Tacomans are used to seeing brightly colored Chihulys around town. But one at Point Defiance Park, a kaleidoscope of pink, orange and white, isn’t made of glass. It’s a rose named after the Tacoma-born artist.
It’s one of 1,600 roses that the Tacoma Rose Society grows at the park’s rose garden with the support of Metro Parks Tacoma. On Saturday, the 102-year-old group will stage its Annual Rose Show at Jackson Hall.
More than 600 entries in about 50 categories will be judged by three-person teams on Saturday morning before the show opens to the public at noon. The categories are in two sections: horticultural and arrangement. The ultimate prize: Best in Show for the best hybrid tea or grandiflora rose.
The contest is open to anyone who grows roses, not just the 150 members of the society. Whether you’re a novice or a rose fanatic, there’s a category for you. There’s even a section for juniors (17 and younger). There are no entry or admission fees.
Roses will be presented in bowls, vases and picture frames – and that’s just in the horticulture division.
The theme of this year’s show, “A Symphony of Roses, A Concord of Colors,” is reflected in about 20 entry categories that were inspired by the music of famous composers. The entries, which include Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Strauss’ “The Blue Danube,” have specific requirements.
All of the entries will be on white papered tables in an all-white room. “It’s really a beautiful sight,” said Margaret Leisner, the society’s secretary.
A trophy will be awarded for the most aromatic rose, chosen by popular vote at Saturday’s show, Leisner said.
A riot of blooming hybrid teas, grandifloras, climbers and floribundas already are in full bloom in the garden.
“This is the place to come to see what grows well here,” Leisner said.
Society members prune the roses at Point Defiance in March and deadhead the roses while they bloom (roughly June through September) on Thursday afternoons. In the fall, the society decides which roses need to be replaced. It’s safe to say the outrageously colored Chihuly won’t be one of them.Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 email@example.com