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exhibitors garden

Posted by 7a/7b (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 20:57

It's been a LONG time since I've posted anything on this form. I get the feeling most folks don't want anything to do with exhibiting roses or the people that do exhibit (???). Well I've got nothing to be sorry about. I got into exhibiting so I could learn "how do they get roses to look like that??" Within a few years my garden went from "OK" to "pretty darn good looking". I had a little different outlook about my roses then a lot of your hard core exhibitors. I wanted a bush under my rose. Not 2 or 3 sticks with a rose on top of them. It was also when I started to exhibit that I learned there were more roses out there besides HT's. My garden expanded. The biggest thing I learned about exhibiting was, pay attention to detail. Not just at a show but from the first day the rose was planted. Now this came easy for me. I made a living being a drywall finisher. To be a good finisher and get a good name for yourself, you HAVE to pay attention to detail. Debbie and I did our 1st show in the spring of 1989 at Lakeland, Fl. Exhibited all over the state of FL for 19 yrs. Retired in the fall of 08 and moved to the N.GA. mountains. Started my garden VERY slowly up here. Being very picky about what I grew. Keeping the garden under 100 bush's and growing a little bit of everything. Did the Atlanta spring show of 2012 for my 1st show since retiring. Took what the garden gave me and enjoyed a day at the Botanical Gardens. Won best shrub of the show and trophied the "Oriental" arrangement class. Did the fall show in Buford. Dowager Queen (OGR's) and miniflora King. Not bad for a garden that needs two more years before it is mature (by my standerds). My neighbors really enjoy the garden. They get roses all growing season. To me exhibiting means "sharing".

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RE: exhibitors garden

Hi Ken,
When I got into roses I vowed never to exhibate roses. Well the first show I ever went to I was blown away with the fantastic roses. So I entered some, short stem and all. That was 25 years ago. I love to go to shows and explain the different ones to people. I used to sit on the sidelines and now I'm on the "table' a lot! It takes good roses to show roses! and I am out every day to make sure all is well! I show in 6 shows a year.

RE: exhibitors garden

Ken our small town rose group has a huge show every year. Many of our members show and we even have kids showing. For the last three years three newer members have won Best. It was really exciting for them. Our community loves the show and we depend on our experienced exhibitors to come through with a lot of entries and also to help the new exhibitors. After the show the roses are made into bouquets and taken to nursing homes. I think we are successful because our experienced exhibitors believe as you do about the sharing. Mary

RE: exhibitors garden

Tuggy3---You're post brought a smile to my face. When we lived in Fl., almost every show we did the the show chairman always brought new exhibitors over to Debbie and I because they knew we would help them with anything we could. Make them comfortable and SMILED. I've enjoyed helping kids beat adults. Super happy and hooked on roses at an early age. When you teach a kid to pay attention to detail at a rose show it carries over into other parts of their lives as they grow into adults. And if you can help an adult to pay attention to detail, special thing can happen in their life. I know, I've seen it over the years.

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