Blooms Day

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Laurie Chaffin, a rosarian (rose specialist) at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach, inspects some Sexy Rexy roses on Thursday.
— Photo by Sara Hall ©

The gardens are preparing for a busy weekend with Mother’s Day on Sunday and the 18th Annual Amateur Rose Show on Saturday. Anybody can enter and anybody can win, said rosarian Laurie Chaffin, a judge for the competition. It’s also a beautiful event for spectators, as 100-200 roses will be on display. She encourages everybody to pick their prettiest rose from their garden and participate. “It’s a chance for amateurs to shine,” she said. “And it’s a lot of fun.” The show starts accepting entries at 9 a.m. Vases are provided. Awards will be presented at approximately 1 p.m.

For more information, visit rogersgardens.com.

— All photos by Sara Hall

Saturday’s rose show will feature numerous varieties of rose and Roger’s Gardens has access to hundreds of varieties of roses, including: (clockwise, from top left) Heirloom, a hybrid tea; Koko Loco, a floribunda; Pink Promise, a hybrid tea; and Eyeconic Pink Lemonade, a hulthemia.
— Photo by Sara Hall ©

 

Mother and daughter duo, Janette Ragusa (left) of Irvine and Susan Stolba of Huntington Beach look over some roses at Roger’s Gardens on Thursday. The two said they had breakfast before visiting the gardens as a special early Mother’s Day celebration.
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A visitor walks through the roses at the gardens.
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Jewel Porter (left) and Darlene Fahey, both of Carlsbad, look over some roses at Roger’s Gardens.
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Omar Vraje loads Iceberg roses on a cart at Roger’s Gardens on Thursday.
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A shipment of about 360 rose bushes are delivered to Roger’s Gardens on Thursday.
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