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Temecula Valley Rose Society
An Affiliate of the American Rose Society
March 2011 Vol. 22, No. 03
President's Messageby May Olson
T his month I am deviating a bit to tell you about a story that started with a phone call from a bride-to-be looking for a rose called "Talisman." She's getting married in August and was looking for someone who grows Talisman roses and willing to make 3 bouquets for her wedding. The problem was that florists do not carry that rose because it is very rare/antique. She spoke with someone at Vintage Gardens and they suggested that she contact the American Rose Society's website and that is where she found my name.
Apparently a distant relative had created this particular rose and said that it would mean so much to her mother to have bouquets made with Talisman roses. Well, being a romantic at heart, I set out to find this rose starting with the usual Help Me Find, Rogue Valley Roses, etc. etc. with no luck. Then I went to my "Combined Rose List" by Peter Schneider, who also happens to be the author of the latest rose book "Right Rose, Right Place" and bingo...there it was: "Talisman, HT, yb, Montgomery 1929 ARS".
I e-mailed her and asked if it was a yellow rose and if the name Montgomery meant anything to her. It turned out that Montgomery was her mother's maiden name so it was her maternal grandfather who hybridized Talisman and yes, it was yellow rose and Angel Gardens in Alachua, FL does have it. I called Angel Gardens and was informed that they had a climber that was bought as a shrub and probably was a "sport," but the size of the rose would be the same and they would have plenty of roses in about six to eight weeks.
I gave the info to the delighted bride-to-be, who was so very appreciative. So, the purpose of this story is that perseverance does pay and, with a little patience, you can almost always find the rose that you are looking for. Last I heard Angel Gardens was planting a couple more bushes to hopefully have enough blooms. There will be one happy bride and mother of the bride come August. I love happy endings.
Adding to the usual list of Rose Haven Angels who work endlessly at pruning are Jim and Laurie Moss. We all love the fence next to the Hall of Fame made by Jim Moss. A big "thank you" for the great addition to Rose Haven.
Our condolences to Peggy Whitney on the loss of her beloved husband, Vic. The packed "Celebration of Life" held at the Four Seasons Lodge was proof of his character and dedication as a husband, father and grandfather, as well as to his work. All who attended received his book titled "The Art of Trusteeship." Victor Whitney was a retired trust executive.
On a happier note, Spring is right around the corner and it won't be long before Rose Haven and our own gardens surprise us once again with the exhilarating aroma and vibrant colors of roses. After all, roses are the jewels of our gardens.
New Member OrientationNew members of the Temecula Valley Rose Society are invited to an orientation at Rose Haven Heritage Garden on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am. Many of our committee heads will be on hand to share with you our vision, goals and history. And members who have joined in January and February will be receiving a bare root rose bush of their choice. Rose Have Heritage Garden is located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Road in Temecula. Please RSVP to Kathy at (951)677-0028 before March 15th.
Rose Haven Twitter Posts
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Mini Day Trip To Pechanga's Great Oak Treeby Xochitl Rumbold
Date: March 18 Time: 12:30 PM
Meet: Pechanga Gas Station
Address: 45000 Pechanga Parkway
The tour is free. This will be a short local trip. The Pechanga bus will pick us up at the Pechanga gas station and take us onto the reservation to see this magnificent tree. The Great Oak Tree has a lot of historical and cultural value for the Pechanga Tribe. A sign-up sheet will be available at our March 17 membership meeting. I hope that you will take advantage of this trip.
April 15 Day Trip to
Member Meeting ProgramDate: Thursday, March 17
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Tom Shea
Topic: Citrus trees
The program for March should be of great interest since nearly every one in the Temecula Valley owns at least one citrus tree. The presentation is entitled "Everything you ever wanted to know about Citrus but were afraid to ask!" The presentation includes some history of citrus varieties with emphasis on some of the new exciting ones available, care of trees, plus a discussion concerning the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and HLB disease that potentially can affect every citrus tree in California.
We are fortunate to have an authority on the cultivation of citrus such as Tom Shea as our speaker. Tom is a Staff Research Associate with the University of California Cooperative Extension serving Riverside County. He works in the Subtropical Horticulture Program where his primary focus is on citrus, avocado, dates and other subtropical fruits. He has also collaborated with UC Farm Advisors on lychee, longan and blueberry production. He has been involved in citrus leafminer research since 2002 in Riverside and San Diego Counties. He has been conducting ACP/HLB informational meetings to numerous garden clubs, Master Gardeners (trainees and veterans), rare fruit growers and other interested civic groups since 2008.
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.
March Birthdays & New Members
The Youth Gardening Committeehas a need for a few more pop-ups to be used in our third Saturday youth program at Rose Haven. Our program is growing and we are offering more opportunities to for the children to learn each month. As we expand we have more need for shaded areas to protect the children from the sun and make it more enjoyable for them. The pop-ups work well for us, but we need a few more. If anyone has a pop-up that you would like to donate to youth gardening or one that we could borrow, please contact me at the meeting or by phone or e-mail. Thank you. Barb Purdy Phone: (951) 526-5599 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Gardening NewsHi there everyone. Here's a short summary of News.
1. Our garden grows Root Vegetables very well. We have been successful with beets, turnips, radishes and potatoes. It is often difficult to have healthy root vegetables, and the success of healthy plants indicates good mineral content of our soil, especially, I think, Calcium.
The carrots were doing just fine but were pulled up. In winter all things slow way down with short, cool days and cold nights. Carrots are especially valued in cold climates because they get sweeter if they freeze, and resume growing when the winter is over. They are only fast growing in summer, even then notoriously slow to sprout. Look them up on the web for more info., as they are becoming more valuable harvested when still very small, roasted with other baby veggies and served as a main course. I have been getting small carrots from local farmers and they charge quite a lot for them. They are delicious and extremely nutritious.
2. We must learn to tell new people, and remind everybody, to be very careful of the hoses and the faucets. Don't pull on them, they are not that strong. If you accidentally break something please tell someone immediately so it can be repaired. An unattended water leak can do a lot of erosion damage on our slopes, in no time at all.
3. We hope everyone is having fun and learning. Please e-mail or phone any of us with questions or to suggest new projects. So far there is enough to do for everyone, but I (Ms. Kathy) still have lots of cutting and pruning and planting in the native and dry stream areas for anyone who needs more hours. I was too sick to come out recently but I hope to be available soon. Just call if you have problems.
4. Seeds and plants are growing so slowly now that in the future we may decide not to plant at all after late October. Lettuce grows well in winter, but our site is very windy and unprotected for little babies. In just a few weeks we can plant all of the warm season crops we all love.
We have been raided by something eating our seedlings. Th usual suspects are mice, squirrels, and rabbits. One theory is birds. I have seen the footprints of many crows in our beds. I know they are very hungry this time of year and fences are of no import to them: they just fly in. They are also very smart.
Let's try making little cages of chicken wire around our plants with wire tops on them and see if it works. We will get wire cutters in the shed and we can use the chicken wire that is getting squashed and going to waste up there. Everyone doing this will need to bring gloves. If you have wire cutters you could bring them (please put your name on them).
5. The timer was leaking again. Mr. Howard got a much simpler hose end timer, fixed the faucet and installed it. Let's hope for the best.
IF IT IS RAINING OR VERY WET ON SATURDAY, PLEASE STAY HOME. It is easy to compact the soil by trying to work in the beds when they are wet; most people will stay home if it is nasty anyway.
Very Sincerely Yours, Kathy Katz.
Rose Haven Updateby Bonnie Bell
With the onset of March and some warmer weather the roses and other shrubs at Rose Haven are leafing-out. This is always a welcome sight and signals that spring is just around the corner. The garden is looking quite tidy after the pruning and general clean up. We greatly appreciate all the effort our volunteers have accomplished. Lyse McGonigle, in the photo below, is cheerfully pruning away in the original rose garden.
In the undeveloped far upper corner of the garden, three arches have been installed by the Chaparral High students. Rebecca has plans for benches and old garden roses. The view from this area, looking down upon the gazebo and the entire lower garden, is spectacular. You can drive on the dirt access MWD road to check it out if you're not willing to hike up the hill.
In early March a lavender bed will be planted. The project was recommended by May Olson and will be located in the vacant area between the Hall of Fame and the dry stream bed. This will be a lovely complement to the garden. Come on out and help May plant on Wednesday, March 2nd. Also, Jim Moss has completed a fence to support the beautiful climbing rose New Dawn in the Hall of Fame area which will add definition and character.
Several projects were presented at the February garden committee meeting besides the lavender bed. One was from the firm Growing Organic with a completed design for the student vegetable garden in the form of a "tree of life" with paths forming the branches and trunk and plantings forming the leaves. It's an nteresting concept and we'll hear more on this later. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 30 at 9 a.m. Those interested are welcome to attend. The address is 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.
Member Profile: Barb Purdyby Kathy Katz
Barb Purdy, our Youth Gardening Chair, was glad to finally get some space of her own after many years of living in the crowded Orient. Her husband, John, took early retirement and they bought a large property here. They chose Temecula for the excellent schools for daughter Kelly, and the great weather. Barb joined the Rose Society to learn about growing plants here in California and to find some like-minded friends. When she saw that the students from Chaparral High were able to interact with and experience the outdoors at Rose Haven, she agreed to be our Youth Gardening Chair. The space and beauty for everyone are important to her.
Barb is from Montana. Winters were long and cold, summer gardens were short and sweet. She attended Montana State, earning a teaching degree in Biology. She was especially interested in human and animal physiology . Her interest in plants developed later.
When a friend in Seattle needed a roommate, Barb was off on the first leg of a long travel. Seattle was warm and verdant after Montana. She worked first in a bank, then found a job she loved, substitute teaching. She met husband John, a Michigan State graduate, and when he was offered a transfer to California they relocated. The Purdy's lived in Orange County for five years. During this time Barb found a great match for her interests in Biology by selling pharmaceuticals. They added two lively beagles to the family, keeping them busy when not at work. Just when they thought they were settled in California an opportunity came along for John to lead Herbalife's operations in Japan. The Purdy's volunteered. Barb had no idea at the time that she was pregnant with Kelly. Talk about adventure: She decided to have her child there, so John could attend, a rather courageous decision. She hunted out just he right doctor, who went on vacation a couple of days before she needed an emergency c-section. No English, no explanations, the replacement doctor made do at a tiny hospital. Luckily, all went well and they find themselves the parents of a gifted daughter.
They were in Japan 5-1/2 years, 2 years back here and then in Hong Kong for 3-1/2 years. Imagine. They traveled just about everywhere in the East; Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, New Zealand, Australia and more. They had live in help, so could come and go as needed for work and pleasure. Hong Kong is an incredible place of indescribable diversity. They found a great school there for Kelly, on the island where they lived, Discovery Bay. Kelly learned to play the flute and act in school plays. Barb worked and volunteered in the school and stayed very busy and happy that way.
John was looking for new challenges; he found a company in Los Angeles that needed his services. Barb does some substitute teaching and volunteers with us and The T.V. Womens Club. She also does most of the work with a challenging new beagle pup, Oliver. Kelly plans to attend T.V. High next year. Barb is a joy to work with and we are so lucky and happy to have her in our Society.
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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2011: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9*,
Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10*, Dec 8.
From 10 a.m. to noon.
* Meeting location to be announced.
TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2011: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2011: 3rd Saturday. No meeting in July, August & December.
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2011: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22,
Aug 24, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 16.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2011: Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17
To see entry and judging criteria go here
Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2011: Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.
Activities for 13 & older are coordinated by Barb Purdy & Kathy Katz.
Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.
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2011 Officers & Directors
Officers:President: May Olson
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Betty Dixon
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing
Committees:Rose Festival 2011: [Open]
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney
Thank You to Our Friends|
Erin's Tree Service
Pechanga Resort and Casino Grants
Armstrong Garden Center
Agriscape of Murrieta
City of Temecula
Riverside County 3rd District
Crop Production Services (formerly L&M Fertilizer)
Stater Bros. Market
For more information about our sponsors go here.
This newsletter is web-published monthly for members. TVRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the purpose of encouraging the appreciation, study, and culture of roses. Members are encouraged to join our affiliate, the American Rose Society, at www.rose.org.
Our monthly Member meeting is held the 3rd Thursday of the month (excluding July and August) at 10:00 a.m. at the Temecula City Library located at
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula.
Do not send any mail to Rose Haven Garden on Cabrillo Ave. — there is no mail box there.For additional information please visit our web site at temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/index.shtml