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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

April 2012 Roses Vol. 23, No. 04

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President's Message

by Frank Brines

Frank BrinesH ello. It is difficult to believe it is April already-but what a great March meeting we had! Our program speaker, Charles Robinson, gave a very interesting, attention-holding, informative and colorful presentation about Staghorn Ferns. Thank you, Ron Rumbold, for scheduling this speaker.

I am delighted that nine new members have joined the TVRS so far this year. Welcome them! Spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors, and let's make this the best year ever for TVRS membership! Although it is too late to be included in the member roster, it is not too late to join and be hand-written in.

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 pm. The three committees that met after March'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!

The Little Rose Show committee and the Rose Show Committee have joined with the First Bloom Committee to plan the May 12 First Bloom Celebration, which is shaping up to be a terrific event. The celebration WILL feature a Rose show, albeit for member exhibitors only. All exhibitors should plan to attend this meeting. I will be presenting rules/guidelines that will be used for judging roses during the coming year for the Little Rose Show. We expect a good attendance for this event. These three committees will meet as one after the general member meeting April 19. We still need a lot of volunteer help and members to attend this meeting to make it a success. The Rose Show will need many volunteers to help make it happen. Also, we're hoping for volunteers act as docents during the First Bloom Celebration for Rose Haven Heritage tours or to provide visitors information regarding garden. The plant sale and "slightly-used treasures" tables need volunteers to take money.

On March 24, eight of our nine new members met at Rose Haven at 9:15 AM for orientation-that's a terrific turnout. Since the orientation was rescheduled from the 17th due to rain, not all directors were able to attend, but those that did attend helped welcome the new members and give them information about specific areas of the Garden. Each new member was delighted to receive a potted rose plant of their choice.

Oh, big news: The new Rose Haven shed for our rose show properties has been erected and properties will be transported from the rented storage facility the first week of April. An inventory of properties will be ongoing for next few weeks. If you have any show properties (vases) in your possession, count them 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 April 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 Chat Articles

Kathy Katz's Chat articles are on-line and can be read here.

Hall of Fame, Rose Havem

by Jim Moss

All roses in the Hall of Fame (including the border roses along the street which are not Hall of Fame) have been pruned or trimmed, mulched and fertilized. The sprinkler system has been completely revised with new lines and heads, one per rose, eliminating or "goof plugging" all unnecessary holes. The new heads are adjustable, from 1 gph (gallons per hour) (or OFF) to 10 gph. This will utilize the available water more efficiently and allow regulation of flow at each head. After redesigning the system I had about 60 to 80 feet of feeder line from the old system which I removed and put in the shed, if anyone needs more line.

We added several Lavender plants and succulents to one area and will probably do more as time permits. In addition, the weed eradication project is nearly complete.

The gazebo was installed on March 28 and looks great. The New Dawn Climbing Roses along the west fence were severely cut back and many of the suckers removed. They are now being trained to trail along the fence. Within a year or two we should have them under control by continual trimming and training.

Youth Gardening

by Kathy Katz, for Barb Purdy

It's been a slow month at Youth Gardening.

Every Saturday it has rained or been cold. The Arbor Day Third Saturday was rained out, even though the committee had worked hard to provide an interesting program and trees to plant. We have made these programs shorter, hands on, and suitable for younger kids, as Saturday is the most popular sports time for older students.

The students are continuing to tame the weeds and plant veggies in The Tree of Life. They have delicious peas, carrots and some hardy herbs doing well now. The potato sprouts seem to be popular with the mice and crows/ravens, but they are covered now and should come along soon. Warmer nights will help.

It is time to get the warm weather crops going now, so we will be putting out tomato seedlings soon. Lots of weeds, of course, since we keep the food organic and so do not spray with weed killers.

Our student leader made a swell lettuce grow box to keep the pests out. Baby lettuce is growing in there. It looks good, terrific, actually. To see the grow box click here. Keep in touch.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Greg Roberts
Topic: Landscape Design with Native Plants

Greg is a Landscape designer and owner of California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. Greg's landscapes consist of native plants, which are highly water efficient, support an array of wildlife, are easy to maintain, are fire resistant, and above, are beautiful to experience. He has provided numerous presentations to many organizations throughout San Diego County and has contributed many articles magazines, newspapers and radio and TV stations in Southern California.

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

May program: Garden tour.
June program: Soils

April Birthdays & New Members

Ann Coakes, Ruthie Guest, Ann Schryer, Anna Mae Ackerman, Melissa Navaroli, Nena Meza, Pat Torres, Virginia Boos, Simonne Arnould, Rebecca Weersing.
New Members
Arlene Leonard and Everett Jay.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

What an enchanting spring in the garden. Buds are bursting into blossoms and the days are warm and relaxing. A plethora of activity and improvements during winter have paid off. Drop by and see a new gazebo donated by Denise in the Hall of Fame which gives the area a beautiful focal point among the well cared for roses maintained by Jim and Lori Moss. And, note the fully blooming lavender garden which was increased in size recently by May and Phyllis.


The irises, cared for by Carol Hudson, are full and ready to burst into bloom along with hardy roses in the Roses and Companion area. Frank has transplanted 22 donated roses to spruce up the Romantic Garden and Lyse has worked diligently on the miniature roses, and they should pop into bloom soon.

The Chaparral High Greenthumb group has been actively planting and caring for the Tree of Live vegetable garden with strawberries, carrots, lettuce and peas sprouting up. The students have provided so much help and enthusiasm we cannot thank them enough.

Coming up April 21st is our Third Saturday 'Families in the Garden' program administered by our Youth Gardening volunteers. And don't forget our First Bloom and Rose Show on Saturday, May 12th. Lots of festivities are planned and the garden should be at its peak. All members are encouraged to enter their best roses and arrangements in the show, and/or volunteer at the celebration in some other capacity. This is a grand annual event and such great fun. Please join in and pass the word to friends and neighbors.

All the above projects and more were discussed at the March committee meeting. We invite all members interested in our garden development to the next meeting Wednesday, April 25th at 9 a.m. Visit Rose Haven Garden on Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula. Map to Rose Haven Garden

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.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT he first blooms are of great importance to those hoping for a Queen of Show at one of Southern California's spring rose shows. Over the years I have noticed that those first blooms often form on short stems. (This may be true almost any time of the year, but particularly on the first bloom cycle in our region.) I've learned from my mentors that the most likely cause is wildly fluctuating cycles of temperature. We've certainly been experiencing that this year in the Temecula Valley, with several cycles of warmer temperatures followed by much cooler nights-in some areas dropping into the low 30s-from January through March. On top of that, we've had waves of cold rain that has further cooled the soil. Certain rose varieties are especially prone to this phenomena and manifest the cycle by rapid growth followed by no growth at all.

Feeding each week with products such as Jump Start Natural & Organic Starter Fertilizer and/or SuperThrive Vitamins and Hormones may help counteract this effect. Some rose 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 to assess the efficiency of your irrigation system-especially while your roses are pruned down and you can get into the garden without too much trouble. Although "some in the know" have heralded an end to the SoCal drought, we need to continue to be water wise and conserve our supply, for Mother Nature is fickle and we still import much of our water. Many regional water districts have implemented "tiered pricing" that can take a big bite out of your wallet. 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 factor when growing roses for exhibition. He explains that the amount of water a rose needs depends on many variables 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 the Temecula Valley, 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.

Now, let's consider how you are 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 leaks, clogs, and broken lines and emitters. Fix the problems as soon as possible.

Next, 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 respectively.) Add up your system's output:

  1. Go around the garden and tally how many emitters you have of each capacity.
  2. Based on the number of emitters and their capacity, calculate the number of gallons delivered per hour.
  3. Check your irrigation controller and find out how many hours you are running it per week.
  4. Use both those figures to calculate the number of gallons you are delivering each week.
  5. Adjust the length of irrigation to approximate the 5 to 10 gallons recommend per plant per week.

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 encourages the production of earth worms and other soil organisms that help make nutrients available to your plants in an 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.

You're going to really enjoy the fruits (and blooms) of your labors! And speaking of "first blooms," plan on attending the First Blooms Celebration at our own Rose Haven Heritage Garden.

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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