Sep 2016 Program

Tue., Sep. 6 at 1:30 PM  “The Rookie Exhibitor” by Robert B. “Bob” Martin

Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA

Robert B. “Bob” Martin

The Mother Lode Rose Society is proud to present as our headline speaker of the year, Robert B.”Bob” Martin, National Vice President of the American Rose Society.  Bob is a leader in the world of rose growing and showing, and he will be presenting an educational and entertaining  program “The Rookie Exhibitor.”

Bob is well known for his wit and wisdom, and he will take us through the mysterious and fun world of rose shows – which of course includes his insights and experiences growing and showing good roses.  This program is especially timely for the Sep 6 meeting, as a lead-in for our Annual Rose Festival & Show on Sep 24 & 25.

Bob is author of “Showing Good Roses” and Editor of “Horizon Roses” a must have resource and review of new and upcoming roses.  He is the prolific author of articles on all aspects of rose culture.  He is a frequent speaker at rose conventions across the United States.  Bob is also founder and webmaster of which compiles results of rose shows and information of interest to exhibitors across the USA.  His dedication to rose education is well noted, and is the recipient of the prestigious American Rose Society Klima Medal.

‘Dona Martin’ hybrid tea. Hybridized by Bob Martin. Photo by Bob/Dona Martin.

Bob is also an avid amateur hybridizer, with a number of roses to his credit including the hottest and most sought after new hybrid tea – Dona Martin – which he named after his lovely wife Dona.

Wherever you are on your rose journey – beginner, expert or someone who admires roses from afar,  Bob Martin’s program “The Rookie Exhibitor” is sure to delight.   He’s well known for his humor,  and hilarious rosy prose that make learning fun.  For example his “The Exhibitor’s Lament” pokes fun at the various antics of rose shows:

The Exhibitor’s Lament

Bob Martin in his ARS Vice President "Minion" outfit
Bob Martin in his ARS Vice President “Minion” outfit

By Robert B. Martin Jr.

It would have been Queen
If they hadn’t seen
That hole in the petal
The foliage unclean

The center weren’t sharp
You know how they carp
They wouldn’t have seen
If it had been dark

The color weren’t bright
But it woulda been right
It just looked like mud
In the flourescent light

The stem was a bit bowed
But they wouldn’t have knowed
If placement were better
It wouldn’t have showed

The foliage was spare
They wouldn’t have cared
But the light from the window
Left them looking at air

The bloom wasn’t round
No symmetry found
But other than that
The entry was sound

It woulda been fine
I knew in my mind
It would have been Queen
If the judges were blind

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Join us on Tue., Sep. 6 at 1:30 PM for "The Rookie Exhibitor" by Bob Martin
Meeting is free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!