Ringling Museum to Host Annual Rose Show
Sarasota, FL—March 26, 2007—The area’s finest roses will be on display at the Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society’s 49th Annual Rose Show to be held at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Saturday, April 14, 2007, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“With this year’s theme “Roses in the Circus” we could not find a more appropriate place to have the show,” says Ron Mallory, curator of the historic rose garden at the Museum and vice president of the Bradenton-Sarasota rose society. “It provides the perfect setting to showcase the area’s award-winning roses and honor Mable Ringling’s outstanding selection of fine roses.”
The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Show is an all-day affair. The day begins with a rose competition highlighting the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses from throughout the Southeast. Judges from the American Rose Society (ARS) will judge entries on the merit of all aspects of the rose. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. in the Education/Conservation Building.
An educational program “Can I Grow Roses in Florida” will take place at 11 a.m.
in the Education/Conservation Building. Taught by Philip Paul, president of the
Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society. The program will give every gardener, from the novice to the advanced, tips and insights for selecting and growing roses in Florida.
Latimar Farr, author of The Southern Queen, the only book about growing roses in South Florida, will be signing his book and offering tips on growing roses in South Florida from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 2 – 4 p.m.
Guided tours by certified Rosarians of the Mable Ringling Rose Gardens will be available at various times between 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Roses from a local nursery will be available for purchase throughout the day.
The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society is a non-profit educational organization that serves the needs of Manatee and Sarasota County rose growers. The society has monthly educational meetings and rose growing workshops for all levels from January through June and September through December. The society also has a group of Consulting Rosarians certified by the American Rose Society available for consultations on growing roses in Florida. They will be available at the education booth at the rose show and also available to answer questions in the Mable Ringling Rose Garden.
The Mable Ringling Rose Garden has 1,200 rose plants and is the only All-America Rose Selection (AARS) and American Rose Society Award of Excellence and Mini Rose Test Garden in Florida. It is also one of only three All America Rose Selections public display gardens in Florida. Past winners of the AARS national rose shows include Peace, Mister Lincoln, and Knock Out. This year’s winners, Rainbow Knock Out, Moondance and Strike it Rich, can be viewed in the Mable Ringling garden.
Admission for the Rose Show is included in the Museum general admission price.
For more information, please visitwww.ringling.orgorwww.b-srs.org.