A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

On October 5 and 6, rosarians from all corners of the state bearing the best of blooms from their gardens will flock to the Garden Club of Virginia’s 73rd Annual Rose Show. The judged competition, sponsored by Norfolk’s Harborfront Garden Club, will take place at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in the Rose Garden Hall.

Not only is it the goal of the Garden Club of Virginia to provide educational information about growing roses and showing roses, they will have on display interpretative flower arrangements from a competition between Garden Club of Virginia’s forty-seven member clubs.

Inter-Club Artistic

All are invited to the 73rd Annual Rose Show. For the admission price to the Botanical Garden, ticket holders will be able to visit the show and the vast gardens where approximately 3000 plants in the genus Rosa in different 380 species and cultivars grow.  Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to Norfolk Botanical Garden. $1.00 off coupon is available at the Norfolk Botanical Garden website.

Bicentennial Rose Garden

Co-Chairs of the 2011 Rose Show are Casey Rise and Lee Snyder.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester

Am I a horticulturist?

As a GCV member who likes all things technical and a bit of blogging, Nina asked me to be the administrator of the GCV Horticulture Blog.  “I’m not a horticulturalist,” I protested.  “You’re a master gardener…” she countered. “Just write what you know.”  I know all too well that being a master gardener makes me a little knowledgeable about a multitude of things and master of none, but trained to find answers.

I looked up the definition of horticulture: “|ˈhôrtiˌkəl ch ər|,the art or practice of garden cultivation and management.”  Well, maybe I can stretch the definition to include my amateur delight in gardening and I can communicate my adventures and misadventures in the garden.  I love to garden with a special interest all things insect, all things pond, all things photography, and all things birds.

Thank goodness GCV Horticulture Chair, Mary Eades, will continue her important educational ‘Hello’ blog filled with advice, monthly chores, garden instruction, and tips from gardeners in all the clubs. Her ‘Hellos’ will be the heart of this blog.  I will be posting Mary’s blogs, thus relieving Nina to concentrate of her many other duties.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester