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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

April 2010   Roses   Vol. 21, No. 04

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonSpring has sprung and everything is coming up roses just in time for our Rose Show. This is every gardener's dream month when our fruits of labor start appearing. At TVRS there is quite a buzz with last minute details for making the upcoming Rose Show the best ever. Since this is the last newsletter prior to the Rose Show, I would like to, once again, take this opportunity to remind old members, as well as new members, to volunteer as there is definitely something for everyone to do.

TVRS proudly honors Frank Brines as our next recipient for the Bronze Medal. This is an honor that is awarded to a member of our Society belonging to the ARS for outstanding and over the top contributions to the society. Well done, Frank! Past recipients that have been awarded the Bronze Medal were Bonnie Bell, Phyllis Bettlheim, Virginia Boos, Bill Sheuffler and Rebecca Weersing. We are very fortunate to have such accomplished and knowledgeable members in our society.

I would like to share some tips in time for those nasty little aphids that arrive with the first spring flush of blooms. Rather than spraying, there is a natural alternative. Purchase ladybugs from a commercia source and time it to co-incide with the arrival of the aphids. To avoid having them fly to a neighbor's yard, release them in the evening or in the cool of the morning. If they have enough to eat they will stick around.

I am so happy to be back in my familiar surroundings and look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Member Profile: Phyllis Bettelheim

Phyllis BettelheimO ne of our long time board members is Phyllis Bettelheim. She co-chairs the Rose Haven Committee, is a Bronze Medal winner from the American Rose Society, and a very hard worker. She is a native Californian, as was her mother, and has spent all her life here in Southern California. She attended Whittier High School, got a General Secondary Degree from Whittier College, and taught English and Social Science at La Puente High School before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

When her son started school she volunteered with the PTA, then became a school Library Aide, eventually becoming the school district's Head Library Technician, responsible for 21 school libraries.

When first retired, the Bettelheims moved to Idyllwild. After seven lovely years they decided that snow had lost its charm and they put their home on the market, expecting a long sale time in a slow market. Instead it sold the first week-end. They were visiting the San Diego area and located a home-finders center in Oceanside with information about a small new subdivision in Temecula. Timing! Once their home was finished they settled in and loved it.

After her husband passed away, Phyllis saw a newspaper blurb about the Rose Society and came to one of our meetings. She agreed to be on the Board the next year and has been active ever since.

There are 32 roses in her home garden which have suffered from benign neglect. Her New Year's Resolution is to give them loving care in 2010. When not in the garden she loves to travel. She's been to 54 countries so far and plans to add four more this summer.

Rose Haven Landscape Entry Update

by Ron Rumbold

After several months of planning, bring landscape architects and landscape contractors on board, we final broke ground on March 22nd for the Rose Haven Entry Upgrade. If the weather holds and all goes as planned, the project should be completed by the end of the first week of April. A couple in-process photos are provided below.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

Spring has arrived and one can certainly tell by the burst of color at Rose Haven. Each week the garden becomes more and more floriferous. All of the volunteer work has paid-off; the pruning, trimming, and weeding has kept the garden ship-shape and a joy to behold. We encourage you to visit soon and enjoy this dazzling sight.

There has been a flurry of activity recently with the long awaited historical landscape development at the entrance. Completion of the project is planned for early April. Ron Schaeffer Landscape is accomplishing the task with a paver entry walkway, a beautiful bench and plants taken from an historical era site in old Temecula. We are truly appreciative of the grant bestowed from the Roripaugh Family Foundation to achieve this desire. And we must congratulate our Grant Committee (Ron, Betty, and Rebecca) for gathering all the information and submitting the grant application.

Up the hill beyond the gazebo, students from Chaparral High ROP class have been preparing raised beds and planting vegetables including heritage tomatoes. They plan to follow the process through marketing and selling their bounty. Barb Purdy and Kathy Katz have been working with the students and we wish them all much success.

The 3rd Saturday Educational Workshop will be April 17th at 9 a.m. Please plan to join in – everyone is invited and there is always something new to learn.

We really appreciate everyone's effort to make our community garden a beautiful place to visit. There are several more projects listed on our website under Rose Haven Garden-Project List. We will apply for grants on some, but for smaller projects we rely on donations and fund raising activities, so keep us in mind.

The next Garden Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 28th at 9 a.m. All members are invited to participate in the discussion. The location is at the Rose Haven Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Panel discussion
Topic: Annual Rose Show

"Talking Show Business" is our program theme for April. We have two shows to share – the Rose Show and the Garden Club's Flower Show. A show – be it on Broadway or 'A Moment of Magic' at the Community Recreation Center in Temecula – takes planning and participation to create a production worth seeing. At our April meeting we will read the script (which is our schedule), talk about stage direction (how to prepare and enter roses) and waiting for reviews (what to do while the judges do their job). Several of our Rose Show Committee members will share insights into how we can each have a role in 'A Moment of Magic'. Information about the Flower Show will also be discussed.

A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.

At 1 p.m. those who are interpreting our Blooming Art paintings, please meet for a short information session with Rebecca.

April Birthdays & New Members

Anna Mae Ackerman, Simonne Arnould, Mary Lou Blacharski, Virginia Boos, Ann Coakes, Nena Meza, Melissa Navaroli, Ann Schryed, Radha Trivedi, Pat Torres, Rebecca Weersing.
New Members
Nancy Coatsworth,
Mi-Ae Kim.

Practice For The Big Show

by Virginia Boos, Chairman, Little Rose Show

At the April 15th TVRS meeting, members will have the chance to get acquainted with the details of entering their rose blossoms in our own judged show on May 1st and 2nd.

There is some tension and nervousness involved, but you can do it! It's really easy to be an exhibitor.

Step 1, study the show Schedule to find the classification you want to enter. Also make note of the time that entries are accepted.

Step 2, go out for a walk in your garden the evening before the show, and select blossoms that you feel are ready. Place them in water, and refrigerate overnight. Write the name of the variety on a slip of paper and fasten it to your container. If you don't know the variety, there may be a Class for unknowns.

Step 3, transport to the show, in vases or other containers. This can be a frustrating moment, as accidents can happen or the bloom falls apart. You may not be able to enter all the blooms you have cut, but it's best to have some extra ones.

Step 4, move the blooms to the show vases which are provided. Dry the leaves; then position the bloom, using wedging if allowed.

Step 5, write out the paper entry tag, placing it on the vase with a rubber band.

Step 6, place the entry on the runners' table. The runners then move the entry to the correct Class areas.

Now, see, that wasn't too bad, was it? There is so much satisfaction in finding a ribbon on your entry, once the judging is finished.

At the monthly meetings from April through November, excluding July and August, we will conduct six Little Rose Shows. These will be fun opportunities to learn and polish the skills needed for exhibiting roses. Points are given for first, second and third place awards, based on American Rose Society guidelines. In addition, extra points are awarded for the rose that is judged Rose of the Day. At the December meeting, a grand prize is awarded to the exhibitor who has accumulated the most points for the year.

Please bring your beautiful rose blossoms to share and enter them in the Little Rose Show. Members always love to see what other members are growing.

Youth Gardening

by Rebecca Weersing

"All talk and no action" – that has seemed to be the story with our youth garden at Rose Haven. As with many life endeavors what is needed is patience and perseverance. A group of Chaparral High School students, with guidance from their teacher Emmett Keith-Jones and our Rose Society Youth Gardening Committee, are turning all that talk into action up on the top of the hill. As Kathy Katz put it so well "There were kids and seeds and planting boxes and digging and planting, OH MY!" Some seeds were planted directly in the garden boxes, but the tomato seeds were planted in pots and students took them home to nurse until they are big enough to go into the ground. Want to join the Youth Gardening Committee? Show up on the 3rd Saturday in April and we will gladly welcome you into this fun activity.

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Grace Mellman Library: Artist of the Month

Helga Batman-Koplin is an award winning artist residing in Lake Arrowhead, California. She studied oil painting in the impressionist manner and design with noted California artists Hal Reed, Joseph Mendez, Kanya Bugreyev, Ted Goerschner, Michael Situ, Ken Auster, and William Scott Jennings. She majored in art at Cypress College and California State University at Long Beach. Helga also became proficient in the use of other media such as watercolors and acrylics. Her work has been purchased by many corporate and private collectors including the Lake Arrowhead Country Club, UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, California, Redlands Community Hospital and the County of San Bernardino, California.

She is a member of the "Plein Air Artists of Riverside" and the "Mountain Arts Network". Her work may be viewed at the "Mountain Arts Gallery", 28561 Hwy 18, Sky Forrest, CA 92385, 909-337-1238. "the Wishing Well:, Lake Arrowhead Village, CA 92352, 909-336-7669. "Timberline in the Glen", 28956 Hook Creek Road, Cedar Glen, 92321, 909-337-4200.

From 2003-2007 she exhibited her work at the "Art-A-Fair" in the Laguna Beach Art Festival. She is a member of the "National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society" and one of her paintings will be shown in the "Best of America 2009" juried exhibition.

Helga teaches all levels of oil painting at the "Mountain Quilters Cottage", 935 Kuffel Canyon Road, Sky Forrest, California, and also during the summer program at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

For more information about classes, as well as workshops, demonstrations, jurying of shows or to purchase her paintings, contact 909-336-5785, e-mail:, Web site:

Helga will be at the Rotunda in Temecula April 1 to April 30.

Each month a local artist's work is spotlighted at the Grace Mellman Library. Simonne Arnould is responsible for organizing the exhibit. Simonne has provided a brief description of the artist and work. Please take an opportunity to visit the exhibit. The Rose Society is fortunate to have the support and participation of local artists with Blooming Art entries for our annual Rose and Arts Festival.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesO ver the years I have noticed that sometimes my roses bloom on short stems, especially during the first bloom cycle of the year. When I'm hoping for a Queen of Show, the first blooms are of great importance since they come in time for the show period in our area. According to nationally-recognized rose expert, Mr. Bob Martin of Escondido, this is common on first blooms and may be just a phenomenon of the specific rose variety. Dr. Tommy Cairns adds the following:

"With the up and down trends in the temperatures from January through March we have experienced several cycles of warmer temperatures followed by much cooler nights, in some areas close to 34F. Certain varieties are prone to this phenomena and manifest the cycle by rapid growth then no growth at all. We tend to feed [weekly with] "Jump Start" (or SuperThrive) to counteract this effect. Some cultivars remain unaffected by this temperature change (e.g. 'Wild Blue Yonder' is a prime example)."

Summer is coming up fast and you are wise take time now to assess the efficiency of your irrigation system. Our imported water supply may be cut drastically this year, while many regional water districts are about to implement "tiered pricing" that could take a big bite out of our wallets. So, it's time for those of us who love roses to adjust our practices so we can continue to enjoy (and afford) the roses we love!

First off, how much water do roses need? According to Bob Martin, writing at, water is the most important of factor when growing roses for exhibition. He explains that the amount of water a rose needs depends on many factors, including the weather, size of the plant, its variety, cycle of growth, and composition of the soil. He cites studies that show a rose bush will transpire (or evaporate) from 40 to 100 gallons of water over the course of a summer. Typically in Temecula, when temperatures are between 70-80 degrees, a mature, full-sized hybrid tea requires about 5-10 gallons (approximately 2"-3") of water a week. (A rose can survive on considerably less, but it will perform very poorly.) As the temperature goes up, the rose's water needs increase.

Next, let's consider your system for delivering water to your roses. Ideally, you are using a drip system. (If not, please consider installing one!) Go out and inspect your system: Turn it on and look for leaking, clogged, and broken lines and emitters. Fix the problems as soon as possible.

Now, figure out how much water your system delivers per hour. Typically, drip emitters are color-coded and in a rose garden you're likely to have pressure-compensating emitters that deliver a consistent amount-usually 2-, 4-, or 8-liters per hour. (Not comfortable with liters? A liter is about a quart-so those emitters deliver 1/2-, 1-, and 2-gallons per hour.)

1. Go around the garden and tally how many emitters you have of each capacity. Calculate the number of gallons delivered per hour.
2. Check your irrigation controller and find out how many hours you are running it per week.
3. Use both those figures to calculate the number of gallons you are delivering each week.
4. Adjust the length of irrigation to approximate the amounts the experts recommend.

Of course, applying a 4" to 5" layer of organic mulch will help conserve the water you deliver to the roses, distribute the moisture more evenly in the soil, and keep the root zone cool. All of these effects stimulate the growth of feeder roots and help your plants gather water more efficiently and consistently so they are less likely to "hit the wall" by depleting their water supply. Mulch also encourages the production of earth worms and other soil organisms that help make nutrients available to your plants in easily-absorbed form. Mulch also inhibits the growth of weeds, so your roses don't have to compete for minerals and water.

You might not realize it, but using an organic fertilizer also helps you use water more efficiently. Your program should include two applications each month beginning in March. Alternate between an organic granular product and a water soluble form. I use Dr. Earth applied 1/2- to 3/4-cup per standard rose, and 1/4- to 1/2-cup for miniatures. For my soluble treatment, I use fish emulsion diluted as directed on the container and pour about 2 gallons over each mature standard rose and 1 gallon for minis. For potted plants, dilute to half strength.

Enjoy fruits (blooms) of your labors and I'll see you at the Temecula Valley Rose Show on May 2, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula.

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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2010: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13*, Jun 10,
Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11*, Dec 9.
From 10 a.m. to noon.
* Meeting location to be announced.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2010: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2010: 3rd Saturday. No meeting in July, August & December.
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2010: Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23,
Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 20.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2010: May 20, Jun 17, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2010: Program is being redesigned.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

To see other events on our Society's Google calendar click here.

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2010 Officers & Directors


President: May Olson
1st VP (Programs): Rebecca Weersing
2nd VP (Membership): Sochie Rumbold
Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Rose Festival 2010: Frank Brines
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels
  Flowers for Friends


Jeannie Ali
Simonne Arnould
Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
Kathy Katz
May Olson
Ron & Sochie Rumbold
Joann Summers
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing
Bernice Wendt

Thank You to Our Friends

Erin's Tree Service
Pechanga Resort and Casino Grants
Corona Tools
Armstrong Garden Center
Agriscape of Murrieta
City of Temecula
CR&R Disposal
Riverside County 3rd District
Crop Production Services (formerly L&M Fertilizer)
Stater Bros. Market
Weeks Roses

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

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.

Our mailing address is
 Temecula Valley Rose Society
 PO Box 890367
 Temecula, CA 92589-0367

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

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