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NATIONAL MINIATURE ROSE CONFERENCE
“Beautiful Ohio – Gem of the Midwest”
Columbus, Ohio – July 27-29, 2012
By Brian Burley
You are cordially invited to attend the 14th Annual ARS National Miniature Conference and Rose Show, “Beautiful Ohio ‑ Gem of the Midwest”, being held on July 27, 28 and 29, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio which is celebrating its bicentennial. The Conference, honoring outstanding hybridizer Tom Carruth, will be hosted by the Delaware Area Rose Society, the Columbus Rose Club and the Lancaster Rose Club and will be held in the Double Tree Hotel Worthington – Columbus. Prior to the conference there will be an Arrangement Workshop from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday at the hotel, titled “Traditional, Modern and Oriental Miniature Arrangements” and coordinated by Drs. Lew Shupe and Gary Barlow. The Conference begins with a Welcome Reception on Friday evening and a great rose show on Saturday morning. The Saturday afternoon seminars and speakers include Tom Carruth, Dr. Gary Rankin, Dr. Monica Valentovic and a panel discussion of “The Future of Testing Miniature and Miniflora Roses by ARS”. Saturday evening the awards banquet will be held in the hotel’s beautiful ballroom in and around the show roses with keynote speaker, Tom Carruth, followed by presentation of the Award of Excellence and Miniature Hall of Fame winners.
The weekend will be packed full of great fellowship, seeing old acquaintances and making new
The Arrangement Workshop will explore the fundamentals of various styles of arrangements, with demonstrations and hands-on design of three arrangements of each student’s choice. Exhibition and critiques will relate to show themes and Traditional, Modern and Oriental Styles, including Japanese Haiku. Containers will be for sale. The program will be approved for ARS Arrangement Judges’ audit credit. Visiting instructors include Sandy Dixon (Florida), Lee Hale (Georgia) and Mary Peterson (New York). Registration is limited to 35 persons and the fee is $40.
The Rose Show schedule will feature all of the traditional mini and miniflora rose classes; some you may have seen before and some you not have seen. There will be some very interesting collection classes as well as some challenging arrangement classes. The four national trophies, the F. Harmon Saville Memorial Challenge Bowl, the Top Gun Miniflora Challenge Trophy, the Ralph S. Moore Miniature Arrangement Trophy and the J. Benjamin Williams Miniflora Arrangement Trophy will be the centerpieces of the show.
In addition to the Arrangement Workshop and the Rose Show, there will be a Mini Rose Photography Contest with mounted but unframed photographs which can be entered between 6:00 and 9:30 am on Saturday. The rules and schedule for the Photography Contest are printed in the Rose Show schedule.
On Friday evening, dinner will be on your own. There are many fine dining establishments within walking distance of the hotel so we will include a list of them in your registration packet.
On Saturday, the prep room will be open from 4:00 am until 9:30 am and entries will be from 6:00 am to 9:30 am. This will allow you plenty of time to get your roses ready and entered.
On Sunday, after you have had a light breakfast on your own, we will hop on the bus and go on a great garden tour which will include the Columbus Park of Roses. Many of you may remember the Park of Roses as the site of the American Rose Society headquarters from 1954 to 1974. There are more than 11,000 rose bushes in the park including 400 old garden roses, a miniature rose garden, an Earth‑Kind rose garden, an herb garden and perennial gardens. We will also take in a visit to Chadwick Arboretum on The Ohio State Campus and will be treated to a progressive brunch.
If you come in early to Columbus or stay over after the convention, there are many places to visit: Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on the bank of the Scioto River where a replica of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria is docked, the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Ohio Historical Society and Ohio Village, Inniswood Metro Park and maybe even a Clippers baseball game to name a few. There is also a new shopping mall located at Polaris, about 2 miles from the hotel, and a large movie theater complex within walking distance of the hotel.
We are looking forward to welcoming all of you to the Buckeye State Capital in July 2012!
If you would like to Judge:
Horticulture, contact Tom Wood, 4786 Hillcrest South, Hilliard, OH 43026‑1608, 614‑876‑5707, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements, contact Dr. Lew Shupe, 1343 Sunset Dr., Fairborn, OH 45324‑5649, 937‑878‑0479, email@example.com
For more information and the show schedule go to www.buckeyerose.com or contact Conference Chairman Brian Burley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614‑846‑9404.