Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 25, 2014

Scent from heaven

Floridians win Queen of Show

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — A Lake Park woman visiting the Thomasville Rose Show for the first time said God must have sent show roses from heaven.

Serene Miller was overwhelmed with the detail of the show.

“I didn’t realize it was this elaborate,” Miller said about the 93rd Rose Show.

Martha Jo Scanlon, also a Lake Park resident, described the event as “awesome and gorgeous.”

“I can’t imagine having the talent to grow such beautiful flowers,” Scanlon said.

The prestigious Rose Show Queen of Show award went to Jean and Ralph Stream of Micanopy, Fla. The winning rose was a Dina Gee, a red blend.

The Streams left the Thomasville show Friday to return home and harvest roses to show in Jacksonville, Fla., today.

Thomasville’s Rick Thomas took King of Show with a Signature rose, a pink blend. Thomas also won King in miniature roses. He has won another category in miniatures with the same variety of pink rose for a number of years, including this year.

Thomas, a former Queen of Show winner, entered a number of roses this year — “too many,” he said.

More than 1,000 blooms were exhibited at the show, but it appeared early Friday morning there night not be a show.

The show, sponsored by the Thomasville Rose Society, was roseless until about 7:30 Friday morning. Entries usually arrive hours earlier.

Thomas, who serves on the Society board of directors, and Joanne Maxheimer, Society co-president, were at the show site early to accept roses. No one showed up.

About 7:30, exhibitors “piled in,” Maxheimer said.

The Rose Show — conducted in a large, white tent at the intersection of South Broad Street and Remington Avenue in downtown Thomasville — continues today.

Jean and John Grotgen entered a number of roses Friday and won about a dozen blue ribbons.

The Grotgens are former Thomasville residents, who now live in Valdosta. Mr. Grotgen is a former Thomasville Rose Society president.

The couple tends to about 80 rose bushes.

“We’re downsizing,” Mrs. Grotgen explained.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.