'Rose' to the occasion
Many haven't heard of them, but this group is growing, thorns and all.
The Tualatin Valley Rose Society has called Hillsboro home since 1982, and every year, they showcase what they do best for everyone to see.
The group takes care of the Harold Eastman Rose Garden, located at 620 N.E. Jackson School Road in Hillsboro, home to more than 90 rose bushes. Through the fall, community members can see their handiwork while the blooms are full.
Its annual Tualatin Valley Rose Show starts Saturday, Sept. 7, and continues Sunday, Sept. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. both days, at Cedar Hills Crossing Mall, 3205 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., in Beaverton.
Lines of rose arrangements will be on display for all to see, free of charge.
Judy Welle, a Hillsboro resident and the vice president of the group, said she has been active in the group for five years, but many of the members have been in it since its founding.
"The roses are judged according to the American Rose Society rules and procedures," Welle said. "They begin the judging at 10 in the morning. On the table are all the categories, like all red tea roses, for example. There are about over 1,000 roses there, all in vases. People will be able to see so many different types and see the different shapes they grow."
Roses on display to be judged range from miniatures to themed rose arrangements. Many new contestants submit their roses for consideration each year, as well as favorite returnees.
"One thing people love to see is the displays of the trophies," Welle said. "After the judges go through everything in each category, they select the best. There is always best in show, a princess trophy, queen trophy and a king trophy. That winning rose goes on the display table, and it's beautiful to see. When you see the ones that have won, you're just amazed at how beautiful they are."
The best time to see the roses after judging is noon Saturday, Welle said. If you want to take roses home, the best time is at 4 p.m. Sunday when they begin taking down the displays.
"We own all of the vases they go in, so we just start taking them out and start giving them away," she said. "It's one of the best parts, seeing people get roses."
The weekend show is leisurely and relaxing, Welle said, and all ages are encouraged to attend. The show is fun for even the small ones in the family.
Because Portland is known as the City of Roses, many people grow them since the weather is almost perfect for them to thrive, Welle said.
"The members of our society will be there to answer questions, so if people want to get an idea on planting rose bushes, they can look and see which kinds they would like," she said. "Roses grow here very well, and this is a good opportunity to learn more about them."
To learn more, visit facebook.com/tvrosesociety.
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