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Why don't roses do well in a hort show?

Posted by sybl z6 VA (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 15, 08 at 17:53

Today, as I have for many years, I entered specimens in a regional horticultural show. The flowers were beautiful and for the very first time, my roses were completely without blemish and were exquisite. I got blue ribbons for all 9. My question is: Why are roses never considered for any of the big "Best in Show" or "Horticultural Excellence" awards? The flowers that are usually picked are plants you "put out there and just go cut on show day". Lots of glads, liatris, magnolia but one gorgeous cactus flowering succulent (that one I "got"). Anyway, I work very hard on my roses all year long and they were absolutely perfect. No one loves roses like we rose people do!!! I just don't understand what's wrong with these people!! (;)

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RE: Why don't roses do well in a hort show?

Well, we can only guess - not having been there. My guess would be that the judges don't really feel comfortable judging roses since they don't grow them themselves. Thus they give the top prizes to the plants they are familiar with and feel comfortable judging.

RE: Why don't roses do well in a hort show?

I use to show at a Garden Club Show in Peoria. Every time I showed I always got the Best in Show award, the tri colored ribbon. But the reason is one of the judges is a ARS judge and a Garden Club judge!

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