2020 District Convention
Rosy Memories


Registrants will receive refunds.

  March 27-29, 2020
Hosted by the Rhode Island Rose Society

at Whites of Westport ,66 State Rd, Westport, MA 02790


Registration in PDF



Photo Contest


The hotel is the Hampton Inn Fall River/Westport which is across the parking lot from the conference center. Shuttle service will be available for those who need it

Call (508) 675-8500 or 1-800-Hampton and mention "Yankee District Rose Society" for the special price of $109 per room per night (plus tax). The block is reserved until 1 month before the convention ie February 27. The price includes hot and cold breakfast self serve  in hotel breakfast room. There is a pool and exercise room.
  2020 District Convention Presentations  

Kristen Vincelette of Creativity with Color
“Rosy Memories” Painting Class

Come to learn to paint a beautiful scene that will remind you of our lobster fest boat rides! Kristen Vincelette of Creativity with Color will take even a beginner step by step to a completed work of art on stretched canvas. This will only be $25 complete. Inexpensive wine and other drinks are just a few steps away.



Stephen Hoy with “Singularly Beautiful and Delightfully Sustainable Roses” 

After growing up in PA, Uncle Sam brought me to GA in 1978 to play the trombone in the 581st AF Band. I began growing roses in 1980 at the first home my wife Rita and I shared. After separating from the USAF, I worked for eleven years in my in-law’s nursery and greenhouse business and later as a middle school band director.

I received a life-saving liver transplant in January of 2004, but continue to play the trombone professionally and teach private music lessons. In addition to growing roses I’ve been hybridizing roses on a small scale. Other horticultural interests include camellias, salvias, and rudbeckias.

For ten years I’ve been self-publishing an ARS quarterly newsletter entitled Singularly Beautiful Roses, which features single, nearly single, and semi-double flowered roses. I’ve also authored a history of a local Civil War prison camp entitled Camp Oglethorpe: Macon’s Unknown Civil War Prisoner of War Camp, 1862-1864, published by Mercer University Press in April of 2019.

(Little known fact; Stephen Scanniello, President of the Heritage Rose Foundation, was my fraternity brother in college!)



Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich on “Kordes Roses”
Luncheon Presentation

Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich are co-founders of the Cape Cod Rose Society and members of the R.I.R.S. and the N.E.R.S. They are Master Rosarians and Bronze Medal winners from the Lower Cape Rose Society and the R.I.R.S. They are owners of The Rose Man-a rose garden design and maintenance company on Cape Cod. They take care of over 2,000 roses including 500 in their home garden. Their gardens have been featured in Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Country Garden Magazine, The Boston Globe, C.L. Fornari’s A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod, on New England Dream House and HGTV Gardens.

Irwin is the current president of the C.C.R.S. and winner of the 2017 Yankee District Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award.  Cindy is an award winning rose photographer. Her photos have won awards at District and National Conventions, have been in many rose society calendars, Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life and HGTV Gardens.



Leon Ginenthal with “Climbers and Ramblers, An Overview”

Most gardeners are familiar with only a handful of climbers. There are almost 1,600 climbers and ramblers in cultivation and about 400 available from nurseries across the world. Learn which ones are the best ones to grow in the Northeast and how to care for them.

Leon Ginenthal, a retired teacher, is the owner of Der Rosenmeister Nursery, one of the few rose nurseries managed using sustainable gardening principles.  Roses from his nursery are in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Heritage Rose District of NYC, Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, the Mohonk Mountain House, the Cutler Garden, and countless private gardens. He designs and installs gardens including the award winning Healing Garden at the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. He lectures widely on all aspects of rose growing. A Consulting Rosarian and member of the Syracuse Rose Society, Leon is organizing an ARS club to serve gardeners in a 7 county region in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.



“Rose Rescue and Preservation”

Mirjana Toyn, Marci Martin, Andy Vanable & Patsy Cunningham

These seasoned Yankee District rosarians have a common love of old garden roses. This presentation will focus around “rose rustling” and the importance of preserving both the varieties of roses available to rosarians and the genetic diversity of roses.

Mirjana is an Award of Merit winning author of articles on Old Garden roses and a rose rustler. She also is part of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire historical players.

Andy is a rose hybridizer with many hardy, healthy vigorous introductions. This Silver Medal winner is an  Editor, author, judge, exhibitor and involved in the revamping of  Modern Roses for the ARS

Marci is known for her presentations in full Victorian dress on the hstory and lore of roses. She has been part of the Elizabeth Park rose garden renewal and is a Master Rosarian, Judge and Silver Medal winner

Patsy is an arranger, judge, Master Rosarian and Silver Medal winner. She chairs the ARS Newsletter Committee. She enjoys pottery and daylily hybridizing


Tom O’Connell of Star Roses

Star Roses has been one of the leaders in introducing easy care roses including Knockout and Drift roses. They continue with this with breeders such as William Radler.


  Photo Contest Schedule  
  Rose Show in Photographs
Yankee District Convention Spring 2020
March 27, 2020

General Rules
1. Exhibitors must be registered for the convention.
2. Print Entries will be accepted up to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th.
3. All prints this year will be 5x7, unmatted and unframed.
4. All Entries will be placed by the committee.
5. Judging will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday March 27th. The decision of the judges is
6. Entries can be removed by the exhibitor by Saturday afternoon.
7. The number of entries is limited to ten (10) per exhibitor. Exhibitors can enter up to
three (3) entries per class but can enter as many classes as desired. A photograph may
not be entered in more than one class.
8. All photographs must be the work of the photographer and must be the work of a
single photographer.
9. Previous winning entries (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in any ARS Photography, District
Photography, or local society photography competition are prohibited.
10. Photographs may be digital or film; digital or darkroom enhancements are allowed.
11. Photographs must be in color except for the Creative class (Class 7) where color, black
and white, or combinations are allowed.
12. Each entry must have a properly completed entry tag (same as a rose show). Place EG
in the upper right-hand corner if you grew the rose in your photograph.
13. ARS exhibition names are to be used (except class 10, garden entries)
14. The entry tag is to be folded and paper clipped to the top left front corner of the
15. Entry tags and paper clips will be available at the registration desk.
16. First, Second, Third, or no award may be awarded.
17. The Best in Class will be chosen from the first-place winners in each class. Each Best in
Class winner is eligible for Queen, King, and Princess rosettes.
18. The Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded to the highest scoring, EG-
exhibitor grown, blue ribbon winners from each class in the show.

Criteria for Judging
CONFORMANCE ..........................................5
SPECIFIC SECTION (CLASS) ..........................50
COMPOSITION ............................................15



Class 1 – A photograph of one bloom of a hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, miniflora, or
miniature at its most perfect (exhibition) stage (no side buds permitted).
Photographs of single roses and roses with prominent stamens showing should be
shown in class 5.


Class 2 – A photograph of one spray of two or more blooms of a hybrid tea, grandiflora,
floribunda, large flowered climber, miniflora, miniature, or polyantha.


Class 3 – A photograph of one bloom of any old garden rose, shrub (both classic shrub and
modern shrub), or large flowered climber.

Class 4 – A photograph of one spray of two or more blooms of any shrub (both classic shrub
and modern shrub).


Class 5 – A photograph of one fully-open rose of any variety, including singles, with stamens
prominently showing.


Class 6 – A photograph taken of one bloom or a spray of two or more blooms of any variety.
Entrance into this category is reserved for any exhibitor who has not won 1st place
at any local, district, or national photography show.

Class 7 – A photograph taken of any variety of rose or part of any rose that uses creativity to
show the rose in a different light. The use of post processing software is allowed in
this class, as well as black and white, sepia, and silver tones.


Class 8 – A photo of any rose garden. Photographs should show the use of roses within the
structure of a garden, which can be widely variable. Roses should dominate in the
photograph, and some layout of the garden should be visible. Roses do not need to be
identified. If a public garden is used, the name of the garden MUST be listed.


Class 9- A photograph depicting any Rose Society activity. This could be presentations, parties,
society work in public gardens just to name a few ideas.


Class 10 – A photograph of any variety of rose, or a garden with the primary subject being
the rose.  A high level of distinction will be expected. Class 10 is limited to judges
of the Photography Show and their immediate family.

All rights to the submitted photographs are retained by the owners of the
photographs. However, by submitting a photograph to the contest, the exhibitor
(1) warrants that he or she owns the copyright of the submitted photograph and
is not legally prohibited from submitting it to the contest, and (2) agrees to allow
the Yankee District of the ARS to display the photo at the Yankee District
Convention 2020 show and publish the photograph in Yankee District Newsletter.

2020 District Convention


Friday, March 27 

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm “Rosy Memories” Painting Class, Colonial Room

6:00 Registration.

7:00 pm Photo entries due. Judging at 7:30

6:00 – 9:00 Private room for dinner off the menu. Background music provided by Irwin Ehrenreich.

8:00 – 11 Hospitality room open


Saturday, March 28

8:30 - 9:15 am  Convention Registration; vendors, raffle tickets      

9:15 - 9:30 am  Welcome

 9:30 - 10:20 am  Speaker:  Star Roses- Tom O’Connell

10:20 - 10:45 am  Coffee break, vendors, raffle tickets available

10:45 - 11:45 am Speaker:  Stephen Hoy with “Singularly Beautiful and Delightfully Sustainable Roses” 

11:45 - Noon  Break; visit vendors, raffle tickets available

Noon - 1:30 pm Luncheon. Speaker: Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich on “Kordes Roses”

1:30 - 2:30 pm  Speaker: Leon Ginenthal with “An Overview of Ramblers and Climbers”

2:30 - 2:45 pm  Break; visit vendors, raffle tickets available

2:45 - 3:30 pm  Speakers:  Mirjana Toyn, Marci Martin, Andy Vanable and Patsy Cunningham on “Rose Rescue and Preservation”

3:30 pm   Raffle table drawings

5:30 - 6:30 pm  Social Hour / Cash Bar

6:30 - 8:00 pm  Dinner

8:00 - 8:30 pm  Yankee District Awards

8:30 pm  Rose Auction

Hospitality Suite Open following the Rose Auction


Sunday, March 24

9:30 am  Annual Yankee District Meeting

11:00 am  Check out time