Results of the Eighth Annual Seattle Rhododendron Show
Staged by Seattle Chapter American Rhododendron Society
Co-Sponsored by The Greater Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
Mrs. Ralph C. Jacobson, Secretary
The 1957 Rhododendron Show of the Seattle Rhododendron Society was held May 16, 17, 18 and 19 at the pavilion of the Bellevue Shopping Square on the east side of Lake Washington. No admission was charged.
General Chairman:.................. Arthur P. Dome
Co-chairman:......................... Mrs. Hugh Baird
Exhibitors:.............................. Mrs. Charles D. Sully
Staging:.................................. Harold Johnson
Receiving & Classification:...... Mrs. Charles Dick
Mrs. Swift Baker
Mrs. Page Ballard
Mrs. Albert Brauss
Mrs. Brian O. Mulligan
Judges & Awards:.................. Mrs. Leonard Wilcox
Publicity:................................. Bruce Leber
Door Prizes:............................ Albert Hull
Information:............................. Mrs. J. T. DeFriel
Program:................................. Mrs. Donald C. Davis
Although the show was small, it was beautifully staged in "island" fashion under canopies. The effect attained was that of a beautifully laid out patio with raised beds. The educational value of the show was enhanced through use by exhibitors of companion plants to rhododendrons and azaleas. Cut trusses were displayed in a screened-off section.
The pavilion afforded ample parking space for the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 persons who viewed the show. An information booth was operated by Society members to answer questions, to give out the free booklet containing a symposium on Rhododendrons and to solicit new members. A rhododendron was given away each day and one was awarded to a lucky person joining the Society at the show.
The Society is a very grateful to show co-sponsors, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, who donated the beautiful gold cups and conducted award ceremonies, and to the merchants and organizations on the East Side that gave such enthusiastic support to make the show the success it was.
Each "island" was landscaped by a different commercial exhibitor, with the exception of the one by the University of Washington Arboretum. Each plot had remarkable individuality, yet the whole was tied together by the predominance of Rhododendrons.
Exhibitors and a sketch of some of the plant material and effects used by each in the non-competitive landscape displays were as follows:
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ARBORETUM
Outstanding display of American native Rhododendrons: calendulaceum, canescens, speciosum, Acer palmatum, fortunei hybrids and two good specimens of 'Souldis'
Dramatic effect of large rhododendron with overhanging lines used with rocks inter-planted with Rhododendron nuttallii and keleticum, Exbury azaleas, azaleodendron 'Broughtonii Aureum', 'Jean Marie Montague', Pernettya mucronata and Tsuga mertensiana.
Mossy logs, Kalmia latifolia, 'Mrs. Furnival' and lovely yellow Ostbo hybrid.
ANHALT'S SHURGRO NURSERY
Mass of tall R. 'Loderi', R. 'Trilby', Raphiolepis indica rosea, lovely pale pink azalea 'Rosebud' and subalpine trees.
Conifers in background, Azalea 'General Smuts', Rhodo. 'Blue Peter', Rhodo. 'Britannia', Rhodo. 'Mme. De Bruin', Hosta species and Polygonatum biflorum
SEARS ROEBUCK LANDSCAPING DIVISION
Planting incorporated a statue, a stump and rocks, R. 'Letty Edwards', 'Eureka Maid', 'Purple Splendor', 'Pink Pearl', azaleas, Ageratum and Vaccinium parvifolium.
RENTON'S SEVEN FIRS NURSERY
Focal point was a lovely R. 'Euryalus' - new from England, R. 'Britannia', R. nudiflora and orange kaempferi hybrid originated by Mrs. Renton. This spectacular plant caused much comment.
R. 'Purple Splendor', R. 'Mars', Enkianthus campanulatus, Osmarea burkwoodii, Hydrangea petiolaris, Viburnum tomentosum, Raphiolepis ovata and azaleas.
WIGHT NURSERY & LANDSCAPING SERVICE
A mountain was featured in this original display, using one of the species of Thymus as a ground cover, R. carolinianum, Small maples & conifers, Mahonia lomarisifolia and Leucothoe davisiae.
R. 'Betty Wormald', R. 'Pierce's Golden Jubilee', R. 'Eureka Maid', R. mollis x R. occidentale, Sarcococca ruscifolia, Pinus contorta and heather.
L. N. ROBERSON NURSERY
Incorporated a charming small pool, R. 'Purple Splendor', R. 'Mrs. E. C. Sterling', R. decorum, R. intricatum, R. 'Amy', R. 'Mars', R 'Mother of Pearl', R. 'Betty Wormald', Pileostegia viburnoides, Azaleodendron 'Broughtonii Aureum', Abies lasiocarpo, Iris sibirica, Pinus mugo, Hosta lancifolia, fuchsia 'Baby Bunting', Galax asphylla, R. 'Guy Yerkes', Pieris japonica pygmaea, Skimmia foremanii, Vinca minor alba and Taxus cuspidata.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERIES
R. 'Mother of Pearl', Raphiolepis 'Coate's Crimson', Cotoneaster humifusa, R. schlippenbachii, Pieris forrestii and Quercus palustris. In addition, there was a grouping of red hybrids and other rhododendrons, including 'Mrs. Furnival', 'King of Shrubs' and 'Black Beauty'. Award winners for best specimen plants, new hybrids and cut trusses were as follows:
SECTION B: Specimen plants-competitive
Class 1. One specimen plant of any rhododendron species less than three feet in height. No entry.
Class 2. One specimen plant of any rhododendron hybrid less than three feet in height. 1st-Edwin Arntson, 'Corona'.
Class 3. One specimen plant of any rhododendron species exceeding three feet in height. No entry.
Class 4. One specimen plant of any rhododendron hybrid exceeding three feet in height. 1st-Mrs. Chas. Sully 'Mars': 2nd-Mrs. Chas. Sully 'Britannia': 3rd-No award: HM-Dr. John Shiach 'Mrs. Furnival'.
Class 5. One specimen plant of a dwarf alpine type species of rhododendron, not to exceed 18 inches in height. No entry.
Class 6. One specimen plant of any species in series azalea. No entry.
Class 7. One specimen plant of any recognized hybrid or form in series azalea. HM-Marc Collarino-Knaphill azalea.
Class 8. One specimen plant of any recognized azaleodendron. No entry.
Class 9. One flowering plant of any hybrid rhododendron not previously exhibited, the plant to be the result of a cross made in the state of Washington. 1st-Endre Ostbo-'King of Shrubs' x pink R. discolor. 2nd- Endre Ostbo-Late red x 'Aladdin'. 3rd -Endre Ostbo-'King of Shrubs' x 'Mrs. Donald Graham' x 'Albatross'.
Class 10. One flowering plant of any hybrid azalea not previously exhibited, this plant to be the result of a cross made in the State of Washington. No entry.
Class 11. One flowering plant of any hybrid azalea not previously exhibited, this plant to be the result of a cross made in the State of Washington. 1st-Endre Ostbo--'Mrs. Donald Graham' x R. occidentale 2nd-Endre Ostbo-'Tally Ho' x R. occidentale
Class 12. One specimen plant of any unidentifiable rhododendron hybrid or species. Plants in this class are not eligible for Best Plant in Show trophy. HM-Mrs. M. B. Stewart--'Red Warrior' seedling.
SECTION C: CUT BLOOMS-COMPETITIVE
Class 13. One flower truss of any species in series fortunei. No entry.
Class 14. One spray of any species in series cinnabarinum of hybrid thereof. No entry.
Class 15. One spray of any species in series triflorum. No entry.
Class 16. One truss of Rhododendron Loderi or any form of it. No entry.
Class 17. One truss of any cream colored rhododendron. 2nd-Mrs. Chas. B. Sully-puralbum. HM- Mr. & Mrs. Win. Calvert-'Letty Edwards'.
Class 18. One truss of any yellow rhododendron. 1st-Mrs. Kerry Trimble-wardii. 2nd-Mr. & Mrs. Win. Calvert--'Betty Robertson'. 3rd-Mr. Donald Graham- 'Mrs. W. C. Slocock'. HM- Mr. & Mrs. Win. Calvert - 'Goldsworths Yellow'.
Class 19. One truss of any pink rhododendron. 1st.-Mrs. Henry Isaacson--'Albatross'. 2nd-Dr. & Mrs. Clarence Bledsoe-'Amy'. 3rd-Mr. Donald Graham- Dr. O. Blok'. HM-Art Dome -'Corona'; Mrs. Henry Isaacson-'Lily No. 3'; Mrs. O. B. Thorgrimson-'Alice'.
Class 20. One truss of any rose rhododendron. 1st-Mrs.O. B. Thorgrimson-'Antoon Von Welie'. 2nd Don McClure-'Cynthia'.
Class 21. One truss of any red rhododendron. 1st-Ralph C. Jacobson 'Britannia'. 2nd-Don McClure 'Mars'. 3rd-Mrs. Henry Isaacson-'Bonfire'. HM- Mr. Donald Graham 'Mars' Mrs. & Mrs. Clarence Bledsoe 'Doncaster' Mrs. Chas. B. Sully-'John Waterer'.
Class 22. One truss of any white Rhododendron. 1st-Mrs. Wm. T. Patten-'Mother of Pearl'. 2nd-Mr. & Mrs. Win. Calvertt-'White Swan'. 3rd -Mrs. Henry Isaacson-'Mother of Pearl'.
Class 23. One truss or spray of a salmon, orange or apricot rhododendron. No entry.
Class 24. One truss of any mauve, lavender or purple colored rhododendron. 1st-Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Bledsoe-'A. Bedford'. 2nd-Mr. Donald Graham-'Goethe'. 3rd-Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Burr-'Fastuosum Flore Pleno'.
Class 25. One truss of any pink or white hybrid rhododendron with blotched flowers. 1st-Mrs. Nat Rogers -Mrs. Philip Martineau'. 2nd-Dr. & Mrs. Clarence Bledsoe-'Anna'. 3rdMrs. Win. T. Patten-'Betty Wormald'. HM- Mr. Donald Graham--Marinus Koster' Mrs. Geo. Watson-'Sappho'.
Class 26. One truss of an azaleodendron. 1st-Dr. & Mrs. Clarence Bledsoe-'Broughtonii Aureum'. 2ndArt Dome-'Broughtonii Aureum'. 3rd -Marc Collarino-'Broughtonii Aureum'. HM-Robert M. Arnold- Occidentale x Californicum.
Class 27. One truss or spray of any deciduous azalea hybrid, or form. 1st -Mrs. Henry Isaacson-Azalea 'Adrian Koster'. 2nd-Mrs. Henry Isaacson -Azalea 'Delicatissima'. 3rd-Mr. Donald Graham-Azalea 'Norma'. HM Mrs. Win. Culliton-Azalea 'Quentin Metzi'. Mr. E. B. Dunn-Azalea occidentale.
Class 28. One truss or spray of any evergreen azalea hybrid or form. 1st -Mrs. Sam Parker-Ledifolia alba var. 'Alaska'. 2nd-Mrs. Allen B. Engle--Ledifolia alba.
Class 29. One truss of any new hybrid rhododendron raised from seed by the exhibitor. Parentage to be stated. No entry.
Class 30. One truss or spray of any new hybrid azalea raised from seed by the exhibitor. Parentage to be stated. No entry.
Class 31. One truss or spray of any unidentifiable rhododendron hybrid or species. Exhibits in this class are not eligible for Best Truss in Show trophy. 2nd-Mrs. Win. Culliton.
The Seattle Rhododendron Society Achievement Cup was awarded to Endre Ostbo for his hybrid not previously exhibited, R. 'King of Shrub's x R. discolor.
Gold Cups were awarded as follows: Hap Johnson of Homestead Nursery Best hybrid plant in show, 'Mrs. Furnival'. Edwin Arntsen-Best hybrid under 3 ft. tall, 'Corona'. Ralph C. Jacobson-Best cut truss in show, 'Britannia'.