Rose Arrangements Judging



Rose Arrangements Judges Chair:    B.J. Abshire


Arrangement Judges for the Gulf District of the American Rose Society as of 7-17-2017


B.J. Abshire

Marilyn Wellan


Apprentice Rose Arrangements Judges:

Linda Aguzin

Billie Flynn

Diane Rountree


ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements


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Arranging Roses, or creating Rose Arrangements, is one of the ways we stretch our rose growing hobby and get creative. We all cut our roses to bring into our homes to enjoy them or to share. Simple bouquets are among the beautiful fruits of our “rose crops.”


However, many rosarians take cut roses to another level, creating artistic designs with roses, and in fact, our rose shows offer competitions on rose arrangements that follow design standards. This is an introduction to creating rose arrangements that are considered artistic designs. The ARS Handbook for Judging Rose Arrangements puts it this way:  “In flower arranging, design is the pattern or plan of an arrangement, organizing the elements according to design principals.”  It might seem like a foreign language at first, but the study of design is a very rewarding activity, particularly for rosarians who are looking for ways to extend their rose growing hobby.


More information and full lessons in Members Area:



These are the governing standards for designing with roses (and other flowers and plant materials).


  1. PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN – Governs all visual arts, including rose arrangements.
  2. ELEMENTS OF DESIGN – Physical properties the designer has to work with.
  3. DESIGN COMPONENTS – The components, or parts of your design.
  4. MECHANICS – Your tool box


In this lesson, we will take a closer look at the PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN, with a few sketches to help illustrate.

  1. Balance
  2. Dominance
  3. contrast
  4. Rhythm
  5. Proportion
  6. Scale


In this lesson, we will review the seven ELEMENTS OF DESIGN.

  1. Space
  2. Line
  3. Form
  4. Size
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Color


In Lesson IV, we will look at a few classifications (types) of designs within three groups: Traditional, Modern and Oriental.

  1. Traditional Designs
  2. Modern Designs - Modern, Oriental Manner, Oriental Free Style

Rose Arrangements



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