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Oh, Those Roses With Their Winning Ways!

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22 The Ann Arbor News, Thursday, June 19,1975

Oh, Those Roses With Their Winning Ways!

A total of 670 entries, including 37 arrangements, made up a show praised by one of the participating American Rose Society judges as “the best I’ve ever judged.”

That’s an assessment of last Sunday’s Huron Valley Rose Society Show that also included entries of 275 hybrid tea roses, 61 floribundas and 93 miniatures. The Show was at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and its chairman was Richard Robertson.

This show marked the second year that the Ruth Parmenter Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Show was presented. And, for the second year, Art Howard won it.

Howard’s Best Exhibit was three clusters of an old floribunda rose Kronprinsess Ingrid, entered as a single exhibit.

The Show’s Sweepstakes Trophy went to George Bird, whose 24 blue ribbons at the Show were the greatest number of awards won by any exhibitor.

Winning top honors for hybrid teas were Howard, Tom Taylor and Bird with the entries Rubaiyat, National Trust and First Prize. Three hybrid teas exhibited together won awards for Harry Gudmundson, entering Fragrant Cloud, and for George Howens, entering Peter Frankenfeld.

Other hybrid tea winners were Howard, for the full-blown bloom Mr. Lincoln, and A. A. Christman, for the single Dainty Bess.

Howard won two additional awards for the best polyantha Margo Roster and the top old fashion rose Paul Neyron.

The top floribunda entry was Vogue, exhibited by Taylor. Best grandiflora was won by Robert Romaker with Mt. Shasta. Bird won the climber award with Golden Showers.

Exhibiting for the first time in the Huron Valley Rose Society Show, John Sprentall won the novice aw ard with his entry, Mr. Lincoln. Best junior exhibit was Rubaiyat, entered by Karen Benedetto.

The top three awards for miniatures were won by Richardson, Kennedy Wheatley and Deci Howard. Their entries, respectively, were a cluster of Starina, a cluster of Beauty Secret and Magic Carrousel.

The Best Arrangement in Show trophy went to Diane Argyle for a traditional entry entitled “Oklahoma." “South Pacific" was the theme of an oriental arrangement by Marilyn Will. It won the Artist’s Award.

The best miniature arrangement, entered by Jo McEwan, was in the class, “Funny Girl.”

Six different roses entered without foliage in an English Box class won awards for Bird, exhibiting six hybrid teas, and McEwan, showing six miniatures.

Huron Valley Rose Show Visitors Evaluate, Admire Top Entries

Photos By Robert Chase

Six Hybrid Teas In English Box Won Honors For George Bird.

Art Howard’s Clusters Won The Trophy For Best Exhibit In The Show.