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SCV Rose Society Rose Tour April 26 features two local homes where roses are part of the family

The tour of the roses

Posted: April 27, 2009 2:45 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2009 2:35 p.m.

A moonstone rose at the Correnti home in Valencia.

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Stephanie Correnti was busy squashing aphids with her fingers when we stopped by to view her roses. "I get them one at a time," she said, and added that she was trying to protect the environment and her dogs by avoiding the use of pesticides.

When we visited the Cadman home, Jackie and Tom Cadman discussed the damages that rabbits and other wildlife can do to roses.

But for both the Correntis and Cadmans (especially Stephanie and Jackie, respectively), growing and caring for their roses is a labor of love. (The Correnti home even has beveled glass windows featuring roses in the corners.) However, both women noted that this labor of love has a tendency to keep expanding if you aren't careful.

"I have about 70 rose bushes - and three barking dogs," Stephanie Correnti said.

"I'm ‘down' to about 90 roses now," Jackie Cadman said.

Both homes will be open to the public during this Sunday's SCV Rose Society Rose Garden Tour, and both will be resplendent with a wide variety of roses of varied type and color.

Each rose bush at each home will have a small identification plaque, and the families will be there to explain their rose selections and how they care for them.

Correnti will even have tea and scones for guests.

If you already dabble in roses, or would like to take up the "hobby," the tour will offer a wealth of information. Beyond that you will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful gardens.



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