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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

January 2018 Roses Vol. 29, No. 01

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President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-president Welcome to a whole new year of Rose Adventures! Many of our Rose Adventures will be centered around gardens—our own individual gardens, Rose Haven, and exploring gardens of the world via books, video, and visits. Take time to think about your lifelong experiences with roses and gardens. How can each of us turn those experiences into a Rosy Sharing or a program for our Society? Our Society is what we as a group make it. Let us join together to make 2018 a warm, wonderful and rosy new year.

Dues for 2018 are now due. Please bring your checkbooks and renew at the January meeting.

Rose Pruning Demonstration/Hands-On Workshop

by Virginia Boos

The annual pruning demonstration at Rose Haven Heritage Garden will take place on Saturday, January 27, at 10 am. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road. Newcomers are welcome as well as members who might need a review. Experienced pruners can work alone or help others. Bring tools and gloves.

A Rose By Any Other Name ... Three

by Jim Moss

As indicated last month I wanted to ask the membership to recognize the troubles in Santa Rosa, California, and that I dedicated this series to those unfortunate citizens of the City of Saint Rose. These events caused me to rearrange the order of articles in these series. Therefore, since we started with a geographical location, Santa Rosa, we will begin the order with cities and states, and their connections with the Rose.

To begin with there are a number of cities and towns across the nation that have the word "Rose" in their names. However, after a quick scan of my United States Atlas, I realized that there are too many communities that have "Rose" in their names. My quick search revealed that there are 37 cities and towns named for our flower in the USA. Too many to identify individually, with only one exception: That would be Rose Haven, Maryland. "Hooray for that town!!!!.

In addition to the communities across America that include the word Rose in their names, there are several states that have the Rose as their state flower, in one form or another: New York, Iowa, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Washington DC. Quite a few cities and towns have also honored the Rose by naming it the Official City Flower, among which is Temecula and others too numerous to mention. And song titles such as San Antonio Rose, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Only a Rose (Charlie Barnet, 1939) Honeysuckle Rose and others.

More next month including names or nicknames of people and other references to the Rose.

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, January 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. See our new meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Ann Schryer
Topic: Bouquet Arranging & Photography Tips

Indoor enjoyment of blooms is one of the pleasures of having roses growing in our gardens. Ann will focus on creating the informality of bouquets rather than the formality of rose show arrangements. Also she will share photography tips as a way to capture forever the beauty of our blooms. Ann plans some in-garden workshops at Rose Haven during our spring bloom period for hands-on practice of our photography skills. We will discuss the rules for entering the American Rose Society Photography Contest as well as our own Photography Show in the fall.

Rose Learning Workshop: What is a Consulting Rosarian and how do I become one?
Post-lunch Committee Meeting: Programs Planning for 2018

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

January Birthdays & New Members

  Lenore Vogel, 1-6 and Micha Grayson, 1-14
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   Happy New Year everyone. Winter has arrived, southern California style, and we keep checking the forecast for some rain. Luckily the garden is still looking quite attractive, especially all the succulents.

At Rose Haven we start the year in high gear as once again it's rose pruning time. Wednesday and Saturday mornings are the scheduled work days at 9:00 a.m. and we hope many of you will join in. We begin with the roses along the driveway, but you can choose your own area if you prefer.

Also, we are looking forward to the pruning class given by Virginia Boos on Saturday, January 27th at 10:00. We invite everyone to attend as the class is open to the public as well as our members. This will be a hands-on demonstration for beginners and people wanting to refresh their skills. The raised beds is where Virginia will demonstrate. This event is an enjoyable way to learn and share our love of roses with the community.

The next garden committee meeting Wednesday, January 24th at 9:30. We will discuss projects for this year. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting. The Garden address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Succulents Area
Aloe Striata

Rose Haven garden is at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd. in Temecula.


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesT here is no specific timeline for winter rose care, but there are general time frames. For our area, Spring pruning should be completed around mid February. I will provide details on that in my February column. This will be a major pruning that removes canes and branches that are dead or diseased, are in contact with other branches, and/or that pass through the interior of the plant. It also brings the plant down to three to five major canes, each about 18" tall, (I prefer knee high, 24") and re-directs growth to new "basal" canes and outward-facing buds on strong existing canes. When done properly, this major pruning produces a strong, well-formed plant that optimizes flower production.

Many gardeners mistakenly think that doing their "spring" pruning in December or early January will give them a head start on flower production, but this is a delusion. First, consider that even if January brings us exceptionally warm air temperatures, the soil will still be quite cold, so the roots (and stems) will not be "revved up" for much active growth—your head start won't amount to much. And more importantly, if early pruning is followed by a hard frost you will probably lose the tender young growth and have to prune again. Will the remaining canes be long enough and have enough stored energy for vigorous spring growth? Will you have enough outward-facing buds? Probably not. Simply stated, pruning too early will set back stem growth and flower production, and can ruin your chances of a strong, well-formed plants.

So before you pick up those pruners and launch out into the chilly January air, contemplate the odds of another frost or freeze. The frost dates for the Temecula Valley are mid-November through late March, but we can get damaging frost as late as April. Time your pruning more closely to when the soil begins to warm, temperatures moderate, and the threat of frost is likely past. Pruning in mid-January (at the earliest) to mid-February usually strikes a balance between potential frost damage and time to get two or three good bloom cycles in before the brutal summer. New growth will usually appear 2 to 3 weeks after your SPRING pruning, and new blooms 8 to 12 weeks from pruning-if a cold spell doesn't interrupt.

January and February are excellent months for planting new roses in the Temecula Valley and environs; let's be optimistic that the weather for the next few weeks will be relatively dry and warm so planting will be easier. Still, one can usually wait until March to plant and still expect the roots to form relationships with beneficial soil fungi and become showstoppers as early as May, well ahead of the heat of summer. Potted rose bushes will be optimal for these late plantings.

For now, be thinking about adding one or two new roses to your garden in spring. Roses offered for sale are rated by quality. You want only #1 roses—they are the surest guarantee of success, with all horticultural methods employed to provide satisfaction. Don't waste your time and money on anything lower. Higher quality plants have a higher chance of success, require less effort, and acclimate faster. Also, the cost of any rose is a very small fraction of what you will eventually invest in that plant over the years in water, fertilizer, pest control, and effort, so why not start with a first-quality plant?

Roses may come to you as "bare root," potted, or packaged. Bare root plants are just that, usually packed in wood chips to keep the roots damp and viable. They are the slowest to thrive and it is best to get them early and planted immediately so they have the maximum amount of time to become established. Potted roses make the quickest and most successful transition to the garden, but they also tend to be more expensive and not as plentiful in selection, but as I said, the initial cost will pale against what you put into the plant in the years to come.

There are many sources: local nurseries and reputable online retailers who specialize in roses. New stock will begin appearing in nurseries this month, and online suppliers usually ship in mid-January. (Does that tell you anything?) But be sure to shop early for the best selection—and if you have access to it, be sure to consult your American Rose Society Buyer's Guide (which you will receive with your annual ARS membership or renewal). I received my ARS 2018 Rose Annual edition a month or two ago, and in my opinion it is one of the best (if not the best) issues published. It is full of rose info and tips and new varieties one might desire to secure.

I will provide more guidance on that all-important annual pruning in the February column. Also, check local newspapers and nursery websites for schedules of hands-on pruning classes at different locations and check the TVRS Rose Society website for their pruning schedule at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Please bring clean, sharp, by-pass pruners in good working condition, and be prepared to learn and to lend a hand pruning under experienced direction; this will be a great opportunity to get your questions answered, hone your skills, and boost your confidence.

I would like to add to the many comments I have received that there is no specific date on which all rose care is down. There are many elements that more or less determine the proper timing. Weather is the primary element as it involves not only air temperature but ground temperature as well. I offer what is a generalization of timing for rose care. Unlike holidays we can't fool Mother Nature and make a specific date on which things in the garden are to be done.

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 2018

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) 526-7436.
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 also coordinated by Alicia Cline.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

To see other events on our Society's event calendar click here.

2018 Officers & Directors

All Directors and Officers can be contacted here. By phone at 951-526-7436 or
by email at


President: Rebecca Weersing
Membership VP: Denise Vaccaro
Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Treasurer: Bonnie Bell


Executive: Rebecca Weersing
Programs: Board of Directors
Membership: Denise Vaccaro
Records: Phyllis Bettelheim
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Rose Haven Planning: Open
Families In The Garden & Tree of Life: Alicia Cline
Education & Outreach: Open
Communications: Open


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