Temecula Valley Rose Society
An Affiliate of the American Rose Society
March 2014 Vol. 25, No. 03
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President's Messageby Frank Brines
T he February member meeting was an interesting, entertaining and informative presentation about Alpacas, given by Rose Haven Heritage Garden's neighbor Marian Guy. If you missed, your loss. Jan Briber shared information on the importance of properly maintaining sharp pruning tools. Basic "must know" for any gardener.
Be prepared to volunteer and reserve your spot to help with the upcoming Rose Show, April 26. Linda Black will have sign-up sheets at the March member meeting. This meeting will also feature art work by local artists that will be part of the Blooming Art portion of the Rose Show. If you are interested in interpreting one of these pieces of art via floral arrangement, you must be present to make your choice.
Plants will be needed for sale at the show as a means of revenue. Please prepare and condition plants to be of quality along with any special care needed. Any excess in your garden would be one source.
Anyone interested in sharing ideas are welcome to join the Rose Show Committee meeting Thursday March 13 at noon at the Temecula Valley Assistance League, 28720 Via Montezuma.
The communications Committee will meet Thursday, March 20, 1PM-1:45 PM after the general member meeting. Anyone is invited to join the conversation and share ideas and learn about advertising.
New members orientation is scheduled for 10 AM Saturday, March 22 at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. All committee chairs are expected to be present in order to give a brief description of their committees purpose and work.
An arrangement class in "Oriental design" will be conducted in Ventura on March 15 by award winning arrangers Mary Lou Coffman and Helen Baird from Phoenix and district arrangement chair Lauren Toth. Details are at pswdroses.org, click Events in left border or contact Barbara Schneider, (805) 648 7322. You can also learn about other rose events in the Pacific Southwest District.
Rose Haven Heritage Garden is asking YOU to come adopt and care for just a tiny part of her! She'd like you to do a little pruning, a little raking-whatever you can to help her face the new year proudly looking her best for her many visitors! Wouldn't you like to help her out? Then come down to the garden any Wednesday or Saturday morning around 9AM and chat with any of the volunteers to find the area that's right for you.
Have you gotten my message yet? To restate: Renew, join, volunteer! Add your cheer to the fun, excitement, beautiful garden and wonderful memories that we can create together at TVRS. Remember, "Many hands make light work."
Families in the Gardenby JoAnn Summers
Our February 15th Families in the Garden program featured a variety of gardening activities. Rebecca Weersing welcomed and registered our visitors to the garden. Children and their families were shown the fine points of using a shovel effectively and safely by Kathy Katz, Diane Jore supervised the planting of potatoes in our grow bags and helped children plant nasturtiums in take home pots. Barb Purdy was busy with her camera capturing all the action and supervising the Green Thumbs, our high school students, who are instrumental in preparing the ground for our projects.
Please take note, our March 15th program will feature 'The Hummingbird Lady', Marion Stacy. The program will be of interest to all ages and members are encouraged to attend. The program will begin at 9:30 A. M. and last approximately an hour. We will meet under the pepper tree at Rose Haven Heritage Garden.
Rose Show Updateby Linda Black, 2014 Rose Show Chairman
Next month will be our show already! The Rose Show Schedule is now available on the society website and printed copies will be available at the March meeting. Postcards and flyers will also be available. The artists will be coming so be prepared to choose a painting.
There will also be sign-ups. We will need help for setting up on Friday the 25th. This should not take long. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. should be enough time. We will also need help on Saturday the 26th. We need volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to help with the exhibitors and entries. During the show, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), we need help at the information, membership and sales tables as well as refreshments. Tear down will be from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you have a truck or van, we need help with transportation moving our properties from and to storage.
We also need your plants and refreshments (punch and cookies). What is being asked may sound daunting but if we all give a little of our time, it will be a snap! This is YOUR show and time for the society to shine in the community. Our mission is to help and encourage budding rosarians , so please participate. If you want to sign up ahead of time or have questions please contact me at 951-694-8968 or email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose Show Committee meeting March 13th, Noon to 1 p.m., Assistance League Meeting Room.
Grocery Cards Benefit TVRSDear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Script/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a $100.00 Script Card will let you spend $100.00 for groceries at Stater Bros. There is no extra expense or donation coming out of your pocket and the Rose Society will get a $6.00 donation for the upkeep of the Garden. Your support is greatly appreciated. See Ann Coakes to order Cards. Tel 951 693-5635.
Member Meeting ProgramDate: Thursday, March 20
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Karen Greenwald
Topic: Heirloom Tomatoes
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.Speakers & Programs for 2014
April 17 "It's All About The Soil"—Annie Haven, Owner of Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew (Manure Tea)
May 15 "Garden Tour"—Garden Tour Committee
June 19 "Hanging Baskets"—Jan Brider, Orange County Master Gardener
July No meeting this month.
Aug 21 "Annual Strategic Planning"— Board of Directors
Sept 18 "Designing Rose Haven's Founders Summit"—Melissa Mc Cade, Navaroli, McCade Nursery
Oct 16 "Integrated Pest Management"—Christine Lampe, Riverside County Master Gardener
Nov 20 "Rose Experiences"—Edie O'Hair, Temecula Valley Rose Society
Dec 18 "Christmas Program & Installation of Officers"—Board of Directors
March Birthdays & New Members
Little Rose Show Updateby Lenore Vogel
The Little Rose Show (LRS) looks forward to lots of first bloom roses at our April 17th meeting. .In order to help produce a larger, more perfect rose,do a little thumb pruning. You can do this when the first buds appear on a strong stem, which may have several side shoots. Pinch off all the side shoots of this chosen stem.
This allows all the energy to go to this one bud as it matures into a rose, Bring this rose to the show and you may surprise yourself.
New Member Orientation at Rose Haven
The Orientation for new Members will be held on Saturday March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Rose Haven.
Tree of Life UpdateFebruary in the Tree of Life
by: Barb Purdy
Our students have been working hard this month trying to get a winter crop in before spring. We have given up on starting seeds in the ground so I started seedlings at home that the students planted and protected using wire and row covers. They planted broccoli, Swiss chard, rutabaga, peas and Brussels sprouts. Despite our best efforts these young plants are still being chewed. We have also lost more garlic to something that can chew it down to the ground. Rebecca and Kathy have started researching fencing for the garden which will hopefully make it easier to grow vegetables without critter damage.
I have also started tomato seedlings at home for our spring planting. We are preparing the area for the tomatoes that we used last year for squash and pumpkin which had protection that worked well. This will be our next big project in March.
Rebecca has been meeting with our students at Chaparral High School and she and Kathy will be working with them to help them implement their plan to fundraise for the garden. We have a great group of kids this year who are taking their commitment to the garden to another level.
Rose Haven Updateby Bonnie Bell
Spring is on its way. Just looking around Rose Haven you can see leafing-out on all the plants and roses. The succulents have been putting on quite a show during February bringing much needed color to the garden in winter and they continue to bloom and show off their vividness.
We cannot thank enough all the volunteers who helped with the continuous pruning the last couple months. A special thank you to our new members who graciously participated in the pruning. What a job. The roses also received their dose of fertilizer just before some much needed rain. Hooray, we can relax a little.
The "Old Garden Rose" area is complete. Jim and Laurie Moss must have worked day and night to get so much accomplished, plus pruning the roses in the Hall of Fame area. It's a beautiful area now and we cannot wait for the roses to burst into bloom.
Our Next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, March 26th at 9:30 in the garden. Members interested are welcome to attend. One item on the agenda is to discuss ideas to develop the area under the three oak trees which is now just dirt. The garden address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road.
Rose Care FUNdamentalsby Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian
L ocal weather and soil have remained warm so it probably seems like spring to your roses which I'm betting have continued their growing cycle, even though it is March.
In a new rose garden, or with newly pruned roses that haven't sprouted new growth, remove all debris, apply lime sulfur dormant spray according to the package direction, and then thoroughly wet all canes and the surrounding soil. For roses that have sprouted, be more careful in your application and be sure to follow the "growing season instructions" on the label.
Given that your roses are about as bare as they're going to be for the rest of the year, take time now to inspect and make any necessary repairs to the irrigation system. Drip systems are the most efficient and they avoid problems of above-ground sprayer and sprinklers which waste water (especially important during our serious drought) and can foster molds (mildews and rust). Make sure your irrigation system is in good working order; for example, make sure all the emitters are delivering the expected amount of water and that there are no leaks.
If you completed your rose pruning last month you are probably seeing tender new red-coppery growth. A pleasing result for rose aficionados. Now would be the time to sprinkle ½ cup to 1 cup of Epson Salts widely around the base of each plant. (Use half as much for minis and mini-floras.) There is some indication that this helps in producing new cane growth known as "basal breaks." If your feeding program is organic you can apply fertilizer immediately after pruning; if you use inorganic fertilizers wait until this new growth is 2-3 inches long. I suggest the initial feeding be higher in nitrogen to encourage new stem and leaf growth. When new growth is 4-6 inches long apply a fertilizer higher in phosphate to give roots a boost at start of season. Another method used by some is to sprinkle superposphate (available at home stores and nurseries) on the soil surface at rate of 1 pound for every 10 square feet. Lightly water it into the soil.
Top your rose bed with a 2" to 4" layer of organic composted mulch. If you've read this column for more than a month or so, you know that I'm a big believer in composted mulch! It's best if it covers the entire rose bed. It will help supply nutrients for beneficial soil organisms that transport these nutrients into the plant root zone. It will also insulate the upper 8" to 12" where most rose roots feed, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Mulch also helps prevent water loss and evens out the soil moisture.
I am often asked how much water a rose needs. This is another of those "It depends." Much depends on a lot of factors; weather, the size of the plant, the composition of the soil, the cycle of growth, the variety of the plant, etc. Typical mature, full-size hybrid tea in Southern California soil requires about 6-9 gallons of water a week when the high temperatures are in the 70s. As temperatures rise into the 80s the rose will require about 9 gallons of water per week. In the 90s, the rose will require about 12 gallons per week and even more. A miniature rose, depending on size, requires about one-third to one-half as much. These figures are rough and based on the amount of water needed to maintain the highest level of show quality; the rose will stay alive on considerably less.
For your regular feeding program, I recommend that you avoid products that describe themselves as "systemic." These contain insecticide and/or fungicide (mold killer) that enter the plant through the leaves and roots, and circulate within it. I avoid such products for two reasons. First, because much of the product ends up washing into the soil, you are laying waste to a wide range of soil organisms, including beneficial ones, thus making your soil less diverse and dynamic-this can only be bad in the long run for your plants. Secondly, because these poisons circulate within the plant, there's a chance that the they are implicated in the widespread collapse of honey bee populations. Also, "bad" bugs will feed on the poisons and in turn poison the beneficial insects, birds, the praying mantis, and lady bugs that eat them; because these predators are further up the food chain, they concentrate the poisons and can be killed by them too. Finally, if you plan to use blossoms or petals for any household purpose (potpourri, recipes), be aware that these poisons are in all plant parts also in the blooms and thus petals.
Also, I use and emphatically recommend organic types of fertilizer, as vs. inorganic or "chemical" ones, because organics are less concentrated (thus less likely to burn plant tissues) and their nutrients are released more slowly. This fosters better soil development, making for a richer, livelier, and more viable community of soil organisms that is able to break the elements into an easily absorbed form and releases them slowly to the plants. As your soil develops, you'll be able to use less and less product and save money in the process.
Lastly, as I am writing this we are welcoming our first rain of the season. If you were fortunate enough to have fertilized before the rains how lucky you are that this rain will soak it into the root systems sooner.
Be sure to visit the Rose Haven Heritage Garden located at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road (the cross street is Cabrillo Avenue) in Temecula. Spread the word and spread the joy of roses! Also, visit our web site at www.TemeculaValleyRoseSociety.org regularly for great information and schedule of events! You might also want to visit Meetup.com and search on Temecula Valley Rose Society to find events of interest to you. (Be sure to specify a wide enough "within" for distance from you.) Spread the joy of roses!Also, I use and emphatically recommend organic types of fertilizer, as vs. inorganic or "chemical" ones, because organics are less concentrated (thus less likely to burn plant tissues) and their nutrients are released more slowly. This fosters better soil development, making for a richer, livelier, and more viable community of soil organisms that is able to break the elements into an easily absorbed form and releases them slowly to the plants. As your soil develops, you'll be able to use less and less product and save money in the process. Lastly, as I am writing this we are welcoming our first rain of the season. If you were fortunate enough to have fertilized before the rains how lucky you are that this rain will soak it into the root systems sooner. Be sure to visit the Rose Haven Heritage Garden located at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road (the cross street is Cabrillo Avenue) in Temecula. Spread the word and spread the joy of roses! Also, visit our web site at www.TemeculaValleyRoseSociety.org regularly for great information and schedule of events! You might also want to visit Meetup.com and search on Temecula Valley Rose Society to find events of interest to you. (Be sure to specify a wide enough "within" for distance from you.) Spread the joy of roses!
For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd.,
|C A L E N D A R|
TVRS Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula
3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Assistance League of Temecula
28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula
2nd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula
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 Rd., Temecula
4th Wednesday of the month.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
Apr, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov.
To see entry and judging criteria go here
Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Activities for 13 & older are coordinated by Barb Purdy & Kathy Katz.
Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.
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2014 Officers & Directors
Officers:President: Frank Brines
1st VP (Programs): Jeanne Brubaker
2nd VP (Membership): Anne Coakes
Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bettleheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell
Committees:Executive: Frank Brines
Programs: Jeanne Brubaker
Membership: Anne Coakes
Records: Phyllis Bettleheim
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Education & Outreach – Consulting Rosarians
Communications: Kathy Turgeon
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
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