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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

October 2012 Roses Vol. 23, No. 10

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President's Message

by Frank Brines

Frank BrinesT he Last Rose of Summer and Autumn Treasures Floral Design Show is going to be upon us before we realize it. October 20 will be here before long. Once again Rose Haven Heritage Garden will be the focal point for the year's last fund raiser. With the help of our talented and devoted members we hope for a very successful event. So, volunteers, bring your plants for sale, your yummy cakes and cookies, your floral arrangements, your enthusiasm and welcoming smiles to make this the best fundraiser ever. Let's give the attendees' a day to remember and spread the word about our unique Rose Haven to family, friends, neighbors and the entire valley.

Volunteers are still needed for all aspects of this event. There will be two membership/welcoming tables. We need volunteers to be at these tables to greet and provide information. Contact Ann Coakes (951-265-7682) if you want to act as a tour docents, contribute cakes, cookies, or plants, staff a sales table, or help in erecting and/or tearing down the pop-ups. Contact Linda Black (951-694-8968) if you want to help us right after 3PM prepare the show tent for pickup by the rental company. We're trying something new this year: We will be selling some floral designs from the show. Let Linda Black or Frank Brines (951-315-9632) know if you are willing to donate your show arrangement to this effort. In addition please bring specimen roses and left over blooms from arrangements-a group of volunteers will make them into bouquets for sell. Contact Frank Brines for any volunteering opportunity at this exciting project.

The show schedule has been distributed to members. If you did not receive one please check the website or call or email Linda Black. There are a limited number of spaces for entries and must be reserved by October 18. TVRS members will be given priority, non-members will be put on a waiting list. Contact Linda Black (951-694-8968) for your space with the title of the arrangement.

The October 11 Board Meeting location will be at the Assistance League of Temecula Valley, 28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula, 951-694-8018.

TVRS holds annual "Last Rose of Summer" Festival

Temecula—"Autumn Treasures" is the theme for this year's annual floral design show to be held on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula.

The show will feature standard and miniature rose arrangements and various table settings featuring roses. You will also be able to enjoy thousands of beautiful roses in the garden along with music, food and refreshments, garden tours and activities for children. This is a fun, family event in Temecula.

Plein-air painting and photography of the garden are encouraged. Shop for plants, garden items and gifts to help raise funds for Temecula's only public garden. A $2.00 donation is appreciated.

For more information, please visit the Rose show page at: October Rose Show.

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.

September in the Garden

by Barb Purdy

September has been a very hot month so it has been difficult to start planting our winter crops. The biggest event in the garden in September has been the harvesting of our watermelon. These watermelons were planted by a Girl Scout Troop in late May and we harvested them and shared them with different groups. The other crops that are currently growing in the garden are sweet potatoes (they love the heat), pumpkins, winter squash and tomatoes (does anyone know why they still won't turn red?). I did harvest and donate a large bowl of pear tomatoes to the food bank this month and they were much appreciated. Please come to the garden and see the progress that we have made.

Our Third Saturday "Families in the Garden" program started again in September. Our numbers were small, but the families who attended really enjoyed the program. The children scattered carrot seeds and were shown where a carrot seed comes from (we let one carrot go to seed in the garden). They also planted colorful cauliflower "starts" and we are keeping our fingers crossed that they survive the heat as they are not very happy right now. The children took a walk around the garden and learned about the different shapes of roses. They finished their walk at the pepper tree where they ate a watermelon they harvested, and did a craft showing off the different shapes and colors of roses that they collected in their own creative way (see picture below). Our next Third Saturday program is on October 20 which is the same day as our Last Rose of Summer Festival. Please join us under the pepper tree with our special guest speaker Cindy Myers, a bat rescue and education volunteer. Don't miss the opportunity to see a live bat and learn about this amazingly interesting mammal.

Flower PetalsRipe Watermelon

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 10:15 am. to 1:00 pm.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room ( 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Lucy Heyming, Master Gardener
Topic: Creating a Garden that Attracts Beneficial Bugs

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

November: Rose propagation, December: Christmas program and installation of officers.

October Birthdays & New Members

Jo Ann Churchill, Nancy Coatsworth, Rosalinda Henry, Margaret Meyncke, Joycelyn Black, Joann Summers
New Members
There are no new members this month.

October and November will be the last two "Little Rose Shows" for this year. Hopefully by the third week in October we will have more blooms so please enter your specimens to accumulate points as in December it will be determined who had the most points for the whole year and a grand prize will be awarded to the top three. Congratulations to Virginia Boos for winning Rose of the Day with "Little Darling".

Volunteers Needed!

The Last Rose of Summer and Floral Design "Autumn Treasures" Show, October 20, public 10am – 3pm. We still need many volunteers. Anyone willing to help should contact Ann Coakes (951-265-7682), Linda Black (951-694-8968), or Frank Brines (951-315-9632) to find out what they can do and when they should show up.

A New Look At Rose Haven

   The entry sign at Rose Haven was recently replaced after many years of service. Roberts Graphics of Murrieta did the design, fabrication and installation. Stop by the garden to view this new addition and to enjoy viewing the beginning of the Fall bloom season.

Rose Haven - New sign

'Bat Lady' and Live Bat at the Last Rose of Summer Festival

by Barb Purdy

Cindy Myers, a bat rescue and education volunteer with 10 years of experience working with bats, will be our special guest on October 20th at Rose Haven's Last Rose of Summer Festival. The program will include a live bat and Cindy will discuss bats and all their mysterious ways, the importance of these flying mammals to our ecosystem and why they should be protected. The 30 minute presentation will start at 10:30 under the pepper tree. Seating will be limited so come early to get a seat. Our speaker and the live bat are part of Project Wildlife.

This organization rescues and cares for wild animals. If you are attending the program, we encourage you to bring a small donation of one of the following items to like to help them care for the animals: a box of q-tips, a roll of paper towels, trash bags (kitchen and 55 gallon), wild bird seed or a clean old beach towel to cover a cage. The volunteers and animals will thank you. This is a "Families in the Garden" program and is sponsored by Youth Gardening.

A Live Bat!

A Brief Overview of Basic Rose Arranging

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

The arrangement instruction after last months member meeting was well attended. Eleven people stayed for the demonstration. With so much interest I've thought it would be good to rerun the article in October newsletter.

T he flower show we will conduct October 20 during the Last Rose of Summer Festival will be for arrangements only (including table settings). To help you feel more comfortable with arrangements, I'm going to explain the basics in this column this month and next.

To "arrange" means to organize and to place in a proper or pleasing composition or design. We've all seen flower arrangements that take our breath away and make us say, "How did they do that?" Well, they did it the same way you are going to do it: by applying the basic elements and principles of design.

 ● The basic elements of design are form, line, space, texture, pattern, size, and color.
 ● The basic principles of design are balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, dominance, and scale.

Don't let all of this intimidate you: I'll bet that you are already quite adept at applying these in other areas of your life, from your wardrobe, to your hair style, to your home décor and your garden design.

As in those other areas, you can use these basic elements and principles to build an appealing picture that expresses and communicates your unique personality and imagination. And don't be misled by the word "picture," for an arrangement is not flat: It exists in three dimensions. (Notice how many of the basic elements and principles have to do with space.) When combined into a three-dimensional form, these all lead the eye (and mind) in a journey of discovery, delight, and surprise while creating a pleasing whole.

In order to have this kind of impact, the arranger must plan, organize, and build up the design, all the while selecting (and rejecting) materials to best express her vision and to create a memorable design.

I encourage you to think about the elements and principles, and to experiment before the next meeting. If you don't have any fresh plant material, why not go down to a craft store and buy some silk flowers and play with those? And bring a line arrangement to the Sept 20th membership meeting. If you create it from fresh plant material, you can enter it in the Little Rose Show, but even if you have only silk flowers bring those anyway. We'll analyze the arrangements and learn together!

There are several general types of arrangements. The one I want to discuss this month is the usually called the "Traditional Style." The most basic of these is the "line arrangement." It is also the most easily executed because it requires the least amount of plant material—and yet, its very simplicity can make it one of the most dramatic of arrangements, causing many novice arrangers to doubt that it can be easily achieved.

The illustrations that accompany this article show four variations on the dominant factor, the line. Every line arrangement should have openness, height and width, but very little depth. It should use minimal plant material of the highest quality, and there should be no deviation from the line. While most designers commonly think of a line as vertical, it doesn't have to be: It may be horizontal, diagonal, curved, crescent, spiral, or "Hogarth" ("S" shaped variation).

Line Arrangement

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT emperatures continued to heat up in September, as they usually do in the Temecula Valley. Because heat is inevitable this time of year, we need to adapt our approach to rose culture. That's why I suggested that during August and September you just let your roses "do their thing" and refrain from pruning off the blossoms ("dead heading"), simply letting them fade and wither. I also suggested that you not feed heavily. The goal was for the plants to start rose hips which would signal the plant to slow its metabolism, that is, take a rest.

Next, every two weeks, apply a fertilizer with a slightly higher middle number (phosphorous) such as 8-10-8 or with a similar ratio. (Organic products don't usually list these ratios but any good nursery person can help you determine the product's percentages.) I also suggest applying fish emulsion on alternate weeks (when you don't apply the other). Dilute the fish emulsion per the instructions on the container. Pour it over each plant at a rate of at least one gallon for each hybrid tea or floribunda, and half a gallon for mini roses. If your minis are rather tall, use more. If you haven't done it already, this is also a good time to make a second application of the year of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts): Apply 3/4 – 1 cup around the base of each plant, and scratch and/or water it in. (Note: You can also remove rose thorns from your fingers by soaking in an Epsom salt solution!)

As I told folks at the mid-September club meeting, you should have done a light to medium pruning in mid-September in order to produce blooms for our "Last Rose of Summer Festival" rose arrangement show. The general rule of thumb for this time of year is that you'll get a new bloom cycle 6 weeks after pruning, but everyone's roses and garden are different, so there may still be time – get out there and prune!

If you didn't do it over the summer, add at least a 2" layer of composted mulch to your garden. Its main benefit is to help the soil hold moisture longer and spreading it out in the root zone, as well as moderating soil temperatures. Mulch can include anything that shades the soil. I prefer to use composted mulch, available in bulk from various local suppliers, because it breaks down slowly and its nutrients are easily absorbed. See last month's column at the TVRS website to review good mulching methods.

Try watering less frequently but longer and deeper so the soil can really charge up. Schedule watering for before sunrise so your plants are well hydrated before the heat begins. If you have some bushes that aren't lush, make a single application of a high-nitrogen fertilizer, either in solution or granular form. If you use the granular, be sure to water the granules generously into the soil. Skip this for roses that look good.

In November, I will be thrilled if you would share with me how you cared for your roses, the results you got, and where you garden. I will compile this information to benefit rose growers in the Temecula Valley.

As ever, I encourage you to take some time out of your busy schedule to visit the Temecula Valley Rose Society's Rose Haven Heritage Garden, especially on Saturday October 20< when we will hold our free Last Rose of Summer Festival which is open to the public. There will be docents to show you around the garden, as well as fun activities for kids, vendors, a plant sale table, refreshments, and a band. Spread the word and spread the joy of roses!

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd. , 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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