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Show: Santa Clarita Valley Wild West Rose Show and Art Show at William S. Hart Hall in Newhall

Posted: October 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
The 18th annual SCV Rose Society Rose Show will be held Nov. 5 at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park in Newhall. The 18th annual SCV Rose Society Rose Show will be held Nov. 5 at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park in Newhall.
The 18th annual SCV Rose Society Rose Show will be held Nov. 5 at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host its 18th annual Rose Show, themed “Wild West Roses,” on Saturday, Nov. 5, at William S. Hart Park from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

The show will be located in Hart Hall, and is cosponsored by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.

Concurrent with the rose show, the All Media Rose Art Show will be held on the rear patio of Hart Hall, which will feature rose art by many local artists. The public is invited to attend both events free of charge.

Enter your roses
Everyone is welcome to exhibit their home-grown roses at the rose show, including novices and children. You do not have to be a member of the Rose Society to exhibit, and there are no entry fees. Simply bring your roses in a container of water, and the rose society will furnish the vases and the entry tags. The name of each rose, and the exhibitor’s name, must be included on the entry tags.

“Novice exhibitors are allowed to enter any class in the rose show, although, in the Novice Class, they do not have to compete with the more experienced exhibitors,” said Rose Show Director Kitty Belendez. “Other classes that the novice might find easier to win are Most Fragrant Rose and Open Hybrid Tea Bloom.”

Belendez further pointed out that, “Novice exhibitors may have free assistance from an experienced exhibitor. Just ask for Kathy DeRoo between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Hart Park parking lot. She will have a special table set up for helping novices, with vases, water and entry tags for them.”

There will be 76 prizes (crystal and cash) and hundreds of ribbons awarded to many types of roses.

Waterford Crystal trophies will be given to the top roses, including Hybrid Tea Queen, Miniature Queen, Floribunda Queen, Miniflora Queen, Best Antique Rose and Most Fragrant Rose.

Two novices can win a crystal prize, as well as a $25 gift certificate from Green Thumb Nursery. Fifty other categories of roses can win $20 cash prizes for the best blue ribbon winners. 

Bring your roses
Rose entries will be received in the parking lot from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Arrive early because entries will close promptly at 9:45 a.m. (Drop off artwork Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

Judging and viewing
From 10 a.m. to noon, 12 horticultural rose judges will select the best roses to be awarded prizes. The rose show 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 winners will be presented their awards at 2 p.m. and the show will close at 5 p.m.  

What you will see
Many rose growers from throughout Southern California will exhibit hundreds of superb rose specimens, such as the miniature roses Bee’s Knees, Magic Show and Irresistible; popular hybrid teas, such as St. Patrick, Gemini and Black Magic; and floribundas, such as Julia Child, Fabulous and Purple Tiger.

There will be 45 tables of rose specimens on display in vases as well as artistic arrangements including the colorful Artist’s Palette of five different roses. There will be blooms floating in silver bowls, and roses presented in picture frames as well as antique roses from the 1800s — David Austin English roses. A table celebrating the Most Fragrant Roses will also be featured.

Belendez, a master rosarian, said that, “Between 1 and 4 p.m. there will be numerous rose consultants available at the Rose Show to answer questions about growing roses. So visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this free service to ask about roses.”

“Rose show visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, as they may take as many photos of the beautiful roses as they wish,” Belendez said.

SCV Rose Society

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, emailed in full color.

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


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