It was our first year entering our Wheelchair-Accessible Roses in the annual New England Rose Society (NERS) Rose Show, held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, June 24, 8am – 3pm. There were many ribbons awarded across many classes. Only a few made it to the head table. “Best Novice” made it, along with “King and Queen” “Miniature King and Queen” “Box Set” “Most Fragrant Rose” etc.
Here’s a summary of our 2018 NERS Spring Awards:
Best Novice and 1st Prize Ribbon (Class 33: Novice): Climbing Rose “Night Owl,” displayed in a vase.
2nd Prize Ribbon (Class 16: One Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora Open Bloom): Fragrant Rose “Rock & Roll,” displayed in a vase.
3rd Prize Ribbon (Class 31: Rose Bowl, Large Rose):
Large Rose “Gold Medal” displayed in a bowl.
Here’s a summary of the 2018 NERS Spring Show:
2018 NERS Spring Rose Show Schedule: Roses Through the Generations
Here’s an article about judging roses: How Roses are Judged at Rose Shows
Thanks to Teresa Mosher and Pam Murphy for their help selecting which 4 of 12 roses we brought to the show were worthy for display and judging. They assisted with:
- figuring out which classes to enter.
- getting the roses “cleaned up” and near-perfectly set in the display vases and bowls.
- coaching on how to fill out the rose entry ID tags.
The eight roses we brought that were not show-ready but still in great shape were sold for $1.00 each at the NERS fundraising table.
I said a few times to different people (to my spouse Karl, to Teresa and Pam helping me, and to Ann Gibson, a rose judge from Syracuse, NY), “We’re not here to win ribbons. We’re here to belong to a group, to participate in the group, to learn from the group, and to continue the great tradition of showing roses for public education and enjoyment.”
Hopefully the ribbons and the “Best Novice” award show that we’re serious about growing our (Wheelchair) Accessible Rose Rodeo festival, and that we’re taking advice and taking notes from the experts.
It’s our second year belonging to this great group of people who have taught us so much about how to grow our 80+ rose plants. Our Accessible Rose Rodeo is made possible by contributions from Peggy Rochon of Arizona, in loving memory of my mom, Margaret Fraser MacDonald.
To see and smell the roses, simply schedule a garden tour with me in July, or come to one of our events: our Memory Cafe 7/21, 10a – 12pm, or Sunday Stroll 7/22, 11am – 2pm.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,