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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

May 2017 Roses Vol. 28, No. 05

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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing
TVRS Co-presidentT hank you to the Schryers, the Merritts, and the Jahanbanis for sharing their gardens with us on our April Member Garden Tour this year. A special thank you to Brenda and Ben Jahanbani for hosting our luncheon.

On Wednesday, May 3rd we will be meeting under the pepper trees at Rose Haven to plant up succulents for our May 13th First Bloom Celebration and Plant Sale. Bring your gloves, extra pots and plants you want to donate. We will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for a fun project and friendly get together. Any questions? Give me a call at 951-595-7046.

First Bloom Celebration and Plant Sale

by Rebecca Weersing

Saturday, May 13 we will invite the community to visit Rose Haven. With all of the rain this past few months, the garden has been putting on a spectacular bloom for the past weeks and should still be in full bloom for the next several weeks. Please join us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a plant sale too. We will be having a ceremony honoring Karen Ortega and her vision of a rose garden in Temecula.

In Memoriam: Bernice Wendt

   Bernice Wendt, a long-time member, passed away last month. We remember Bernice as the enthusiastic ticket seller for our holiday and spring gift basket auctions. Shown is a photo of her at a First Bloom party. Our deepest condolences go out to her family. Cards may be sent to: Bernice Wendt Family, 1461 Monterey Road #28G, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Stepping Back With Regret

by Rebecca Weersing
   Kathy Katz has served our Society in many capacities over the past twenty plus years. While she was president of the Garden Club during the 1990's she began working with our Society to promote youth gardening in the community. In addition to promoting youth gardening at the Garden Club Flower Show and our Rose Show she worked with a number of people at the Boys and Girls Club and various Temecula schools in encouraging the love of gardens and the environment.

Kathy helped with our Rose Shows and began to attend our meetings. Then she joined us as a member. She served as a co-president with Frank Brines during the early 2000s. Over the years Kathy has been a mainstay in the kitchen, wanting us to be certain to include healthy food choices always.

Thanks to Kathy, programs on birds, hummingbirds, bees, worms, and composting have been part of both youth gardening events and our member meetings. Kathy has been a faithful member of the Rose Haven Committee, the Families in the Garden Committee and the Tree of Life Committee. She and Carol Hudson arranged for the planting and maintenance of the Leon & Norma Vogel Iris Bed. She has informed us all about permaculture and arranged day trips to see permaculture gardens.

At this moment in time Kathy apologies that due to health issues and a pending move to Banning she must step back from her Rose Society activities. Kathy, take care of yourself. When you have recuperated and settled into your new home, we hope that you will visit us for some of our meetings and special events. Please know that you are a valued member of our Society.

Roses Past And Present — XVI

by Jim Moss

There are two opinions about when the era of Old Garden Roses (OGR) came to an end. First, the more accepted version is that the end came in the year 1867. In that year a French rose breeder by the name of Jean-Baptiste Guillot bred a China Tea rose, Mme Bravy, with a Hybrid Perpetual, Mme Victor Verdier. The result was the first ever "Hybrid Tea" rose. To honor his nation Guillot named this rose "La France". This rose exhibited the strengths of the China Teas in color, fragrance and strong habit. Coupled with this were the traits of the Hybrid Perpetual, blooms that repeat during the growing season.

This new Hybrid Tea variety soon captured the attention of rosarians all over the world, and it seems that everyone wanted to breed these new roses. In fact, they became so popular that the OGRs soon fell out of favor as everyone wanted to breed, grow and purchase Hybrid Teas.

This leads to opinion number two as to when OGRs lost out to Modern Roses, as the new generation was called. By 1900–1901, OGRs fell behind Modern roses in popularity and would have disappeared had it not been for a few stalwart souls who stepped in and restored OGRs to their proper place in rose history. Chief among these rosarians was a gentleman by the name of Graham Thomas who felt that ALL of the roses from the past should be retained as well as restored to their proper place in our gardens. Along with others, Mr. Thomas was successful in insuring that today we can still enjoy Wild Roses, Old Garden Roses and Modern Roses.

(A sidelight: In our Hall of Fame area we have a Shrub Rose named "Graham Thomas" in honor of the man who "saved" these old roses. This rose is a medium to light cream colored, very vigorous height, with about 35 petals, making it ideal for our zone. One of my favorites.)

Next month we will leave the old roses behind and try to delve into the quagmire of Modern Roses.

News from the Arrangement Front

by Wayne Blizzard
 Frank Brines and I attended the San Diego Rose Society's annual rose show on Saturday April 29, 2017. It was generally agreed that it was the largest show (in terms of entries) in at least a decade, thanks to this past winter's frequent rains. The number and diversity of blooms was staggering. You would have really enjoyed it!

Frank entered the arrangement shown here. He used the only blossoms he has this month in any number, Whisper, from a plant that was on our tiny suburban lot when we moved in last September. The arrangement type is a "line mass." (A detailed discussion of arrangement types can be found here.)

Frank won the "Royalty Award" which the ARS defines as going to "the best standard arrangement in a class or classes for Traditional design."

Families in the Garden

by Tori Cline

Due to a lack of attendance last month's activities were cancelled. Our next program will be held on the 13th of May. Children will construct Mussie Tussie bouquets for mothers in honor of Mother's Day. In addition, the Rose Society's annual plant sale will be held same day at the garden right after our 'Families in the Garden' event.

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon

Our "deconstructed rose show" continues at our member meeting in May, so bring your roses. You can see the details in the article in this issue. This is not part of our Little Rose Show which will resume in June along with our photographic exhibits.

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

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Date: Thursday, May 18
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)
Topic: Deconstructed Rose Show Horticultural Specimens

Our May member meeting will feature the rose exhibition portion of our "deconstructed rose show". Below are the rules for entering. Members will vote for their favorites in each class as they did in the March arrangements show. Frank Brines, ARS judge, will be on hand to select a "best in show."

● The following classes will be used.
● Class 1: One hybrid tea or grandiflora without side buds.
● Class 2: One floribunda without side buds.
● Class 3: One miniature without side buds.
● Class 4: 0ne floribunda spray.
● Class 5: One miniature spray.
● Class 6: One stem of any other type or unknown. Members will not vote on this class.

NOTE: All roses must be correctly named and entered in the appropriate section. Otherwise they will be placed in Class 6. You may have roses you want to bring just to exhibit. This is the class for those. Members may enter 6 roses, distributed in classes of their choice. If a member exceeds this number, extras will be placed in Class 6. The Little Rose Show will begin in June. Exhibit all roses in your own containers.

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

The Future of Luncheons, OH MY!

We have been fortunate over the years to have many dedicated and talented people arranging, organizing, and serving our luncheons. Members have been generous in preparing and sharing their special dishes. There are those very considerate people who handle the cleanup in the kitchen after we are all sated and headed out the door.

Our membership is changing. Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, we have people whose health is not what it once was, people who now have other commitments on our meeting days, people who are traveling during some months, and people who are moving from the area. These circumstances necessitate us as a Society to rethink how we will conduct our meetings, especially concerning our luncheons. In May we will take a survey that will allow us each to have input into our path forward.

Please bring a dessert either for May or June. The Board of Directors will arrange for the main dishes and beverages for the May and June meetings. We will all need to help with putting out the foods and cleaning up afterwards. In June, after our May survey, we will be able to lay out a path forward for meeting refreshments. Thank you for your understanding, assistance and input in determining our path.

May Birthdays & Renewing Members

  Carol Hudson, Jerri Palmer, and Linda Black
Renewing Members
  Welcome back Linda Freeman and Suzanne Howell

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   Recently the Temecula "Mormon Helping Hands" volunteer group arrived at the garden to spread forty cubic yards of composted mulch for the roses, fill in an erosion ditch with dirt, and weed and repair the Iris Garden. There were about 45 volunteers, including some teens and children working at lightning speed. The group brought two Bobcats, and lots of wheelbarrows and shovels to accomplish the project. We are so appreciative and thankful that they have chosen our garden as their community outreach project for the last few years.

The garden is at its springtime height of beauty right now. You really should plan a visit soon. Bring your family and friends – have a picnic and walk around or just enjoy the tranquility.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, May 24th at 9:30. The meeting location is at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. We will discuss progress on the Education Shelter and other projects to improve the garden. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

Mormon Helping Hands Crew

Rose Haven garden is at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd. in Temecula.
Look Ma! No Weeds! Fresh mulch too!

Tree of Life in May

by Barb Purdy
   The students from TVHS were on Spring Break the first part of April, but they are starting to come back again to help with planting in the Tree of Life. In April, the tomatoes were planted and we were able to plant a few more varieties of squash. Of course, as in any garden there, is always a lot of maintenance to also keep them busy. They helped with weeding, preparing beds to plant in, adjusting and replacing emitters and hilling up the potatoes. We also harvest vegetables and give them to anybody who stops by the garden to visit. This year we have only had enough sugar snap peas to pick and taste. They are sweet and a pop-in-your-mouth treat right in the garden. The same is true of the carrots and strawberries, but the birds keep harvesting the strawberries before we get a chance. Kale, however, continues to thrive and we have an abundance of it if anyone is interested. In May we will be planting watermelon (which is always a summer harvest favorite), pumpkins and cucumbers. The onions and garlic should be ready to harvest by the end of May.

Apple Tree Update: In April we planted the 10 replacement benchgraft (infant) apple trees. Within a month all of the trees sprouted and produced a beautiful flower. These young trees seem to be happy in their new location. Tony and Frances Merritt and Ben and Brenda Jahanbani agreed to take home one of these young apple trees and plant it in their gardens. They will update us with their results compared to growing these trees in the Tree Of Life.

Please stop by the garden and see what we have growing. I am there most Saturday mornings, but you can stop by anytime. Please close the gate when you come in and leave so the rabbits don't come in and harvest.

Baby Apple tree
Planting Tomatoes


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesH ello Valley gardeners! I find it difficult to project what is best to do for your gardens lately. My observation is that each year weather conditions and timing are not typical as we have known in the past. Many exhibitors in rose shows tell me that their formerly "tried and true" methods of predicting when to do what aren't working so well for them these days. For example, attempting to schedule rose shows by past weather patterns a year ahead is more luck than science. Yet the San Diego Rose Society certainly lucked out this year as they had a large show. The abundant rain this past winter had great impact on the volume and quality of blooms. Perhaps the excess rainfall in the Temecula Valley has had the same effect on your roses—let me know!

I will give some things that you can do to get that next cycle of good blooms before it gets too hot. A minor pruning to remove old blooms will reset the cycle of blooming. Most likely not all are at the same development, so just prune back as blooms fade—don't leave them in your garden or put them in you compost pile—make sure to put them into your green waste barrel. Continue shaping the bush for best production by pruning the cane to an outward facing bud. Each leaf axis has a bud. Knowing this makes it easy to discern an outward facing bud. Attempt to keep canes that are no smaller than the diameter of a wooden pencil.

Continue fertilizing—hopefully you are ready for the fourth application—organic, I trust. As I always say, organics are much better for your soil, your garden and the environment. The soil microbiology is multi-tiered, teeming with beneficial microbes which create a sustainable soil "immune system." We've just leaned that a higher percentage of Potassium (the P of NPK rating) helps the plant to develop stronger roots and not suffer stress during adverse conditions In fact, plants grown with organic fertilizers are themselves more resistant to pests and diseases.

Organic amendments (such as manure, compost or mulch) stay where you put them, break down slowly, 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.

The bounty of good in the form of rain that we received earlier, presents an opposite hindrance of powdery mildew in most gardens. While not too obvious, keep an eye for worsening condition. Treating is dependent on your level of acceptance. There are some organic formulas using neem oil, insecticidal soaps, baking soda, etc. Do not use a formula that treats everything. Use only a product specifically for the problem. Read the labels and use accordingly and use safety equipment to avoid exposure to contaminates if you choose chemical. One must cover up bare body parts when applying chemical treatments for disease or pests. Use approved goggles for eye protection, respirator mask, long sleeve shirt, water/chemical resistant boots and gloves. Remove clothing used immediately when treatment is completed and wash. Take a good shower to remove any possible contamination to your being.

Gardens are showing increased prevalence of Black Spot and a new pest called Chilli Thrip, much smaller than the Western Thrip currently in our gardens and more devastating as they eat all vegetation. Control is quite difficult and treatments are being studied. There are a few products being used which are still in research.

 It is never too late to apply a thick layer of mulch. I prefer composted mulch, not course wood forest products, applied to a depth of 4" inches. Pine needles are also good for mulch.

I would like to just add some information for future if you add to your garden with plants grafted to root stock other than Dr Huey which is the most used for locally grown commercial roses. Roses grafted onto Dr Huey are generally deep rooted, that is, the roots are more locally distributed in area approximately 2'x2'x2'. Some roses are now being grown in our area that are grafted onto Fortuniana root stock, and these rose have a different root habit: Their root systems are shallower but also broader, so watering is best done covering the entire bedding area verses the local zone for Dr Huey grafted roses. Roses on Fortuniana root stock tend to grow taller and more effusively.

The best way to keep an entire bed uniformly supplied with water is to apply a generous layer of mulch. It's the single most beneficial act you can provide for your plants. I recommend against using mulch containing wood chips of any sort. There are several reason not to: Additional Nitrogen must be supplied to replace the nitrogen needed to break down the wood fibers, a mold or fungi can result which can prevent fertilizers, water and oxygen from entering the root zone. Instead, I recommend composted mulch as it is well broken down and filled with nutrients ready to be integrated into the soil by worms.

Also, a soil test kit for analyzing the soil needs could save one lots of money, energy and guess work for a fulfilling garden.

Maintaining a clean garden will or can prevent many diseases, remove blooms before they drop petals onto the ground or remove soon if they do fall. Drip irrigation is the best method to provide water to each plant (use an emitter on two sides of each bush). If you buy and plant roses grafted on Fortuniana root stock use drip line with emitters every 18" and throughout the bed, use multiple lines throughout the bed. Use of organic fertilizer will eventually save you money as in time less is needed as it will improve the soil components instead of reducing the elements, especially if you also add 3 to 4 inches composted mulch every 2 to 3 years.

I have grown many varieties of roses in my gardens. Most will grow well in the Temecula Valley. However, don't expect to have great roses during July–September when temperatures are high 90s. Just keep the plants well hydrated as possible, let them enter a short period of dormancy or slowed growth not to produce blooms which will likely be of poor quality and stress the plant as well.

Some varieties I recommend; Mr Lincoln. Outta the Blue, Easy Does It, Touch of Class, Double Delight, Joey, Gold Medal, Graham Thomas, Fragrant Cloud, Fragrant Plum, Sunsprite, Playboy, Sally Holmes, Ballerina and Tropical Lightning.

I am ARS Certified Rose Consultant. If you would like personal answers to questions you can write me at

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 2017

TVRS Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula (Google map)
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 (Google map)
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 (Google map)
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 (this links to Facebook)
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.

2017 Officers & Directors


Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing & Phyllis Bettelheim
Membership VP: Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Betty Dixon
Treasurer: Virginia Boos


Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Board of Directors
Membership: Ann Schryer
Records: Betty Dixon
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Families In The Garden & Tree of Life: the committee
Education & Outreach: Open
Communications: Open


Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Virginia Boos
Betty Dixon
Ben Jahanbani
Brenda Jahanbani
Frances Merritt
Tony Merritt
Barb Purdy
Ann Schryer
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