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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

November 2015 Roses Vol. 26, No. 11

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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-presidentsO ur 2015 Rose Year is winding down. Our Annual Meeting will be called to order at 10:30 on Thursday, November 19 just prior to our Member Meeting. We have two directors who will be stepping down from the Board and two new members stepping up to the Board. We welcome the changes and also look forward to members participating actively on our various committees. Remember that our Bylaws and Standing Rules are found on our website—click on the "Our Board" link on the left side of the Home Page.

Both committees and the Board have begun planning for 2016 programs and events. Thank you to everyone who participated in the program survey at the October meeting. This gives the Programs Committee valuable input as to topics that will be of interest to members.

Planning for the 2016 Rose & Arts Festival has begun. The venue will again be the Assistance League and the date is Saturday, April 23, 2016 with setup on Friday beginning at noon. The first committee meeting was at 12:30 PM after the October Member Meeting. Additional meetings will be held after member meetings in November, January, February, March and April. Please feel free to stay and add your thoughts and wisdom to the planning.

A Pruning Workshop for the community will be planned for Saturday, January 23 from 9 to 11. The following two Saturdays will be held in reserve in case there is rain on January 23rd. The Education and Community Outreach Committee could use your assistance on the "day of" the event as well in the preliminary planning stages.

We are now moving into our "thankful" season. We will take a few minutes at our November meeting to share something we are thankful for in this season. Personally, I am thankful for all of the caring, concerned and creative members we have in the Rose Society.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

The pond development at Rose Haven Garden began back in April 2006. As one can see by the photos, the before and present day differences are remarkable. Such soothing surroundings await our members and visitors. There are three benches on which to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

The roses revived nicely in October with the cooler and longer nights. Certain varieties have bright hips this time of year instead of blooms. Dortmund is an outstanding example with vivid orange hips, and is located along the fence in the picnic area. The native California shrubs and water-wise areas are also looking delightful.

Our Next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, November 25th at 9:15. We are discussing projects for 2016. Erosion control and shading the education area are on the agenda. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting. The garden address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula.

Building the pond
The pond today

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, November 19
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  See the meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room  (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Karen and Dave Brandtman, Riverside Co. Master Gardeners
Topic: Rose Propagation

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

Programs & Speakers for 2015
• Dec 18 "Christmas Program & Installation of Officers" Board of Directors


November Birthdays & New Members

Phyllis Bettelheim, Nov. 1, Jane Brodbeck, Nov. 5, Lorraine Kline, Nov. 8, Fay Devor, Nov. 9, Edie O'Hair, Nov. 15, Ray Jacques, Nov. 20, Wayne Blizzard, Nov. 24, Jim Moss, Nov. 28, Trish Hawkins, Nov. 29, Kathleen Turgeon, Nov. 30 Margaret Granlund, Nov, 30
New Members
Loral Standish

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon
  The November member meeting will be our final Little Rose Show for the year. We should have some nice final roses of the year if our cooler weather holds. Awards for this year's top roses will be given at our December meeting.

Remember the prime items we've been working on: clean, untrimmed foliage nicely distributed, appropriate containers for the length of the rose, and, please, clearly labeled tags which should be left on the table after you take your rose home. We welcome unknown roses to enjoy.

Families in the Garden

by Victoria Cline and Caitlyn Young
This month is November, and November means tulips! This month's Families in the Garden includes adding to the quilt garden. Last month's activities were a blast. Up at the Tree of Life we planted hearty winter vegetables, which included peas, carrots, strawberries, and decorated pumpkins for the Thanksgiving holiday. Join us on November 21 for tulip planting and crafts! For more information please feel free to contact Alicia Cline at 951-234-2218 or

Membership and Volunteerism

Ann Schryer, Membership Chair
Hello dear Members,

Our society depends on volunteers. Every single thing that gets done here, from the potluck lunch, to planning programs, putting out the newsletter, or maintaining our beautiful garden, is all done by people who volunteer. We thrive when members say "Yes, I will do that for our organization."

While many of our members do volunteer to do the work of the society, we need every member to participate in some way if we want this to be a more vibrant and effective organization. All contributions are valuable and helpful.

Ideas for helping out TVRS:
  • Write an article for the newsletter or website
  • Make food for the potluck lunch
  • Call and remind members of the meeting
  • Join a committee
  • Help with advertising our organization
  • Pull some weeds or deadhead some rose bushes in Rose Haven
  • Donate prizes for the opportunity drawings
  • Grow plants for the sale at our rose show
  • Bring a friend to a meeting

In hopes of increasing awareness of and participation in volunteering time to the Society, we will be starting an annual contest in January. The member who puts in the most volunteer hours during the year will be honored as our Volunteer Rose of the Year. See next month's newsletter for more details.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesW e're experiencing a welcome moderation of temperatures and our gardens are showing improvement too. However, cooler temperatures and more humid nights provide moisture to the vegetation which can create conditions for other problems, such as powdery mildew (a white fungi on leaves upper surface) and blackspot (dark splotches on leaves). Roses benefit from a good rinsing to remove accumulated dust: be sure to keep moisture off the blossoms to prevent yet another fungal disease Botrytis. which will appear as rot of blossoms and will usually prevent them from opening.

If you completed the light mid-season pruning in September/October as suggested in an earlier article, you pruned out dead, crossing canes, and thinned the middle of the plant. This will improve air circulation through the bush and reduce possible fungal diseases. This mid-season pruning and fertilizing encourages a new blooming cycle. Cutting some of the early blooms now (and taking inside for bouquets) can help ensure having blooms around Thanksgiving. If you stagger your bloom cutting, you might have some for your December holiday table. That might is the big unknown, the main factor being the temperature (again). The average first frost date in our area is about November 17.

You may make a final application of fertilizer for the year before mid-November. If you do this, use a fertilizer lower in Nitrogen (N) and higher in Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K); that is, if your fertilizer has an N-P-K number on it, the first digit will be lower than the other two. If it lacks an N-P-K, read the ingredients and/or ask your professional nursery person for guidance. To explain: Nitrogen encourages foliage growth-something we want to discourage as the plants go into their winter dormancy; Phosphate helps build root structure and resistance to stressful conditions (e.g., cold at this time of year); Potassium is a helper of Phosphate and aids in bloom quality. If you use an organic fertilizer it will be readily available when the soil warms, adding to the nutrients needed for that Spring growth spurt.

Don't apply fertilizer after mid-November because it will only encourage tender growth that could be damaged by frost and will forestall your roses going into dormancy as the soil and general environment cool, daylight shortens, etc.

Some people think Southern California lacks distinct seasons, but we do have seasons: They are only discerned by those with a more sophisticated palette! So get out of the house and enjoy the subtle delights of the air, sun, and the rich aroma of our magically misty Fall. When you have a moment to spare, or feel the need to get away, or when the day cools down, take your favorite healthy beverage, a picnic basket, and visit Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula (cross street is Cabrillo Avenue). The early morning and late afternoon sunlight across the pass is magical this time of year-it even makes the freeway seem a little bit romantic! Other venues this time of year available for your interest check out the website

Oh, one last thing-something to do when it gets just a bit too nippy out there: Start perusing rose catalogs (printed and online) for that next "gotta have" rose variety. (Come on-you deserve it! You work hard to have lovely roses, so let yourself go!) And we expect to see you enter that perfect bloom in the next rose show in April 2016!) Also, this time of year many nurseries and garden stores are liquidating their remaining inventory of potted roses-and you're in luck because November is an ideal time to purchase and plant!

Until next month, 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 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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