Imagine the Sherwin-Williams paint chart in flowers - reds of varying intensities, pinks, and whites, then purples, yellows, oranges.
That's the remarkable sight at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter's biannual Rhododendron and Azalea Cut-Flower Competition, also known as the Truss Show in rhodo-lingo. The contest – open to anyone who grows azaleas and rhododendrons – takes place in even-numbered years on the Saturday before Mothers Day at Morris Arboretum (coinciding with the grand plant sale that weekend).
With a panel of six judges, blue ribbons are awarded in numerous sections. From them, Best-in-Class honors are bestowed, and then the best of those are selected for such trophies as Best Evergreen Azalea, Best Rhododendron Hybrid, Best Species, and of course Best in Show.
Chairman of the competition is Michael Martin Mills. Contact him in April before the show to get a brochure of rules and entry tags for advance completion. The show is typically open to the public from noon until 4 p.m.
The recent competition was on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Morris Arboretum. (In odd numbered years, our sister chapter, the Valley Forge Chapter, presents a similar competition. )
For a list of the 2012 Cut Flower Competition ribbon winners, click here.
Click the following files to view and download the 2012 Cut-Flower Competition Catalogue of Previous Entries, Competition Rules and 2012 Winners