Welcome to the Charleston Rose Show
Our show is dedicated to the memory of two of our loyal members, William Fletcher and Dr. Orlando Sanchez. They were active in our rose society for many years and were excellent rosarians. We truly miss them.
On behalf of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society I extend a warm welcome to all of the exhibitors and visitors to our 25th Annual Charleston Rose Show. I hope that each of you enjoys what is considered by many rosarians in the Carolinas to be one of the best shows held annually. I wish to thank our sponsors, patrons, and supporters, and especially the members of our society who have worked many long hours to assure the success of this show.
We have an educational booth set up to provide you with information on roses and their culture. We also encourage you to visit our meetings and join our society! Our meetings are held the first Sunday of each month, September through May (with the exception of September and January meetings, which are held the second Sunday), at 3 p. m. at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road., James Island, S.C. 29412. Our December meeting is a banquet elsewhere.
Chair of Judges: Sandy Lundberg
Horticulture: Rita Van Lenten, Frank Van Lenten, Susan Waites, Don Myers
DIVISION I ROSE HORTICULTURE
Rules for Horticulture Exhibits
- TIME AND PLACE. Entries will be accepted at James Island Town Hall
between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. only. All exhibitors must
register with the Registration Clerk and obtain an exhibitor’s number. Entries will
not be accepted after 10:00 a.m. when the show area will be closed except to the
Placement Committee, clerks, judges and designated show officials.
- WHO MAY EXHIBIT. All rose growers are cordially invited to exhibit in
this show. Membership in a rose society is not required. All specimens must have
been grown by the exhibitor in his/her own outdoor garden. Only one person or
team may enter from one garden.
- NOVICE, JUDGES. Novice classes are limited to exhibitors who have never won a
blue ribbon in an ARS-accredited show. Novices may also enter all show classes.
Judges of this show and members of their immediate families may exhibit only in
classes designated for them.
- ENTRY TAGS. Official ARS entry tags must be used and will be provided.
Both top and bottom of each tag must be completed, including the exhibitor’s
- ROSE NAMES. Roses must be listed in an ARS-recognized publication with
an ARS exhibition name to be eligible for entry.
- MULTIPLE ENTRIES. As many entries as desired may be made in each
class, provided each entry is a different variety or combination of varieties unless
otherwise noted. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.
- GROOMING. Leaves should be free of any residue. Any specimen may have
side buds or spent blooms removed to improve appearance. This must be done
skillfully in order to avoid penalty. Stem length should be in proportion to the size
of the bloom.
- WEDGES AND CONTAINERS. Plastic wrap or Styrofoam wedges may be
used to position specimens, but should not protrude above the container. Uniform
containers will be provided except as noted. Exhibitors are urged to show all large
roses with at least 3 inches of stem in the water, miniatures with 1-1/2 inches.
- ONE BLOOM PER STEM. Entries must be shown without side buds. Except
as noted, each specimen should be at exhibition stage. Generally, the exhibition
bloom is considered in its most perfect form when 1/2 to 3/4 open. It should be
noted, however, some varieties are most perfect when fully open.
- FULLY OPEN. Entries must be shown with one bloom per stem, no side
buds. Stamens must show. Varieties of less than 12 petals or less may not be shown in
- SPRAYS. Entries must be sprays having two or more blooms. Hybrid Teas
and Grandifloras should display blooms as near to exhibition stage as the variety
permits. Floribundas and Polyanthas are exhibited as they are naturally grown. All
sprays are judged for overall form and individual floret form. Discreet disbudding
- CLIMBERS. Entries must be one stem with one or more blooms, naturally
grown or disbudded. Large-flowered Climbers (LCl) must be entered in Class 2O.
All other roses with the word “Climbing”; as part of their horticultural
Classification must be entered in the same classes as their respective bush counterparts.
- OLD GARDEN ROSES BEFORE 1867. The cultivar must have been introduced
prior to 1867. Side buds, sprays and stem-on- stem are permitted. To be eligible for the
Dowager Queen award, the date of introduction must be written in the upper right
corner of the entry tag.
- OLD GARDEN ROSES IN OR AFTER 1867. These roses include Old Garden
Roses with unknown dates of introduction and those introduced in 1867 or
later. Side buds, sprays and stem-on- stem are permitted.
- ROSE BOWLS AND PICTURE FRAMES. ARS rules will be followed. Overall
appearance will replace the points normally allotted to stems and foliage. Entries are
limited to one entry per class per exhibitor. All properties, such as vases, containers,
staging hardware, etc., will be available on a first come, first served basis.
- PLACEMENT. All entries will be placed on the show tables by the Placement
Committee. Entries may be moved as needed by the placement committee. Once placed,
no entry may be withdrawn. The Placement Committee will place entries alphabetically,
by variety, within each class.
- GUIDELINES FOR JUDGING. ARS Accredited Judges, who may be
assisted by ARS Apprentice Judges, will judge the show. ARS Guidelines for Judging Roses will be followed to include the following Point Scale:
Stem and Foliage 20
Balance and Proportion 10
Judges will disqualify entries for the following reasons:
- Misnamed, misclassed, unlabeled or mislabeled entries
- Stem-on- stem, except for Species, Old Garden Roses and Shrubs
- Foreign substances applied to foliage, stem or bloom to improve appearance
- Side buds on a specimen, which must be shown disbudded
- Violation of ARS or local show rules
- Appearance of exhibitor’s name anywhere other than the designated
place on the entry tag.
- THE QUEEN, KING, PRINCESS OF SHOW AND COURT OF HONOR (3)
runners-up). Selected from the blue ribbon winners in Class 6.
- PRINCE OF SHOW. Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 12.
- MINIATURE QUEEN, KING, PRINCESS AND COURT OF HONOR (3)
runners-up). Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 23.
- MINIFLORA QUEEN, KING, PRINCESS AND COURT OF HONOR (3)
runners up). Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 28.
- NOVICE QUEEN. The Novice Queen will be selected from blue
ribbon winners in Class 30.
- RIBBONS, AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES. Judges may give or withhold
awards, including ribbons, if, in their judgment, an exhibit does not merit an award.
Blue, red, yellow and white ribbons will be given where merited. Only blue ribbon
winners are eligible for ARS Awards, ARS Certificates and other Rose Show
Awards. Only blue ribbon entries will qualify for the Awards Table. Decisions of the
judges are final.
- CONTROL OF ENTRIES AND EXHIBITS. All entries will become the
property of the Show Committee. All exhibits, ribbons and entry tags must remain
undisturbed until the close of the show at 5 p.m. After they are placed on the show
tables, entries are under control of the Show Committee. This committee reserves
the right to add water and to remove wilted or inferior blooms at any time during the
- AWARDS. Exhibitors should make necessary arrangements to claim their
awards. Awards will not be mailed. Certificates and ribbons will be mailed to exhibitors
only upon request at time of registration.
- RESPONSIBILITY. The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, its members
and James Island Town Hall will not assume responsibility or liability for damage
or loss to any person or property. Exhibitors must make necessary arrangements
to claim their vases, arrangements and personal property at the end of the show at 5
- QUESTIONS. Any questions that arise and are not covered by these
rules will be referred to the Show Chairman for resolution.
Horticulture Exhibit Classes
LARGE COLLECTION CLASSES
Class 1. COLLECTION OF 3 HYBRID TEAS OR GRANDIFLORAS. Same variety or different varieties, one bloom per stem, exhibition stage, exhibited in one container.
Class 2. CYCLE OF BLOOM. Three (3) Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora specimens, same variety, one bud, one exhibition stage, and one fully open, exhibited in one container.
Class 3. ROSE BOWL (EXHIBITION). One (1 hybrid tea bloom floating in bowl of water, exhibition stage, no foliage).
Class 4. HYBRID TEA PICTURE FRAME. One (1) hybrid tea bloom, exhibition stage with no foliage, mounted in a picture frame supplied by the society.
Class 5. ROSE BOUQUET. Any Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras and/or Floribundas. Any number, any stage of bloom, displayed in a container provided by the exhibitor. At least three different varieties. Not necessary to list names on entry card.
HYBRID TEAS and GRANDIFLORA
Class 6. ROYALTY AWARDS. Hybrid teas, grandifloras and their climbing counterparts. Varieties of more than twelve petals, one bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage. This class eligible for Queen.
Class 7. HYBRID TEA OR GRANDIFLORA SPRAY. Varieties of more than twelve petals, one stem with two or more blooms at exhibition stage.
Class 8. FULLY OPEN HYBRID TEAS AND GRANDIFLORAS. One bloom per stem, no side buds, stamens must be visible and fresh.
Class 9. FRAGRANT ROSES. Any fragrant specimen, one bloom per stem or spray, any stage of bloom.
Class 10. FLORIBUNDA ONE BLOOM PER STEM. Individual specimens, displaying hybrid tea form, exhibition stage, no side buds. Singles and decorative specimens excluded.
Class 11. DECORATIVE FORM. Individual specimens displaying decorative form and/or those with 4-8 petals (or are classed as a single by an ARS publication).
Class 12. FLORIBUNDA SPRAYS. Individual spray specimen, two or more blooms per stem, discreet disbudding permitted. This class eligible for Prince.
Class 13. POLYANTHA SPRAYS. Individual spray specimen, two or more blooms, discreet disbudding permitted.
LARGE- FLOWERED CLIMBERS
Class 14. TRUE CLIMBER. Exhibition specimen, may be individual bloom or spray. (All climbing Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, and Floribundas are to be exhibited in their respective counterpart sections).
Class 15. CLASSIC SHRUB. Includes hybrid kordesii, hybrid moyesii, hybrid musk, and hybrid rugosa. Spray or one bloom per stem, stem-on- stem permitted.
Class 16. MODERN SHRUB
- MODERN SHRUB. Includes all roses listed as shrubs (S). Spray or one bloom per stem, stem-on- stem permitted. David Austin roses.
- KNOCKOUT ROSES A stem of Knockout Rose.
OLD GARDEN ROSES
Class 17. OLD GARDEN ROSES PRIOR TO 1867. May be individual specimen or spray including noisettes, side buds, stem-on- stem are permitted. Dowager Queen will be awarded from this class. Write the date of introduction on the upper right corner of the entry tag.
Class 18. OLD GARDEN ROSES IN OR AFTER 1867. May be individual specimen or spray, including noisettes introduced since 1867, side buds, stem-on- stem are permitted. The Victorian Rose Certificate will be awarded from this class.
MINIATURE/MINIFLORA COLLECTION CLASSES
Class 19. MINIATURE or MINIFLORA CYCLE OF BLOOM. Three (3) individual specimens, same variety, one bud, one exhibition stage and one fully open exhibited in one container.
Class 20. COLLECTION THREE DIFFERENT OR SAME MINIATURES/MINIFLORAS. One bloom per stem, different or same varieties, exhibition stage, exhibited in one container.
Class 21. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSE BOWL (EXHIBITION). One (1) miniature/miniflora bloom floating in bowl of water, exhibition stage, no foliage.
Class 22. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSE BOUQUET. Any extra miniatures/minifloras, any number, any stage of bloom, at least three different varieties, in container provided by exhibitor. Not necessary to list varieties on entry card.
Class 23. ROYALTY AWARDS: MINIATURE ROSES. One bloom per stem, exhibition stage, no side buds, varieties of more than 12 petals. This class eligible for Mini Queen.
Class 24. MINIATURE SPRAYS. One stem with 2 or more blooms, varieties of more than twelve petals.
Class 25. FULLY OPEN MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, no side buds, varieties of more than twelve petals, stamens must show
Class 26. SINGLE MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. Varieties of 4 to 8 petals, may be one bloom per stem or spray.
Class 27. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA PICTURE FRAME. One mini/miniflora, exhibition stage mounted in a picture frame supplied by the society.
Class 28. ROYALTY AWARDS: MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, exhibition stage, no side buds. This class eligible for Miniflora Queen.
Class 29. MINIFLORA SPRAYS. One stem with 2 or more blooms, varieties of more than twelve petals.
Class 30. HYBRID TEAS, GRANDIFLORAS, FLORIBUNDAS. One bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage or MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage.
Class 31. COLLECTION OF 3 MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES or COLLECTION OF 3 HYBRID TEAS, GRANDIFLORAS. May be same or different varieties displayed in separate vases each with an individual entry.
ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:
Class 1: One bloom, at its most perfect stage, HT, Gr, F of any variety including singles,no sidebuds.
Class 2: One spray, FT, Gr, F, Polyantha, two or more blooms.
Class 3: One bloom of a Miniature or Miniflora, no sidebuds
Class 4: A spray of a Mniature or Miniflora
Class 5: One Bloom of Shrub or Old Garden Rose
Class 6: A spray of a Shrub or Old Garden Rose
Class 7: Open bloom rose(s) of any class, stamens must show.
Class 8: A photo of any rose garden or any rose society activity
Class 9: Abstract or Impressionism: A photo having non-objective design, form or content, of a rose plant(s) or any portion thereof. Does not include abstract arrangements.
- Contest is open only to members of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and must have taken all photographs entered. Any contestants who have not paid their current year’s dues will be ineligible.
- Contestants are permitted to enter a maximum of three photographs per class in all classes. However, contestants may enter only one photo of a particular variety in ANY class. Photos can be no larger than 5” x 7” size but no frame or matting is allowed.
- Duplicate photos may NOT be entered in different classes.
- The rose photos must be entered with the ARS approved exhibition name. Grooming the rose(s) is encouraged and artificial backgrounds may be used.
- Photographs need to be submitted in the following format: class number with the letters a-c for multiple pictures in the same class, last name of the contestant and the approved exhibition name of the rose. An example would be 1a – Morgan – Gemini; 1b – Morgan- Queen Elizabeth; 1c – Morgan – Betty Boop. Tag should be taped in back of the photo. Any text in front of the entry will be cause for disqualification.
- Any photographs may be enhanced by the use of any graphic program, such as Photoshop, Elements or Photo Impact.
- Any individual who enters this contest give express permission to CLRS to use their photos for educational display at the libraries and at the Charleston Farmer’s Market in May. Photos will be returned to contestants in June.
- Class 1-7 will be judged 50 percent on exhibition quality and 50 percent on photographic excellence. Class 8 & 9 will be judged on photographic excellence only.
- The judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not conform to the stated rules prior to the entries being judged.
- There will be awards in each class: Blue ribbons for first place; Red ribbons for second place and Yellow ribbons for third place. The Blue ribbons winners in each class will be eligible for Best of Contest Award.