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The Coastal Gardener: Get outdoors for gardens, flowers

October 22, 2010|By Ron Vanderhoff
  • stunning: If you have never attended a flower competition, it is a remarkable experience, writes Ron Vanderhoff. The devotion, patience and effort put forth by the entrants is commendable, who work all year to produce perfect flowers or plants.
stunning: If you have never attended a flower competition,… (Daily Pilot )

If you've been huddling up inside the house and avoiding the raindrops and puddles, the coming days offer a chance to get outside for some fresh air. Three exciting once-a-year events are on tap. Flowers, homes and gardens are the theme.

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American Rose Society Show

The Orange County Rose Society, and affiliate of The American Rose Society, is hosting their annual rose show Saturday and Sunday at Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road., Corona del Mar. This year's theme is "Bounty of Roses." Entrants from throughout Southern California have worked all year to prepare for this rose competition and show, the only one in Orange County.

Contestants arrive at Roger's Gardens in the darkness, as early as 5 a.m., with potential rose blossoms for the competition. With portable lights, headlamps, folding tables and lots of coffee they will work with camel hair brushes, Q-tips and incredible patience for the next few hours to ready their blossoms for the judging. The accredited rose judges, from throughout California, then spend two hours mulling over the hundreds of blooms entered into 52 separate competitions, eventually placing their ribbons upon the winning blooms.

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Admission is free. On Saturday, the gardens open to the public at 9 a.m., and the show will open at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, the gardens and show will open at 9 a.m.

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Corona del Mar Home and Garden Tour

On Tuesday, for the 37th year, the Corona del Mar Home Tour will offer rare glimpses into seven beautiful homes and gardens.

The homes included in this year's tour include a Bayside Place home that reflects the owner's vision and need for hypoallergenic and green materials, as well as homes in the Flower Streets, Shore Cliffs, Spyglass, One Ford Road, Harbor View and Pelican Ridge neighborhoods. The tour begins with a light breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Cafe Beau Soleil in Fashion Island. After touring homes, a lunch catered by Pascal's will be served at Sherman Library & Gardens. Following the afternoon tour, a reception with refreshments will be held at Bliss Home and Design in Corona del Mar. Tickets, which are partially tax-deductible, are $65, including the tour and all meals.

If you wish to attend in style, limousines are also available for $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased at various local merchants. For more information, call the tour hotline at (949) 721-8220, or visit http://www.cdmhometour.com.

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