Temecula Valley Rose Society
An Affiliate of the American Rose Society
March 2015 Vol. 26, No. 03
Co-President's Messageby Rebecca Weersing
W hat did a little snow do for us? Well, if you have been to the garden, you will discover that we are having one of our earliest blooms–not a full first bloom that we normally get in late April/early May–but a nice beginning bloom. A statement from our roses that spring is on the way.
When you are at the garden, standing under the arch that was handcrafted by David Granlund, look straight out to the far side and just to the right. See the yellow river of flowers flowing down from the Upper Garden? Just a few years ago that erosion path was a gaping brown gorge slicing the hillside. Thanks to Kathy Katz and her vision we placed swales across the gorge to slow the rain runoff down that gorge. With the help of high school students over a couple of years Kathy had succulent clippings from the Succulent Garden planted in the area. And now we have a lovely river of plants providing erosion control as well as a lovely sight to enjoy.
Please come out and enjoy the garden! Rose Haven performs for us every day and we should take time to applaud that performance.
Upcoming Event: Propagation Workshop
Saturday March 21 at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, CA. A propagation workshop will be held from 11 am to noon. Come learn how to propagate roses! Each registrant will prepare and take away their own rose cutting in a one-gallon pot. All materials will be provided. Class size is limited, first come, first served. Preregistration required. Deadline for registering is March 20th. Materials fee of $5 due at time of registration. To register, contact Frank Brines at Roseguy2000@aol.com.
Old Garden Rosesby Jim Moss
The tenth rose for our series on Old Garden Roses features a Hybrid Perpetual, MARCHESSA BOCCELLA, a ruffled pink, very fragrant rose. The blooms grow in clusters of three and will approach 3 inches each on a four foot plant. With this habit she makes an excellent border or hedge rose . She is also very disease resistant but has lots of thorns. Sometimes called "Jacque Cartier", but if grown for exhibition, she should always be referred to as MARCHESSA BOCCELLA. She is yet another OGR bred by the French breeder Desprez but the exact parentage is unknown at this time. She was introduced in 1842 and is rated by AARS at 8.8. In our garden this rose may be found immediately behind the Cramoisi Superieur near the east end of the OGR section.
February Families in the Garden – Birdsby Barb Purdy
Twenty eight children and their parents came to the garden for our February Third Saturday Program about birds. It was a beautiful day in the garden and we had a large group of very enthusiastic children who wanted to learn about and look for birds, and the garden did not disappoint.
The program started with an informative question and answer discussion about birds. The children learned "what makes a bird a bird" before they headed out for their "Stop, Look and Listen" hike. The first stop at the pond made the children aware that even though birds aren't visible we know they frequent this location by the feathers and footprints they leave behind.
Other locations in the garden gave us many opportunities to see and hear birds. The highlight was actually seeing a barn owl in the trees (who resides in our Rose Haven owl box). What a special treat for all of us! As I learned from our TVRS owl presentation, there was also evidence of the owl as children were excited to find pellets below the box.
The program concluded with a choice of making one of three bird feeders. Their small hands actually made some very impressive feeders to take home and attract birds to their own back yards. We hope they use this as a tool to keep them interested in looking for and studying birds. Our Youth Gardening Committee put together a great program that we all should be proud of.
Grocery Cards Benefit TVRS
Dear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Scrip/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a $100 Script Card will let you spend $100 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. Contact Ann Coakes to order Scrip Cards. Tel 951 693-5635.
Member Meeting ProgramDate: Thursday, March 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our new meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Cindy Peterson, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
Topic: Selection & Care of Garden Tools
Cindy Peterson has been volunteering as a UCCE Master Gardener Volunteer since 2005 and has provided over 4,500 hours to a variety of Master Gardener projects and activities in Riverside County. As the current Coordinator for School, Youth and Community Gardens, Cindy provides web-based resource information to those interested in organizing, starting and sustaining youth and community gardens and offers or arranges for additional mentoring and support when possible, upon request. She enjoys helping people learn more about sustainable gardening and how to make their garden related tasks as easy, painless and as safe as possible.
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.Programs & Speakers for 2015
• Apr 16 "Attracting Hummingbirds & Butterflies to the Garden" Lucy Heyming, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• May 21 "Garden Tour" Garden Tour Committee
• Jun 18 "Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Bill Reid, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Jul Dark Month – No Meeting
• Aug 20 "Annual Strategic Planning" Board of Directors
• Sep 17 "Herbs" Jean Weiss, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Oct 15 "Container Gardening" Bill Reid, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Nov 19 "Rose Propagation" Karen and Dave Brandtman, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Dec 18 "Christmas Program & Installation of Officers" Board of Directors
March Birthdays & New Members
Photography Classby Ann Schryer
Our first photography seminar, at the February meeting, was very well attended and enthusiastic. I was so happy to have so many attendees who came full of questions. Our second seminar will follow lunch at the March meeting. We will be discussing how to get perfect focus and composition, as well as equipment choices.
Starting at the March meeting, we will have a photography display of roses and places where roses are grown. Please bring 8x10 photos to display on the board. Please put a tag on the back of all photos with your name and info on the rose shown or location of the garden.
Youth Gardening: Tree of Life in Marchby Barb Purdy
The High School students were busy in the month of February so the onion bed was planted by just three of us: Alexis, Asia and I. We planted 4 rows of Texas Super Sweet and 2 rows of Yellow Grannix (about 50 onions). If all goes well we should have a great crop of sweet onions in the spring.
The broccoli and Kale that were planted in January continue to thrive and we harvested a small bunch of kale that was very tasty. Our beets also look very healthy and they should be ready to harvest soon. Tomato seeds have been planted in anticipation of planting them in the garden in a couple of months. Don't forget to start your seeds now if you want an interesting variety for our tomato tasting event in the garden this summer.
March in the garden will consist of keeping the weeds out of the vegetables so they can grow and harvesting them when they are ready. It will also be a month to discuss changes for the Tree of Life Garden. We will be evaluating what is working and what is not and put together a plan to make the garden more efficient. We will keep you updated on our progress.
Rose Haven Gardenby Bonnie Bell
The garden committee wants to thank everyone who participated in the winter rose pruning. Whew! We worked and worked in the wonderful 72 degree temperatures. However, all the roses did not get pruned and guess what—the unpruned ones are blooming just like it's springtime. A photo of "About Face" along the driveway shows off its brilliant apricot color. The other photo is "Gooseberry" with red and green leaves in our Southwest area. There are over 150 varieties and this one is thriving in our garden.
Two projects for our garden have begun to accumulate donations from our members. The non-slip walkways and Tree of Life raised beds have received monies that will be held in our savings account until enough is accumulated. We will request bids for each project. If anyone has some expertise or recommendations of contacts, we would welcome your input. Check out our website under Rose Haven Heritage Garden Wish List to view all our projects. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
The next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 25th at 9:30. We will be discussing our projects/improvements, and maintenance. All interested are invited to attend.
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
The Board meeting locaton is being changed. Contact Rebecca Weersing for that information. (951) 595-7046.
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
Gardening for Kids in Temecula ⁄ Murrieta
Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information contact Alicia Cline.
Activities for 13 & older are coordinated by Barb Purdy & Kathy Katz.
Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.
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2015 Officers & Directors
Officers:Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing
1st VP (Programs): Linda Black
2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Kathy Turgeon
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell
Committees:Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Linda Black
Membership: 2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Records: Kathy Turgeon
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Education & Outreach – Consulting Rosarians
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