Great Lakes Chapter Third Annual Show
Daphne F. Scott
The third annual Rhododendron Show of the Great Lakes Chapter was held under the leadership of co-chairmen Peter E. Girard and Paul R. Bosley at the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland on June 2nd and 3rd. The season in the region served by the Great Lakes Chapter was approximately eight days ahead of its usual progress, and the show dates were exceptionally late. This combination was expected to greatly reduce the scope of the Show but many members held flowers in cold storage for the occasion and entries were made in such numbers that two teams of judges were needed to assess the exhibits for prizes. The show presented a gratifying spectacle of color and public attendance was exceptionally large as a result of the extensive advance publicity provided by Frederick J. Close and his committee. The Show was featured in 250 newspapers, on hundreds of radio announcements and on most of the television stations throughout western New York and Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and southern Michigan.
Judges Paul Bosley, Louis Martin and Kathryn Loesch gave The First President's Sterling Award for Best in Show to David G. Leach for a truss of salmon-orange flowers from a seedling of catawbiense var. album x [dichroanthum x (griffithianum x auriculatum)] and a Special Award went to a truss from another seedling of the same cross shown by Mr. Leach. The trophy for the best named cultivar in commerce went to Wells Knierim for a large and perfect truss of 'Mrs. C. S. Sargent'. The combined judging panels unanimously gave an official A. R. S. "P. A." honor to Peter E. Girard, Sr., for a balled and burlapped specimen plant of his new persistent leaved azalea tentatively named 'Princess Alba', shown at the peek of condition as a faultless globe of glistening white flowers.
A Special Award was given by the other panel of judges, A. M. Shammarello, Peter Girard and David G. Leach, to Frank Myers "for the number, quality and variety of the exhibits in Class 5" (smirnowii hybrids); and to Musser Forests, represented by Art Vuyk and by Mrs. Dorothy Burnheiner, "for distinction in entries in Class 26 (Named Rhododendron Hybrids in Commerce, Balled Crowing Plants) and in other classes, both in quality and in number."
Dr. Louis G. Martin was in charge of Classifications and Prize Awards, and E. Stroombeek again arranged the larger balled and burlapped specimen plants into the attractive displays for which he has become well known. Mrs. Paul Bosley, Mrs. Peter Girard, Mrs. John Kuntz, Mrs. Louis Martin, Mrs. Woods King, Miss Frances Hart, Mrs. Stewart Scott and Mrs. Stephanie Stone served efficiently in registration, reception and in secretarial duties.
Frank Myers and Program Chairman Zophar Warner assisted the show committee, provided garden tours of the Cleveland area by bus, with guides, and arranged the concluding meeting.
CUT TRUSSES 1. Standard "ironclad" catawbiense hybrids in commerce: a. 'Catawbiense Album' 1st-John Kuntz 2nd-Frank Myers 3rd-Frank Myers b. any with white flowers other than 'Catawbiense Album' 1st-Mrs. Peter Loesch, 'Mrs. P. D. Williams' 2nd-Wells Knierim, 'Album Elegans' 3rd-Mrs. Peter Loesch, 'Gomer Waterer' c. pink 1st-Wells Knierim, 'Mrs. C. S. Sargent' 2nd-Peter Girard, 'Roseum Elegans' 2nd (tie)-A. W. Hartman, 'Mrs. C. S. Sargent' 3rd-John Kuntz, 'Henrietta Sargent' Hon. Men.-Peter Girard, 'Amphion' d. 'Roseum Elegans', 'Roseum Superbum', 'Pink Roseum' and other Roseum forms: 1st-Wells, Knierim, 'Roseum Elegans' 2nd-Musser Forests, 'Roseum Elegans' 3rd-Musser Forests, 'Roseum Elegans' e. lavender 1st-John Kuntz, 'Everestianum' 2nd-John Kuntz, 'Catawbiense Grandiflorum' 3rd-W. E. Peffer, 'Parson's Grandiflorum' f. purple 1st-David G. Leach, 'Parson's Grandiflorum' 2nd-Paul R. Bosley, 'Purpureum Elegans' 2nd (tie)-Robert Danik, 'Lee's Dark Purple' 3rd-John Kuntz, 'Everestianum' g. 'America' 1st-Wells Knierim 2nd-John Kuntz 3rd-Musser Forests 3rd (tie)-John Kuntz Hon. Men.-John Kuntz h. 'Dr. H. C Dresselhuys' 2nd-Frank Myers i. 'Nova Zembla' 1st-John Kuntz j. any with red flowers other than those in classes lg, 1h and li: 1st-John Kuntz, 'Ignatius Sargent' 2nd-Peter Girard, 'Charles Dickens' 3rd-Mrs. Peter Loesch, 'Ignatius Sargent' k. any color other than those in the preceding classes: 1st-B. F. Ailes, 'Sefton' 2nd-B. F. Ailes, 'Sefton' 3rd-B. F. Ailes, 'Sefton' 2. Catawbiense hybrid seedlings not in commerce a. red 1st-A. M. Shamarello, B-6-1-R 2nd-David G. Leach, 'Mars' x catawbiense var. rubum 3rd-Peter Girard, 301-CG b. white 1st--A. M. Shamarello, B-61-W 2nd-David G. Leach, catawbiense var. album x 'Coronis', F. 3rd-David G. Leach, catawbiense var. album x (wightii x fortunei) c. pink 1st-David G. Leach (and special award) catawbiense var. album x
[dichroanthum x (griffithianum x auriculatum)]
2nd-David G, Leach, Dexter L-1 x 'America' 3rd-L. G. Firth, Loesch seedling 3. Hybrids of caucasicum ancestry including 'Cunningham's White' and Boule de Neige' 1st-David G. Leach, 'Mrs. Furnival' x catawbiense var. album #1 2nd-David G. Leach, 'Mrs. Furnival' x catawbiense var. album #2 3rd-A. M. Shammarello, A-50-P 4. Fortunei Series hybrids, including hybrids of discolor, decorum, etc., any color: 1st-David G. Leach, catawbiense var. album x [dichroanthum x (griffithianum x auriculatum)] 2nd-David G. Leach, Vestale #1 x decorum 3rd-Mrs. Peter Loesch, unnamed hybrid 5. Smirnowii hybrids 1st-L. A. Westman, unnamed 1st (tie)-Frank Myers, unnamed 2nd-Frank Myers, unnamed 2nd- (tie)-Frank Myers, unnamed 3rd-L, A. Westman, unnamed 3rd (tie)-Frank Hudec, smirnowii x 'Ignatius Sargent' Hon. Men.-Frank Myers Hon. Men.-Frank Myers Hon. Men.-Frank Myers Hon. Men.-Frank Myers Hon. Men.-Frank Myers 6. Maximum hybrids 1st-A. M. Shammarello, unnamed 2nd-A. M. Shammarello, unnamed 7. Dexter hybrids, named or numbered 2nd-Mrs. Stewart Scott, BD1020, a Bosley selection 9. Any hybrids not included in classes 1 through 8 1st-Dr. Louis Martin, 'Vulcan' 2nd-A. W. Hartman, 'Blue Peter' 3rd-Musser Forests, 'Minnie' 10. Species of the Ponticum Series 1st-A. M. Shammarello, brachycarpum 2nd-A. M. Shammarello, brachycarpum 12. Scaly leaved species and hybrids (consolidated with class 8) 1st-Noel Farr, wilsoni 2nd-Noel Farr, carolinianum hybrid 3rd-Noel Farr, wilsoni 14. Ghent Azalea hybrids, named or unnamed 1st-William Fetterhoff, Ghent seedling 2nd-Paul Bosley, Dexter Ghent-type hybrid 3rd-Paul Bosley, Dexter Ghent-type hybrid 15. Exbury, Knaphill, Ilam and Embley Azalea hybrids, named or unnamed 1st-John Kuntz, 'Toucan' 2nd-A. M. Shammarello, 'Cecile' 3rd-John Kuntz, 'Pink Delight' 19. Native deciduous Azalea species 1st-A. M. Shammarello, cumberlandense 2nd-Dr. L. G. Martin, calendulaceum 3rd-A. M. Shammarello, viscosum 4th-Paul Bosley, bakeri 21. Persistent leaved Azaleas, Japanese and Kurume hybrids named or unnamed, excluding greenhouse forcing Azaleas 1st-Mrs. Stewart Scott, 'Balsaminaeflora' 23. Gable persistent leaved Azalea hybrids 1st-Mrs. Stewart Scott, 'Rosebud' 3rd-Mrs. Stone, 'Rosebud' 24. Glenn Dale persistent leaved Azalea hybrids 1st-F. E. Hart, 'Buccaneer' 2nd-F. E. Hart, 'Glacier' 3rd-Dr. L. G. Martin, 'Zulu' 25-A. Persistent leaved hybrid Azaleas not included in classes 21-25 1st-Mrs. Stewart Scott, 'Obtusum' hybrid 2nd-Dr. L. G. Martin, 'Christine Ana' Balled and Burlapped Growing Plants 26. Named Rhododendron hybrids in commerce a. less than 3 feet 1st-Musser Forests, 'Purpureum Elegans' 2nd-Musser Forests, 'Lee's Dark Purple' b. more than 3 feet 1st-Musser Forests, 'Catawbiense Album' 2nd-Musser Forests, 'Roseum Elegans' 3rd-Musser Forests, 'C. S. Sargent' Hon. Men.-Musser Forests, 'Everestianum' 27. Unnamed or numbered Rhododendron hybrids a. less than 3 feet Hon. Men.-Musser Forests, catawbiense hybrid 29. Deciduous Azaleas b. 18 inches and up Hon. Men. Musser Forests, 'Dr. M. Oosthoek' Hon. Men. Musser Forests, Dr. M. Oosthoek 30. Persistent leaved Azaleas a. 6 inches to 18 inches Hon. Men.-Peter Girard, G-U-P-H Hon. Men.-Peter Girard, G-U-S-H-S h. 18 inches and up 1st (also Special Award): Peter Girard, 'Princess Alba'