Walk out of the Olympia Rose Show with the star attractions

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comJuly 10, 2013 

You’ll know who has been to the Olympia Rose Society’s 59th annual rose show Saturday even if you don’t go. Just look for the ladies around town wearing rose corsages.

It’s tradition at the show to present visitors with free corsages as a thank you for attending the event at St. Michael Catholic Church.

“Some of the men like them as well,” said Jack Kiley, chair of the show.

The show is an exhibition of flowers grown by a range of local rosarians.

“What we get are the best rose growers and rose judges in the Northwest,” Kiley said. “You’ll see examples of unbelievable specimens that you wouldn’t find anywhere else – not at local nurseries, not at big-box stores.”

“It’s the Water,” the theme of this year’s show, will be manifested in the arrangement divisions. Categories (with specific requirements) include “Artesian Well,” “Budd Inlet,” “Tivoli Fountain” and “Pilsner, Beer Stein, Stubby.”

The horticultural section will have the traditional categories of floribunda, hybrid tea, shrub, miniature and others.

You don’t have to be an Olympia Rose Society member to enter. Just bring your roses before 9 a.m. on the day of the show. Entry is free.

The Society maintains the Centennial Rose Garden at the Schmidt Mansion. Around 1,000 roses representing more than 100 classifications are in the garden.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 craig.sailor@thenewstribune.com

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