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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

December 2010   Roses   Vol. 21, No. 12

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Donations Needed

It's that time again. We implore our members to think of the Rose Society when making charitable donations at year-end. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation we will certainly appreciate donations to the Society to support our programs and the rose garden: See the Rose Haven Wish List on our website. An income tax receipt will be provided for your records. Please indicate on your check where you would like the money to be applied, and mail to: TVRS, P.O. Box 890367, Temecula, CA 92589. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonA s we grow older the years seem to fly faster, and before we know it the New Year is upon us. We ask ourselves what we have learned. Well, we've learned rose gardening techniques, not only from magaizines, books and our previous gardens, but also from our fellow members, our speakers and from those wonderful garden tours that we all enjoy so much. That experience is handed down to our children, grandchildren and anyone that willingly comes along. As for myself, I've gotten my two daughters and my two granddaughters growing roses. Good job...if I say so myself.

With rising costs in almost everything our dues still remain the same: Single membership $25.00, Family membership $30.00, Lifetime membership $250.00, new member badges $10.00. Please think about becoming a lifetime member so that you won't have to worry about paying dues every year. Also, make sure to include any changes for our next roster when you fill out your membership form (i.e. address, home phone, cell phone and what committee you would like to join, if any). We are still in need of volunteers for our Blooming Angels, which is part of our Outreach Committee.

On December 16 we will replace our normal membership meeting with our Holiday Luncheon and Installation of Officers. We hope to see you all there.

A very special and grateful thank you to our wonderful Newsletter Editor, John Weersing, for an over-and-above job well done. Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you.

New Society Sponsor

Grow Organic at Home will give a discount to all Rose Society members. GOAH's goal is "to bring amazing farming technologies that work in Israel to everyone who wants to grow their own fresh organic food right in their own backyard!" In addition to their online store they have a location at 24837 Jefferson Avenue, Ste. 205, Murrieta (near the corner of Juniper).

We're Using Twitter!

A twitter account has been created to quickly disseminate information about late-breaking news and conditions at Rose Haven garden. Activity and weather updates will be sent out over the Socity's Twitter account, which is faster than tradtional e-mail. Short messages (less than 140 characters) will provide quick, brief updates on garden activities. To read our Twitter posts click on the button below. You can bookmark this link in your browser for easy access.
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To read scrolling tweets on our Society web page go here.

Membership Renewal Data

from Xochitl Rumbold

This is a little reminder that it is time for your Membership renewal to the Rose Society. Single membership is $25.00, and the family membership is $30.00. Please mail your completed renewal form with your payment to:

 Membership Chair
 Temecula Valley Rose Society
 P.O. Box 890367
 Temecula, CA 92589-0367
Renewal forms are available on the Rose Society web page, and will also be available at our December meeting.

An Appeal from Frank Brines

Save Containers: Please put aside empty plastic and paper containers for milk, non-diary creamer, juice, and any others that have interesting shapes. Metal containers too. They will be used in an upcoming project. I'll be asking for them in a couple of months.

Plant Donations: We'll be having a fund-raiser plant sale in May for the Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Now through spring please start and/or groom plants that you'd like to donate.

Roses in Review: Please help us identify roses that thrive in the Temecula Valley and on the plateau west of the valley. Do this by downloading the form at this link: Roses in Review Worksheet. Simply complete the form for the roses you choose, recording the pruning date, feeding, date of first bloom, etc. When you've identified your Temecula-friendly roses mail or turn in your worksheet to Frank at the next members' meeting.

2011 January Happenings

By Rebecca Weersing

Saturday, January 15: 3rd Saturday 'Kids in the Garden'

Thursday, January 20: 'Miniature Roses' will be the program topic for our member meeting. Do you grow minis in your garden? Do you grow them in the ground or in pots? Please contact me at if you would like to share your experiences with your fellow Society members.

Thursday, January 20: After refreshments, we begin our Rose Haven Docent Training with our Society Consulting Rosarians serving as instructors. Please contact me at to register for the training. The training consists of three 45 minute classroom sessions (January 20, February 17, and March 17) and three 1 hour Rose Haven garden sessions (January 22, February 19, and March 19). Those participating in the Docent Training should plan on volunteering for the Public Pruning Demonstration on Saturday, January 29.

Saturday, January 29: Public Pruning Demonstration, 9 a.m. to noon. Member volunteers welcome.

News from the Upper Gardens

By Kathy Katz

Chaparral High School students have been working diligently at Rose Haven since last spring. A small core group worked almost daily through the summer digging beds in which to plant vegetables. As soon as beds were dug they began planting Swiss Chard, tomatoes, potatoes, and beets and have had generally good success with their harvests. As with all gardening, there has also been opportunities to learn from failure.

When school started in August the students found a science teacher willing to be their advisor and they have formed a garden club "Green Thumbs." Recently the group was interviewed for an article in the Press-Enterprise. Any member who enjoys growing fruits / vegetables and would like to volunteer please contact Barb Purdy (email

All the plants in the Upper Gardens had frozen to the ground. We ripped out all the dead stuff and put it to compost. We got only two pumpkins, one still green, but pretty. Next year we will plant earlier.

We dug up the potatoes and took them home. It was the first time most of us had seen how potatoes grow. If there are any potatoes green when sliced open, do not eat them. They either got too much sun or froze. Either way they are not good to eat. (Green potato FAQs here).

We broke a glass table top and need to figure out a good way to replace it with something less breakable. Maybe plastic or wood. If anyone has any good ideas, let us know.

More terrace beds have been formed. The first winter crop in these beds will be wheat. Should we also try terraces of oats and/or barley? Grains look beautiful growing and this is the time of year to plant them here. In the past this area, and a lot of Baja California, was planted with grains for beer, hay, and bread. They were raised as dryland crops with no irrigation, only winter rain. No rain, no food.

Sunflower planting dates: The back of the package says to plant at the end of March. Look up average last frost dates and figure from there. Just know, if the babies get frosted, forget it. Maybe we could start them in pots, but they do not really grow fast until there are long days and warm temps. Remember, their faces follow the sun. Today was even colder than Friday: 28 degrees at my house. We will be lucky if the cold didn't nip our little orange tree. We will have to examine it for damage.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Road)
Topic: Installation of 2011 directors & officers.

Our annual Holiday Feast Extravaganza will follow the installation of our 2011 Board of Directors and Officers. Sochie Rumbold will be our Mistress of Ceremonies for the installation.

A thank you to Stater Brothers for donating a roasted turkey to our Society. In addition, the Society will provide a ham. (Thanks to Ron Rumbold who does the honors as Master Carver.) Members, please bring your favorite salad, side dish, or dessert to share. Oh, and you will need to bring a hearty appetite as we always have plenty of food! Guests are welcome.

December Birthdays & New Members

Roger Bell, Florence Blacharski, Frank Brines, Charlie Brodbeck, May Olson, Laurie Moss, Beryl Murray, Don Nordike, Keyvn Perry, Jean Triplett, Bernice Wendt, Dori Breshears.
New Members
Susan & David Trockman.

Little Rose Show Results - November

by Virginia Boos

There were more entries this time, an indication that the weather is changing, becoming cooler with more moisture. Many blue ribbons (first place) were awarded. Thanks to all of you who participated. It's a great learning experience.

Class 1 - Hybrid Tea
First Place: "Gemini" - Don Nordike
"Double Delight" - Don Nordike
"Fragrant Cloud" - Don Nordike
"Chicago Peace" - Don Nordike
"Black Magic" - Don Nordike
"Lovers Lane" - Don Nordike
"Chablis" - Ann Schryer
"First Prize" - Lenore Vogel
Third Place: "Brandy" - Yolanda Hepburn
"Olympiad" - Jim Moss

Class 2 - Floribunda
First Place: "Evening Star" - Virginia Boos
Second Place: "Easy Does It" - Jim Moss
"Gingersnap" - May Olson
"French Lace" - Yolanda Hepburn

Class 3 - Miniature
Third Place: "Jean Kenneally" - Lenore Vogel

Class 4 - Floribunda Spray
Second Place: "Honey Perfume" - Virginia Boos

Class 5 - Miniature Spray
Third Place: "Jeanne Lajoie" - Lenore Vogel

Class 6 - Other
First Place: "Sombriel" (Climber) - Lenore Vogel
"Tamora" (Shrub) - May Olson
Roses of the Day: "Chablis" - Ann Schryer
"First Prize: - Lenore Vogel

Special awards will be presented at our December luncheon. It's a mystery - who will be our prize winners?

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

The Holiday's are here. Are you looking for a quiet respite from all your activities? Come on out and visit our garden. Some of our December days can be mild enough for a picnic, or a walk up and down the pathways for some much needed exercise. The view from the gazebo is quite spectacular. There are plenty of roses and various plants to enjoy, and the pond is a serene delight.

Our garden committee meeting was rained out in November, so the replacement date is Wednesday, December 8th at 9:00 a.m. We will identify which roses need to be removed and plan for their replacement. Also to be discussed would be our participation in the Earth-Kind rose project. You know, those roses that need less care – like Knock-Out. An area at Rose Haven would be set aside as a demonstration garden for especially low maintenance roses.

There's not much work to do in the garden for December, but come January the pruning begins. Hope to see you all then.

Rose Haven is at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. Please go to our website for additional information and photos.

Roses & Companion Plants
Roses & plants

Member Profile: Simonne Arnould

by Kathy Katz
 Simonne Arnould was president of the Rose Society for two years, serves faithfully on our board and has helped design and deliver many arrangements of roses over many years to our libraries and other public places.

Simonne was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Martinique; her youth included swimming in the warm sea, boating, and horseback riding with her brother and two sisters.

When she was eighteen and graduated, finshed with school, she sailed to France to continue her education. She studied Optometry, returned to Martinique and worked with her father in his optical store. She visited her brother, also in optometry, in Montreal and decided to stay. She earned her Optical Diploma, then worked in the optical department at T. Eaton Co. where she met her husband Jacques, also an optician. They married and had a daughter, Nicole, who many of us know from Rose Society meetings.

Eight years in Canada was awfully cold for our tropical lady and her French man; the winters were physically hard on them. When an opportunuty to work in a Beverly Hills optometrist's office was presented, with daughter Nicole, they reclaimed the sun. They had some glamorous years there, with movie stars and celebrities for clients.

In 1968 Jacques opened his own Optical Shop in Glendora. Later, Simone opened a store in Escondido, which she ran for 25 years. She travelled back and forth from Escondido during the week to their home in Hacienda Heights on week-ends. She maintains strong ties with friends and business associates from Escondido and remains in Soroptomist International and the National Organization of Female Executives.

She and Jacques bought their home in Murrieta and retired after Nicole and her family moved there. They have travelled extensively, enjoyed retirement, enjoy being near their daughter and grandchildren. Simonne has served as President of the Art League and is very active with that group, and paints beautifully.

At present, Jacques is not well, leaving Simonne with her hands full. We all think of her and appreciate her gracious presence and leadership whenever she can join us.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesI t finally happened: The holiday shopping season now officially starts before Halloween! I hope that your shopping expeditions haven't worn you out, but if they have, take heart: December is a relatively liesurely month in the rose garden, considerably more relaxing than going to the mall. However, while you do your online shopping, why not take some time to visit a few rose supplier web sites? There you can research the varieties they're offering for next year, and order catalogues if you prefer hard copies. It's always best to order roses early to make sure you get what you want. Also, when you're out and about, give yourself some time for a few quiet visits to plant nurseries and garden suppliers too. It can give you lots of ideas and you might find some bargains.

You still have time to follow last month's suggestions. Those included preparing the planting sites for new roses that you'll put into the ground in January or February. That advance preparation gives the soil a chance to settle down and become colonized by the good soil critters. You should also take some time to clear away debris on the soil surface; that will save you a lot of time and anguish later because it eliminates or reduces the presence of many diseases, harmful fungi, and other critters spending their winter vacations in your garden. A new layer of composted mulch is recommended any time before Spring -it can prevent all of the pests mentioned above, some spreading by splashing rain. We've already had a very welcome rain, but still a little bit below average. As predicted, the unstable La Nina forming out in the Pacific hasn't decided if it will bring us more moisture or present us with a drier winter.

Because you want to signal to your roses that it's time to slow down and prepare for the spring, there are a few things you can just NOT do this month. For example, don't apply fertilizer this month; also, don't deadhead—just leave the spent flowers and their rose hips on the plants. And don't prune the canes; instead, wait until January or February. Watch this column for announcement of pruning demonstrations in January at rose Haven Heritage Garden.

I do encourage you to take a stroll through your garden every day or two just to keep appraised of its condition or need of any attention, and to imagine the great blooms you're going to have in the spring! Hopefully, you did a major ground clean-up from under and around the plants last month, including fallen petals, leaves and weeds.

Oh!! And let me make a last-minute plea: Rose Haven Heritage Garden needs more composted mulch. This year you can be one of Santa's little helpers by pledging a cash donation to buy a cubic yard or more of mulch. Every little bit will help replenish the dressing for our magnificent public gaden and at the same time help us use water more efficiently. Contact me at the next meeting or send me an e-mail at All donations from anywhere will be accepted. Until next month, I wish you all the best holiday wishes!

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, as well as our web site:

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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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