I apologize to area rosarians about the delay in posting pictures from the rose show held earlier in the season. Nonetheless, the show was a huge success, and I wanted to post the gorgeous entries. Rose enthusiasts were in full force at the 5th annual rose show presented by the Wiregrass Rose Society back in May. From climbing roses, Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, and Old Garden to the artistically arranged English box, Painter’s Palette, Rose in a Frame, miniatures and minifloras to the ever popular design category, there were hundreds of roses to satisfy the most discriminating gardener.
Rose society member, Pat Wente, was instrumental in the show’s success.
Pictured below is the highly esteemed Court of Honor . . .
Veteran’s Honor was a favorite of my Daddy’s .
More lovely Rose in a Frame entries:
Flutterbye was probably the most unusual entrant, but its beauty captured everyone’s attention.
Touche was one of my favorites and one that I had never seen before..
Pictured below are two wondrous Tineke blooms which my Mother loved and grew in her garden..
Gorgeous original designs and tablescapes, both contemporary and traditional, were entered in the show.
I quickly found one of my very favorite old fashioned rose, the Chestnut Rose, which was grown by my great-grandmother. A cutting from her bush was actually transplanted into my Mother’s rose garden where it still thrives today..
L. J. Ward, a long time Rosarian, mentioned that his grandmother had grown the Chestnut rose, too, but referred to it as a Chinquapin rose. Mr. Ward, a retired mechanic with the Dothan Landfill, actually started a rose garden at the landfill when he was employed, “I had some free time on my hands, and decided to start a rose garden. I bought inexpensive roses from Walmart and fertilized them with compost”. His amazing story was actually featured by the American Rose Society in the 2002 American Rose Society Annual. Although L.J. is now retired his “landfill” garden is still maintained today!
The Wiregrass Rose Society meets the first Tuesday of most months at the first Church of the Nazarene, 1081 Honeysuckle Road, in Dothan, at 6:00 P.M. Rose experts as well as novice rose gardeners work together to share their knowledge of rose cultivation.
Thanks to all of the local committee members, volunteers, advertisers, exhibitors, and visitors who made the 2014 show a huge success. Special appreciation is extended to the American Rose Society sanctioned judges who volunteered their time to travel to Dothan and evaluate this year’s entries.