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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

May 2010   Roses   Vol. 21, No. 05

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonA long with the welcoming April showers and everyone's hard work at our most enjoyable hobby, our roses could not look any more beautiful. They truly are God's most beautiful flower. I predict that this time around the judges will have a very hard time picking a Queen.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit Rose Haven lately, this is the perfect time to spread the word and take your friends and family to see this stunning display of color and beauty. This also brings the opportunity to give our most sincere thanks and appreciation to the following dedicated members who so diligently work so hard week after week to keep Rose Haven looking its very best:

Bonnie Bell, Phyllis Bettleheim, Frank Brines, Betty Dixon, Carol Hudson, Kathy Katz, Lyse McGonigle, and Barb Purdy.

Also, all others who have helped at one time or another. The end result could not have happened without your assistance, perseverance and hard work. Since this newsletter is written a day before the Rose Show, I would like to wish all the exhibitors the best of luck. Go for the Gold! It will truly be "A Moment of Magic".

Barb Purdy

New Member Orientation Meeting

by Xochitl Rumbold

The orientation meeting was held on March 27, at Rose Haven. Some of the new members in attendance were Janet Gordon, Ann Schryer, Mi-Ae Kim, Jean Ardigo, Jim and Laurie Moss. All new members were presented with a beautiful five gallon rose bush from the Temecula Valley Rose Society.

Phyllis Bettelheim gave a very informative summary on the history of Rose Haven, including information that I wasn't aware of, so we all learned more about our special garden. Bonnie Bell gave a recap on the volunteer work being done at the present time at Rose Haven, and JoAnn Summers spoke about her need as Hospitality Chair, for volunteers in the kitchen. Frank Brines gave an overview on the Rose Show, and the need for volunteers in order to make the show successful. He also informed the new members that he would be working at Rose Haven on the third Saturday of the month and would be available to help them resolve any problems they might have with their roses at that time. Frank is always so generous in sharing his time and knowledge.

Bill Pitts, the ROP instructor, informed all of us about the great work that his students have done at Rose Haven. His students have learned about mulching, pruning, weeding, and preparation of soil for planting through hands on experience in our garden. Bill stated that some of his students are planning to work as gardeners upon graduation. I'm sure that we are all delighted that Rose Haven is not just a pretty face, but it is actually helping others with job opportunities.

Little Rose Show - Results for April

by Virginia Boos

A colorful show table was the result of active participation by some of our members. Twenty-three entries were made. This great turn-out is deeply appreciated, and I hope it will continue throughout the year. It's always fun, and even educational, to see what can be successfully grown in this area. Members can answer questions about their entries. So, I hope you were able to walk away with a bit more knowledge on how to enter a rose show, and that we will continue to see lots of beautiful blossoms in the future. The next show is May 20th.

Lenore Vogel won Rose of the Day with her entry of "First Prize". Ribbons awarded were:
First Place (blue): "First Prize" - Hybrid Tea - Lenore Vogel.
   "Play Boy" - Floribunda - Frank Brines.
   "Tropical Twist" - Miniature - Virginia Boos.
   "Sombreuil" - Climber - Lenore Vogel.
Second Place (red): "Tiffany" - Hybrid Tea - Ellen Noele.
   "Brass Band" - Floribunda - Ellen Noele.
   "June Laver" - Miniature - Frank Brines.
   "Outta the Blue" - Shrub - Kathy Turgeon.
Third Place (green): "Lynn Anderson" - Hybrid Tea - Frank Brines.

I'll see you at the big show, hoping for lots of blue ribbons.

Temecula Photographer Features Rose Haven

Local photographer Stephen Eldred has taken some recent pictures of Rose Haven in bloom and posted them on his Temecula web site. He specializes in creating limited edition photographic landscapes, adding that "Each one of these archival prints is personally created and signed by me." You can view his Rose Haven photos at

Member Profile: Ron Rumbold

by Kathy Katz

Ron Rumbold, our President for 2009, had some specific goals when he assumed the presidency. While the economic crash limited his financial goals, his strong leadership abilities were displayed throughout, with membership incentives and Rose Haven having been improved with his guidance.

Ron had a distinguished career as an engineer with North American Aviation, which morphed into Rockwell and then Boeing. Raised in the Long Beach area, he and his wife Sochie met at Long Beach City College. While attending the University of Southern California he joined North American Aviation’s special college program for engineering students. He later earned Economics and Business Degrees at Chapman University, and an MBA at West Coast University. He had a great success and adventure when his engineering responsibility for the Entry Monitor System on Apollo 13 proved to be a success by returning the Apollo capsule back to earth after the primary guidance and navigational systems were rendered nonfunctional when the Apollo system sustained an in-space explosion. I think most of us can remember when an electrical short left that module and it's data as the sole way home. There are actual units of Apollo 13 on display at the Smithsonian, in Washington DC. He also wrote the Producibility Design Manual for Boeing’s over-all Defense Electronic Systems.

The couple has a son, a daughter, and a grandchild, all in Orange County. They had a second home in Palm Springs before deciding it was too hot half the time and settling here in 2002, while Ron was still commuting to Anaheim four days a week.

They bought a 3.25 acre property, designed and built a lovely home in Wine Country, and joined the Rose Society and Garden Club to learn about the ecology and what grows well here. Ron became a Master Gardener and says what he has learned, plus the tips Frank provided, has made this first time rRose grower quite a success. The couple has about 150 roses now, and a drop-dead gorgeous estate. Ron and Sochie are definitely go-to people in our group.

Rose Haven Update

by Kathy Katz

The Iris Garden at Rose Haven is in full bloom and gorgeous. These are all hybrid, prize winning specimens, donated last year by Norma and Leon Vogel. A guide to the names of the varieties is available at If you would like any special care info, just ask at the same address. Iris are perfect companion plants to roses, easily grown between, under and around your other plants. They also can be naturalized, though to get blooms as large as those you will see at Rose Haven takes some special care. Member Carol Hudson has carefully followed the instructions the Vogels provided. The iris are just about perfect. When you view them, remember that no protection against rabbits or other critters has been taken.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, May 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Place: Meet at Rose Haven garden
Topic: Member Garden Tour

Two of our most favorite rose sharing events happen in May–the Rose & Arts Festival (the first weekend in May) and our Member Gardens Tour (the third Thursday in May).

This year we have four wonderful and very different gardens to visit. As always, our tour begins from Rose Haven.

Carpooling is encouraged. Wear a hat for sun protection. Sensible walking shoes are recommended as garden terrains can sometimes be tricky.

Light refreshments will be available at Rose Haven and lunch will be served at Frank’s garden.

Rose Haven Heritage Garden
Lyse McGonigle Garden
Marta Pilling Garden
James Moss Garden
Frank Brines Garden
 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 11:40 a.m. to noon
 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

May Birthdays & New Members

Linda Black, Susan Baldridge, Carol Hudson
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Member Needs Ride to Meetings

Member Susan Baldridge doesn't drive, and will need a ride to the member meetings from June through November. She lives in the Sterling complex in Temecula. Contact her by phone, listed in your 2010 roster.

Fun Trip Coming in June!

by Xochitl Rumbold
June 12, visit to the Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch in Aguanga

Date: June 12
Time: Tour begins precisely at 10:00 AM in Aguanga.
Price: FREE!
Carpoolers meet at Rose Haven at 9:00 AM.
Approximate travel time from Rose Haven to the ranch is 30 mins.

I have a very interesting and informative excursion planned for you on Saturday, June 12. The Olive View Ranch is a scenic 26 acre, historic ranch which the Temecula Olive Oil Company has been cultivating and restoring. Their tour is called a "Tree to Table" experience, and the guided tour includes a walk through the groves, a visit to the mill and press room, and olive oil tasting. You will also learn about the ancient history of olive oil. It is recommended that people wear closed-toe shoes for walking over uneven ground, and wear a hat and sunscreen. If you didn't place your name on the sign up sheet in April please contact me via e-mail (see roster), and I will add your name to the list. The Olive Oil Company needs a head count from our group.

LUNCH: There are some picnic tables and seating available, so bring your lunch and enjoy the beautiful setting. You may also bring a blanket and pick out your own scenic spot to enjoy your lunch. I will place a reminder about this trip in the June newsletter together with the directions below.

DIRECTIONS TO THE RANCH (not available on the internet): From Interstate 15, take 79 South (which is Temecula Parkway). Follow it east for approx. 18 miles until you reach a stop sign with a flashing red light at Highway 371. Turn left on Hwy 371 and look on your right. There will be a large white sign that says 'Temecula Olive Oil Company'. Turn right onto the dirt road just before the sign and follow the trees to the first left turn into their parking lot.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

Spectacular! That is the response from many members and guests who have visited the garden recently. We are delighted to present such a pleasurable space for the community to enjoy. The roses are in full bloom, and the water-wise areas are lush with spring growth. You can see for yourself on May 20 when the Member garden tour will begin at the garden.

The first thing you observe upon arriving is that the historical entry is complete with a paver walkway, plantings, and a beautiful bench. This has added so much definition to the entry and it sets off the arch dramatically. We anxiously await the new plants growing in. There is in the works a courtyard with a focal point and plantings to complement the entry area.

The ROP student garden area has been planted and vegetables are growing. Hooray. A safeguard surrounds the raised beds to keep the pesky squirrels and rabbits at bay. It's a walk up the hill, but you will be glad to see that the pathways have been smoothed so access is much easier—and need I say walking is "good for you." Check out the view from the Romantic Garden with many David Austin roses right next to the gazebo.

The 3rd Saturday Educational Workshop will be May 15th at 9 a.m. Please plan to join in—everyone is invited and there is always something new to learn.

The next Garden Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 26th at 9 a.m. All interested members are encouraged to attend. We have several projects outlined and have already submitted a letter of intent to the Roripaugh Foundation for a grant to enhance the gazebo and Romantic Garden areas. Another contact we have made is with a local Eagle Scouts coordinator to discuss projects for their consideration. The Rose Haven garden address is 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Roses and Companion Plants

  Click here to see recent photos of Rose Haven in full bloom.

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Grace Mellman Library: Artist of the Month

John G. Heinrichs, ACI, 31849 Camino Marea, Temecula, CA 92592
951-693-3399, 951-225-2079 -cell -

Artist/Instructor Information Sheet

John G. Heinrichs is a Temecula artist who enjoys transforming "a yellow dot into the Sun". His favorite painting techniques involve the play of light and shadows, light and dark, the thrill of the ideal contrast in making a painting that is pleasing to the viewer's eye. In addition, his longtime passions of the dessert, the mountains and the sea, Take him on thrilling journeys to tell visual stories with his paintings.

John began his fine arts career late in life to fulfill his desire to express his innate creativity. John has been painting for over a decade, but has been involved in drawing, and commercial art painting as well as everyday graphics as he worked his way from architecture to engineering. In the military, his assignment was that of a commercial artist to assist the unit in graphics, displays and publicity.

John paints scenes familiar to him from the days of his youth when he was an active backpacker. He also draws inspiration from his travels around the country and from other sources. Specializing in landscape paintings, some of his works of art are fictitious with elements of "truth", some are completely from an envisioned scene in the artist's mind, and others are based on recollections of actual locations John has visited.

His paintings have hung in several regional galleries including the Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook, CA, and he has received several awards for his exciting paintings. Currently, his selected painting are hanging in the "Art Walk Gallery" of the Temecula Valley Art League located near Ruby Tuesdays and Frankie's Steak House restaurants off Overland and Nicole Court (across from Costco) in Temecula. In addition, John's paintings can be found in many locations across the USA, Canada and in Europe.

John paints in oils, acrylics, and sometimes in transparent water media. His work can be described as colorful, passionate, and mainly realistic, in a painterly style. He is a self taught artist who has worked with several well-known artists to gather technical information to allow him to pursue his own style of painting. As an Alexander Certified Instructor, John shares his knowledge with other artists and first-timers. John is also the International Instructor Certification Coordinator for Alexander Art. Last summer, John was a guest instructor at the prestigious Silver Falls Painting Conference along with well-known artist/instructor, Buck Paulson, among other selected instructors.

John is a member of the Temecula Valley Art League, an associated Member of the Allied Artists of America, and a member of Teachers and Educators in Art Materials (T.E.A.M.). In addition, he has been a juried exhibitor in several outdoor art show and festivals.

Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT he 16th* Annual Temecula Valley Rose Society Show has just ended. The winners and entries have been awarded. Now it's time to reward your gardens for their productions with some TLC–tending, loving, caring.

You probably entered your best blooms into the Rose Show last month, and other blooms are waning, so now you are left with fading aged blossoms or petal-less sepals. It's time to stimulate the next cycle of blooms! Do that with something a little more aggressive than simple deadheading: Do a minor pruning much as you do when cutting a bloom for exhibiting. If the cane (stem) supporting a bloom is the size of a pencil or larger, it can and will support another large bloom. It is possible and okay to leave a cane-on-cane in this case. Be sure to leave a minimum of 3-4 leaf buds on the stem above the cane-on-cane union. Remove any vegetation growing toward or inside the bush area. Most of this is "terminal growth" anyway and using energy which can be used more effectively for producing more blooms while allowing for better air circulation through the center of the plant. This helps to prevent diseases, especially from molds and other fungi.

Warm to hot weather will soon be here. Make sure that your water delivery system is in good working order and providing enough water to each plant. Each plant requires 5-10 gallons of water per week. Your plants can tell you when they're getting thirsty long before then actually wilt—learn to pay close attention to their color and signs that they aren't quite as stiff as they should be. Also, in an effort to conserve water, it is a good idea to check the moisture content of the top couple inches of the soil. If it is moist it probably is ok.

There is still time to top dress the garden with composted mulch. It will help conserve water and save you money. Also, each month, apply a good granular organic fertilizer that is slightly higher in phosphate than in nitrogen—that is, the first number on the label (nitrogen) is smaller than the second number (phosphorus). This encourages the plant to put more resources into strong roots. Remember: NEVER feed a dry or water-stressed plant! ALWAYS water it thoroughly the day before feeding. Two weeks later, apply diluted fish emulsion. The nutrition can be absorbed by the leaves too, so feel free to pour the liquid down through the center of the plant.

* Editor's note: As Frank is "up to his eyeballs" managing this years rose show this article is reprinted from May, 2009.

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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.
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/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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