by Ben Matus
First, a great big “Thank You” to the
entire membership for their help and support for our
2016 BGRS rose show. And an even bigger “Thank You” to
our Rose Show Committee, consisting of Ann & Bob Jacobs,
Mary Ann Hext and Kathy Dodson. In addition to the
physical and intellectual efforts they needed to put
forth in order to produce this show (they were indeed
the producers) there must have been a lot of anxiety and
angst involved as well. What with weather all over the
region, other societies’ needs to consider, the need for
financing, arranging a space and all of the other things
that come into play in putting on a show, it must be
mind-bending at times. So, kudos to our committee.
Also note that there were spouses,
friends, family and former members that helped as well.
Thanks go out to Goebel Dodson and his farm hand Jeff,
Sam Coffey, Curtis Logsdon and Beth and Nick Barth. We
can’t forget the Jacob’s grandsons Mike and Jake
either. So, many thanks to all involved and if I missed
anyone I am truly sorry because every little bit anyone
did helped make our show the success it was and a little
easier on everyone.
It should also be mentioned that we had
some fine judges come from out of the area and donate
their time. The team I clerked for were extremely kind
and generous. They took the growing conditions we all
faced into consideration with each rose they viewed.
They were a pleasure to work with and once again, I
learned a lot.
Now we go into summer. Finally! The
trick will be to keep the Blackspot at bay, the mites
under control and the Japanese beetles confined to our
neighbors’ yards. (Be neighborly, give them a beetle
trap.) My goal is to spray regularly, water and feed as
needed, deadhead often and try to get to September
relatively unscathed for that big fall flush of blooms.
May we all be successful in the attempt and enjoy the