See hundreds in bloom and learn more about roses
Roses will be on exhibit and for sale, as they were in 2019, above, at the Shepard Garden and Art Center. Debbie Arrington
It’s time to smell the roses – and celebrate some spring bling.
On Saturday, April 29, the Sacramento Rose Society will host its 75th annual Sacramento Rose Show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Appropriately, the show’s theme: “Diamond Jubilee.”
Although our spring weather has been unusually cool (and challenging for rose growers), recent warm days should assure plenty of entries. See hundreds of blooms at their peak of beauty, Perhaps, discover a new favorite rose variety.
In addition to exhibition roses, rose arrangements will be competing for top honors in the artistic division. Designs will be rosy interpretations of that “Diamond Jubilee” theme, thanks to the Sacramento Floral Design Guild.
Society members will be on hand to answer questions about roses and rose horticulture. Take some flowers home, too; cut roses will be available for a suggested donation ($1 per stem, $10 for a dozen including a vase, while supply lasts).
Show hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
Want to enter a rose? Entries are open to the public, but arrive early. Deadline is 10 a.m.
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