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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

May 2011   Roses    Vol. 22, No. 05

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonW ell, folks, our big day is just around the corner so get busy, spread the word to friends, relatives, neighbors and let them know how special our Garden's 20th Anniversary is going to be with a little something for everyone's taste. Starting with the spectacular and exquisite blooms and many outdoor activities like docent garden tours, plein air painting, photography, plant sale, gardening goods, music, face painting for children and our brand new Tree of Life at the very top of the hill.

We will appreciate a good show of hands at Rose Haven on May 20th to deadhead so the garden will look its best for the following day. If everyone spends just one hour deadheading we should be looking good. Also, if anyone has tables, chairs or pop-ups please contact Ann Coakes. With all the committee members suggestions, feedback, planning and terrific advertising by Kathy Turgeon and Amy Bentley, the First Bloom Celebration should be quite a success. Don't forget your cameras, sunglasses, hats an walking shoes.

Everyone seemed to enjoy our April day trip to "Casa Romantica" in San Clemente; and we couldn't have asked for a better docent. Our next trip on June 22nd will be to Sherman Library & Gardens in beautiful Corona Del Mar. This is a 2-acre horticultural retreat; a garden well worth the visit plus you might get some ideas for your own garden. It features a cactus garden, tropical conservatory, rose and herb garden, a Japanese garden, a beautiful and well stocked gift shop and Cafe Jardin with indoor and outdoor seating. I strongly recommend that you don't miss this one. I, will again, pass the sign-up sheet at the June 16th meeting as our May meeting will be replaced with the Members Garden Tour on May 19th. Let's have a great turn-out.

First Bloom Celebration

The Temecula Valley Rose Society Presents
A Celebration of Spring
At the Rose Haven Heritage Garden
Saturday, May 21, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come enjoy thousands of beautiful roses for a day in the garden at this spring event. Celebrate the garden and enjoy outdoor activities. Experts in rose care will be on hand to offer tips and advice for your garden. Plein-air painting and photography are encouraged. Activities for children. Shop at the plant and gardening goods sale. Light refreshments. A $2.00 donation is appreciated.
Location: 30500 Jedediah Smith Road.
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Member Profile: Lenore Vogel

by Kathy Katz

Many of us have had a chance to get to know Lenore Vogel since she began helping Virginia Boos with the mini-rose show at our meetings. Lenore is a longtime member who wants others to know that she came to the Rose Society to learn about roses and has found a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure in her acquired knowledge.

Lenore was raised on a farm, became a nurse, married and had two daughters, both of whom are deaf. Her's was a difficult marriage, and when it ended it was she who made sure both girls went to college and succeeded, all on her nurses salary at UCLA. She also had to endure double hip replacement surgery in mid-career. She had to work hard to keep her head nurse position.

Her love of roses began when a patient gave her the lovely pink "Eiffel Tower". She kept a few bushes in Northridge where she lived. Shortly after retiring she, and with her friend of 32 years now, James Rende, moved here in 1995. She found a small flyer advertising our Rose Show, she attended and became a member.

She became more and more involved in the Rose Society, was Secretary for three years, and helped with the pruning and dead-heading at Rose Haven for years. Her first entry in a show was after attending many shows, watching many others enter, and choosing her most lovely bloom. When the judges gave it a big "X" she wondered how they could miss the beauty of that flower. It was bewildering and intimidating, but she was just as determined to learn the criteria for showing roses as she had been to make what could be seen as a tough life into a thing of beauty.

From choosing the right rose, to transporting it carefully and polishing leaves, to what those Q-tips in the blooms are for, she learned and listened. By 2004, her garden had expanded to 35 bushes. She entered in several classes in that year's show and was dumbfounded to learn she had won King and Queen of show, plus Queen of Mini's. She felt a little guilty, knowing so many people had worked so hard to make that show come together.

Just a month later Lenore had to have a second right hip replacement, and then the other. Again. Those surgeries have made things hard physically and she is no longer as active physically. She is happy to be walking, period. She is very pleased to be passing on her knowledge of showing roses at the meetings "little rose shows" and to still be able to care for her plants and herself at eighty three.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

The garden is bursting with blooms and is looking beautiful for everyone to enjoy. There have been an abundance of guests lately and two garden clubs visited recently. The first group arrived in a huge bus from the Sun City Garden Club. We were not expecting them but it was great fun and they enjoyed exploring the garden. Next was the Pauba Garden Club that had scheduled a tour with Phyllis, which was coincidentally the same day. After receiving a welcome talk and a map of the garden they checked out the entire garden then relaxed in the picnic area.

Fliers for the First Bloom Celebration May 21st are disappearing right and left from the display box at Rose Haven. We look forward to a wonderful day and a great turnout. Don't forget to invite friends and neighbors. Call Ann Coakes if you can volunteer an hour or two.

The 'Tree of Life' vegetable garden is complete and is outstanding. We encourage everyone to take a look. Rebecca sponsored the project and has worked with the designer and crew to bring the development to fruition. This was a youth gardening project aimed at our high school students and they are anxious to get their fingers dirty keeping the veggies in tip top shape and planting new varieties.

Other projects that are keeping us busy: Planting additional roses in the children's ABC walk; fill in erosion gullies; order plant markers and signs for new garden areas; spread newer path material in Boos Courtyard.

You can follow our gardening activities and see many new photos on our Twitter account. Just log on to our home page at www.temeculavalleyrose and select the box 'Follow me on twitter'. Read the garden sentence, and then click on twitpics to see great pictures of Rose Haven and activities. You can also click here. There is no requirement to have your own Twitter account.

The next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, May 25th at 9 a.m. All interested are invited to attend. Address is 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Spring Garden Photos

Vogel Family Iris Garden

Member Meeting Program

Date:  Thursday, May 19
Time:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Place:  Meet at Rose Haven Garden
Topic:  Tour of Five Member Rose Gardens

In lieu of the regular Temecula Valley Rose Society Members May Meeting we will be enjoying the beauty of five (5) of our members gardens on our Annual Garden Tour. The TVRS members will start at "Rose Haven Heritage Garden" to look at the 2,000 blooming roses in our public garden. From there, we will visit the first garden in Murrieta, then on to Lake Elsinore. The third garden is in Sun City, the fourth and final gardens are in Temecula. Lunch will be severed at the last garden.

We will meet at Rose Haven at 9:00-9:15 AM, where maps will be given out. It is advisable to carpool and to wear comfortable walking shoes. We will need to depart Rose Haven promptly at 9:30 AM in order to keep to our tight schedule so we have as much time to enjoy each of the gardens and complete the tour before 1:00 PM.

Garden number 1:  The first garden on the tour is at the home of May Olson, 40270 Via Francisco, Murrieta. She has 90 rose bushes, and the garden is beautifully designed. You will see a great variety of roses in May's garden. She moved into her home just six years ago, and designed the garden, working with some of the plants that were already there. She has many favorite roses depending on the type. Her favorite climber is "4th of July", and her favorite mini rose is "Dreamcatcher." She has other favorites which she will be happy to share with you. You will enjoy walking through this very appealing rose garden, with it's beautiful roses. That old saying "take the time to smell the roses" comes to mind.

Garden number 2:  The second garden is the home of Stanley Szymczyk, 27297 Lindell Road, Lake Elsinore. When first arriving at Stanley's garden you are met with a line of 100 roses of various colors. Wandering down a slope through a shaded forest of Monterey Pines you will find an additional 75 roses. Close by is a grove of approximately 100 palm trees. This is a large property and many additional and interesting plants may be found here.

Garden Number 3:  The third garden on the tour will be the beautiful rose garden of Don Nordike, 28767 Glen Oaks Drive, Sun City. If you've seen his garden you know how spectacular it is, however if not, you are in for a real treat. He has over 160 roses in his garden, and works daily to keep them looking their best. He's forever charging and upgrading his roses, so they are the very best.

Garden Number 4:  Number 4 on the tour is Yolanda Hepburn's garden, located at 31121 Humbolt Court, Temecula. When Yolanda moved to Temecula 23 years ago her garden soil was all clay. Many hours and backaches were endured changing the soil to create the closest imitation of an English Garden. Besides roses she prides in iris and all kinds of perennials. Her favorite roses are "French Lace", "Marilyn Monroe" and a pure purple called "Melody Parfumee."

Garden Number 5:  The fifth garden on the tour is at the home of Ann Coakes, 41245 Prom. Chardonnay, Temecula. Ann has done a great job of designing and planting her rose garden. She has 60 roses of all types in her yard. Her magnificent, huge climbers cascade over her arched trellises and really make a statement. She has so many beautiful roses of various colors and scents that you must take your time to really enjoy each and every one. Her favorites are "Mr. Lincoln", "Eden", and her climber "Graham Thomas."

Day trip to Casa Romantica:  Our recent member trip to Casa Romantica in San Clemente was very nice. Our tour guide, Lisa Goff, is a landscape architect and knew the botanical names of all the plants throughout the various garden rooms. Our member, Val Nelson, asked if the group could have some cuttings of the various succulents. The added bonus of receiving cuttings for all made the trip special.

May Birthdays &  New Members

Susan Baldridge, Linda Black, Carol Hudson, Jeff Kilpatrick, Delia M. Lyons, Don McMullen, Stanley Szymczyk.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show Results - April 21st

by Virginia Boos
  We had a gorgeous display of 34 entries. Thanks to all of you who brought your blossoms for us to admire. The perfect combination of sun and rain must have really helped to bring about some very handsome roses. We won't be having a show in May when the home tours take place. Lenore Vogel and I will be seeing you at the June meeting.
Class 1 - One Stem, Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora without side buds
1st Place (Blue Ribbon)
"Aperitif" - Jim Moss
"Just Joey" - May Olson
"Olympiad" - Ellen Noele
"Olympiad" - Jim Moss
"Perfect Moment" - May Olson
"Perfume Delight" - Jim Moss
"St. Patrick" - Ellen Noele
"Spellbound" - Lenore Vogel

2nd Place (Red Ribbon)
"Black Magic" - Ellen Noele
"John F. Kennedy" - May Olson
"Marilyn Monroe" - Yolanda Hepburn
"Pascali" - Virginia Boos
"Peace" - May Olson
"Spellbound" - Jim Moss

3rd Place (Yellow Ribbon)
"Brigadoon" - Jim Moss
"Legends" - Laurie Moss
"Midas Touch" - Jim Moss
"Sheer Bliss" - Ellen Noele
"Tahitian Sunset" - Roberta Costa
"Whisky Mac" - Ann Schryer

Class 2 - One Stem, Floribunda without side buds
2nd Place (Red Ribbon) "Easy Does It" - Virginia Boos
"Drop Dead Red" - Laurie Moss
"Gingersnap" - May Olson

3rd Place (Yellow Ribbon)
"Easy Does It" - Laurie Moss
"French Lace" - Yolanda Hepburn

Class 3 - One Stem, Miniature
1st Place (Blue Ribbon)
"Dreamcatcher" - May Olson
"Irresistible" - May Olson
"Nancy Jean" - Ellen Noele

2nd Place (Red Ribbon)
"Irresistible" - Ellen Noele
"Santa Claus" - Virginia Boos

Class 6 - One Stem of Any Other Type or Unknown
1st Place (Blue Ribbon)
"Berries & Cream" (Climber) - Kathy Turgeon
"Outta the Blue" (Shrub) - Kathy Turgeon
"Swan" (Shrub, David Austin) - Virginia Boos

3rd Place (Yellow Ribbon)
Unknown ("Moonstone" - HT) - Kathy Turgeon

No entries were submitted for Class 4, Floribunda Spray, or Class 5, Miniature Spray.

Rose of the Day - "Perfect Moment" - May Olson

Remember Memorial Day

Please remember to visit the Veteran's Memorial at Town Square Park in the City of Murrieta for the solemn Memorial Day ceremony at 8:00 a.m. on May 30th. The Warbirds from March Field Air Museum will perform a flyover to honor our servicemen and women and a wreath for each branch of the armed services will be be laid at the base of the Veterans Memorial.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT his Spring has been unusual for the Temecula Valley with more than normal rain and irregular temperatures. I have noticed more fungal infections in gardens, such as powdery mildew and even black spot. It is best to start a managed treatment as soon as one notices there is this problem in the garden. For organic gardeners this causes frustration as there are not a lot of readily available organic products for these maladies. There are a few that you can use, you just have to inquire at good nurseries or fertilizer outlets. If the problem is difficult to control, it may be necessary to use an integrated organic/chemical management program. I don't subscribe to the use of chemicals except as a last resort to keep problems at a minimum. Use a product which addresses only the specific problem you are experiencing.

Now it's time to reward your gardens for their productions with some TLC: tending, loving, caring. This month's advice is the beginning of an experiment in horticulture for the Temecula Valley Rose Society. For many reasons – the biggest being that the society is celebrating its 20th year with a first bloom event and fund raiser at their public garden May 21 (located at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula) – the TVRS has decided to present their Rose Show in November this year. This necessitates a different approach to summer culture.

If you did your major pruning in late January to mid-March, you're probably experiencing waning blooms, and you are left with fading aged blossoms or petal-less sepals. It's time to stimulate the next cycle of blooms! To do that, be a little more aggressive than simple deadheading: Do a minor pruning as you would when cutting a bloom for exhibition. 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 into the interior of the bush. Most of this is "terminal growth" anyway which won't produce a blossom but is taking up energy that could be used to produce more blooms; removing these interior branches also allows 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 don't have quite the substance as they should have. 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. Keep in mind that a good slow deep watering is better than frequent shallow one. Roses root zone is 8" to 12" deep, and drip delivery systems provide water in a better pattern than other systems. The pattern is like a funnel turned upside down, delivering water to a larger area in the root zone.

There is still time to top dress the garden with composted mulch. A 3" to 4" layer of composted mulch will definitely conserve moisture and prevent stressing of plants and keep a more regulated soil temperature. It will help conserve water and save you money. Also, 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. Apply at least 1 gallon for hybrid teas and other tall rose verities and half gallon for smaller verities.

Your roses should give you another flush of blooms in June with this method. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Celebration at Rose Haven Heritage Garden on May 21, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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
2011: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9*,
Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10*, Dec 8.
From 10 a.m. to noon.
* Meeting location to be announced.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2011: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2011: 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 Road, Temecula
2011: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22,
Aug 24, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 16.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2011: Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2011: Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.
  Activities for 13 & older are coordinated by Barb Purdy & Kathy Katz.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

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

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2011 Officers & Directors


President: May Olson
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Betty Dixon
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing


Rose Festival 2011: [Open]
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney


Simonne Arnould
Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
May Olson
Ron Rumbold
Diana Smith
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing
Bernice Wendt
Peggy Whitney

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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