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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

November 2018 Roses Vol. 29, No. 11

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President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS PresidentI n this month of Thanksgiving, we should remember that our local society is part of a larger Rose Family. We should take time to learn about this larger family and participate in activities promoted through ARS.

The ARS has divided the United States into various districts. Our Society is a member of the Pacific Southwest District. PSWD encompasses the area west of El Paso, Texas and as far north as Las Vegas, Nevada. Rose Shows and Schools for Consulting Rosarians and Judges are offered through Districts.

Our parent organization is the American Rose Society. Shreveport, Louisiana is headquarters for the ARS and the location of the nation's largest park dedicated to roses. America's Rose Garden consists of 118 acres, 65 individual rose gardens, and 20,000 rosebushes. A variety of companion plants, sculptures and fountains, including the beautiful Dudley Watkins Reflection Pool.


Long-Term Funding for Rose Haven

by Virginia Boos

It's a challenge for ME, and it will no doubt be a challenge for YOU. We need to ensure the future of Rose Haven Heritage Garden. The years keep flying by and we should be making arrangements for the financial future of this special garden, the signature accomplishment of our rose lovers' group.

Seeing the need, I volunteered to chair the Long-Term Funding Committee. This involves planning our actions, to include contacting possible donors, consulting with a financial planner, contacting food donors for our Launch Party in April or May and planning the entertainment activities for the party. You may be asked to help, so please be ready, willing and able. It's going to be a long road ahead, so everyone's assistance and effort will be appreciated.

Rose Arrangement & Rose Photography Show

by Rebecca Weersing

The Palm Desert Rose Society will be holding their Show on Saturday, November 10 at the Palm Desert Community Center (43900 San Pablo, Palm Desert, CA) from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. What a great outing for an autumn day!

Below are two photos taken at the ARS Convention on October 27. One photo is of multiple roses in a picture frame and the other is of an English Box (miniatures & minifloras).

Shows are a great places to be inspired with all the different ways roses can be displayed. Is there any wonder the rose is the Queen of Flowers?


Happy Go Lucky

by Weeks Roses

There is no other rose, which has a better fitting name, than Happy Go Lucky™. Sunny yellow 6" blooms top a very happy, healthy tall grandiflora lush green plant. This carefree rose has blooms with an English form and tea fragrance, but unlike them, it sneers at disease. Its disease resistance is far superior to the English rose varieties.

The large plant has an upright, rounded habit, but it won't crowd out other plants. The color is pleasing and easy to pair with other roses, especially purples and lavenders. Happy Go Lucky™ also combines amazingly well with blue-purple perennials such as delphiniums, irises, salvias and veronicas. It is the ideal addition to any cottage or English garden. Happy Go LuckyT will put a smile on your face!

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.

This Month's Program:
Date: Thursday, November 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)
Speaker: Rob Lindquist, President of the Hemet Heritage Foundation
Topic:  His topic will be his family's history of rose production in the Hemet area. The Howard Rose Company was a 1,000 acre ranch in Hemet that annually produced some 2 million rose bushes and developed new strains of roses.

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

November Birthdays & New Members

  Phyllis Bettelheim, Nov.1, Linda Freeman, Nov. 15, Ray Jacques, Nov.20, Victoria Cline, Nov. 24, Jim Moss, Nov.28, Kathy Turgeon, Nov. 30, Margaret Granlund, Nov. 30.
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show for October

by Virginia Boos

Again, it wasn't much of a show. The hot dry weather is certainly affecting our gardens. Hoping for rain soon, along with cooler temperatures.

My six were the only blooms on the table. Class 4, Floribunda Spray: First Light, Showbiz, Honey Perfume and Little Darling. Class 1, Hybrid Tea: Antigua and Fairest One. Most of my roses are older varieties which aren't on the market any more.

Please make the effort to bring some blooms to the November meeting for all to share. We all love to enjoy the striking colors and the fragrance of our favorite flower.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   November is an excellent time to visit the garden. The roses and many perennial plants are blooming again. With Thanksgiving coming up, a walk through the garden will be a quiet respite, or bring the family and enjoy the outdoors. Photos show areas that are blooming right now.

Our garden is open every day dawn to dusk and numerous visitors can be seen almost every day of the week. We owe a great deal of thanks to Nardo Felipe for keeping the garden looking so beautiful. We are proud to provide such a lovely place for the community to enjoy. Soon we will start a "Rose Haven Friends" campaign to provide support and backing for the garden beyond our membership.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, November 28th at 9:30. The meeting location is at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. We review projects and improvements needed to maintain the garden. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

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

Families in the Garden: October

by Alicia Cline

We met on September 20th for the October program. It was good to see so many smiling faces and awesome families. Starting out with a nature walk through the garden we discussed about how things change for winter, enjoying all the different animals along the way up to the Tree of Life.

The kids planted Savoy & Red cabbages, explored and did some light harvesting. Thank you to Ms. Barb and Mr. Ben for helping the children and donating their time. It is immensely appreciated.

We rounded out the event with a pumpkin decorating craft and snack. Thank you to Ms. Bonnie for volunteering her time and help. Ms. Fay was also on hand to man the magnifying glass station. The children (and parents) enjoy this station so much! I can always count on you to educate and amaze the families. Thank you! Of course, a BIG appreciation and thank you to Victoria. I could never do this program without her help. She does so much.

Families in the Garden is in need of volunteers. While we manage it, it has become increasingly difficult to provide the children the best learning experience with only three or four volunteers each month. We give community service hours to students and the opportunity to help instill the love of gardening in future generations. If interested contact Ms. Alicia at 951 234-2218.




Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesA fter a summer of high temperatures, fires, smoke and ash, and Santa Ana winds, it feels good to have some relief. The weather has moderated slightly, and along with the change comes cooler nights with more moisture collecting on leaves. This moisture with the daily accumulation of ash and small dust particles provides a great environment for mildew, rust and black spot on roses. Black spot is the most common and important disease of roses found everywhere roses are grown. The disease does not kill the plant outright but, over time, the loss of leaves can weaken the plant making it more susceptible to other stresses and to winter damage. It first develops on upper leaf surfaces, later adjacent areas turn yellow and leaves drop prematurely, usually beginning at the bottom of the plant progressing upward. A potential "lookalike" disease is spot anthracnose (shot-hole disease); it is not a major problem unless temperatures are very hot (too hot for black spot). Spots caused by black spot are fuzzy around the edges, then turn yellow and brown. Spots caused by anthracnose are smooth edged and the centers turn grey and drop out. Treatment is the same, but if a fungicide is used, it must be labeled for black spot or anthracnose, whichever disease you are treating.

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. Last month I included an article about Chilli Thrips and pictures for identifying the problem they cause. Continue treatments for these micro-pests. They attack new growth, buds and blooms. Left untreated plants are stressed greatly, often shriveling the end buds or preventing bud formation. The life cycle of Chilli Thrips includes falling to ground and becoming a grub and reappearing when temperatures warm up next year.

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. Feel free to cut some of early blooms now and take them inside for bouquets.

You may make a final application of fertilizer for the year before mid-November. Unless you plan to exhibit, I do not recommend fertilizing after mid-October. 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.

Remember to check your garden daily for any changes. Be sure to keep them hydrated for best results. The cooler temperatures can be misleading. Roses still need to be watered, perhaps not as often.

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 2018!) 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! Make your list of new roses and go shopping, if you plan to replace an old tired plant prepare the area now for easier planting later.

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 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