Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 30, 2010

Everything's coming up roses

Day of wine and roses will be May 8

Pleasanton's annual Rose Show will take place Saturday, May 8, a chance for enthusiasts to bring prize blooms from their gardens to share with other aficionados.

This year will make the 70th year for the popular "people's show." It began at a Pleasanton bank in the 1930s when Harry Harding gave his customers rose bushes to thank them for their business. They returned the favor by bringing back blooms for him. Thus he was inspired to start the Rose Show, a chance for everyone to enjoy the beautiful flowers.

The show was held for many years at Mt. Diablo Bank and backed by Alain Pinel Realtors but was suspended for a year or two. In 2007, Alain Pinel revived the show and now sponsors it along with the city of Pleasanton in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

Folks can drop off their roses between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8; judging will take place until 12:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m.

"We actually have Mark Mintz, a judge with the Mt. Diablo Rose Society, who is volunteering his time to help people categorize the roses," said Alain Pinel Realtor Leslie Faught, who is organizing the show along with Joyce Jones and Marti Gilbert.

"We are all with Alain Pinel Realtors - we call ourselves 'The Rosettes,'" added Faught with a laugh. .

The show is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. The event will include wine tasting from 1-4 p.m. for $5, featuring Little Valley Winery of Pleasanton.

Tags will be available Saturday morning for rose growers to label their entries with their name, address and phone number for each rose they are entering.

For category information and tips about entering the Rose Show, visit

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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