Do you feel a bit artistic and want to enter a flower arrangement in your next Rose Show but have no idea what is required? There are some basic principles in arranging, and beyond that it is just practice, practice, practice. If you’re going to be in the Spokane, WA area on June 27th you will be able to see our arrangements at the:
62nd Annual Spokane Rose Show
Saturday, June 27, 2009
West Central Community Center
1603 N Belt St . Spokane WA
show details are here
Judging The Arrangements:
Arrangements are judged on the basis of :
- Rhythmic movement
Each of these elements is worth 5 points. You can check the rose show schedule as to the explanation of these principles.
Roses of course are to be the dominant focus of your arrangement. You can have other flowers included, but the rose should dominate. They should be in peak condition as should any other plant materials you use in your arrangement. The container should harmonize with the arrangement as well.
The roses need to be correctly named, the type of design for the class needs to be followed, and if you are competing for an ARS (American Rose Society) award, the entry tag needs to be marked “AG” for arranger grown.
Traditional designs for arrangements are Line, Line-Mass and Mass, but there are also the Oriental classes, Dried arrangements, Corsages, and Functional Table classes. See below for some example arrangements.
A Line design is just that – a design that shows a distinct line.
Line-Mass is “an enhanced Line design,” that is, there is more plant material but the silhouette is still open. It should remain light with the strongest part through the center.
Mass is self-explanatory, a closed silhouette without crowding the plant material. They can be oval, fan-shaped or triangular in form.
Have fun with arranging
Arrangements can be fun to create, and as you get more involved you might want to order the Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements from the American Rose Society.They also have a related book, Guide to Creating Rose Arrangements.
Another good resource is the Spokane Rose Society library which contains a number of books on arranging.
After the show is over you can create your own home arrangements to practice for next year’s show as well as to impress your friends with your skills…AND just for your own home appeal. Arrangements aren’t just for a show; they can be the centerpiece for your dinner table or just to place on the coffee table as a decoration. Enjoy your roses both inside the home and out.
Rose Arranging Resources
A Bouquet of Roses: Glorious Arrangements for All Occasions