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“This year, participants came from as far away as Chico,” said Dave Coop, a member of the Society.
The Rose Society this year went with a smaller trophy table than in earlier years to make more room for the floral displays. All winners were to receive gift cards for their entries, but the main winners of the rose show are the Hybrid Tea Roses, which compete for the biggest trophy “Queen of Show”.
Judges are looking for form, substance, and if the roses stay true to their variety. Getting roses ready for competition can be tense. Competitors check their entries to make sure they look presentable for the judges up until the last-minute.
According to Past President Linda Knowles, attendance varies each year between 300 and 400 attendees. “It dwindles some, depending on weather and other events,” Knowles stated.
At this year’s show you could find many types of roses, including ‘Old Garden Roses’, which have been known since before the 1860′s. Many of these types of roses can be seen at the Historic Rose Garden at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, which partnered with the Sacramento Rose Society 4 years ago.
Sue Magill, who has been with the society for 15 years, encourages people to grow roses for their beauty, regardless of whether they’re grown for competition or not. She says that it’s all about picking the right rose for you.
“It might not be queen of show, but it’s going to be in bloom,” says Magill, “As long as you pick the right variety, that’s the key”.
If you would like to learn more about the society, or about joining, contact Sue Magill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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