The Northeast Mississippi Rose Society’s annual 14th Rose Show is always a favorite gardening attraction in the Tupelo area, and this year’s was no exception. The show had to be postponed by one week due to inclement weather which had affected the rose blooms. And it was well worth the wait! What a brilliant display of color from the Old Garden Rose to the Hybrid Tea to the Knock Out to the Grandiflora! This rose show is near and dear to my heart since my Mother, the late Maxine Patterson, helped organize the society many years ago. Seeing friends who were also founding members was heart warming and brought back so many memories of Mother’s rose garden as well as the impact it had on the community.
Pictured below are some legendary Rosarians who have judged American Rose Society competitions across the Mid-South for many years and are revered by the local society in Tupelo. Peggy Bingham along with Evelyn and James Moser of Memphis have judged, consulted, and offered their own gardens for tours. Their love for rose gardening and in depth knowledge have made major contributions to the success of untold rose gardeners. The Mosers maintain over 600 rose bushes (with no outside help!) while Peggy has over 250 rose bushes in her Mississippi and Memphis homes. When not judging competitions, they travel as far away as Bowling Green, Kentucky to compete. Pictured below are James Moses, Peggy Bingham, and Evelyn Moser.
Pictured below are Mary Hodges and Nan Rogers of Nettleton who have been family friends for many years. I attended Girl Scout camp with their sweet daughters over 40 years ago! They reminded with that my Mother had given them cuttings from one of my Great Grandmother’s rose, the Chestnut rose, which continues to thrive in their gardens today.
What a spectacular display of garden roses…..
Pictured below is Pope John Paul II ….
Tineke was a particular favorite of my Mother’s ….
The Ronald Regan Rose…
Entrants displayed diverse and breath-taking garden tablescapes in the arrangement category ..
Many rosarians win consistent yearly awards, however, a few were thrilled about winning for the first time …
Ruth Ball and her prize winning English box arrangement.
Kevin Ball, Ruth’s son, is also an active member, and the upcoming president.
Tracy Kramer with her award winning entry..
The love of rose gardening was instilled in Emily Hall at an early age. She captured the Dr. Walter Bourland award, Best of Show.
Lee Pryor Caldwell earned the Maxine Patterson award, Queen of the Show.
Lavonne Glover, a master rose gardener and competitor, earned both the King and Princess awards along with many other blue ribbons.
Tommie Bourland, the driving force behind the rose society, took top honors in the arrangement category, with her spectacular Floribunda display of “Heaven on Earth”. This gracious lady was a dear friend of my Mother’s and the Dr. Walter Bourland award is given in her husband’s memory. Unfortunately, she was unable to be at the show.
The Northeast Rose Society is to be commended for another excellent show, and for sharing the beauty of their Southern rose gardens..