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Wild West Roses show at Hart

Roses: Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society invites all rose growers to enter

Posted: October 29, 2010 11:09 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Colorful roses bring grace, beauty and fragrance to Hart Hall in Newhall at last year’s rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society. The event is free. Colorful roses bring grace, beauty and fragrance to Hart Hall in Newhall at last year’s rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society. The event is free.
Colorful roses bring grace, beauty and fragrance to Hart Hall in Newhall at last year’s rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society. The event is free.
Prizes include gift certificates and crystal giftware, in addition to more than 500 ribbons awarded during the event. There are no entry fees. Spectators may also view the show for free. The show will be open to the public at 12:30 p.m. after judging has been completed. Prizes include gift certificates and crystal giftware, in addition to more than 500 ribbons awarded during the event. There are no entry fees. Spectators may also view the show for free. The show will be open to the public at 12:30 p.m. after judging has been completed.
Prizes include gift certificates and crystal giftware, in addition to more than 500 ribbons awarded during the event. There are no entry fees. Spectators may also view the show for free. The show will be open to the public at 12:30 p.m. after judging has been completed.
The Wild West Roses rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will be held next Saturday at Hart Hall in Newhall. Residents are invited to exhibit their roses for a chance to win one of 76 prizes awarded during the show. The Wild West Roses rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will be held next Saturday at Hart Hall in Newhall. Residents are invited to exhibit their roses for a chance to win one of 76 prizes awarded during the show.
The Wild West Roses rose show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will be held next Saturday at Hart Hall in Newhall. Residents are invited to exhibit their roses for a chance to win one of 76 prizes awarded during the show.
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Whether you are a rose-growing pro, novice or merely appreciate looking at these beautiful flowers, it all comes together for you next Saturday at Hart Park in Newhall, when the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society presents its 17th annual Rose Show — themed “Wild West Roses” as a nod to cowboy movie star William S. Hart. The show will be held in Hart Hall and is cosponsored by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
The public is invited to attend free of charge, and everyone is welcome to exhibit their homegrown roses at the show — including novices and children. You do not have to be a member of the SCV Rose Society to exhibit roses, and there are no entry fees.

Simply bring your roses in a bucket of water, and Rose Society members will furnish the vases and entry tags.

Kitty Belendez, SCV Rose Society first vice president and Rose Show chair, emphasized that everything “is totally free, whether you are showing or not.” And she added, “We encourage beginners. We will have many of our rose consultants there to show novices how to enter and to answer questions about growing roses.”

Belendez said the main purpose of the show is education. “This is what the Rose Society is all about — education, having fun, growing roses in the best possible way, sharing roses and meeting people,” she said.

Prizes
There will be 76 prizes (Mikasa crystal giftware) and more than 500 ribbons awarded to many different types of roses at the show. Waterford Crystal trophies will be given to the top roses, including Queen of Show, Miniature Queen of Show, Floribunda Queen of Show, Miniflora Queen of Show, Best Antique Rose and Most Fragrant Rose. Awards in two novice categories will include crystal prizes as well as $25 gift certificates from Green Thumb Nursery.

“People (including novices) can enter any category,” Belendez said. “And we encourage the public to enter the Most Fragrant Rose category. It’s based 70 percent on fragrance. Anyone can just cut a rose out of their garden and enter it in the show, whether they are experienced or not.”

Timing
Rose entries will be received in the parking lot from 7-9:45 a.m. on Saturday Make sure to arrive early because entries will close promptly at 9:45 a.m. After that, 12 judges will select the prizewinning roses from 10 a.m. until noon. The Rose Show proper will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. (or as soon as judging is completed), at which time the winners will be on display. All trophy winners will be presented their awards at 2 p.m. and the show will close at 5 p.m.

The roses
Many rose growers from throughout Southern California will exhibit nearly 1,000 rose specimens, including the miniature roses Fairhope, bee’s knees and irresistible; popular hybrid teas such as St. Patrick, Gemini and veterans’ honor; and floribundas such as hot cocoa, fabulous and Playgirl. There will be individual roses on display in vases as well as artistic arrangements, the colorful Artist’s Palette of five different roses, blooms floating in silver bowls and roses presented in picture frames. Antique roses from the 1800s, David Austin English roses and a table celebrating the Most Fragrant Roses will also be featured.

A free bouquet of roses will be given to those who join the rose society at the Rose Show. Annual membership dues are $20, which includes nine issues of the 12-page, award-winning newsletter Rose Ecstasy, e-mailed in full color.

For a complete show schedule and exhibit rules, contact Kitty Belendez at (661) 296-5033 or e-mail rosextckb@aol.com. Visit the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society website at www.scvrs.homestead.com for extensive information about roses.
William S. Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321.

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