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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

March 2012   Roses   Vol. 23, No. 03

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President's Message

by Frank Brines

Frank BrinesWOW! March already! But what a great February meeting we had! Our program speaker, Marcia Van Loy, impressed a record-breaking attendance with a very informative and colorful presentation Attracting Birds, Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden. Thanks you, Ron Rumbold, for scheduling this speaker. In addition, we are delighted that four new members joined the TVRS at our February meeting. Welcome to them. So, to wrap THAT up: Spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors, and let's make this the best year ever for TVRS membership!

Which brings me to another reminder to those you have not renewed your membership: The deadline for being included in the member roster is March 1. DO NOT procrastinate—submit your dues today! You may still be able to be included in 2012 member roster before Bonnie Bell completes the list. For those with Internet capabilities, go to and click on the Membership link, which will lead you to the Membership page and a link to a form. On the form, please indicate your interests and any changes you would like to your listing in the members' roster.

I've set goals for 2012 to help us grow and become a more vibrant, active organization. To help reach those goals, I need each of you to join one of the committees listed in the back of the members' roster, or on the TVRS Web site. (From the home page, click "Member's Page" then click the link to "Committees List.") Most committees meet right after the monthly members' meeting and run from 1:00 pm to 1:45 p.m. The three committees that met after February's meeting made some good plans for upcoming projects and events. There were some new participants, but we need more committee members to accomplish these. Many more committees need YOU to volunteer. If we don't have enough volunteers on these committees we may need to cancel some activities, events or projects. Please don't let this happen! So, please join or renew, and become more a part of the fun, excitement, and wonderful memories that we can create together at TVRS!

On March 17, all new members will meet at Rose Haven at 9:15 a.m. for orientation. All directors will be there to give information about their area of responsibility. Each new member will receive their potted rose plant at that time.

The Little Rose Show committee will be scheduling a meeting in near future. I will be presenting rules and guidelines that will be used for judging roses during the coming year for the Little Rose Show. All exhibitors should plan to attend this meeting. The date will be announced at the general meeting March 15.

Oh, big news: The new Rose Haven shed for our rose show properties should arrive the first week of March and be erected by about March 4. If you have any show properties in your possession count them up because Jeanne Brubaker will be be asking you for that information so she can complete inventory. (Thanks to all of you, and to Jeanne!)

I hope to see you (and your family and friends) at the March meeting. It promises to be a good one, with a presentation about Staghorn ferns, the Opportunity Table, and our monthly pot luck luncheon. See you there!

Rose Haven News

by Kathy Katz

Oh, the garden has been cut back on all fronts. Thankfully, the rain held off and the spraying for weeds is mostly done, all but the Organic Vegetable Tree of Life. Jeremy will finsh the spraying sometime next week. We will fertilize the main parts of the garden after the 28th. Barb has pea plants to transplant ASAP. I sure hope a bunch of students show up to help this Saturday. The foundation for the new shed is proceeding and the roses in that space were transplanted. Everything seems to be growing well. Please send any information, news or anything you want to chat about at Rose Haven to me and I will get right back to you.

Grocery Cards Benefit TVRS

Dear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Script/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a $100.00 Script Card will let you spend $100.00 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. See Ann Coakes to order Cards. Tel 951 693-5635

San Fernando Valley Event

Hello Exhibitors and Friends,

The San Fernando Valley Rose Society is holding our Annual Rose Show on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sepulveda Garden Center, located at 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, Calif. We will accept entries between the hours of 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Judging will start at 10:00 am or shortly thereafter. The public will be invited in to view the rose show around 12:30 or 1:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you, our friends, for a day that will fill your senses with scent, color, and beauty. Novices are encouraged to enter. Please visit our website for information and for updates on our rose show. A link to our website is For further questions, please contact David Bassani at

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Charles Robinson
Topic: Staghorn Ferns.

Read an article from Wikipedia about these unusual plants here:

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

 April: Landscape Design With Native Plants.
 May: Annual Garden Tour

March Birthdays & New Members

Anne Finn, Voula Strickland, Lorraine Kline, Brenda Binette, Troy Cregar.
Janet Gorden and Voula Strickland.
New Members
Anne Finn, Voula Strickland, Lorraine Kline, Brenda Binette, Troy Cregar.

Special Thanks

Trash binCR&R Waste Management has donated trash pickup service at Rose Haven since 1991. This year, to assist with our major pruning project, they also donated the use of a 40 cubic yard dumpster and added additional pickup days at our request. Also, baskets and bags of clippings and leaves were hand loaded into their truck. The TVRS Rose Haven Committee and the Society express their heartfelt thanks for this greatly appreciated and very special donation.

Youth Gardening

by Barb Purdy

We were happy to see the sun shining on our Third Saturday program this month. Although our turnout was small, the children who attended had a great hands-on experience planting miniature roses and onions, and discovering the world of composting. We encouraged them to come back often and follow the progress of their garden growing.

The Tree of Life vegetable garden was a flurry of activity toward the end of the month. A second batch of pea plants and another trellis were put in as the first batch is beginning to bloom and produce peas. The flowers are so pretty and I can't wait for everyone to try these sweet peas. The Green Thumbs children also prepared the garden for a potato planting which we will do the first Saturday in March (the 3rd). These students really like to dig and they do it so well. I think we have a good start to producing a great crop of potatoes and hopefully we will be successful enough to make a nice contribution to our local food pantry.

We also had a group of volunteers from Van Avery Prep who got their hands dirty (and loved it) planting onions and broccoli and getting rid of some of the weeds. They enjoyed their day in the garden and told us they would like to come back again. With all the digging and planting I think we all slept well that night, but it was a good tired, knowing that if everything grows as it should (onions, peas, potatoes, carrots and broccoli) we are on our way to being able to make a great stew.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

At last, new leaves are bursting out on the roses, new shoots on ornamental grasses, and flowers on the succulents are blooming. We know spring is coming this month just from observing the garden. And the daffodils are in full bloom bringing color and cheer. All the tremendous work by our volunteers and hired help in January and February is really paying off. Our thanks to everyone who donates their time and energy in caring for our beautiful garden.

The weekly "Rose Haven News" from Kathy Katz via email is intended to keep members up-to-date on the progress and activity going on in the garden. We hope you enjoy this new feature. Many favorable comments have been received and we appreciate Kathy going the extra mile in keeping us informed.

The concrete pad is ready for a new tool shed, a gazebo for Hall of Fame has been ordered, and additional mini-roses were added to the ABC garden on our 3rd Saturday "Families in the Garden" day. Additional lavender plants will be added this month to the lavender garden near Hall of Fame area. An Eagle Scout has proposed a plan to provide benches/viewing platform and enhancements to the pond area. We look forward to reviewing his project next week.

The next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. All interested members are invited to attend. Visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, as well as our web site:

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesH aving pruned your roses last month (you did prune your roses, right?), you should see new coppery-red foliage that is about two to three inches long. The temperatures have been quite erratic with warm to very warm days and very cool to cold nights which will influence on how quickly the new foliage grows. Some folks pruned as early as December, I hope the new growth was not frost-damaged on your roses--it's a risk one takes every year when deciding when to prune. There has been some cold rain which continues to keep ground temperatures low thus discouraging new growth. The warming daytime temperatures will stimulate greater root growth . Truthfully, I think the roses are as confused as we are.

Whether or not your roses have sprouted, apply lime sulfur dormant spray now in order to prevent disease fungi on surface debris from spreading to new growth. Follow the directions on the label. In a new rose garden, or with newly pruned roses that haven't sprouted, thoroughly wet all canes and the surrounding soil. For roses that have sprouted, be more careful in your application and, be sure to follow the "growing season instructions" on the label.

Now's the time to begin a feeding regimen. To give roots a boost at the start of the season, sprinkle super phosphate (available at home stores and nurseries) on the soil surface at a rate of 1 lb for every 10 square feet. Lightly water it into the soil. Also sprinkle 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Epson Salts widely around the base of each plant. (Use half as much for minis and mini-floras.) There is some indication this helps in producing new cane growth.

Given that your roses are about as bare as they're going to be for the rest of the year, you might take time to inspect and repair your irrigation system. I just replaced an old drip system with a new drip line and emitters in one of my gardens. Drip systems are the most thrifty, and they avoid the problems of above-ground sprayers and sprinklers which waste water and can foster molds (mildew and rust). Make sure your irrigation system is in good working order; for example, make sure all the emitters are delivering the expected amount of water and that there are no leaks.

Top your rose bed with a 2" to 4" layer of organic composted mulch. If you've read this column for more than a month or so, you know that I'm a big believer in composted mulch! It's best covering the entire rose bed. It will help supply nutrients for beneficial soil organism that transport these nutrients deeper into the soil and even into the plant. While naturally adding nutrients through leaching it will also insulate the upper 8" to 12" where most rose roots feed, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Mulch also helps prevent water loss and evens out the soil moisture.

For your regular feeding program, I recommend that you avoid products that describe themselves as "systemic." These contain insecticide and/or fungicide (mold killer) that enter the plant through the leaves and roots, and circulate within it. I avoid such products for two reasons. First, because much of the product ends up washing into the soil, you are laying waste to a wide range of soil organisms, including beneficial ones, thus making your soil less diverse and dynamic—this can only be bad in the long run for your plants. Secondly, because these poisons circulate within the plant, there's a chance that the bad bugs will feed on the poison and be eaten by beneficial insects, such as birds, butterflies, the praying mantis, and lady bug; because these predators are further up the food chain, they concentrate the poisons and can be killed by them too.

Also, I use and emphatically recommend organic types of fertilizer, as vs. inorganic or "chemical" ones, because organics are less concentrated (thus less likely to burn), and their nutrients are released more slowly. This fosters better soil development, making for a richer, livelier, and more viable soil that is able to break the elements into an easily absorbed form and releases them slowly to the plants. As your soil develops, you'll be able to use less and less product and save money in the process.

Our area has had some rains, so fertilizing now is opportune. If you can't feed now, while the soil is moist and the plants are well hydrated, be sure to water them the day before you do begin fertilizing. (Never feed a dry plant!) A typical feeding program involves applying products every two to four weeks. You can decide what works best for you, your soil, and your roses. Alternate using dry and liquid foods. For example, for the first application, use any good non-systemic organic brand of fertilizer; for the next application (two to four weeks later), apply diluted fish emulsion to help boost the micro-nutrients necessary for good plant health and disease resistance.

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 Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula
2012: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Assistance League of Temecula
28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula
2012: 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
2012: 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
2012: 4th Wednesday of the month.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2012: Apr, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov.
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2012: Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
   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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2013 Officers & Directors


President: Frank Brines
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Phyllis Bettleheim
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing


Rose Festival 2013: Linda/Jocelyn Black
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney
  Little Rose Show — May Olson & Lenore Vogel


Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Ann Coakes
Barb Purdy
Ron Rumbold
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Lenore Vogel
Rebecca Weersing
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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