Murray Bridge roses, a blooming success

Special: Mini Rose Exhibition winners Chris and Robert Butcher, awarded the Overall Aggregate Rose Perpetual Shield and Philip Christian, presented with a certificate for Champion rose by patron Brenton Klemm.
Special: Mini Rose Exhibition winners Chris and Robert Butcher, awarded the Overall Aggregate Rose Perpetual Shield and Philip Christian, presented with a certificate for Champion rose by patron Brenton Klemm.

Every November the Murray Bridge Garden & Floral Art Club conduct its annual Mini Rose Exhibition which is eagerly awaited by members.  

The well attended meeting was able to view many wonderful displays blossoming with lots of flowers.

 The array was colourful with the sweet smell of the roses and cut flowers captivating the members on entrance to the hall.  

Competition was strong with exhibitors from Nairne, Strathalbyn, Mt Barker and surrounding areas.  

The quality of the flowers was good considering there was windy weather leading up to the exhibition.

Rose Society of SA judge Doug Gregory addressed the meeting and took pride in sharing with members his computerised data consisting of hybrid tea roses, Modern shrub roses, climbing roses, floribunda roses, ground cover roses, miniature roses and heritage roses.  

Each rose was beautifully presented in photographic form with information given pertaining to when the rose was released into the Australian community, the roses family tree, the various names the rose may go by, where to find additional information on the plant and sales catalogues informing readers where to purchase it.

Mr. Gregory spoke in depth on the local trial gardens at Hackney in Adelaide.  Roses are trialled for two years, 40 different varieties, and assessed six times in the first year.  

Three bushes are planted and assessed on form, condition, size, foliage, how many flowers over the season, colour and perfume.  

Rose Trial gardens are fair, but harsh, only about 12 people make the assessment.

As well as sharing his extensive knowledge of roses, Mr Gregory also took part in judging this year’s entrants in the annual mini rose exhibition.

In announcing this year’s winners in the rose exhibition president  Robert Butcher called upon Brenton Klemm, patron of the Murray Bridge Garden & Floral Art Club to present the Murray Valley Chiropractic Centre Perpetual Trophy for Aggregate Rose Winner to this year’s winners, Robert and Chris Butcher.

Champion rose was awarded to Philip Christian

November competition results

Floral art: B Rule x3

Fruit: B Rule, B&D Hoffman

Large garden cut: B Rule, B&D Hoffman

Small garden cut: P Christian, D Woidt, P Christian

Hybrid tea rose: 1st, 3rd R&C Butcher,  2nd B&D Hoffman, 

Floribunda rose: 1st, 2nd, P Christian, R&C Butcher,

Mini rose, one bloom: 1st, 2nd, 3rd R&C Butcher,

Mini rose, one cut: 1st, 2nd, 3rd R&C Butcher,

Climbing rose: 1st,  3rd R&C Butcher, B&D Hoffman, 

Ground cover: R&C Butcher, P Christian

David Austin: 1st, 3rd R&C Butcher, 2nd B Rule, 

Full bloom, one bloom: 1st, 3rd R&C Butcher, 2nd P Christian,

Vase, three distinct: 1st, 2nd  P Christian, R&C Butcher

Any other type: 1st, 3rd R&C Butcher, D Bolt, 

Eye roses: R&C Butcher x 3

Class F: B Rule, M McDougall, B Rule

Class G: H Hansen, H Hansen, B Rule

Class H: D Kluske, R&C Butcher, J Hansen

Class I: R MacCulloch, B&D Hoffman

Class J1: B&D Hoffman, D Bolt

Class J2: D Bolt

Class J3: P Christian, P Christian, B Rule

Champion exhibit: Betty Rule