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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

March 2018 Roses Vol. 29, No. 03


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President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-presidentM arch is the month of waiting for winter to end, planning for spring gardening activities, and doing tasks such as fertilizing and planting. Birds of all sizes are flitting about the garden. The roses that have been pruned are sprouting leaves—hence the need to fertilize this month.

Take the opportunity to attend a Rose Show this spring: In fact, you might also consider exhibiting!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 14 & 15, 2018
Where: Liberty Station – NTC Promenade, McMillin Event Center
2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
For more information, contact Linda Clark, Rose Show Chair at

Remember to invite your fellow Society Members to your garden if you have an interesting bloom happening. It does not have to be roses. Send Bonnie an email with the date and time for your Open Garden and she will send out an e-blast.

Calendar of March Special Events, Mostly at Rose Haven
Wednesday, March 7, 8:30 am  – Trip to Descanso Gardens *
Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am  – Tom Sawyer Painting Party
Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 am  – Fertilizing the Garden
Saturday, March 17, 9:30 am  – Families in the Garden
Saturday, March 17, 9:30 am  – Plant Sale Potting Party
* We will carpool from Rose Haven, leaving no later than 8:45 am.

A Rose By Any Other Name ... Five

Submitted by Jim Moss

After talking about names of people, communities and other references to roses, it is time to get serious. So, for serious, how about religion, government, history and politics. Quite a bit of the time these subjects overlap or are one in the same.

Let's start with religion, and leave the other topics for later! The rose has for centuries been the symbol of Christianity and Islam. After Constantine established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, the rose became the symbol of the Virgin Mary and thence to the introduction of the Rosary. (I have been led to believe that the beads of Rosaries were originally made of Rosewood).

Regarding Islam: Geometric gardens were very popular in ancient Iran and surrounding areas. The center section of these gardens contained a large rose garden. This central place in the culture of the region gave way to a substantial part of their literature, music and religion. So both faiths have a great deal of history regarding our rose.

In the old King James version of the Bible there are references to the "Rose of Sharon" in the book of Solomon. However, this "Rose" is not a rose at all, but probably a lily, or a crocus, jonquil or something completely different. (Readers of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" will recall the young Joad girl who was called, in Oakie, "Rosasharn". Same name... same plant).

More seriously, persons of the Lutheran faith will know the "Luther Rose". This was the symbol adopted by Martin Luther, designed by him in 1530 and became not only his personal emblem, but was soon adopted as the symbol of all Lutheranism. Like all medieval rose symbols, it is a five petal white species with a red heart in the center, inside of which is a black cross. There are many variations of the Luther Rose, depending on which part of Northern Germany you look into, but the basic design remains the center piece.

In the next article how about looking at the Rose in Heraldry, (a BIG deal), and possibly get into the English "Wars of the Roses", a fantastic story, at least in my opinion.

Book Review: Chasing the Rose

by Virginia Boos

It was a unique experience for the panel participants and something new for our meeting topic. If you missed the February meeting, you didn't enjoy the discussion of the book "Chasing the Rose".

The member panel had read the book, each person assigned 2 chapters. The setting is in northeastern Italy. We followed the story that developed about the young man's search for the history of his great-great-great-great Grandma's heritage rose bush.

I know I learned many details of early rose hybridization using the Chinese species roses that were being brought into Europe. Our current red roses came about from the Chinese Crimson. Yellow roses came from there too. Previously all had been pink or white.

During my reading of the book, I became fascinated and decided to add some of the OGRs to my own garden.

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, March 15
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: "Rising Out of a Swamp," the history of White Park

Our March speaker is Glenn Wenzel, local historian and Journal Editor for the Riverside Historical Society.

White Park, located at the edge of downtown Riverside, was originally swamp land. Drained and developed, the city built a wonderful park with a unique cactus garden and other plants that became world renowned. One of the premier landscape architects of the this period was Franz Hosp, propagator of Rose 'Cecile Brunner' 1894. His rose is still available today. Hosp also master planned Victoria Avenue in Riverside and the Ragged Robin Roses line the entire median of this scenic road.

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

March Birthdays & New Members

  Suzanne Howell, March 15, and Michael Momeni March 22
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Virginia Boos

The next chance we have for a Little Rose Show will be at the May meeting, since we have our home tour in April.

Please help to fill up our tables on May 17th with your special blooms. They don't have to be perfect, bring them anyway, to share with other members. Everyone loves to see all the different varieties, shapes and colors. We do have judging, and 3 awards will be made next December.

Families in the Garden

by Alicia Cline

We've been gone for January and February, but have an excellent program planned for March! Our next event will be March 17th: Bugs and Worms!

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road in Temecula. Bug talk, crafts, a hike through the garden, and a look at what's growing and moving in the Tree of Life Garden will be featured. We'll be planting potatoes in the upper garden and light harvesting of what's ready.

This is a free, hands-on program for kids under 12 and their families. Members are encouraged to join us for our special fun third Saturday morning event.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell

There is something new at the garden everyone, especially children, will enjoy seeing. It's very small, so you will have to look for it. Laurie Moss and her friend Carol created a "Fairy Garden" in the Hall of Fame under a white Iceberg rose. Laurie shared the story at our recent meeting but we want all our members to know about this delightful project. Check out the photos below.

With the warm weather in January and February the roses that were pruned have leafed out nicely so we plan to fertilize on Wednesday, March 14. There are many roses that we are pruning right now, so we're working double speed to get them finished by the end of the month. Wednesday and Saturday are still our work days. Nardo has been working non-stop to keep the garden looking wonderful. Thank you so much Nardo.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, March 28th at 10:00. We will discuss garden improvements, projects, signage, and special events. All members are invite to attend. The address to the garden is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

The Fairy Garden

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


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesL ocation, Location, Location! Depending on your location-or more specifically, that of your garden-you may have experienced frost damage to your roses and tender young plants recently. The past week and the forecast for the first weekend of March is for cool to cold temperatures around Riverside County. Some may even see a little snow. Even gardens in the same general vicinity may have different effects due to their prevailing micro-climates. These wintry temperatures could delay growth of vegetation and bloom time due to the cooling of the ground as well as the air.

If your roses experienced fungal diseases last year you might think of applying a lime sulfur dormant spray soon. Be sure to read the label completely to ensure the proper strength of the mixture for "growing season instructions." Be sure to saturate all canes and the soil surface of the entire bed. It is a good time to make sure the garden is free of left-over debris and to dispose it in the green garden waste bin-do NOT compost rose debris in your yard. Also, remove all old leaves that may be left on the bush. This cleanliness will help keep down disease. Maintain a minimum of 2" to 4" of organic composted mulch over the entire garden surface to insulate the upper 8" to 12" where most rose roots feed, and to reduce evaporation and conserve water, while still providing sufficient moisture. This will also supply nutrients to build the soil for your roses over the season. Beware that water rates will be increasing and there is the possibility of future rationing again.

If you have space available and haven't yet purchased new roses, you can still do so and might find some great offers. Over the past several years, there has been a drop in the number of new varieties introduced into the market and commercial rose production has dropped, so there is less of a selection at fewer outlets. Some nurseries are still shipping to this area. Plants already in pots are the best to buy as they will be far easier to transplant and will establish themselves quicker. Look for those with 3-5 major canes.

Take time now to inspect and make any necessary repairs to your irrigation system. Drip systems are the most efficient and they avoid problems created by above-ground sprayers and sprinklers, which waste water and can foster molds (e.g., mildew and rust). If possible, avoid any overspray or misting of water being applied elsewhere in your garden that may hit your roses; but if you do use overhead watering systems, avoid doing so when there is any wind to avoid moisture collecting on leaves which could result is sun burn or add to conditions favorable for fugal diseases.

For best results and efficiency, be sure to time the irrigation so it is complete before the day gets hot (preferably by mid-morning, that is, 8am to 9am). Avoiding daytime watering prevents excess ground moisture into night time. Too wet soil can lead to unhappy roots and/or fungal diseases.

Now would be the time to sprinkle cup to 1 cup of Epson salts widely around each rose bush (use half as much for minis and mini-floras). There is some indication that this helps stimulate new cane growths known as "basal breaks" at the "bud union" (the big part next to the ground where grafting was done).

When new growth is 2" to 3" long, you can begin fertilizing. I suggest an initial feeding each year be higher in nitrogen (N) to encourage new stem and leaf growth. In about two weeks, apply fertilizer that is higher in phosphate (P) and potassium (K) to give roots a boost at start of season. New information suggests that continued use of fertilizer higher in P and K will foster greater root development and lead to better growth and resistance for healthier plants. Look for fertilizers rated as 8-10-8 that include micro elements for greater results.

I highly recommend organic type fertilizers vs. inorganic or "chemical" ones. Organics foster better soil development, a richer, livelier, more viable community of soil organisms that break the elements into easily absorbed form and release them slowly. They will "build" soil structure into a healthy component and when used regularly will develop a soil rich in reserve energy, allowing you to use less product with the same results.

There are rose events coming up which you may find of interest. The San Diego Rose Society rose show April 14. Plan to attend and experience seeing the blooms of your favorite roses or to research possible new additions to your garden. Entry applications for garden show at the San Diego Fair are now being accepted. Inquire 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 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