The Northeast Mississippi Rose Society paid homage to Joe Maddox, a Rosarian Exemplar, who passed away in 2014, at their recent 16th annual rose show held at Renasant Bank in Tupelo. A guiding force in the success of the rose society for many years, Maddox’s presence was sorely missed by fellow rose society members as well as regular attendees of the event. Growing roses was not only a passion, but more of a way of life, for him as well as for his entire family.
Tracy Kramer, rose society president, pointed out that the society’s members waited for the show with “great anticipation and as always a bit of trepidation, wondering whether there will be a late freeze and when our diverse group in a variety of locations will have show quality blooms”. The show was indeed a great success thanks to her leadership and nature’s bounty of blooms in categories such as hybrid tea, polyanthas, grandifloras, floribundas and antique roses. The American Rose Society has added knockout roses to their rose selection publication, therefore, giving rose growers the option of entering less high maintenance roses in local shows.
Miniature entries are displayed below . . .
An English box display of Gemini is shown below . . .
Always a popular category, the arrangements division was filled with gorgeous and artistic tablescapes . . .
“Queen of the Show” category was named in memory of my Mother, Maxine Patterson, who was an avid Rosarian and society member for many years prior to her death in 2010.
Master Garden and Rosarian Tracy Kramer successfully transplanted some of my Mother’s rose bushes into her own garden in 2013. Those roses, along with some of her illustrious blooms were lovingly arranged in a silver container that belongs to my Mother – another award winning entry! For more on Tracy’s garden go to this link: https://beautifulgardener.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/a-mississippi-garden-that-has-come-full-circle/
Emily Hall’s “About Face” was indeed worthy of “Best of Show- Dr. Walter and Tommie Boutland Award. This award was especially meaningful to her since the 2015 show was held in her husband’s memory as well as the fact the she had never won a trophy category prior to this year’s event.
Thanks to the Northeast Mississippi Rose Society for another successful show and for their passion for promoting and preserving the cultivation of roses . . .