With almost 300 roses in their West Richland garden, Jim and Dorothy Campbell of West Richland admit they are crazy about the thorny plants.
"My neighbors shake their heads but appreciate the show," he said.
They are longtime members of the Tri-City Rose Society and two of about a dozen consulting rosarians.
Membership in the society is open to anyone with a love of roses, not just those who know a lot about growing them.
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"We love getting newbies. We'll go out show them how to plant, deadhead, spray. We love get people hooked on roses," Dorothy Campbell said.
Once a year, the society holds a show. It is a judged event, and anyone who grows roses can compete. There is no charge to enter.
Entries will be accepted from 7:30 to 10 a.m., and members of the Rose Society will be on hand to help get entry forms completed and roses groomed for the judges.
If you've not entered before, plan to go early.
"That way we'll have plenty of time to give you a hand with your entries," Dorothy said.
Preparing for the show -- or just to cut flowers for yourself -- begins in the garden.
"When you're cutting, take a big pail of hot water with you. Not boiling water, but hot from the tap," she said.
Cut stems at an angle and plunge them right into the hot water. Don't remove the leaves. Let the roses sit in the pail until the water cools then put them in vases with fresh, cool water.
Remove any mildew from the leaves -- an old nylon stocking works well -- and any bugs.
"Judges don't like bugs any more than you or I," Dorothy said.
Don't remove the leaves even if bugs have been nibbling on them.
"We can always trim them with scissors," she said.
For the show, label each rose with its name. Sticky labels like those used for file folders or masking tape work well.
"But even if you don't know its name, take it. Chances are good someone at the show has one and will recognize it," she said.
For everyone who wishes they could grow big, lush blooms that you will see at the rose show, here is a tip: Remove all the side buds from each stem. That allows the plant to send all the energy it would have put into five blooms into one main bloom.
For a list of the categories for the rose show and information about the society, go to www.owt.com/rosesociety.
And the Campbells welcome questions about roses.
"Anyone with a question is welcome to give us a call anytime. You don't have to be a member," Jim said.
A list of the rosarians and their contact information also can be found on the society's website.