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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

December 2014 Roses Vol. 25, No. 12


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President's Message

December 2014
by Frank Brines
Frank Brines Snowy Trees
Wishing you a season bright with beauty,
warm with memories,
and rich with the joys of the holidays.

As my term as president comes to an end, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the many members who have contributed to the progress TVRS has made in the past year. And to wish you all the best of the season.

Old Garden Roses

by Jim Moss

This month I will introduce you to HERMOSA, a pink China which you will see at the garden to the left as you enter the curved pathway to the Memorial Bench. The petals of HERMOSA, 30 to 35 in number, neither darken or fade with age, but retain their original medium pink color. This rose has a moderate but pleasant fragrance. Growing to 4' high by 3' wide it is ideal for a large hedge. She has very few prickles so should border a walkway very nicely. HERMOSA will tolerate some shade but prefers full sun and requires almost no maintenance. AARS rates this rose at 8.1 (American Rose Society national average garden performance rating.) She was bred prior to 1837 by Marchesseau in France by crossing a China with a Bourbon.

Families in the Garden program:

November 15, 2014
by JoAnn Summers

It's amazing what adventures 'Families in the Garden' can pack into one hour! Kids planted tulips, roamed the garden, dug holes with little red shovels, and learned what's inside a tulip bulb. Rebecca Weersing led the children in learning about tulip bulbs. The tulips were carefully planted around our quilt garden. Watch for tulip blooms in the spring. The most popular activity of the morning was hole digging. Our visiting children loved the little red shovels and eagerly dug and refilled holes in the sandy wash. Last they were given a bulb to take home with a coloring sheet about the parts of a bulb. It was another great Saturday morning in the garden.

Our next 'Families in the Garden' event will be January 17th, 2015.

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.


Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, December 18
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Presenter: Frank Brines
Topic: Christmas Program – Instllation of 2015 Officers

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


December Birthdays & New Members

Beryl Murrray, Frank Brines, Chuck Brider, Trinity Trout, Bernice Wendt, Don Nordike, Roger Bell, Laurie Moss, Charlie Brodbeck,May Olson.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

December has arrived amid a wave of beautiful weather and we are so lucky to enjoy a visit to the garden year-round. The waterwise area is remarkable just now. Pictured below in brilliant yellow is "Tagates" Mexican marigold, and the "Gingko" trees in soft yellow just before the leaves fall.

A hearty "Thank You" to all who have given their time and energy this year in the planning and, yes, sweat the garden demands. Phyllis, Jim & Laurie, Dan, Carol, Ray, Betty, Ron, Kathy & Howard, Barb, JoAnn, Frank, Wayne, Jeanne, Lyse, Rebecca, Denise, and Nardo. I probably missed a few and apologize for the oversight.

January begins pruning season. Wednesday and Saturday are the regular work days – around 9:00 AM. The next garden committee meeting will be in January 2015; also Frank will conduct a pruning class in January so watch for the date and details in next months' newsletter.

Wishing Happy Holidays to all and a Happy New Year. Check out our website for other info at the Rosehaven page.

Gingko tree  


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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank Brines "Preparing for a Short Winter's Nap"

One wouldn't think that the current weather would be leading into a dormant period for our roses. Roses are loving these warm days and cool humid nights. In fact, some are peaking (or soon will be) producing some of the best blooms since June. If you pruned lightly in September and fertilized it is likely that you are enjoying a showy bloom cycle. Bouquets of roses may have been on your Thanksgiving table (or at least somewhere in your house). I had three in my house. Providing the current weather pattern continues, you may have some blooms for Christmas/holidays.

After this hot dry Indian Summer and recent humid nights, your rose bushes will enjoy a refreshing shower. Be sure to keep moisture off the blooms to prevent the fungal disease Botrytis. You won't be wasting water, as the plants absorb moisture through their leaves and other plant structures. The benefit is that the leaf pores will be cleaned and cleared for better transpiration (that is, evaporation from the interior of the leaf) and the shower will help wash away fungal spores and the dust they thrive in. Besides, the water will fall along the drip line of the plant and absorb into the root zone.

Be sure to monitor your plants as the daytime temperatures have been warm. They still need to be kept hydrated. You want to prepare your roses for a short Winter's nap (dormancy) so DO NOT fertilize until after your major pruning in January or February. (I'll cover that next month.)

So, until then, Happy Roses to you!

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd.,
Temecula, as well as our web site at You might also want to visit our section at to find events of interest to you. Spread the joy of roses!

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for 2014
TVRS Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula
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
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
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
4th Wednesday of the month.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
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 event calendar click here.

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2014 Officers & Directors


President: Frank Brines
1st VP (Programs): Jeanne Brubaker
2nd VP (Membership): Anne Coakes
Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bettleheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Executive: Frank Brines
Programs: Jeanne Brubaker
Membership: Anne Coakes
Records: Phyllis Bettleheim
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Education & Outreach – Consulting Rosarians
Communications: Kathy Turgeon
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim


Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Ann Coakes
Barbara Purdy
Ron Rumbold
Kathleen Turgeon
Lenore Vogel
Rebecca Weersing

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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