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President's Messageby Frank Brines
T he first ever combined First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show ("A Garden Party") was held May 12 at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. It was a huge success. An estimated 500 people visited the garden and 200 viewed the Rose Show. I'm awaiting all the reports but know from observations and comments that it was well received by all who attended. Folks really showed up to show roses! The Division I (Horticulture) tables had 103 entries; Division II (Arrangements) had 12 entries; Division III (Artistic) had 4 tables of service for two. The judges remarked enthusiastically at the high quality of the entries-in fact, the quality was so high that it took them extra long to finish judging. (I under estimated the potential number of entries and the quality of the exhibits-I should have scheduled two more judges.) Not all critiques have been submitted yet, but we will make every effort to have an even better event next year.
Ann Coakes is to be commended for coordinating it all, from volunteers who made cookies (and sold them), greeted visitors and took donations, led tours, and donated and sold plants and "treasures." She also contacted vendors and persuaded them to commit and to pay a fee, and found sources for tables, pop-ups, chairs, and music. (Is there anything she CAN'T do?)
With very short notice, Linda Black managed shopping and arranging for the tent to house the Rose Show, tables to display specimens, and chairs to accommodate monitors and people waiting to enter. She also found volunteers to act as clerks for the judges, to help place entries on tables, and provide information on preparing entries to those who needed it. Linda even found the image for the cover of the show schedule AND helped write it.
So many others contributed essential assistance to make the event a success! Jim Moss made sure that the paths were clear and safe for foot traffic prior to Saturday, and monitored all visitors arriving and giving an estimate of attendees. Kathy Katz provided signage at the entrance to the garden. May Olson for buying and dedicating the Show awards to specific classes.
Jeanne Brubaker handled all the vases required by the exhibitors and made the certificates for award winners, and Lenore Vogel and Jocelyn Black personalized the certificates with Calligraphy. Tours of Rose Haven Heritage Garden were provided by Phyllis Bettelheim, Rebecca Weersing, and Wayne Blizzard.
I know there are others who should be recognized individually and I apologize to those I've missed. All members should be very proud of this event. Those who supplied assistance and exhibited especially have my accolades for making the celebration a success. In review it profited the most for any event so far. A huge "thank you" from your Society president! (It can't happen without YOUR help!)
I want to make sure you are aware of these upcoming events:
Grocery Cards Benefit TVRSDear 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.
Rose Haven Updateby Bonnie Bell
The combined First Bloom Celebration and Rose Show in May was a grand success. It was a beautiful spring day and the garden looked splendid. Ann Coakes and her volunteers plus several vendors set up and were ready for action before the opening at 10 a.m. Linda Black had the rose show tent and tables set up early for our members to display their rose entries. And what beauties there were. Visitors came out in droves walking, talking, taking photos and asking all kinds of questions. Sales and donations were much appreciated and all proceeds will go to the maintenance of the garden. Thank you to all our volunteers on this project for their time and energy. Without you these events would not have been a success. Please see our webpage for photos of the Rose Show and First Bloom at first bloom photos.
There was a terrific article in the Californian newspaper regarding the benches near our pond which were built by Christopher Le and his Eagle Scout troop. The article is available for viewing on our website Eagle Scout bench.
Did everyone say "let's relax in June"? We will. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the garden at their leisure. We've worked hard to provide a wonderful venue for the community to enjoy. Other projects are on the horizon which will be discussed at our monthly garden committee meeting, Wednesday, June 27th at 9 a.m. All interested are invited to attend. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. Members can keep up-to-date with our garden activities through our weekly email "Garden Chat" by Kathy Katz.
Summer Sunset Celebrations
Member Meeting ProgramDate: Thursday, June 21
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Kathy Swanson, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
Topic: Soils: Kathy will discuss the different types of soil, their make up, and how to amend them to optimize their condition for planting and watering.
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.
Remember, there is no meeting or newsletter in July.
June Birthdays & New Members
Little Rose Show CompetitionJudges: May Olson and Lenore Vogel\
At the monthly meetings from April through November (excluding July and August) we will conduct six Little Rose Shows. These will be fun opportunities to learn and polish your skills in exhibiting roses. Each month, you will receive points for any specimen that is awarded first, second, or third place. In addition, you will receive a prize if your rose is judged Rose of the Day. At the Holiday Meeting (December), a grand prize will be awarded to the exhibitor who accumulated the highest number of points during all the preceding Little Rose Shows.
To see the entry and judging criteria go here.
Little Rose Showby May Olson
This serves as a friendly reminder to bring in your specimens for the Little Rose Show at our next meeting on June 21 as there will not be a Little Rose Show during the months of July and August. All specimens that are awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize receive points and the chosen Rose of the Day receives a prize. At the December meeting a grand prize will be awarded to the exhibitor who has accumulated the most points. The more you exhibit the more you will learn about exhibiting your roses at Rose and Garden shows.
Tree of Life BountyHi everybody, I wanted to share this picture with you as it turned out so well. A group of Girl Scouts came to the garden May 23rd and offered to help, so we put them to work in the Tree of Life harvesting onions. As you can see the harvest was bountiful. The girls also planted watermelon plants where the onions had been and we hope to have a big watermelon harvest in a few months. The girls really enjoyed their time in the garden. Great picture, Rebecca. – Barb Purdy.
Enthusiasm, excitement, delight, wonder, and sheer enjoyment are words that can barely describe the experience of having this troop of Girl Scouts at Rose Haven. After racing up the hill to the Tree of Life ("We went on the most spectacular hike!") one of the girls exclaimed "We're on top of the world!" and another "Where did the pond come from? We walked right by and didn't even see it!". Pretty soon they were busy pulling up the onions both by hand and using little red shovels we provided. As they piled the harvest in my arms they exclaimed "These really smell like onions!"
With all of the onions harvested it was time to plant watermelons. The little red shovels came in handy not only for planting ("Is this hole the right size for my watermelon?") but for learning how to remove unexpected obstacles ("We hit a rock! What do we do?") and to discover other opportunities ("We can dig weeds too!"). The girls took onions home for their families, Barb took a bag to a local food pantry, and I took some home to make a Rose Haven Tree of Life Onion Soup, which was absolutely delicious because it did both smell and taste like onions! To enhance the experience I reread Marcia Brown's story "Stone Soup", an especially favorite book from my childhood. This summer promises to be a year that we can all look forward to, reaping the benefits of our efforts to create the Tree of Life. – Rebecca.
Youth Gardening in Mayby Barb Purdy
May in the garden this year means a lot of beautiful flowers blooming and we have enjoyed them already in many ways. We had our TVRS First Bloom Celebration on May 12th. Youth Gardening was there and had activities available for the children as well as face painting and a tomato plant fund raiser. It was a fun day for the family and with the garden in full bloom, a great place to be. If you missed this event be sure and attend our last rose of summer in the fall.
The following weekend we had our 3rd Saturday Families in the Garden program. This was our last program until we start up again in the fall. We had a great turn out. The activities were: planting pumpkins and summer and winter squash (which the children were encouraged to come and check on throughout the summer) and flower arranging. The children were so creative and with all the beautiful flowers to choose from we had some amazing creations. Below (left): Margaret Meyncke.
On Wednesday, May 23 we had a Girl Scout troop visit the garden to help us harvest onions. They did a great job and we had a bountiful harvest. The harvest left room to plant watermelon and the girls dug right in. Hopefully we will harvest watermelon in a few months and they can come back to the garden and help us harvest again and enjoy the fruit of their labor. Every Saturday we continue to have community service hours available for high school students in our vegetable garden. We are currently planting tomatoes and we have a student building trellises to help them grow strong.
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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.
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2013 Officers & Directors
Officers:President: Frank Brines
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Phyllis Bettleheim
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing
Committees:Rose Festival 2013: Linda/Jocelyn Black
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney
Little Rose Show — May Olson & Lenore Vogel
Thank You to Our Friends|
Erin's Tree Service
Pechanga Resort and Casino Grants
Armstrong Garden Center
Agriscape of Murrieta
City of Temecula
Riverside County 3rd District
Crop Production Services (formerly L&M Fertilizer)
Stater Bros. Market
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 www.rose.org.
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.
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 temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/