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Temecula Valley Rose Society
An Affiliate of the American Rose Society
May 2016 Vol. 27, No. 05
Coming up: May 30
Co-President's Messageby Phyllis Bettelheim
S o, what happened to those April showers to bring May flowers? Most of us had our first flush of blooms in April, just in time for our Rose & Arts Show. Although the refrain was "everything bloomed last week" we must admit that there were enough roses to make for a very lovely show. "Thank you!" to the many volunteers who made this a successful community outreach event.
In May we will have the Temecula 'Mormon Helping Hands' volunteer group providing community outreach to Rose Haven. On Saturday, May 21, about 30 volunteers will show up with shovels and wheelbarrows to spread mulch among the roses in the lower garden. The mulch will help cool the soil under the roses during our summer heat. For several years we have been fortunate enough to be selected for this community outreach project by Helping Hands.
Summer arrives in June. The City of Temecula will be sponsoring the third "Night of the Luminaries" at Rose Haven on Saturday, June 25. The event starts before twilight (8 to 8:30 PM) and ends with luminaries magically lighting the garden. Music and light refreshments round out the evening festivities.
Remember May is the month we will be visiting member gardens. We will meet at Rose Haven on Thursday, May 19 - NOT the library. Thank you to Simonne Arnould, May Olson, Frank Brines, Laurie & Jim Moss and Virginia & Roy Boos for opening their gardens to us.
Tree of Life in Mayby Barb Purdy
May is the month we will be planting most of our summer crops. The tomatoes have been grown from seed and are now ready to be planted in the raised beds. We have a Daisy Troop who has volunteered to help us with this project to earn their gardening badge. We also have a variety of vegetable seeds that will soon be sown in the beds. The onions that we planted in January are now ready for harvest. We have three varieties of onions: Yellow Granex, Texas Super Sweet and Southern Bell Red. Onions have always grown well in the Tree of Life and this year is no exception.
In April the young children in our Families in the Garden program planted sprouted potatoes and watermelon plants. They also had a chance to use their small shovels again (their favorite activity) and helped plant 12 apple trees in the ground. This activity tied in with our Earth Day program. The holes were started for them and, as the apple tree saplings were only 14 inches tall, it was a task that even the very young could accomplish. The apple trees have now started to sprout leaves and we will be watching to see which variety is the first to produce fruit. There may not be any the first year, but by year two we could all be enjoying apples that have a taste that only a fresh picked apple can offer.
Please stop by the Tree of Life and see the progress we have made in growing fruit and vegetables. If you would like to help in the vegetable garden, please contact Barb Purdy at: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon. I hope to see you in the garden.
Roses Past and Present IV
Early civilizations, especially in China and the Middle East became interested in Roses for their medicinal value and their beauty so these flowers became more popular as time went on. However, these people were initially growing the old, or species roses and had not yet discovered the concept of breeding roses. That came much later.
The roses that the first people worked with were the same Old Garden Roses we know today, namely Alba's, Gallica's, Damask's, Centifolia's, China's, Moss', Tea's, Portland's, Bourbon's, Hybrid Perpetual's, Scot's, Sweet Briar's, Ayrshire's, Laevigate's, Semperviren's, Boursalt's and Noisette's.
Each of these varieties of rose has unique characteristics, some favorable and some not. Traits such as repeat flowering, color, fragrance and climate adaptability allowed some of these varieties to become popular while others faded into near obscurity. Almost all are still available today but some will be easier to find than others.
The areas of origin of many of the above named roses can be found by the name of the rose itself, for example China, Damask, Scots, Ayrshire and Gallica (obvious); Others are a little more difficult, such as Bourbon, (not from Kentucky!), actually named for an island in the Indian Ocean renamed Reunion after England won it from France in the Napoleonic Wars. Some are named for the habit or appearance of the rose, such as Centifolia or hundred petals, Hybrid Perpetual or ever-blooming, Alba, which present white blooms (think "albino") Others derive their names from people such as Phillipe Noisette, a rose breeder from South Carolina; the Duchess of Portland; a French breeder by the name of Boursault.
Next month we will look at the rapid growth of the Old Garden Roses and their influence in the rose hobby which still exists in the 21st century, along with Modern Roses.
Rose Society Lending LibraryBook Review by Jerri E Palmer
"Rose in the Landscape"
The following are snippets from this lovely book:
"A garden is for people, plants, animals, & insects to enjoy and a house is a comfortable place to come into from the garden."
"Garden - small is beautiful!!!"
"Cost effectiveness: breeders have been very busy satisfuing this need by developing patio roses and ground covers."
"Classic Rose: No matter what their age or origin the classic rose will fit comfortably into any space in the garden without screaming & will harmonize with the surroundings. Requirement of the site & marrying them together into a solution that has roses growing happily & attractively in a place."
"Complete Rose Garden: Planting together groups of three at least of each type achieves a good effect. Color can either blend or contrast but never both. Mixture of summer-flowering & repeat flowering varieties. Places to sit & relax among the roses important."
"Ground cover roses: Defined as roses that grow broader than they are tall. Plant ground cover roses in the year following other rose plantings. Bulbs are always an asset among the roses and can be planted profusely."
"The use of Ramblers, Scramblers and Climbers: These roses add an extra dimension to any garden. Scramblers - whites, cream & yellow are better than dark colors. Arches of roses spanning pathways with westerly or easterly aspects are best."
"Rose as a hedge: Rose hedges in full flush can be a most beautiful sight. Effectiveness by the viguor of the chosen variety. For density use Rugosas or ornamental Hybrid Musks."
"Choosing roses: The rose is a most versatile garden plant. They grow in window boxes, pots or into branches of very tall trees. They will cover the ground and grow up walls. Many are highly fragrant & several bear ornamental hips & have attractive thorns or ornamental foliage. This book states that roses prefer clay soil and many grow in impoverished ground. A few tolerate shade and almost all enjoy the sun."
Member Meeting ProgramProgram: Annual Tour of Member Gardens
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Rose Haven Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula
NO MEETING AT THE LIBRARY!!
We will start at Rose Haven, which is currently in nice bloom, at 9:30. This is an opportunity to visit the garden, discovering what is new and different since the last time we were all there together. At 10:00 a.m. maps and information will be passed out and we will form car pools. Our first garden stop will be at the home of Simonne Arnould, then we will venture north to visit the gardens of May Olson, Frank Brines and Jim and Laurie Moss. We will conclude our tour at the garden of Virginia and Roy Boos. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Boos home. If you have any questions please call Rebecca at (951) 595-7046 or email her at email@example.com.
Programs & Speakers for 2016
● June - ARS Vice President Bob Martin, Rose Pests & Diseases
● July - Summer vacation month (no meeting)
● August - Summer Mixer: Rosy Odds & Ends
● September - Program to be announced
● October - Visit to Mrytle Creek Nursery in Fallbrook (tentative)
● November - program to be announced
● December — Christmas Program & Installation of Officers & Board of Directors
May Birthdays & New Members
Little Rose Showby Betty Dixon
There will be no Little Rose Show at our May meeting since the program is our member garden tour. The April Rose of the Day award went to Don Nordike for his hybrid tea, Love and Peace. We had many lovely roses, so we will look forward to your entries at our June meeting.
Rose Haven Heritage Gardenby Bonnie Bell
The Iris Garden
Everyone who has visited the garden recently has commented how beautiful it is this spring. The rose is an amazing plant blooming year after year, after year. The iris, succulents, native plants and grasses are showing off their genus too. We invite you to come out and see for yourself. Enjoy a casual walk around and see all the garden has to offer.
Keep in mind that we still need two concrete benches overlooking the pond. It's a wonderful place to sit and relax but our wooden ones were broken beyond repair and had to be removed. Your donation will surely be appreciated and is tax deductible.
Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25th at 9:30. The meeting location is at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula. We will discuss projects to improve areas in the garden. Interested members are always welcome to attend the meeting.
Grocery Cards Benefit TVRSDear 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 Scrip 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. Email Ann Coakes to order Scrip Cards, or phone 951 693-5635.
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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2016 Officers & Directors
Officers:Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing
1st VP (Programs): Patricia Hirsch
2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Kathy Turgeon
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell
Committees:Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Patricia Hirsch
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. Temecula Valley Rose Society 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 Ronald H. Roberts Public Library, Community Room B, 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula.
A light lunch is served at 11:30, and guests are welcome.
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/