Several hundred of the best roses from gardens across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri will be on exhibit at the Fort Smith Rose Society’s annual fall Rose Show Saturday at the Latture Conference Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 5210 Grand.

The show is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rose Society President Ralph Cooper of Van Buren expects this show to follow last year’s trend by again setting another record as the largest in the multi-state area. "The bushes look good, the weather is good, so unless something unforeseen occurs, this is going to be a great show," he said.

The public show follows the judging of the expected 300-plus roses in 47 classes which range from miniatures and mini-floras to floribundas, from shrub to climbers, to the cream de la cream – the hybrid tea.

The horticulture division also includes a novice class, where growers who have never won a blue ribbon, may compete. This is open to anyone who wishes to show roses grown in their own garden. Anyone interested in showing can get more information from Cooper at 474-7356 or 459-7354.

In addition to the horticulture division, there will be an artistic design division, which draws a number of original exhibits using roses as the primary flower. This year’s theme is "Dancing to the Stars," according to artistic design chair Douglas Helberg. Classes using both large and miniature roses will include traditional designs, modern designs, designs in the oriental manner, special classes as well as a class for mini dried arrangements. For information on artistic design guidelines, contact Helberg ( or (479) 434-6281).

Chair of this year’s show is Wade Brown.

An information table will be available for anyone with questions about roses or rose growing, and society members also will have roses for sale at the event.