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Society hosts rose show

San Diego man wins best of show

Posted: October 19, 2008 7:10 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Nearly 45 tables were filled with a variety of roses during the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society’s rose show, held Oct. 11 at William S. Hart Park. Nearly 45 tables were filled with a variety of roses during the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society’s rose show, held Oct. 11 at William S. Hart Park.
Nearly 45 tables were filled with a variety of roses during the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society’s rose show, held Oct. 11 at William S. Hart Park.
Rose exhibitors and rose show visitors enjoyed over 600 blooms at the 15th annual rose show of the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society Oct. 11 at William S. Hart Park.

Nearly 45 large tables were filled with all kinds of perfect blooms of every color and type. In addition to local Santa Clarita exhibitors, some brought their roses from as far away as San Diego, Glendale, Arcadia, and Santa Ana.

A team of 15 American Rose Society certified horticulture judges selected the best of the west winning roses during a two-hour deliberation before the show opened to the public. Jeff Stage of San Diego was awarded Best of Show for his bouquet of 12 stems of Hot Princess a top exhibition hybrid tea rose.

Big local winners of the day were: Bob and Kitty Belendez of Saugus, who won 16 trophies including Floribunda Queen with their specimen of the white Fabulous, Floribunda King with the purple International Herald Tribune, and Floribunda Princess with Pink Gruss an Aachen; Dowager Queen with the strange Green Rose an ancient china rose discovered before 1856; and the Most Fragrant Rose with Secret. They also won the “End of the Trail” theme with their old boot stuffed with the roses Gemini, Black Magic, and Moonstone.
Jan Parsoneault of Valencia, captured three trophies for the day: one for a spray of the red miniature rose Spring Fling; another for a collection of three antique roses called Rosette Delizy, a tea rose dated 1922; and a “found” rose called Phaleanopsis that was discovered in a gold rush graveyard.

Karen T.S. Gubert of Saugus also won three trophies: the best Polyantha Spray with the lovely white Clotilde Soupert; the Victorian Rose with the 1928 china rose named Pink Pet; and Best Shrub Spray with Pillow Fight.

Steve Jones of Valencia was awarded trophies for his two miniature design arrangements: a tiny arrangement less than 3 inches with the pink micro-mini called Trinket was awarded the Miniature Royalty; and his other miniature arrangement less than 10 inches featuring the yellow Turlock High won the Miniature Oriental Arrangement. Jones also won the Mini-Flora Court of Honor with his own creation called Me & Mrs Jones, a light pink mini-flora rose.

Candy LaChance of Stevenson Ranch garnered two trophies for the miniature roses Marriotta with the pink ruffled bloom floating in a tiny glass bowl; and the cute little Lipstick & Lace which was a fully open bloom with stamens showing.

Jenna Miladin, 9 of Newhall, won Best Novice Floribunda for the second consecutive year with her red cluster of Lavaglut. The novice trophy was a sparkling crystal vase, plus she received a gift certificate sponsored by Green Thumb Nursery of Newhall.

Through fund-raisers and generous business sponsors and private donations, the rose society was able to award top-of-the-line crystal trophies by Mikasa and Waterford. Rose Show Chairwoman, Karen T.S. Gubert, organized the event with the help of dozens of volunteers. Ingrid Gonzalez assisted in the selection of the trophies, prepared the trophy table, and was the calligrapher of the Trophy Certificates. Kitty Belendez produced the graphics, show schedule, and was in charge of publicity. Elissa Siefert of Newhall was in charge of clerks, Suzanne Miladin also of Newhall was in charge of trophy runners, and Candy LaChance organized entry placement. Kym Ponegalek, Hospitality Coordinator, of Valencia provided the judges and show workers with breakfast and lunch.

SCV Rental Center sponsored all the crisp, white table linens. And the venue at William S. Hart park was sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

For information about the society, a non-profit educational organization, visit Monthly meetings are held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month (except July, August, and December) at the SCV Senior Center on Market Street in Newhall. Annual dues, including nine issues of the award-winning 12-page newsletter “Rose Ecstasy,” are just $20 per family. Mail checks payable to SCVRS, to 21133 Kingscrest Drive, Saugus, CA 91350.


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