The current rules and procedures of the American Rose Society govern the Arrangement Division.
Roses must provide the dominant floral interest in all designs. All roses must be outdoor, garden-grown, and correctly named on the entry tag in accordance with the latest edition of Official List of AEN, Modern Roses, and Handbook for Selecting Roses, ARS Magazine Registrations page, ARS Website Recent Rose Registrations, or CLR for fresh and dried rose designs. Only roses classified as Miniature or Miniflora roses may be used in miniature designs. If all roses in the design have been grown by the arranger, “AG” must be written in the upper right-hand corner of the entry tag for the entry to be eligible for ARS Medal Certificates.
Standard Staging: Standard designs are to be placed within a tabletop space of 24” width and 30” depth and may not exceed these dimensions. There is no height limitation. Exhibit tables will be covered with black cloths.
Miniature Staging: All designs are to use Miniature and/or Miniflora roses and should be in scale to the size of arrangement.
Other design components: NO painted or dyed fresh plant materials, living creatures, electrical devices, plant materials on the state conservation list, the American flag or flags of any country. To avoid disqualification: NO artificial plant materials (including vegetables and fruits) and roses not outdoor grown. An incorrectly placed arrangement will be judged in the section and class in which it is placed.
Entry tags: Both the top and bottom (tear-off) portion of the entry tag (ARS) must be completed if using a special arrangement tag. All rose varieties used in the design must be listed. If all rose names will not fit on the entry tag, write “see card” and provide a separate 3”x5” card containing the class number and the complete list of rose varieties. The exhibitor should use the bold face class title as the title on the entry tag. The exhibitor must mark their entry tag with appropriate distinction; N: Novice, A: Amateur, AA: Advanced Amateur, and J: Judge. Tags that are not marked will be judged as an “AA” entry.
Placement: Exhibitors may place arrangements on Saturday morning, 6:30 am to 9:45 am. Exhibitors must remove paraphernalia/materials and leave the show area promptly at 9:45 am. If an exhibit must be moved, and all efforts to locate the exhibitor have failed, the show chair or designee may carefully move the exhibit.
Removal/Awards: Arrangements must remain in place until the close of the show at 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 12th, except as directed by the show chair. Exhibitors should label their containers and accessories where it cannot be seen during judging. After 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 12th containers must be removed by the exhibitor.
Damages/Liability: The Show Committee, Seattle Rose Society, and Factoria Mall shall be held harmless and are not liable for loss or damage to entries, containers, or property arising out of the exhibitor’s participation or for injury to persons attending the rose show.
Judging: All decisions of the judges are final. The following ARS arrangement score card will be used to evaluate all entries:
Scorecard for Judging Rose Arrangements
CONFORMANCE – (5 points per category) – 15 points
a. Roses correctly named.
b. Conformance to type of design.
c. Other specific requirements of the schedule.
DESIGN (5 points per Principle) – 30 points
Balance, Rhythm, Dominance, Contrast, Proportion, Scale according to design style and type.
PERFECTION OF THE ROSE/S – 30 points
Roses are in peak condition, good substance, and fresh foliage. This includes condition of other plant material.
CREATIVITY and EXPRESSIVENESS – 15 points
Imaginative and creative handling of design components.
DISTINCTION – 10 points
Marked superiority and unique in all aspects of the design, including technical execution and construction. Points off in above categories weaken distinction.
TOTAL POSSIBLE – 100 points
Only one first, second, third and honorable mention ribbon will be awarded in each class with entry tags marked “N” “A” or “AA.” A design must place first and score at least 92 points to be eligible for ARS awards. In addition to the class awards, ribbons and trophies as indicated in the schedule, the following may be awarded:
- One set of ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Certificates are awarded for the highest-scoring first place standard size designs using fresh arranger grown roses (indicated by “AG” on the entry tag). Eligible for Medal Certificates: Classes 1 through 9.
- One set of Miniature ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze medal Certificates are awarded for the highest-scoring first place designs using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses that are arranger grown roses (indicated by “AG” on the entry tag). Eligible for Medal Certificates: Classes 11 & 12.