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Flowers full bloom at Rose Show

Posted: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Sunny Ludlow, left, and daughter Sienna Fusca, 11, of Canyon Country, smell some of the prize-winning roses on display at William S. Hart Park on Saturday.

Hundreds of blooms were on full display as rose enthusiasts and experts from throughout California came together for the 20th annual “Wild West Roses” Rose Show and Art Exhibit, put on by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society in Newhall on Saturday.

Ranging in color from deep red to vibrant yellow to even green, the hundreds of entries lined William S. Hart Hall on Saturday, much to the delight of those who stopped by for a look and a sniff.

About 800 blooms were on display during Saturday’s show, according to Kitty Belendez, the show’s director.

“Interestingly you wouldn’t think you’d have roses on Nov. 2 but this is really a terrific time out here in the semi-desert to have roses in full bloom,” Belendez said.

Competitors came from around the state to participate in this year’s competition, including entries from Pasadena, San Diego and Ventura.

The competition included entries from standalone roses, rose bunches and even special displays where competitors put their roses in bowls or displayed them in picture frames.

Competing roses judged under American Rose Society rules are scored on a variety of areas, including color, form, substance, balance and proportion. The judges that surveyed Saturday’s crop of entries were also especially trained on what to look for.

“Our judges actually go to judging school,” Belendez said.

But for Belendez, directing Saturday’s show was only one success. The local resident also happened to take home top honors with her entry being dubbed “Best in Show.”

“We did pretty well and we were pretty fortunate despite three weeks ago when we got a pretty serious windstorm,” Belendez said. “The roses came through so I’m pleased.”


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