Today was the RI Rose Society’s 13th Annual Rose Show at the Community Center in Wickford, RI.
Angie and I had spent all afternoon on Friday evaluating and cutting stems in our garden, deciding what roses to enter in the RI Rose Society’s biggest event of the year. We arrived at 7am with our best blooms and spent the next three hours primping and grooming each stem in hopes of winning blue ribbons. By 9am the hall was filled with exhibitors from as far away as Cape Cod also primping and grooming their entries hoping to win, too. The competition is quite keen. Horticultural rose judges from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware began deliberating at 10am and were finished by 12:30.
The rose show provides an opportunity for members and friends not only to compete but to display roses in their finest form. The show opened at 1pm and the public streamed in to see hundreds of roses of every kind and color.
Here is what it looked like.