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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

April 2015 Roses Vol. 26, No. 04

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Co-President's Message

by Phyllis Bettelheim
TVRS Co-presidentsI t's time to enjoy the wonderful world of roses! On April 25 the TVRS Rose Show will be held at the Assistance League. Plan to exhibit your roses or just enjoy the flowers, arrangements and photos. There is no charge and family, friends and neighbors are most welcome to attend.

May 3 is the date of our Taco Party at Rose Haven. Please join us at the garden around 5pm. A cooked to order taco feast—with all the trimmings awaits you. Bring your own beverage. Plates and table ware will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Details will be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

The May 21 member meeting will be a visit to a member's garden and to a Fallbrook nursery.

Coming Events

New Member Orientation Meeting
We will be welcoming our newest members to TVRS a on April 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Haven. All members are welcome to attend. Remember to mark your calendar.

May 3 is the date for the TVRS Taco Party at Rose Haven. Olivere's catering will be providing chicken and beef tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans, cheese quesadilla and assorted sides. Bring your choice of beverage and a hearty appetite as this is an all you care to eat event.

The party will take place from 5 to 7:30pm with food service starting around 5:30. The charge is $10 per person. Plan to join us for a lovely evening at our beautiful rose garden!

Helping Hands

Rose Haven will be hosting a volunteer group of adults who will be performing community service projects at the garden on April 25.

Tasks will include spreading mulch and regrading pathways. This is the second year that Rose Haven has been chosen to receive this assistance, and TVRS is most grateful.

Propagation Workshop

Held March 21 at Rose Haven

Frank Brines led a class of lively students in the basics of rose propagation up in the gazebo. Each participant left with a potted propagul with high hopes. Given that even professional propagators usually achieve a success rate of only about 70%, Frank asked them to carefully observe their plants and report their results over the coming months. Frank conducted one other propagation workshop this month, that one at Wild Rose Ranch in Corona on March 28.

Propagation class

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell

Yes, Spring has Sprung and the abundance of blooms in the garden is quite spectacular. Take a look at the photo of the beautiful roses in the picnic area. Amber Queen is the yellow and Home Run is red. The hillside is filled with a rainbow of colorful roses (photo 2), all 500 of them. Many are varieties that you may recognize: Iceberg, Trumpeter, Playboy, to name a few. Along the stairways are nametags so one may identify them all.

Plan to attend our First Bloom/Taco Party on Sunday, May 3rd and you can enjoy the beauty of the garden and dinner with your rose loving friends. (See the special article by Phyllis).

At the end of April the Helping Hands organization will bring their bobcats and equipment to move dirt, fill in eroded places, and spread mulch. Hooray! They did a wonderful job last year and we so much appreciate their efforts in supporting our beautiful garden.

The next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 22nd at 9:15. We will be discussing our projects, improvements, and maintenance. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Picnic area roses
Hillside roses

Grocery Cards Benefit TVRS

Dear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Scrip/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a $100 Scrip Card will let you spend $100 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. Contact Ann Coakes to order Scrip Cards. Tel 951 693-5635.

TVRS Facebook Page

by Ann Schryer

Social media is an excellent way to draw in new members. Please encourage your friends to "Like" the Temecula Valley Rose Society Facebook page. The more people who share our page, the more exposure we get for both TVRS and Rose Haven.

I also encourage you to post your own photos there, of roses, rose gardens, and Rose Haven. Photos get attention!! Visit our Facebook page at Temecula Valley Rose Society.


Come and enjoy beautiful and exotic roses displayed at our Annual Rose & Arts Festival on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The theme this year is "May Pole," and the show will be held at the Temecula Assistance League Meeting Room at 28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula, CA. Admission is free and it is a fun family event. The show includes:
• Elegant table settings and original artworks by local artists.
• You will have an opportunity to vote on your favorite rose exhibits.
• Come and learn about rose care, cultivation, and see floral photography and all variety of rose displays.
• Light refreshments will be available.
• The Rose Society will be having a plant sale.
• Rose enthusiasts are invited to participate and display their roses in the competition. Bring your entries to the Assistance League Meeting Room between 8:30am and 10:00pm on Saturday, April 25th.
For more information about the TVRS, visit us online at:


Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our new meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Lucy Heyming, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
Topic: Attracting Hummingbirds & Butterflies to the Garden

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

Programs & Speakers for 2015
• May 21 "Garden Tour" Garden Tour Committee
• Jun 18 "Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Bill Reid, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Jul  Dark Month – No Meeting
• Aug 20 "Annual Strategic Planning" Board of Directors
• Sep 17 "Herbs" Jean Weiss, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Oct 15 "Container Gardening" Bill Reid, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Nov 19 "Rose Propagation" Karen and Dave Brandtman, Riverside Co. Master Gardener
• Dec 18 "Christmas Program & Installation of Officers" Board of Directors


April Birthdays & New Members

Anna Mae Ackerman. 4-26, Simone Arnould. 4-25, Virginia Boos. 4-14, Marlinda Curd. 4-?, Val Fujihara. 4-9, Howard Katz. 4-8, Ann Schryer. 4-8, Pat Torres. 4-13, Rebecca Weersing. 4-28, Dan Wyncott. 4-?
New Members
Tracey Gillies, Trish Hawkins, Val Fujihara

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon

Our Little Rose Show returns for the year will be discussed at our April member meeting. We had consistent participation last year from several faithful members but would love to see broader entries. Plan now to enter to improve your exhibition skills and to allow members to enjoy your roses. Tip: remember to keep foliage intact and to inspect it as carefully as you do the bloom. Even foliage below the water should not be removed. This helps keep your roses upright in the container and meets exhibition requirements. For complete details for the Little Rose Show, click on the link in the blocked calendar section of this newsletter. There will be no show in May as we will be out and about for our member garden tour.

Families in the Garden

by JoAnn Summers

Families in the Garden presented 'Bug Day' at Rose Haven Heritage Garden on March 21st. We welcomed 65 children and their parents to do dragon fly crafts, look at bugs, search for bugs, handle worms, and gather nature finds for a collage. It was an amazing program and our committee was fabulous. Please check out our Facebook page at gardening for kids in temecula to see all the pictures.

Our Earth Day program is coming on April 18th. The program starts at 9:30 A.M. Please come and see what all the buzz is about. There will be a tent for shade and chairs.

Dragon fly craft
Close look at bugs

A big ant
Princess Victoria

Garden Chat

by Kathy Katz

Finally, finally it looks like the Matilija Poppy is going to bloom. At least it has assumed its proper height. What a struggle. We have been working at this for three years. We know that it will spread once established, just the sort of plant that area cries for. Several years ago, when I was nursing pots of them through the summer, I noticed that the poppies leaned towards a pot of Rattlesnake Manfreda I had acquired from Frank at the Rose Show. When I rotated the pots, the two plants grew towards each other again. I had been reading some interesting ideas about plant communication, so when I planted the Matilijas at Rose Haven, I planted the Manfreda close by. Now, both of them are large and "fixin' to bloom". The picture only gives an idea of the area, so keep an eye peeled the next few weeks.

Up at the Tree of Life we are between projects and students, so all is out of hand. That sweet alysum we read about in the old stories is spreading everywhere, wild sunflowers as well. (Have to make sure they do not go to seed this time.) There is broccoli trying to bolt, lovely kale, swiss chard, beets and lots of rosemary, curry plant and mint. Studies are showing that even scant amounts of these herbs and greens chopped in a soup, stir fry or salad may enhance our health more than we know, so feel free to pick some. We humans keep eating more and more food to try to get the energy to live our lives and feel happy, but the nutrition may be lacking in our processed foods. Sun and trace amounts of enzymes and vitamins in our gardens may be the reason we are attracted to them in the first place. Since nothing is sprayed and it is totally organic, you can feel safe just picking a little here and there and grazing. The flowers and stems of most of those plants are nicer and more nutritious than the commercial parts we recognize from the store. Tasty.

Another nice thing to notice is that a good percentage of the rose cuttings have rooted. One is even blooming. Watch out Frank, those organic blossoms are delicious. There are many delicious recipes for rose blossoms.


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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesW ell, for all you lucky rosarians who were fortunate enough to get your roses pruned by mid-February, you are probably enjoying (or about to enjoy) your first real flush of blooms for 2015!

Continue fertilizing-hopefully ready for the third application-organic I trust. As I always say, organics are much better for your soil and ultimately for your garden and the environment. The soil microbiology is complex and multi-tiered. A healthy garden soil system is teeming with beneficial microbes that inhibit, compete with, and consume disease-causing organisms. This creates a sustainable soil "immune system." In fact, plants grown with organic fertilizers are themselves more resistant to pests and diseases. In addition, when you feed those beneficial organisms, they feed your roses. That's because they are busy breaking down organic matter and releasing mineral nutrients slowly and reliably.

Many gardeners become discouraged when they first experiment with organic treatments while still using chemical fertilizers. It is difficult—in fact, almost impossible—to have it both ways. Chemical fertilizers negatively impact the soil food web by poisoning entire portions of it. The fact is, chemical fertilizers are salts! What gardener hasn't seen what table salt does to a slug or snail? Salts absorb water and dehydrate the soil microbes which are the foundation of the soil nutrient system. Once you've used chemical fertilizers regularly you must keep adding more because the soil microbiology is weakened and unable to do its job of releasing naturally available nutrients to your plants.

Chemical fertilizers are artificial growth stimulants and, in the long run, harm your soil and pollute local waterways because, as dissolved salts, they quickly leach through the soil (becoming unavailable to your plants) and enter the ground water. On the other hand, organic amendments (such as manure, compost, or mulch) break down slowly, generally staying where you put them, and don't contribute to ground water pollution (as long as you prevent run off into drains). In addition, they improve the soil food web, so in the long run you end up using less product.

How about swearing off chemical fertilizers for the rest of the year and starting to use organics? Give it a year. See if your roses don't reward you!

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd.,
Temecula, as well as our web site at Spread the joy of roses!

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for 2015

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
The Board meeting locaton is being changed. Contact Rebecca Weersing for that information. (951) 595-7046.
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

Gardening for Kids in Temecula ⁄ Murrieta
Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information contact Alicia Cline.
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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2015 Officers & Directors


Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing
       Phyllis Bettleheim
1st VP (Programs): Linda Black
2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Kathy Turgeon
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Linda Black
Membership: 2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Records: Kathy Turgeon
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Education & Outreach – Consulting Rosarians
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim


Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Linda Black
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
Barbara Purdy
Ron Rumbold
Ann Schryer
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
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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