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The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society invites you to a tour of two private rose gardens this Sunday.

Posted: April 26, 2008 1:47 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host Rose Garden Tours at the homes of two of its members this Sunday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. These private gardens will be open to the public on this day only (free-of-charge), so bring your friends and family for an enjoyable visit. Light refreshments will be served, but it is suggested that you bring your own lunch to eat along the way. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat. Cameras are welcome.

First Garden
9 a.m. - noon
Garden of Dave and Kay Miller
29159 Valley Oak Place, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(661) 296-7606, e-mail

Directions: From Copperhill, turn north onto San Francisquito Canyon Road. Go about a mile, then turn right onto Lowridge Place. Go about a half mile, then Lowridge becomes Raintree. Go 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Valley Oak Place and go 0.1 mile to the Miller garden.

The Miller Garden is a beautifully landscaped view lot with 56 roses of various types. Kay Miller's favorite roses are her climbing Don Juan, which is very fragrant; the lovely moonstone hybrid tea, and the single-petalled gizmo miniature. They grow 22 miniature roses, nine climbers, such as altissimo, and assorted hybrid teas, such as veterans' honor and gemini, floribundas such as sexy rexy and marmalade skies, grandifloras, shrubs and various groundcover roses.

In addition to roses, the Miller garden also features palm trees, bird of paradise, magnolia, crepe myrtle, hibiscus, lilies and camelias. A special feature is a beautiful red meidilland that cascades from a tall tree. The garden is colorfully filled with an assortment of annual and perennial flowers.

Second Garden
Noon - 3 p.m.
Garden of Bob and Kitty Belendez
21133 Kingscrest Dr., Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 296-5033, e-mail

Directions: Go north on Bouquet Canyon Road. Turn left onto Urbandale and go three blocks. Then turn right onto Kingscrest Drive to the fifth house on the left side of the street.

Bob and Kitty Belendez grow more than 350 roses of all types, such as miniatures, hybrid teas, floribundas and shrubs. They grow many fragrant antique roses like Baronne prevost, rose de Rescht, Anna de Diesbach, Sydonie, Salet, Russelliana, Paul Neyron and Yolande d'Aragon. Sombreuil, Russelliana and Louise Odier drape happily over arches. Enjoy the floribunda bed in the parkway, which features sexy rexy, our lady of Guadalupe, lavaglut and fabulous among a collection of nearly 50 floribundas.

As you enter the rear garden you will see a sparkling, crystal clear swimming pool with a rose motif. The focus is a natural rock waterfall, and if you look to the right, beneath the waterslide, you will see a red rose in the water. Four tree roses (pink Gruss an Aachen, playboy, symphony and fair Bianca) are planted in a curve along the water's edge. More than 150 miniature roses are grown in seven-gallon pots.

Of particular note is a 35-foot long stair-step shelf containing 36 of the best exhibition miniature roses along the back fence, including behold, glowing amber, Marriotta, and fairhope. Larger minis such as Miss Flippins, arcanum, Erin Alonso, bee's knees, and irresistible are grown in 10-gallon containers. A group of 30 English roses rounds out the collection, including golden celebration, the squire, Leander, radio times, perdita, and Abraham Darby.

For information contact the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society, Kitty Belendez, president and publicity director, 21133 Kingscrest Dr., Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Telephone (661) 296-5033, e-mail

Also, visit the SCV Rose Society's Web site at


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