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Wild West Roses score prizes

Posted: November 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Guests examine roses on display at the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society's 19th Annual Wild West Roses Rose show at Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park in Newhall on Saturday.

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Hundreds of attendees crowded into Hart Hall in Newhall on Saturday to view the more than 400 entries and nearly 800 blooms competing for prizes at the 19th annual Wild West Roses Rose Show hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society.

“We had a huge crowd of visitors on Saturday,” said Kitty Belendez, Master Rosarian with the SCV Rose Society.

The rose show was also open for viewing on Sunday with dozens of mixed rose bouquets and rose artwork on display.

Roses from throughout the Southland were entered in the contest which awarded 76 prizes with crystal and cash and hundreds of ribbons.

Two novice prizes of crystal as well as a $25 gift certificate sponsored by Green Thumb Nursery were awarded to Monica Baro of Rancho Cucamonga for her entries.

Fifty categories of roses were eligible to win $20 cash prizes for the best blue ribbon winners.

Entries came from as far away as San Juan Capistrano and Palm Springs.

The event featured 45 tables full of rose specimens on display in vases as well as artistic arrangements which included the colorful Artist’s Palette of five different roses, blooms floating in silver bowls, and roses presented in picture frames.

Antique roses from the 1800s, David Austin English roses and a table celebrating the “Most Fragrant Roses” attracted many of the visitors who attended the free event.

Belendez and her husband Bob, of Saugus, were among the big winners at the show.

The couple won the prize for the best Hybrid Tea Queen rose for their entry of a Gemini bloom.

They also captured prizes for best Hybrid Tea Princess, Hybrid Tea Court, 12 Hybrid Tea Blooms, Florabunda Spray Queen and other entries.

The rose show was co-sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.

Dues to join the SCV Rose Society are $20, which includes nine issues of the 12-page, award-winning newsletter “Rose Ecstasy” e-mailed in color.

The next meeting of the SCV Rose Society will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The meeting will feature presentations by Bob and Kitty Belendez. For information visit the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society website at or contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or email




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