The weekend of April 9 and 10 was highlighted by this year's Early Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale, held at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th, on the west side of Reed College.Eight judges, under the leadership of hybridizers Theresa Fritchle and Steve Vinisky, judged the daffodils on various characteristics, such assize, form, color, condition, and substance. "Due to the lateness of the daffodil season this year, most entries were probably refrigerated before display," remarked Vinisky. Another judge observed that there are over 25,000 registered varieties of daffodils worldwide, but due to the work of hybridizers, new ones are constantly being developed.
Vinisky, who operated a nursery in Sherwood for over 25 years, spent his time there breeding and hybridizing new daffodils. This year, he won an award for "Best Seedling in Show".Among other winning entries were an azalea truss by Aaron Myton, awarded "Best in Show". Other entries, by Ray &Ann Clack, were an azalea Trophy & "Best Protected Trophy" which were displayed at the winners' table. Other flowers in bloom at the Rhododendron Garden this year were trout lilies, violets, anemones, magnolias, and Christmas roses â€“ enjoyed by visitors as they wandered along the paths and bridges of the garden, observing waterfalls, a water spout, and scenic views of the adjacent Eastmoreland Golf CoursePedro, a member of the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, oversaw judging of the colorful early rhododendrons on display. "This year, the rhododendron sale was held 'virtually', on the web at â€“ www.crystalspringsgardenpdx.org â€“ instead of at the garden in person. All proceeds will go to benefit the garden," he assured.Pedro told THE BEE that the upcoming May Mother's Day Show and Sale will probably be held online as well, due to conflicts with a concurrent meeting of the Portland Convention of the American Rhododendron Society, which oversees the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
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