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Wild West Roses at Hart Hall

Newcomers and novices sought to enter annual Rose Show in Newhall

Posted: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.

A display table of rose entries at the 2011 Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society Wild West Roses Rose Show held at Hart Hall in Newhall. This year's show will be held Nov. 3-4.

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It’s time to walk outside and check your garden. Keep your fingers crossed that the wind hasn’t damaged your favorite rose bush. More importantly check for wind damage to any of the fragile buds that might be on the way to blossoming into perfect, fragrant specimens of rose growing delight.

It’s time to enter your prize roses in the 19th annual Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society “Wild West Roses” Show.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall.

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

In addition to the rose show, an art show will be held on the rear patio of Hart Hall. The art show will feature rose art by SCV artists. The public is invited to attend both events free of charge.

 Everyone is welcome to exhibit homegrown roses at the rose show, including novices and children, said Kitty Belendez, master rosarian with the SCV Rose Society.

“You do not have to be a member of the Rose Society to exhibit, and there are no entry fees,” she said. “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.  

Belendez said 76 prizes  — featuring crystal and cash — and hundreds of ribbons will be awarded during the show.

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 sponsored by Green Thumb Nursery.

Fifty other categories of roses can win $20 cash prizes for the best blue ribbon winners.  

Rose entries will be received in the parking lot in front of Hart Hall from 7 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Belendez advised competitors to arrive early because entries will close promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Judging, by a dozen horticultural rose judges, will occur between 10 a.m. and noon.

The rose show will open to the public as soon as judging is completed. Belendez estimates the public opening at 12:30 p.m.

All winners will be presented their awards at 2 p.m. The show will close at 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, the Art Exhibit will be located inside Hart Hall and the roses will be featured as a Rose Celebration at the center of the hall.

During the annual Rose show, Belendez said 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 like St. Patrick, Gemini and Black Magic; and floribundas such as Julia Child, Fabulous and Purple Tiger.

“There will be 45 tables full of rose specimens 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,” Belendez said.

Antique roses from the 1800’s, 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 new members who join the Rose Society at the rose show.

Annual membership dues are $20, which includes 9 issues of the 12-page, award-winning newsletter “Rose Ecstasy” emailed in color.

 For a complete show schedule, exhibit rules, and extensive information about roses, visit the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society website at For other information, contact Kitty Belendez at 661 296-5033, or email


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