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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

June 2015 Roses Vol. 26, No. 06

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Although there will not be a July newsletter Frank has written a FUNdamentals for July. Click here to read after June 30.

Co-President's Message

by Phyllis Bettelheim

TVRS Co-presidentsI hope you were able to attend one or more of our May events. Forty three of us enjoyed a delightful evening at Rose Haven in early May which included a tasty taco dinner and much socializing. The garden was in full bloom which was an added treat.

The Annual Member Garden Tour on May 21 was very successful with over forty members and guests visiting the lovely gardens of Barb Purdy, Ron and Sochi Rumbold and Ann Coakes. After the tour Ann provided the group with a delicious German luncheon.

In light of the water restrictions underway, Rose Haven's irrigation system is being modified and repaired where needed. We anticipate that we will be able to meet any required water reduction. Our favorite plant is beautiful but she is also tough!

On June 20 the City of Temecula is hosting a Summer Solstice Night of the Luminaries event at Rose Haven from 6-10 pm. Hundreds of Luminary bags will be lit at sunset. Light refreshments will be served and musician Gene Perry will perform. This event is free. Please plan to attend, it is truly magical.

The Society is dark in July but we may plan to have a picnic supper at Rose Haven sometime this summer. You will be notified by e-mail if the event does take place.

Summer Soltice Party at Rose Haven

Join us for a night of whimsical delights at our Summer Solstice Night of the Luminaries co-sponsored by the Temecula Valley Rose Society and the City of Temecula.

Enjoy a stroll through the fragrant flower fields, listen to delightful melodies emoting from resident musician, Gene Perry, performing on the Chapman Stick, and feast on light refreshments. As the dusk falls, the grounds of Rose Haven Garden will be lit from the glow of hundreds of luminary bags.

Please note that there is no parking on site. A free shuttle service will be available at the corner of Santiago and Ynez Roads. Saturday, June 20th, 6-10 pm. Rose Haven is at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula.

Tree of Life: A New Beginning

by Barb Purdy
   As many of you already know, the Tree of Life Vegetable Garden is currently under renovation. Along with this renovation we would like to put together some new programs for the garden. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in helping put together a 5 year plan for the garden on Wednesday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Tree of Life at Rose Haven. We will look at the newly renovated garden and then have a pencil and paper discussion at Rebecca Weersing's office.

Please come prepared with your ideas for the new vegetable garden and ways that you would be willing to help. The new programs will be a part of the Youth Gardening Committee. If you have questions prior to the meeting please contact Barb Purdy or Rebecca. We hope to see many of you there. This is a great chance to help create and get involved with a quality program that can expand and change as our needs change and that the Rose Society can be proud of.

Old Garden Roses

by Jim Moss
  The final rose we will introduce from our Old Garden section at Rose Haven is CLIMBING OLD BLUSH. Also known as "Parson's Pink" this is a China rose and one of the earliest to be exported from China to Europe. It is considered to be one of the four "Stud Roses" which generated hundreds of descendants in the gardens of Western Europe. Being well over 1,000 years old we do not know its parentage but 1751 is accepted as the date she was probably introduced to Europe.

This rose has a rambling, twiggy appearance but is a very vigorous climber, clearly the best we have in our garden. The blooms are very small and pink and have a very slight fragrance. The number of blooms more than make up for their size and fragrance as she puts on a splendid display throughout the season. AARS gives this rose a rating of 8.4. She can be found climbing over the arch at the memorial bench in the center of the Old Garden section of Rose Haven.

Little Rose Show

The Little Rose Show will be resuming at our next Member meeting, (Thursday June 18th). We had great participation at our last meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their best roses. Place them in a narrow neck vase, leave all the leaves on the stem and prop the rose up as high as possible in the vase. When you arrive make out a label with the name of the rose and what category (hybrid tea or floribunda, etc.) After the show take you rose and vase but leave the tag for our tally. See you at the June meeting. Lenore Vogel / Betty Dixon.

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. Email Ann Coakes to order Scrip Cards, or phone 951 693-5635.


Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our 2015 meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Bill Reid, Master Gardener
Topic: Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.
Programs & Speakers for 2015
• July 16 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


June & July Birthdays & New Members

June Birthdays Diana Kilmer, 25th; Tony Merritt, 3rd; Sochie Rumbold, 19th; Peggy Whitney, 30th. July birthdays Bonnie Bell, 28th; Jeanne Brubaker, 7-5; Dixie Coda, 7-17; Mi Ae Kim, 7-3; Barb Purdy, 7-13; Sally Russell, 7-7; Steve Ryder, 7-20; Cordelia Snow, 7-24.
New Members
Ben and Brenda Jahanbani.

Families in the Garden

June 2015 Report

Families in the Garden will not meet during the summer months of June, July, and August. Our first meeting of the Fall season will be Saturday, September 19th and will feature the Bat Lady, Cindy Myers, from Project Wildlife. Mark this exciting event down on your calendars. The program starts at 9:30 AM.

Children and parents have enjoyed a wonderful year of learning about the outdoors at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Our program has become well known in Temecula as the place to be for hands-on garden activities for kids. Attendance really soared this year. Please see our Facebook articles in Gardening for Kids in Temecula to get a look at the entire program.

We have exciting new projects being planned for our program in The Tree of Life Garden. Raised beds are planned as well as security fencing. Little hands will love gardening in our new structures. More information will be coming.

Summer hours at Rose Haven Heritage Garden are from dawn to dusk. It's a great place to picnic and hike.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell

Here comes summer and the garden looks fabulous. The Summer Solstice event on Saturday, June 20 is sponsored by the City of Temecula, and Rose Haven Garden is one of the venues. The garden is our gift to the community so we certainly want all the visitors to enjoy it. The photo is from last year's event. Everyone had such a good time we look forward to it again this year.

Have you seen the Hall of Fame and Old Garden Rose areas lately? They both are especially lovely right now as Jim and Laurie have been working non-stop to keep the areas perfect. See the photo of the beautiful iron gazebo surrounded by miniature roses. We've seen many a couple sitting in the gazebo having their photo taken. What a delight.

Renovation and expansion in the Tree of Life area overseen by Rebecca with McCabe's Landscaping has just begun. The ground is leveled and fence is going up today. Stay tuned for a progress report soon as this project is an immense change from the former vegetable garden and will allow us more opportunity for community outreach programs.

Our next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, June 24th at 9:15. All interested are invited to attend. We could use a few more volunteers to help out deadheading this time of year. Our regular schedule is Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Hall of Fame Gazebo
2014 Summer Solstice Event

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesN ot only are California gardeners faced with new pests, we are confronted with the most severe drought in decades, and with the drastic rationing that water districts must impose. We must vigilantly manage our water use if we hope to maintain our cherished roses—in fact, we may well be forced to go into survival mode. Consider what I said in my March 2014 column: "Typical mature, full-size hybrid teas in Southern California soil require about 6-9 gallons of water a week when the high temperatures are in the 70s."

"As temperatures rise into the 80s the rose will require about 9 gallons of water per week. In the 90s, the rose will require about 12 gallons per week and even more. These figures are rough and based on the amount of water needed to maintain the highest level of show quality; the rose will stay alive on considerably less." Just this week I received a mailing from my water district (Western) advising customers to "Water...roses no more than once each week...with three to four gallons of water, allowing it to soak in slowly." I think you'll agree that "three to four gallons" is "considerably less" than the recommendations for maintaining the "highest level of show quality."

  If we are that limited in the quantity of water we can use we must greatly increase the efficiency of how we use that water. The strategies I will discuss here are:
 • Delivering water efficiently.
 • Keeping water in the soil using mulch.
 • Allowing your roses a summer dormancy period.

Delivering Water Efficiently: Drip systems provide the most efficient way to deliver water to your roses because they don't produce a water spray that can be carried away by our strong winds, and because they deliver water slowly, allowing it to soak deep into the root zone rather than running off. If you have a drip system, be sure it's in good shape before you cover it with mulch! Open each irrigation valve one at a time and inspect how it is performing. Repair any leaks, including emitters that are spraying from their attachment point on the tubing—you may have to remove the emitter, insert a "goof plug" and install a new emitter an inch or two away from the original one.

One more thing: You'll want to estimate the volume of water the system is delivering so you can better manage your use. For example, if every rose has two emitters that deliver 8 liters (about 2 gallons) per hour, then to deliver 4 gallons to the plant you'll need to run the system for an hour. This should work well in a typical loam soil. You want the water to soak down at least 12" for optimal rose health. A loam soil doesn't allow water to just run through it, so irrigating for an hour at a time can be fairly efficient. On the other hand, if your soil is particularly sandy—which allows water to permeate more quickly—an hour of irrigation may waste some of that water, and you might be better off running the system twice a week for half as long. Experiment! After all, gardening is a scientific pursuit.

Mulch: If you have read my past columns you know that I have been advocating the application of a deep layer of mulch for years. Mulch provides many benefits. It moderates the soil temperatures, retains moisture and allows it to spread more uniformly throughout the root zone, discourages weeds, and maintains a soft soil surface. A four inch layer of mulch is recommended. There are many materials you can use, and you might want to experiment with a variety of them, but you will probably get the best results if you don't mix them in any one garden bed.

One material that some gardeners have in abundance is pine needles. They provide an airy cooling barrier and break down very slowly to impart a more acidic soil environment which makes mineral nutrients more available to plants. Another material is any size of wood chip specifically intended as mulch; I recommend the finer cut forms. One possible drawback if not specifically manufactured for garden use is the potential for matting due to fungal growth, which can make the wood chip layer impermeable to water.

I prefer composted mulch that is light and fluffy (so it doesn't pack down) and contains a higher proportion of hummus (so it slowly integrates with and enriches the soil). One drawback of composted mulch is that after several years you may find that your garden soil level has risen. If this ends up burying the bud unions, you may find more suckers forming from the root stock. When this happens, it can be helpful to "lift" the rose—essentially, digging to release a large root ball, levering it up, filling in several inches of good garden soil beneath it, and then resetting the root ball in the hole.

Whatever mulching material you choose, be careful to NOT apply it up to or over the bud union. Leave an area around the base of the plant of about 12" diameter. (If you can maintain that distance, then as your composted mulch disintegrates it will not raise the soil level around the bud unions.)

Summer Dormancy: Allowing your roses to go dormant during the hot summer months will reduce water use as well as the stress on your plants. You won't be missing out much because if you allowed your roses to power through the summer, most blooms would be of poor quality and have burned petals and leaves. So as your roses complete this bloom cycle, remove only the petals as the flowers fade—do not deadhead them—that is, allow hips to form. This will discourage new growth and flower formation, thus reducing demand for water. Remove any fallen leaves and discard them along with the petals into your yard green waste bin—do not compost them! (It is always a good practice to keep the garden clean in order to reduce fungal diseases and insect pests, particularly in hot, dry weather.) Do not remove burned leaves because they provide shade for the cane which can be damaged or killed by sunburn! Discontinue your feeding program—we do not want to encourage growth at this time because it will only stress the bush more.

In summary, until at least September:
 • Make sure your water delivery system is operating efficiently.
 • Apply 4" of mulch over the entire bed.
 • Remove petals as flowers mature.
 • Allow hips to form.
 • Do not prune or cut back.
 • Leave brown leaves on the plant.
 • Do not feed.

Doesn't look like much work, right? Well, since you'll be taking it easy for the summer, go visit Rose Haven. 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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