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May 2012 Roses Vol. 23, No. 5

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President's Message

by Frank Brines

Frank BrinesM ay is the month of changes. It also is a busy month for our society. This year is no exception, only busier. Let me begin with list of events.

May 1, Visit to a San Diego Garden-For those who have signed up, gather at Rose Haven Heritage Garden at 9 AM to car pool to Marcia Von Loy's garden in San Diego.

May 10,TVRS Board meeting—members welcome.

May 12, TVRS First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show. This is a big event and needs a lot of volunteers to be an efficient enjoyable successful celebration.Take action now, don't wait for a better offer. Please,please, contact Ann Coakes, Linda Black, May Olson, Jeanne Brubaker, Lenore Vogel, Joycelyn Black, or Frank Brines-see the members' roster for contact information. Setup will start at 6AM Saturday May 12. There are pop-up tents, tables, umbrellas, chairs, signs to be logistically placed. Come help vendors locate their assigned location to set up. Assistance with many facets of preparing the tent and tables for the rose show. The tent and tables for the show will be set up by employees of the rental company, however table covers and dividers need to be placed, and we need volunteers to place specimens on the correct tables from 8:30AM to 10AM. Help after 3PM to remove flowers, dump the water from vases and pack into containers, remove table decorations and fold the cloths. The tent and tables have to be ready at 4PM for the rental employees to dismantle. We need some folks to act as "docents" to give tours and or history of the Rose Haven Heritage Garden and TVRS Rose Society—don't worry, it'll be fun and we'll give you all the prep you need!

Any one with information regarding the history of TVRS Rose Society and or Rose Haven Heritage Garden please contact Rebecca Weersing or Frank Brines in an effort to create a historical tour of Rose Haven. I am hearing about more and more projects that the TVRS has been involved with in the community. So many people, agencies, and the community have benefitted from our organization—maybe you can help us remember how! Many will be surprised and awed when all is learned, recorded, and published for the community as well as our members to know and be proud of what we have done for the community over the last 21 years.

May 17, Members' Garden tour. Meet at 9am at Rose Haven Heritage Garden for carpooling and route directions to the different gardens on the tour. DO NOT GO TO THE LIBRARY—YOU WILL BE ALL ALONE—THERE IS NO MEETING THERE THAT DAY!

May 12, Lake Elsinore Womens Club 56th Flower and Garden Show. 710 W. Graham Ave., Lake Elsinore.

These are the events that I am aware of, I'm sure there are more garden events to attend, but this will keep one busy attending these. The San Diego Fair begins in early June and runs through July 4. Make plans to attend one day and check out the rose, flower and garden exhibits.

Lastly, wish Phyllis Bettelheim, Rebecca Weersing, and Frank Brines well on their trip to Albuquerque May 31 to June 6 for the ARS Pacific Southwest District convention and photography school for judging photos for rose shows.

Two-In-One Garden Extravaganza

"First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show"

Temecula—Come enjoy thousands of beautiful roses at the "First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show," Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rose Haven Heritage Garden in Temecula.

This year a special Rose Show will be included in the First Bloom Celebration. You will see hundreds of beautiful locally grown roses and floral arrangements scattered throughout the garden.

The "First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show" is open to the public and will feature: live music, original floral artwork, light refreshments and fun activities for kids. Consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer questions about rose care and cultivation. There will also be a huge plant, gardening item and unique gift sale which will enable Temecula's only "public garden" to thrive.

Bring the entire family for a fun and educational day. A $2.00 donation is appreciated.

The Temecula Valley Rose Society, a non-profit organization, owns and maintains the Rose Haven Heritage Garden at the corner of Jedediah Smith Road and Cabrillo Avenue in Temecula. The garden is home to approximately 2,000 roses; hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers and mini roses, as well as drought-tolerant plants and a reflecting pond. To view our colorful poster click here. For more information, call Ann at (951) 693-5635.

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.

2012 Annual Rose Show

Don't miss our annual rose show at Rosehaven Heritage Garden Saturday, May 12 from 10: a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to see the entry categories.

Little Rose Show Competition

by May Olson & Lenore Vogel

Please continue to bring in your specimens to the Little Rose Show every month from April through November. A prize is given to the rose judged "Rose of the Day". At the April meeting Frank Brines was the winner with a beautiful specimen of "Gemini". For this month the Little Rose Show will be part of our Annual Rose Show being held at Rose Haven on May 12. Please remember that all roses must be properly named and entered in the appropriate section. Should you have a rose without a name we will do our best to identify it for you. Each exhibitor is limited to six entries per show. Entry tags will be supplied and specimens will be judged according to ARS guidelines. Please remove all specimens at the end of the show. Good luck to all.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

Spring is in the air. The roses, succulents, iris, lavender, and water-wise plants are in full bloom just in time for our First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show. Lots of festivities are planned and all members are encouraged to attend. Invite friends and neighbors too.

The new shed is installed and holds properties and equipment for the rose show and special events thanks to a generous donation from Rebecca. On a cold and cloudy day the Eagle Scout project was completed so we have two beautiful new benches setting atop stone paver pads overlooking the pond area. We appreciate all the work the scouts accomplished to make our garden even more enjoyable to the community. Frank has been spreading the surplus gravel and sand in the Special Events area to make it more level and compact.

The Third Saturday "Families in the Garden" is proving a great success. With the weather finally cooperating, kids and parents enjoyed participating in the educational activities our Youth committee planned. The Tree of Life vegetable garden has strawberries, carrots, lettuce and peas growing thanks to the Greenthumb teens who volunteer most Saturdays. Planting tomatoes and other seedlings is coming up soon.

Our May garden committee meeting is Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30. Meet us at Rose Haven to discuss garden development and maintenance items. All interested members are invited. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith, Temecula. Our website has more info and photos.

Note: Our thanks go out to Tony & Nina Cherniss of Inland Valley Pest Control for their donation of gopher control in April as the critters have been abundant this year.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Place: Rose Haven Garden parking lot. Organizer: Garden Tour Committee
Topic: TVRS Annual Garden Tour of Selected Member Gardens

May 17th is the day for the Members Garden Tour. Remember, there will not be a meeting at the library. Please plan be at Rose Haven to receive instructions and maps to the various gardens by 9:00 a.m.. The tour will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The tour includes five different gardens and a light lunch at the last garden. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for warm weather and walking on uneven ground. Plan to car pool as much as possible due to limited parking and avoid hiking up driveways at several of the gardens.

Gardens include various types of roses such as Miniatures, Hybrid Teas, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Climbers, Tree roses, and Shrub Austin's. Bring your cameras for outstanding photos of may varieties and colors, and also enjoy the many fragrances.

June meeting: Soils. July: No meeting. August: Annual Strategic Planning (Board of Directors).

Special Day Trip on Tuesday

May 1 to Marcia Van Loy 's home
by Sochie Rumbold

Please plan to be at Rose Haven by 9:00 a.m. to receive map and driving instructions to Marcia's home in San Diego. Driving time is approximately 1 hour. Marcia will open her garden at 10 am.m, not before.

Information about Marcia's garden: She has gardened in the Clairemont community of San Diego for 30 years. In 1998 she terraced the hill so that she could increase her plant and vegetables growing space. The 70 foot hillside is now populated by three vegetable gardens, a succulent bed, multiple beds that grow bird, hummingbird and butterfly plants, and multiple flowerbeds abounding with bulbs and flowering plants and vines. Her lower garden is populated by annuals, perennials, a few fruit trees and California-friendly plants. Her deck is used as a plant nursery and is where she propagates plants for friends and the Master Gardener Association. Other things she shares with visiting garden clubs is the new 17-foot garden shed she built a couple of years ago, a collection of potted succulents, and she mentions that they have solar energy that supplies power to the waterfall and her home.

We are welcome to bring a sack lunch and dine on her patio, which will accommodate 45 people. She will discuss the history of her garden when she takes 10 people at a time up the hill to view things up close.

Important note: Do not arrive at her home earlier than 10:00 a.m. Plan to brown bag you lunch and take to her home for lunch.

May Birthdays & New Members

Carol Hudson, Don McMullen and Susan Baldridge.
New Members
Nardo Felipe, Dianne Jore, Pamm Vuoso, Everett Jay, Anne Finn, Arlene Leonard, Ruthie Guest, and Brenda Binette.

Florence Blacharski FLORENCE BLACHARSKI – December 22, 1909 – April 2, 2012

One of our very special members has passed away at the age of 102. (Her daughter-in-law, Mary Lou, has also been a member since 1996, when she became part of the Blacharski family in marriage.)

Florence joined TVRS on 3/11/1993 when it was still in its "infancy" and she was in her mid-80s. She will forever be remembered as vigorous, bright, generous, loving and always cheerful. The Sunshine cards, to celebrate birthdays, were sent out by her for many years. She has been a valuable member and will surely be missed.

At her memorial service, the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church referred to all that had happened in the "dash" between 1909 and 2012. He commented on Florence's eventful life, her loving and cherished family, as well as her generosity to her church. The respect she earned is remarkable.

Farewell to you, Florence.

Hall of Fame Update

by Jim Moss

Here is the latest from Hall of Fame. The Gazebo is now installed and the area around it cleaned up. Denise and we are going to discuss what type of landscaping to put around it, but whatever we decide on, it will be a nice addition. I am planning to bury as many sprinkler feeder lines as I think need to be done, to eliminate foot traffic over them. Deadheading is ongoing, as we are attempting to have as many blooms as possible for the First Bloom celebration, but hope things haven't peaked too soon! Beside general upkeep and maintenance, that's it for now. Things have slowed down for us quite a bit.

Eagle Scout Bench

     Eagle Scout Bench

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT hinking about our temperatures and climate over the past couple of years in the Temecula Valley, I'm wondering if we're experiencing a "new normal." Both years had unusual springs. This March brought wide temperature fluctuations and rained out three weekend projects at Rose Haven. April continued the unstable weather conditions, which are confusing to plants and humans: We aren't sure to carry an umbrella to keep us dry or to provide shade!

With somewhat dryer and warmer weather in April, the canes on roses have lengthened from earlier in March giving some indication of having longer canes to support the roses blooms. The rain over the past couple of months is making for larger first blooms, but there's a down side: More fungal diseases than usual, such as Black Spot and rust. Another fungal disease is Botritis which is fostered by the added moisture on the blossoms and the higher humidity in the air. Botritis assaults flower heads, leaves, and stems. Symptoms include a squishy black-flower center. To read more of the gory details, and to determine if your roses have it, follow this link.

The first blooms are of great importance to those hoping for a Queen of Show at one of Southern California's spring rose shows. Two shows are scheduled for May 5: The Temecula Garden Club at Temecula Civic Center, and the California Coastal Rose Society show at Harding Auditorium in Carlsbad. Plan to exhibit or attend one these shows to learn about different garden plants and roses.

Many rose gardens are coming into full bloom this time of year. Here in the Temecula Valley, and likely other Southern California areas, we've needed to provide little or no additional water to the rain amounts to have wonderful gardens. This month, make at least a third application of fertilizer. I recommend at least 2 applications monthly. I also recommend organics which help improve the soil unlike chemicals which deplete the soil. So-called "systemic" fertilizers which contain fungicides, pesticides, insecticides, and/or other poisons have more adverse effects-including contaminating any plant parts you plan to use for cooking or eating. They may also kill beneficial critters that pollinate or use for food, or which are higher on the food chain and unluckily eat dying (and contaminated) pest insects.

Summer is coming up fast. (I know, you didn't want to hear that!) Your irrigation system should have already been assessed for efficiency and any repairs or corrections to leaks, clogs, and broken lines and emitters. Do spot checks routinely to assure the distribution of water to each plant. 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 watering practices so we can continue to enjoy (and afford) the roses we love!

Next, if you haven't already done so, you should figure out how much water your system delivers per hour. I'm going to repeat this from last month because it's very important, and I will use the example of a drip system because it is the recommended method for our area. 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.

How much water do roses need? Water is the most important factor when growing roses for exhibition. 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. Studies 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.

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 Saturday, May 12, at 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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