the morning of the show, not in the garden!

3. Arrive early at the preparation area the morning of the show so that you get a comfortable work space and have plenty of time to groom your roses. Don’t hesitate to ask other exhibitors for help. The preparation area opens at 6:30 am and all entries must be submitted by 10:00 am. Judging begins at 10:30 am.

4. A rose show schedule will be available to all exhibitors the morning of the show.

What is it? The Gainesville Rose Society's 43rd Annual Rose Show

When is it? Saturday, April 16, 1– 4:00 PM

Where is it? At Celebration United Methodist Church:
9501 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, Fl. 32608

“Election Year with Roses 2016”

Horticultural Exhibit-- Hundreds of Roses
Old Garden, Modern, and Miniature Roses

Traditional, Modern, Oriental, and other Arrangements:

  • Rose Gardening Tips – It’s easy to grow roses!
  • Roses for North Florida
  • Rose Plant Sale
  • Cut Rose Bouquets

We hope to see you there!!

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