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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

April 2016 Roses Vol. 27, No. 04

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Co-President's Message

by Phyllis Bettelheim

TVRS Co-presidentsS pring is here and the roses are blooming everywhere. Many cities besides Temecula feature roses as part of the urban landscape. Glendora's downtown area is a beautiful example.

Please plan to exhibit your roses or come to view a lovely display of arrangements, rose photography and blooms at our annual Rose Celebration in April.

Roses Past and Present - III

by Jim Moss

In the past article we briefly reviewed the history of roses going back millions of years. In that time span roses did not undergo any major changes since Mother Nature was insuring the continued evolution of these plants through self-pollination, producing the same "species" of roses over and over again for many millions of years. This means that roses preceded the human race by millions of years.

The earliest humans were undoubtedly more interested in survival so that wild roses were considered to be extremely unimportant. If these people were aware of roses at all, it was probably due to their medicinal or worshipful qualities. We will probably never know the answer to this riddle. These wild roses existed along with numerous plants which eventually became known to humans primarily for their medicinal or religious qualities.

These wild roses still exist today, spread throughout the northern hemisphere. Many of these ancient plants can still be found in rural areas of the United States, growing along roadways, streambeds and hiking trails. All you have to do is know what to look for and see them in abundance. We will continue this journey next month.

2016 Rose and Arts Festival

by Rebecca Weersing

It is not practical for our community to visit our own gardens to see those beautiful blooms. So we have a way to bring our gardens to our roses. That event is our annual Rose & Arts Festival (Rose Show as it is also known). Saturday, April 23, 2016 is the day that our roses have their moment in the sun — even if we are indoors. The pruning and routine maintenance that we have provided to our rose bushes since January is actually what we look at when we evaluate a rose bloom. That is the reason the rose leaves are left on when we exhibit our roses. We want to see the health of roses — not just the pretty face, but the characteristics that are not just skin deep.

Please peruse this Word document TVRS 2016 Rose & Arts Festival Schedule. We have two divisions: Horticultural and Artistic. Horticultural are our garden blooms that we will display. These blooms will be judged by a team of Society judges. Artistic exhibits include arrangements, tables and trays set to a theme, Blooming Art which is an interpretation of an art piece in roses, and photography. Plan to enter something in each category. Look for email blasts each week with hints on what to do to prepare for our community outreach in roses.

Preparing and participating in our Rose & Arts Festival is a pleasure we can all share. We each have the opportunity to volunteer for a task either on Friday or Saturday. Remember "many hands make light work" and also for greater pleasure. Check out TVRS 2016 Rose & Arts Festival volunteer requests. Send me an email at or call me at 951-595-7046. We can talk about what volunteer opportunity awaits each of us.

Blooming Art is a very special community outreach for us. We collaborate with local artists to interpret their paintings in roses. Below is a photo of the 12 paintings submitted for floral interpretation this year.

 This one is an example from the 2015 Rose Show.

Read About The Roses

Books from the TVRS collection
by Phyllis Bettelheim
Old Garden Roses with photographs by Josh Westrich

The rose in history and culture is the topic of the first fifteen pages of the book and is an interesting summary of mankind's long time fascination with the queen of flowers.

Beautiful full color photographs of old garden roses, and a few modern ones also, make up the next eighty-eight pages. The photos illustrate a variety of methods of rose photography and would be most helpful for those interested in that subject.

The last twenty-one pages provide brief historical information about each of the pictured roses as well as an overview of its growth, flowering habits and fragrance.

Calling All Rose Society Crafters & Gardeners

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, April 20 (9-12) Rose Haven (30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula
Event: Decorate pots and pot up succulents that we have been growing at Rose Haven for the Rose Society plant sale on Saturday April 23. The plant sale is the same day as the Rose show. The plant sale will benefit the Rose Society in general.

This will be a casual get together to decorate pots with shells, rocks, glass gems and paint and to create little rock gardens. (See sample photos). We have about 80-90 plants growing so far so hope to plant 50 pots or more.

The following donations would be appreciated:
 ● Succulent cuttings from your garden. (just bring them in a plastic bag)
 ● Ceramic, glass or metal containers for plants (such as small bowls, coffee cups, etc.)
 ● Small shells, rocks, glass gems, old glass costume jewelry, colorful buttons.
 ● Use your imagination and bring anything that would be cute in a small rock garden.
 ● Any size ceramic, glazed or terracotta pots as we do have a few larger plants to pot up.
Please bring these with you on Wednesday, April 20 or you can leave them in a bag by the potting shed at Rose Haven.

If you plan on coming to help decorate please bring your own scissors, garden clippers and garden gloves. Everything else will be provided and as much as possible we will be working at tables in the shade.

Questions: Call Val Fujihara (858) 663-9770 or Barb Purdy (951) 526-5599


Community Caring

by Rebecca Weersing

April 1st was a special day for me, bringing to mind all of the caring for our community we and past members of our Society have expressed in the years since our founding in 1990. One of our first civic acts was to advocate the first City Council to adopt the rose as our city flower. We helped plant roses in the median at Rancho California Road and Ynez Road, tying yellow ribbons on each plant as this was at the beginning of what we now call the First Gulf War. With the return of soldiers from this war, a parade was held in Temecula with Rose Society members gathering rose petals to scatter along the parade route.

Last week an email arrived from Gail Zigler, Sr. Coordinator for Arts, Culture and Events for the City of Temecula. Gail explained the special request she was making of the Rose Society. A deployed marine from Temecula, a young man who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2006, was killed in action. A closed casket ceremony would be held at Civic Center on April 1st. Would it be possible for the Rose Society to provide a floral arrangement for this ceremony? Our answer was yes. We arranged for a large floral display with predominately red and white roses to be placed at the top of the stairs in front of the casket, beautifully executed by Murrieta VIP Florist.

We also put out a call to members to bring roses to Rose Haven on Thursday evening. A special thank you to Jim and Laurie Moss who brought roses from their home garden and picked roses from the Hall of Fame Garden that they so lovingly and expertly maintain — the Ingird Bergman rose blooms are especially beautiful. Our garden rose bouquets were placed in the Heritage Room at City Hall, which served as a retreat for the family. The family was touched by our outreach to them.

We have a history of community caring that we should nurture and treasure. We are fortunate that in times when special floral statements are desired, people turn to the Temecula Valley Rose Society.


Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, April 21
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: Linda McDonald-Cash
Topic: Planting Old Roses in Your Garden

Linda, 29 year resident of Temecula, prior Rose Society and Garden Club member, now a professional landscape designer, received her certificate in Landscape Architecure from Mira Costa College in 2010 after being told by many of her gardening friends that she should do landscaping "professionally", will be discussing old roses and how to incorporate them into our gardens. Specifically into drought tolerant garden settings as this is her specialty, and this doesn't mean desert landscaping either!.

Linda lived up in Glen Oaks Hills for 12 years on five acres, east of Temecula, where she grew over 250 varieties of old garden roses, from rugosas and musks, to Portlands, Damasks, floribundas and teas, and would like to share her knowledge of those old roses with you in the context of incorporating some into your own garden settings. She will discuss specific cultivars that she recommends highly for this area, and how to grow them successfully.

A light buffet luncheon will be served at 11:30. Guests are welcome.

Programs & Speakers for 2016
● July — dark month. No meeting.
● August — Strategic planning session.
● December — Christmas Program & Installation of Officers & Board of Directors


April Birthdays & New Members

Dan Wyncott, 4-1, Ann Schryer and Howard Katz, 4-8, Val Fujihara, 4-9, Ann Coakes and Pat Torres, 4-13, Virginia Boos, 4-14, Bob Crain, 4-23, Simonne Arnould, 4-25, Anna Mae Ackerman, 4-26, Rebecca Weersing, 4-28.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon  
  I have big, big double delight's blooming in my small garden, so I'm sure your roses are blooming or on their way now. Our first Little Rose Show of the season is at our April member meeting. Last year we had about 20 participants throughout the year bringing many lovely blooms. So, bring your roses. Minis seem to be in short supply lately, so we'd love to have more to see. Remember, we are doing this Show to learn about properly exhibiting roses, but also just to have the pleasure of seeing all of your roses. So bring them. Tip: it's sometimes hard to get to the meeting and prowl the garden for a nice rose. Go out just before dark the night before and choose your rose. Don't wait too late. Put it immediately in water and set in a cool place. Then you won't have to scurry the morning of the meeting, or feel you just don't have time.

Virginia Boos was our top winner last year. She brought many roses even if they weren't all perfect. The more you bring, there will likely be a winner there somewhere. If you haven't brought roses to show before don't worry. There will be someone to help you get started.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell  
  Hooray! Spring is here. The garden is busting out all over with buds and blooms. The entry arch boasts a full bloom of "Fortune's Double Yellow" an OGR (Old Garden Rose) from 1845. Soon it will grow up the posts even higher and look even more spectacular. Near the Hall of Fame area one cannot miss the vivid bloom of "Old Blush" growing over the arbor above the bench. This is also an OGR from 1751 and one of the World Old Rose Hall of Fame winners.

Thank you so much all you hard working volunteers for coming out to the garden and pruning and pruning, raking and cleaning up during the winter. It was cold, it was hot, it was windy and rainy but your dedication paid off by making Rose Haven Garden look lovely again. Ben Jahanbani received a special Early Bloomer award as a new volunteer at the garden.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30. The meeting location is again at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. We will discuss projects to improve areas in the garden. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

OGR Fortune Double Yellow
Old Blush

Families in the Garden

by Barb Purdy  
  Spring has arrived which means it is time to finish harvesting our winter vegetables and plant our spring crops. This winter our lettuce, parsnips, carrots, radishes, cabbage and peas were all delicious and plentiful. You may have had a chance to try some of the peas that were distributed at our last meeting. These were all planted in the fall by the children in our Families in the Garden program.

We have taken on a new project which Kathy Swanson (Master Gardner) has helped us organize. With a $150 donation from the Temecula Valley Woman's Club Conservation Committee we have purchased 12 apple trees from Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery who produces apple trees for hot climates. The benchgraft is 14 inches long and a perfect size for the young children to plant during our April program. We will espalier these trees against a trellis in the Tree of Life. Stop by the garden periodically and watch these very young trees grow, become beautifully sculpted trees, and produce a variety of delicious apples.

The raised beds are now ready for our spring planting. The young children will also be helping us plant watermelon seedlings and potatoes during the April program. Val Fujihara and I will also be planting tomatoes (grown from seed) in April and a variety of other vegetables will follow in May.

If you are interested in helping us plant in the vegetable garden we are starting a "planting in the Tree of Life day" on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon for Rose Society Members. Contact me or Val Fujihara for more information or to let us know that you are interested.

March Cabbage
Winter Vegetables

An English Country Rose Garden

The next installment, #4, of Karen Ortega's history of the Rose Society can be read here.

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.

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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 2016!

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 2016

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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2016 Officers & Directors


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


Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Patricia Hirsch
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
Virginia Boos
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Betty Dixon
Patricia Hirsch
Barb Purdy
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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