Little Rose Show held before each meeting April through October

Little Rose Show Rules

It’s that time of year again for the Little Rose Show. So start grooming those little beauties and bring them in to show them off. Just close your eyes and grit your teeth, and make the jump; Hell, the fence ain’t even that high!

The Little Rose Show (LRS) is a monthly rose show held in conjunction with the monthly membership meeting of the rose society from April through October. The purpose of the LRS is educational in nature. For novice or inexperienced exhibitors this is a chance to learn about the art of exhibiting roses from actually carrying out the actions of entering a rose show. For the experienced amateur exhibitor the LRS is an opportunity to hone and improve their exhibiting skills from participation and critique from horticultural judges.

Entry tags and vases will be provided by the Mount Diablo Rose Society. An entry tag must be prepared for each exhibit entered. The entry tags should be filled out in accordance with local ARS show guidelines. Class, Variety, and Exhibitor’s Name must be filled out on both the lower and upper parts of the entry tag. If both halves of the entry tag are not filled out, the exhibit will be disqualified. Also you must document your exhibition status with a “N” for Novice or an “E” for experienced amateur in the space labeled “Section”. A novice is an exhibitor who has not won more than ten (10) blue ribbons in an American Rose Society (ARS) show. (This definition of a novice is only valid for the MDRS Little Rose Show and no other Rose Show.) If you have won more than ten (10) blue ribbons in an ARS Show or if you have been the Novice Little Rose Show Winner in the past, you are considered an Experienced Amateur Exhibitor. Miniature entry tag must be used for Miniature or MiniFlora exhibits just like in real ARS Rose Shows. ARS qualified judges will judge the LRS in accordance with ARS guidelines and applicable rules.

No entries will be accepted after 7:25 pm. All entries must be in place in time for judging to begin at 7:30 pm. Judges will take precautions not to be a distraction during the meeting. A short critique by the judge will be made at a scheduled point in the meeting.

An exhibitor may enter as many varieties in a class as they wish as long as there are no duplications. You cannot enter duplicates of any variety in any one class. For example, you may not enter two (2) Mister Lincoln exhibits in the Hybrid Tea Class, BUT you can enter a Mister Lincoln exhibit in the Hybrid Tea Class and a Mister Lincoln exhibit in the Large Rose in a Bowl Class.

The following point system will be used to determine the Novice and Experienced Amateur winners of the Little Rose Show. Points will be awarded according to the schedule shown below:

Best of Show 5 points
First Place 3 points
Second Place 2 points
Third Place 1 point

The winners of the LRS will be announced during the December holiday meeting. The Novice and Experienced Amateur winners will receive a gift certificate to a local nursery.

Little Rose Show Schedule

Classes:
1. Hybrid Tea/Grandiflora – 1 Bloom
One bloom per stem; so side buds
2. Hybrid Tea/Grandiflora – 1 Spray
Two or more blooms per stem; one stem
3. Floribunda – 1 Bloom
One bloom per stem; so side buds
4. Floribunda – 1 Spray
Two or more blooms per stem; one stem
5. Polyantha – 1 Spray
Two or more blooms per stem; one stem
6. Old Garden Roses (Introduced before 1867)
One Stem
7. Old Garden Roses (Introduced 1867 & after)
One Stem
8. Miniature – 1 Bloom
One bloom per stem; so side buds
9. Miniature – 1 Spray
Two or more blooms per stem; one stem
10. MiniFlora – 1 Bloom
One bloom per stem; so side buds
11. MiniFlora – 1 Spray
Two or more blooms per stem; one stem
12. Shrub Rose
One stem, Classic or Modern
13. Large-Flowered Climber
One stem. Climbing forms of Hybrid Tea roses are to be entered in Class 1 or 2 above. Climbing forms of Floribunda roses are to be entered in Class 3 or 4 above.
14. Large Rose in a Bowl
One bloom (any variety except Miniature or MiniFlora roses) at exhibition stage in a clear glass bowl. No stem or foliage. Exhibitor may use container provided or use own bowl.
15. Small Rose in a Bowl
One Miniature or MiniFlora bloom (no stem or foliage) at exhibition stage in a clear glass bowl. Exhibitor may use container provided or use own bowl.
16. 1 Fully Open Bloom 
One Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora bloom. Stamens fully exposed, disbudded.