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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

December 2018 Roses Vol. 29, No. 12

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President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS PresidentI t is that time of year for wishing "Good Cheer", contemplating New Year's Resolutions, and consider donations to your favorite nonprofit — Temecula Valley Rose Society. As a Society, we owe a debt of gratitude to Virginia Boos. Virginia has championed our efforts to create a fund for the maintenance of Rose Haven and her efforts are paying off through contributions of family, friends and community. Please join our effort by donating to our Rose Haven Friends Fund.

Your donation may be (1) mailed to our P. O. Box 890367, Temecula 92589, (2) given to our treasurer Bonnie Bell or (3) placed in the Rose Haven donation box the next time you are there visiting or working in our lovely garden. (Checks please, no cash.)

Thank you for the many ways you support TVRS. Happy Holidays!!!

Rose Haven Friends

by Virginia Boos

We are making some progress in the long-term funding effort that we need to maintain our special garden well into the future. Several donations have been received so far, with more to come. The Board is planning to join the Chamber of Commerce to give us more visibility in the community. Our presence needs to be noticed and acknowledged. There are lots of visitors to Rose Haven, but we still aren't very well known in our City.

In addition to business support, our own members might want to contribute a tax-wise donation. Please consider this aspect of supporting our rose society in this project. I feel we can be successful in this venture. Anything is possible!

Families in the Garden

by Alicia Cline, 951-234-2218

We had a small event in November for Families in the Garden. Most children were already out of school and on holiday. A lovely time was had by all. The children planted onion and garlic bulbs in the Tree of Life with assistance from Ms. Barb. They were all excited at the digging and ability to use dirt.

We demonstrated and educated on proper bulb planting and care. As take home craft we planted an assortment of tulips and lilies in peat cups to use in home gardens. We concluded with cutie oranges and waters.

There us no program in December due to Holiday season. We will resume on the 3rd Saturday of January 2019 with an event of bugs! A big THANK YOU to our new members, Ms. Judy and Ms. Kathy for coming out and lending a hand. It was much appreciated. We hope to see you, again :)


by Weeks Roses

This bright yellow grandiflora is a super vigorous, bushy clean plant that flowers like a weed and smells up a storm. It is a color sport (mutation) of our fabulous Strike it Rich. Has dark green leaves that sets of the many showy clusters of blossoms. You can find several growing at Rose Haven Garden in the Boos Courtyard.

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, December 20
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: December Holiday Dinner
 Calling all members! Come to the feast, bring a friend! Traditionally we have a turkey dinner with all the fixings at our December meeting. The Society provides the turkey and Ann Coakes roasts it. Each member is asked to bring either a side or a dessert.

December Birthdays & New Members

  Frank Brines, Dec. 8; Don Nordike, Dec. 18; Roger Bell, Dec. 19; Laurie Moss, Dec. 23; May Olson, Dec.30.
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Virginia Boos

Once again, we had a disappointing show, due to our recent very windy, dry weather. Ellen Noell and I were the only exhibitors. Ellen took Rose of the Day with "Veterans' Honor", another 1st with "Paradise Found" and a 2nd with "Moonstone".

My 6 entries were for "Rock & Roll", "Chrysler Imperial", "Fabulous!", "Starina", "Eutin", and "Swan". Something I added was a small bouquet of orange-colored rose hips from "Honey Perfume". Our speaker, Rob Lundquist, mentioned working with the seeds from hips, so I broke open some of them to pass around.

Most rose lovers don't develop hips as they keep up with the deadheading. The hip develops from a shattered bloom. Mr. Lundquist explained that rose plants can be grown from these seeds, but they each have a genetic history due to the hybridizing process, so you never know what you will get from a planting. Several members mentioned that it might be a fun project to try this.

Awards for 2018 will be presented at the December meeting. Next show will be for our Spring blooms in 2019.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   The holidays keep us very busy in December so when it's time to take a break come out and visit the garden for some relaxation. A nice walk around or picnic is just delightful.

This month the photos show our excellent stairs leading up to the gazebo. We owe this wonderful addition to the garden to our own members, Frank and Wayne. They worked countless days, and numerous hours, cementing every stone in place for the retaining wall and the steps. Whew! What a job. Thank you again for all your time and effort.


Starting Saturday, January 5th we will begin pruning the roses along the driveway. Every Wednesday and Saturday will be dedicated to rose pruning starting at 9:00 a.m. An hour or two of your time will be greatly appreciated. On January 26th Frank Brines will conduct a rose pruning demonstration for our members and the public. More details about the class will be in the next newsletter.

The Society always appreciates your cash donations to help keep the garden attractive. Several rose shrubs have perished and need to be replaced. December is the perfect time to contribute and receive a tax deductible receipt for 2018 as we are a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation.

We will skip our garden committee meeting this month and will resume with the meetings on Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:30 a.m. where we will discuss projects for 2019.

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


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesI 'm sure that you (and your roses) appreciate the recent sprinkles or light drizzle or blustery rain depending on your location. Temecula has received an inch more rain than average for the month of November; this and the accompanying cool weather will help to hydrate the thirsty soil. Most areas still haven't had any temperatures near frost. Roses could still be seen actively growing and blooming in many area gardens during the Thanksgiving holiday, and some rose gardens are coming into a full bloom cycle this very day. (Of course not all blooms are exhibition quality, but it is nice to see them so late in the year!)

But believe it or not, your roses need a four- to six-week rest or "dormancy" period during the winter months. During dormancy, the plants go through natural hormonal changes that prepare them for the next growing season. Dormancy is triggered by a variety of factors. Cold temperatures (including frost) slow the plant's metabolism while cold rains chill the soil further slowing growth rate. The current mild temperatures will likely delay setting dormancy this year.

You can help promote dormancy by not deadheading or pruning this month. Allow the rose "hips" to set and mature so they can send signals to the plant that it's time to rest and marshal it's energy for a vigorous growth spurt in the spring. Just the same, be sure to monitor your plants when daytime temperatures are warm: They still need to be kept hydrated! Also, do NOT fertilize until after your major pruning in January or February, and then only after a couple inches of new growth.

On the topic of pruning: Some gardeners in the Temecula Valley are anxious to prune their roses in December. That's understandable because we haven't had a hard frost yet even though the average date for first frost in our area is November 17. Pruning now not only prevents dormancy, but also produces tender new shoots that will most likely be killed by the next hard frost. So, bottom line: Please wait four to six weeks after the first frost to do your major "spring" pruning. In the event that there is no frost or freeze it is typical to Spring prune by mid-February. Watch the TVRS website or local newspapers for the dates for free spring pruning workshops. I will be presenting a one-day/one-time pruning demonstration on January 26, 10 AM at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd, Temecula, CA. Come prepared to learn and to participate in this hands-on workshop.

I mentioned last month that the Asian "chili thrip" is spreading rapidly in the Southwest and is becoming a global threat. This pest is extremely successful and particularly resistant to conventional control methods. The chili thrip is even smaller than the thrips we're familiar with. It works in similar ways, only more devastating and more difficult to control. It doesn't seem to have any preferences except new growth of almost any plant and blossoms. Gardeners with whom I've spoken use several different products to gain some control, but a regular program is necessary with applications weekly at least. Its damage resembles the effects of Roundup over-spray or rose virus: severely stunted and very narrow leaves, stems, and buds.

There is still time to order that new rose you have been dreaming about. Garden stores may still be adding to their list of orders, or go to your favorite online nursery and make your order. There are many fine new roses that you simply must have. Many are more disease resistant than in the past. Most nurseries or wholesalers no longer print catalogs, so for a list of current roses available from each you will have to go online.

A few new varieties I find of interest are: At Last (floribunda, good apricot color, fragrance, disease-resistant); Bordeaux (floribunda/WineRed, large blooms, heat tolerant, disease resistant); Easy Spirit (floribunda/White, Hybrid-T form, fragrance, hybridizer Tom Carruth, disease resistant, lasting form); Frida Kahlo (floribunda/Scarlet Redstriped gold, small clusters, mild fragrance, disease resistant, compact, hybridizers Christian Bedard & Tom Carruth); Gaye Hammond (Bright Yellow with touches of orange, slight fragrance, disease resistant, bloom making machine); Parade Day (Grandiflora/Fuchsia Pink Striped White, strong fragrance, hybridizer Christian Bedard, holds color); Flowerland (Shrubby, Pink, low (1.5') growing habit, 60-65 petals, fragrant; it would be great for small spaces or enmass); Golden Iceberg (mild spicy fragrance).

Early last year I acquired Easy Spirit, Frida Kahlo, Parade Day, Fired Up, Rosie the Riveter. All did well for first season plantings.

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