>Birmingham Rose Show – My Results


We had a great time at the Birmingham Rose Show this weekend. It was great to see everyone out in force to enjoy the roses on display. The Dunn Formal Rose Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens was in bloom and many also enjoyed a stroll through the gardens with their mothers. Bringing your mother to the Botanical Gardens is a Mother’s Day Tradition for many Birmingham families.

As many of you know, I do not “Grow to Show” my roses. I grow for other reasons. I do, however think that it’s important to display and show roses to heighten the interest of those who might want to grow roses. It is also important to me to display our “National Floral Emblem” for all to see. So many people think your roses have to be picture perfect to enter them in a show. If you are vying for “Queen” of show, that may be true. Most people just want to help display the many different types of roses that are grown in our area. I guess I fall into that category. Whatever the reason, growing and showing roses kinda go hand in hand. Whether on the show tables or on your dining room table. We all show our roses! I want to encourage everyone reading this post to at least attend one rose show in your lifetime…. You’ll meet some great people and enjoy some awesome roses!

When I arrived at 6:30 a.m. to help with the early morning preparations of the show, I had about 8 or 9 blooms from my garden. In between making a table arrangement and helping register entries for the Photography division, I prepped and set my blooms on the entry table for placement in the show. I was clerk to the photography judges this year and it was interesting to walk the exhibit hall with the judges as they judged the photographs. The role of the clerk is to assist the judges and place any ribbons on the photos. Best of Section winners received the prestigious “Award Of Photographic Excellence” ribbon. One thing you NEVER do when clerking at a rose show is voice your opinion to the judges during the judging. If you know me personally, you know that this task is somewhat difficult for me….HA! They openly critique the roses, arrangements and photos, some of which might be your own! I love doing this job, you really learn quite a bit from the judges.

We had some good crowds this year. People had lots of questions about the roses on the show tables, as well as questions about the care of roses in their own gardens. A couple of people even brought in blooms from their gardens in the hopes that someone could help identify the rose for them.

Below are my results:

1st Place – Blue Ribbon
Best Miniature Open Bloom
ARS Certificate & Trophy
“Tiddly Winks”

2nd Place
Floribunda Spray
“Julia Child”

2nd Place
Rose “n” Crystal
Open Bloom – Miniature
“Tiddly Winks”

1st Place – Blue Ribbon
Award of Photographic Excellence
Miniature Rose

2nd Place
Rose “n” Crystal
Hybrid Tea
“Veteran’s Honor”

2nd Place
Functional Table Setting
“Caldwell Pink” & “The Fairy”

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
This entry was posted in Rose Show, Rose Society, Stories. Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to >Birmingham Rose Show – My Results

  1. Phillip says:

    >Wow, congratulations on your awards! Is there anywhere online we can see the photography entries?


  2. Lona says:

    >Way to go Chris! I am so glad to hear how will you done. Even in photography and place setting. Congrats!


  3. Catherine says:

    >Beautiful Roses!! Congrats~


  4. Catherine says:

    >Beautiful Roses! Congratulations~


  5. >Dear Chris, CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved awards! P


  6. Teresa says:

    >Wow, that is very impressive. Congratulations.


  7. Jim Groble says:

    >Outstanding! Congratulations. jim


  8. >Congratulations!!!! Quite an accomplishment for someone who doesn't grow to show 😉


  9. >Phillip, They will be posted on http://www.BirminghamRose.org by the end of the week!Thanks to all for your kind words. Growing roses is fun and interesting. Love sharing rose culture and encouraging others to do the same!


  10. >Congratulations! I went to my first Rose Show in Atlanta last weekend. I will certainly be entering some roses next year!


  11. Lynn says:

    >Wow, congrats on your roses being show stoppers!


I Appreciate Your Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s