BELFAST ROSES IN BLOOM

Sexy Rexy Rose   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Sexy Rexy Rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Schedule of Perpetual Trophies

These are the awards up for grabs during Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Upper Malone Road, in South Belfast:

News Flash rose   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

News Flash rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Rose Society of Northern Ireland Championship – The Craig Wallace (The Founder’s) Trophy, presented by President of the Rose Society, Craig Wallace, and awarded annually to the exhibitor accumulating most points in the Open classes at the Society’s Summer and Autumn Shows provided that person has gained at least six first prizes in the process and exhibited at both shows.
The Craig Wallace Salver. Miniature Rose Championship, awarded annually to exhibitor accumulating most points in the miniature rose classes in the society’s summer and autumn shows, providing that the person has gained at least four first prizes in the process and exhibited at both shows.
The Plaque. Presented by Samuel McGredy and Son Ltd. Best Large Flowered Bloom in the Show.
The President’s Cup. Presented by Molly Frizzelle. Best exhibit in Class 1.
The Perpetual Challenge Cup. Presented by Alex Dickson and Sons Ltd. Best exhibit in Classes 1 – 34.
The Friendship Plate. Presented by Mr. A. H. Pearson. Exhibitor gaining most points in Classes 1 – 34.
The Rotomar Trophy. Best exhibit in Class 16.
The John Creighton Trophy. Exhibitor gaining most points in
Classes 17 – 21.
The James H. Jess Memorial Trophy. Best exhibit in Classes 17 – 21.
The Abraham Rose Bowl. Presented by Miss E. K. Abraham. Exhibitor gaining most points in Classes 22 – 30.
The Lady O’Neill Cup. Best exhibit in Classes 31 – 34.
The RSNI Miniature Cup. Exhibitor gaining most points in
Classes 35 – 40.
The Australian Prize. Best exhibit in Classes 41 – 46.
The Alison Henry Cup, presented by the Cregagh and District Gardening Society. Best exhibit in Classes 47 – 52.
The Aubrey and Doreen Kincaid Cup. Best exhibit in Classes 53 – 61.
The Cregagh Cup. Best exhibit in Classes 62 – 70.
The Bromage Silver Rose Bowl. Best Bonsai exhibit in Classes 71 – 78.
The Jubilee Cup. Best exhibit in Classes 79 – 86.

Belfast Rose Week  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Belfast Rose Week Photo: © Michael Fisher

Schedule of Classes
Large Flowered Roses (H.T.)
Class 1
The President’s Cup.
One Box. Six specimen blooms. One variety or mixed.
Class 2
One Vase. Five blooms. One variety or mixed.
Class 3
One Vase. Three blooms. One variety.
Class 4
One Vase. Three blooms. Three varieties.
Class 5
One Vase. Two Blooms. One variety. To be judged as a matching pair.
Class 6
One Vase. One bloom. Main colour Red/Pink.
Class 7
One Vase. One bloom. Main colour Yellow/White.
Class 8
One Vase. One bloom. Any other colour.
Class 9
One Vase. Three blooms. One variety. To show the various stages of development – one opening bud, one specimen bloom and one in the blown stage.
Class 10
Bowl up to 9 in. (229 mm) containing six or more large flowered (H.T.) stems. To be displayed for effect and interest. Bowl to be supplied by the exhibitor.

Molly McGredy rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Molly McGredy rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Class 11
One Vase. One fragrant bloom. Half marks will be given for quality and half for fragrance.
Class 12
One Vase. Three blown blooms. One variety or mixed. Stamens should be showing.
Class 13
One stem inflorescence bearing a number of blooms.
Class 14
Three stems inflorescence each stem bearing a number of blooms. One variety or mixed.
Class 15
Bowl (supplied by exhibitor). Large flowered (H.T.). One bloom (up to and including blown stage) floating in water.
Large Flowered (H.T.) and Cluster Flowered (Floribunda) Roses
Class 16
Rotomar Trophy.
One Vase. Three Large Flowered (H.T.) specimen blooms.
One Vase. Three stems Cluster Flowered (Floribunda).
Cluster Flowered (Floribunda) Roses
Class 17
One Vase. Five stems. One variety or mixed.
Class 18
One Vase. Three stems. Three varieties.
Class 19
One Vase. Three stems. One variety.
Class 20
One Vase. One stem.
Class 21
One Vase. One fragrant stem. The stem should be typical of the variety. Judged as class 11.

Pride of Scotland rose   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Pride of Scotland rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Miniature Roses
(Exhibitors may supply own containers in Classes 22-28)
Class 22
One Box. Six miniature roses. One variety.
Class 23
One Box. Six miniature roses. Mixed.
Class 24
One Vase. Three stems. One variety.
Class 25
One Vase. Three stems. Mixed.
Class 26
One Vase. One stem.
Class 27
Six stems arranged in a bowl not exceeding four inches in diameter (102 mm). One variety or mixed.
Class 28
One small container. Three blooms. One variety. To show the various stages of development — one opening bud, one perfect flower and one in the blown stage.
Class 29
Bowl (small, supplied by exhibitor) one miniature bloom (up to and including blown stage) floating in water.
Class 30
Artist’s palette. Seven blooms in seven distinct colours. (Palette supplied).
Shrubs and Climbing Roses
Class 31
One Vase. Three stems. Old Garden Roses. One variety or mixed.
Class 32
One Vase. Three stems. Modern Shrub Roses. One variety or mixed.
Class 33
One Vase. Three stems. Climber or Rambler Roses. One variety or mixed.
Class 34
One Bowl 9 in. (229 mm) containing four or more stems. Old Garden and/or Modern Shrub Roses. One variety or mixed. (Can be staged irrespective of Rules for Exhibition).
Novice Classes
Confined to less experienced exhibitors and beginners, who have never won a prize in the open rose classes. Following winning three first prizes in the Novice Classes, such exhibitors shall only be permitted to exhibit in the Open Classes.
Class 35
One Vase. One stem. Cluster Flowered (Floribunda).
Class 36
One Vase. Three stems. Cluster Flowered (Floribunda). One variety or mixed.
Class 37
One Vase. One stem. Large Flowered (H.T.)
Class 38
One Vase. Three stems. Large Flowered (H.T.). One variety or mixed.
Class 39
One Vase. One stem. Miniature.

Belfast Rose Week  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Belfast Rose Week Photo: © Michael Fisher

Class 40
One Vase. Three stems. Miniature. One variety or mixed.
General Flowers
Class 41
Carnations or Pinks. One Vase. Three stems.
Class 42
Annuals and/or Biennials (Sweet Pea excluded). One Vase. One variety or mixed.
Class 43
Shrubs. One Vase. One Kind (roses excluded). Displayed for effect and interest.
Class 44
Shrubs. One Vase. Mixed. (roses excluded). Displayed for effect and interest.
Class 45
Herbaceous Perennials. One Vase. One Kind.
Class 46
Herbaceous Perennials. One Vase. Mixed.
Sweet Pea
Class 47
Sweet Pea. One Vase. Nine stems. Pink/Red shades.
Class 48
Sweet Pea. One Vase. Nine stems. Blue/Mauve shades.
Class 49
Sweet Pea. One Vase. Nine stems. Any other colour.
Class 50
Sweet Pea. One Vase. Twelve stems. Mixed.
Class 51
Bowl of Sweet Pea. Twenty stems. Mixed. Own foliage.
Class 52
Basket of Sweet Pea. Any number of stems and any foliage allowed (exhibitors must provide own basket).
N.B. Sweet Pea used in Classes 51 and 52 only are not required to have been grown by the exhibitor.
Pot Plants
Class 53
Flowering Plant. (Pelargoniums excluded). Up to and including 6 in. pot. (152 mm).
Class 54
Flowering Plant. (Pelargoniums excluded). Over 6 in. pot (152 mm).
Class 55
Foliage Plant. Up to and including 6 in. pot (152 mm).
Class 56
Foliage Plant. Over 6 in. pot (152 mm).
Class 57
Fern. Pot size unrestricted.
Class 58
Collection of three different house plants. Up to and including 6 in. pots (152 mm). (The plants must be suitable for all-year round growing in a house room).

Bright n' Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Bright n’ Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14 Photo: © Michael Fisher

Class 59
Orchid. Pot size unrestricted.
Class 60
One box Begonias. Three blooms.
Class 61
One box Begonia. One bloom.
Class 62
Basic Regal Pelargonium. Up to and including 6 in. (152 mm) pot.
Class 63
Basic Zonal Pelargonium single flowered. Up to and including 6 in. (152 mm) pot.
Class 64
Basic Zonal Pelargonium. Double or semi double flowered. (excluding scented leaf). Up to and including 6 in. (152 mm) pot.
Class 65
Fancy Leaf Pelargonium. Up to and including 6.5 in. (165 mm) pot.
Class 66
Species and species Hybrid Pelargonium including scented leaf. Up to and including 6 in. (152mm) pot.
Class 67
Angel including miniature regal. Up to and including 6 in. (152 mm) pot.
Class 68
Stellar Pelargonium. Up to and including 6 in. (152 mm) pot.
Class 69
Dwarf Pelargonium. Up to and including 4.5 in.
(114 mm) pot.
Class 70
Miniature Pelargonium. Up to and including 3.5 in. (89 mm) pot.
Bonsai
A tree which won a First Prize in any class last year may not be exhibited for competition this year but will be eligible for re-entry next year.
Class 71 Bonsai. Evergreen.
Class 72 Bonsai. Deciduous.
Class 73 Bonsai. Forest plantings and landscapes.
Class 74 Bonsai. Mame up to 6 in. (152 mm). Any variety.
Class 75 Bonsai. Coniferous.
Class 76 Bonsai. Indoor.
Class 77 Bonsai. Fruiting, Flowering, Berried.
Class 78 Bonsai. Novice.
Cacti and Succulents
Class 79
Mammillaria. One Plant. Pot size up to and including 6 in. (152 mm).
Class 80
Three Cacti. Pot size up to and including 7 in.
(178 mm).
Class 81
One Cactus. Pot size up to and including 5 in.
(127 mm).
Class 82
One Cactus. Pot size unrestricted
Class 83
Stemless Mesembryanthemaceae. One Plant. Pot size up to and including 4 in. (102 mm).
Class 84
One succulent (Cactus excluded). Pot size up to and including 3.5 in. (89 mm)
Class 85
One Succulent (Cactus excluded). Pot size up to and including 5 in. (127 mm).
Class 86
One Succulent (Cactus excluded). Pot size unrestricted.

Athlone rose   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Athlone rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

BELFAST ROSE WEEK

City of Belfast Rose in Lady Dixon Park  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

City of Belfast Rose in Lady Dixon Park Photo: © Michael Fisher

The international rose garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast is one of the world’s leading rose gardens, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Rose Week, with its full programme of activities, is a celebration of this spectacular rose garden and is now one of Belfast’s most popular annual events.

Brilliant Korsar rose by Kordes from Germany: Historical section, trials 2011-13  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Brilliant Korsar rose by Kordes from Germany: Historical section, trials 2011-13 Photo: © Michael Fisher

There were not many visitors this afternoon (Friday), possibly because of the very unsummerlike weather. Maybe there will be more on Saturday and Sunday. But the extensive collection of various types of roses was very colourful, although some of the historical varieties seem to be past their best as their petals have been blown away by the wind.

Rose of Tralee  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Rose of Tralee Photo: © Michael Fisher

The event promises a week of family fun including:

  • live music and entertainment
  • floral art demonstrations
  • summer rose and flower show exhibitions.

    Dawn Chorus  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Dawn Chorus Photo: © Michael Fisher

Getting to Rose Week: Free shuttle bus

During Rose Week a free shuttle bus service direct to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park operates daily at 20 minute intervals from the grounds of Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square East. The service commences at 12 noon and the last bus leaves City Hall at 5pm. The drop-off and collection point at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is in the upper car park. The return journey from the park begins at 12.20pm and operates every 20 minutes with the last bus leaving the park at 5.20pm.

Benita rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Benita rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Free park and ride from Drumbo Park

During Rose Week a free park and ride service operates daily between Drumbo Park, Ballyskeagh Road and Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. The service starts at 12noon and the last bus leaves Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 5.20pm.

La Sevillana climber rose, France   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

La Sevillana climber rose, France Photo: © Michael Fisher

Car parking

Car parking is available in the main car parks and Rose Week car parks at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. Where possible, cars will be permitted access close to Wilmont House for the purpose of leaving off elderly or disabled visitors. Cars must then be parked in one of the main car parks.

Arthur Bell rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Arthur Bell rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

City of Belfast international rose trials

Yesterday (Thursday) a panel of international judges completed the final judging of the City of Belfast international rose trials. The awards for the winning rose breeders are sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tourism NI, Clive Richardson Ltd and Eventsec.

Wild Rover rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Wild Rover rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Daily events

  • Harp music in the rose garden, 2pm – 5pm
  • Belfast Parks photographic exhibition in the marquee, Saturday 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Bouncy castle near Wilmont House, Thursday to Sunday
  • Face painting, balloon modelling and children’s tattooing in the playground area, times vary each afternoon
  • Punch and Judy in the playground area, Friday to Sunday at 2.30pm
  • Competitions in the rose garden – competition forms available from the information marquee, adjacent to Wilmont House, Saturday from 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday from 1.30pm – 5.30pm.

    A classic rose:  Romance  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    A classic rose: Romance Photo: © Michael Fisher

Saturday 18th July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 11am – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • Templemore Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Peach Pop, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Hugo Cogsmith, 1pm – 5pm

    Bright n' Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Bright n’ Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14 Photo: © Michael Fisher

Sunday 19th July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Drumlough Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • 3rd Carrickfergus Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Acoustocratz, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Captain Morgan, 1pm – 5pm

    Belfast Rose Week in Lady Dixon Park Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Belfast Rose Week in Lady Dixon Park Photo: © Michael Fisher