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Beautiful blooms reigned at World Rose Festival


June 29, 2009
By Amanda Ryder

June 29, 2009 – The competition was robust in the Vancouver Rose
Society’s World Rose Show held this past weekend, June 19 – 21, at the
Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, in conjunction with the
World Rose Festival.

The competition was robust in the Vancouver Rose Society’s World Rose
Show held this past weekend, June 19 – 21, at the Vancouver Convention
Centre in Vancouver, BC, in conjunction with the World Rose Festival.
 
“Rose Show 2009, as part of the World Rose Festival, was our most
successful Rose Show ever, with in excess of 1,000 entries from various
parts of the world,“says Lesley Finlay, Committee Chair, World Rose
Show.  “It was truly a delight to all the senses.”
 
“This was a high class show,” comments Terry Martinich, Chief Judge for
the Vancouver Rose Society.  “We are very pleased with the number of
really high quality flowers that were exhibited this year.”
 
Top awards presented were “Best in Show”, which was a Tekone, was won
by a Japanese exhibitor, Teizo Yoshiike, who transported his roses all
the way from Japan.  Rumour has it he bought a seat on the airplane for
his roses.  Second and third “Best in Show” roses were awarded to
American exhibitors John and Caroline Fredette from Seattle, U.S.A. 
For the Fredettes it was a family affair with their sons Jason and
Brian entering winning blossoms as well.  Brian Fredette was the
youngest entrant at the age of 18.   A complete list of the Rose Show
winners can be viewed in the Rose Show section, at
www.worldrosefestival.com.
 
The World Rose Show judges were also international, including
world-renowned rosarians like Peter Beales of England; Gerald Meylan of
Switzerland and President of the Federation of World Rose Societies and
Steve Jones, from the USA and President of the American Rose Society,
making it a truly World Class event.
 
Along with the extensive display of rose entries, the World Rose Show,
with its central display theme, “A Picnic in the Park”, featured
vintage cars and an Antebellum maiden exhibited by the BC Floral Art
Society,
 
The World Rose Festival was a complete indulgence in roses, featuring
display gardens, floral art displays, a rose-themed fine art display, a
kids garden, Activity Central seminars, workshops and Meet the Experts
one-on-one, and more, along with the World Rose Show.  For more
information on the World Rose Show and the World Rose Festival visit
www.worldrosefestival.com

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