Fall’s here, but roses linger, brightening the landscape as leaves start to turn.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4, Richmond’s own Boxwood Garden Club — part of the Garden Club of Virginia — is hosting their 74th Annual Rose Show. It’s free, running from 2 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here’s what you can expect. The show has two parts, both of which include judged entries from across the state. Category one is horticulture (with participants presenting single stems or sprays), and the second highlights artistic arrangements. Within horticulture, the classes are many and varied, ranging from climbing and shrub roses to miniatures, Granidfloras and hybrid teas.
Artistic arrangements fall into classes, as well. I'm most excited to see “Dining with Roses,” in which entries, must be in a Phoenix shape and designed to fit on a 30-inch table that’s dressed in a white tablecloth and set before a black niche. What colors and roses will they use? I can’t wait to see.
To further celebrate this fragrant, treasured flower, Lewis Ginter is hosting a Rose Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. This is a must-see as well. The botanical garden has 1,800 roses planted along its meandering paths, ready for you to enjoy.