Temecula Valley Rose Society

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March 2019  Vol. 30, No. 03

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President's Message

by Virginia Boos
   What's newsworthy? Items from TVRS headquarters (also known as Board meetings).

 • New business cards are available
 • Research for Grant possibilities is progressing
 • Invitation from ARS to submit an article about us to their magazine
 • The City's cancellation of the Night of the Luminaries
 • Preparation of tour guidance booklets for the Support Team at Rose Haven
 • Expanding our social media coverage
 • Orientation of new members
 • American Public Gardens opportunity for fundraising
 • Volunteers needed for some committees
 • Getting comfortable with new responsibilities

All members are invited to attend Board meetings, held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, to see how we operate. Contact a Board member for time and place, as that sometimes changes.

March 2019 Families in the Garden

by Alicia Cline
Savoy cabbage
Savoy cabbage
Red cabbage
Red cabbage

January and February Families in the Garden events were unfortunately rained out with some flooding and erosion issues at the garden. We are planning our March event with hope of much drier days. :) This program will focus on bugs, grubs and worms, going over beneficial bugs and the part they play in our gardens and the importance of grubs and worms in relation to soil and composting.

We will also be harvesting the Savoy Cabbages and Red Cabbages in the Tree of Life – just in time for St.Patrick's Day. The cabbages are doing well and survived the recent freezing snap. We covered them for a few nights, just to be on safe side.

Any Members who would like to help please come see us at Rose Haven on 16 March at 9:30 a.m. If you have any questions please feel free to phone me at (951) 234-2218. I'd love - ❤ - to see your smiling faces.

Families in the Garden

Families in the Garden will resume their third Saturday of the month programs on March 16, 2019 with a program on "Bugs" and "Birds" and vegetable harvest. Families in the Garden programs are held at Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, in the Tree of Life garden area.

Do You Have a Hemet Rose in Your Garden?

by Linda Freeman

In 2018 we had Rob Lindquist speak at our meeting about his family's rose introductions with the Howard Rose Company. The Howard Rose Company shipped millions of roses from Hemet around the world from 1910 to 1977. Roses that Robert Lindquist, Sr. developed from Hemet were Angel Wings, Champagne, Command Performance, Elsinore, Eutin Cl, Fireside, Friendship, Governor Rossilini, Granada, Jamaica, La Scala, Lillibet, Paleface, Pied Piper, Pride of Oakland, Pink Eutin, Roman Holiday, Rotary Jubilee, Showtime, Texan and Tiffany. Tiffany and Granada are still available for purchase.

The Hemet Historical Museum has a display with posters of roses and other agricultural products that were grown in the Hemet-San Jacinto area. You may have a local antique rose in your garden!

Dick Clark Rose

by Bonnie Bell Dick Clark rose
  This beautiful grandiflora rose forms black-red buds that spiral open to show off swirls of cream edged with vibrant cherry pink. With dark green foliage and long cutting stems it is a standout at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Quite tall, easy to grow with great vigor, and parentage from the famous "Fourth of July". Several are planted about 20 feet from the tool shed.

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, March 21
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our new meeting schedule here.
Place: Ronald H. Roberts Public Library, Community Room B, 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula
Speaker: Linda Clark, American Rose Society Southwest Region Director
Topic: Becoming a Consulting Rosarian

Come and find what a Consulting Rosarian does, how to become one and when you might need one for your own rose garden questions!

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

March Birthdays & New Members

  Susan Howell, Mar.15; Agnes Felipe, Mar. 22; Michael Momeni, Mar. 22
New Members

  Kathy Barr, Steve Boos, Jayne Chapman, Celeste Cantu, Kathy Budd, Carol and Peter Gagliardi, Suzy Parsons, Sheryl Johnson

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   Spring is on its way. Walking through the garden one would have to look close to see the tiny leafing out of the roses and other perennial shrubs, but it is happening. After the long, wet, and cold winter, the plants are awakening to the recent warmer weather. In a few weeks the garden should have plenty of budding blooms for all to enjoy.

With all the rain, there was much erosion damage on Cabrillo and Nardo Felipe showed up to try and remedy. We cannot thank him enough for everything he does to keep the garden in superb shape for all the community to enjoy. A look at the photo and one can see it is darn hard work.

Thanks to several of our members, most of the roses will have been pruned by mid-month. Volunteers are still needed as there is raking and clean-up to be done before fertilizing. Wednesday and Saturday mornings we would welcome your help.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, March 27th at 10:00. The meeting will be held at Rebecca's office. After discussion, we will drive to Rose Haven Garden at 11:00 to continue the conversation and view identified action items. All interested members are invited to attend.

Rose Haven garden is located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, at the corner of Cabrillo Avenue and Jedediah Smith Rd.

Rose Haven Committee

by Rebecca Weersing

If you remember reading in January the time and location of our meeting, then forget what you remember. We have both a new time and two locations for our committee meetings. Our one hour, indoor committee meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. The garden meeting will be either the hour before the 10 a.m. indoor meeting (June, August, September, and October when it is too hot to be outside after 11 a.m.) or the hour after the 10 a.m. indoor meeting (January to May when it is still coolish in the morning). If you would like to join the committee or just receive the agenda, email me. The garden is owned by the Society and we encourage your ideas and participation.

Rose Haven Maintenance

by Rebecca Weersing

The rains have not only brought us the prospect of a glorious spring bloom. The rains have brought us erosion. Several of us met City Public Works and Metropolitan Water District representatives at the garden last week. The City will be addressing the issues on the Cabrillo Road over the next couple of months—you will see them create a cache basin between the main easement road and the middle garden entrance, build up the middle entrance, and put word mulch from the middle entrance to the driveway entrance. Erosion prevention on the easement road will be done in collaboration with the Metropolitan Water District. MWD will place sandbags in chevron patterns that have proven effective to slowing the water coming off the hills above us. We will use a combination of sandbags, straw wattles, sand bags and plants to slow water and hold the soil.

Tagging/graffiti has occurred at the garden sporadically over the years. Prevention is unlikely as long as the garden is open to the public with paintable surfaces and no fences. We have members and neighbors who alert our member/landscaper Nardo Felipe to this unwanted "art", and he gives it a good coat of white paint. We have reported these activities along with photos to the police as well.

Rose Haven March Events in the Garden

by Rebecca Weersing

Wednesday and Saturday mornings are designated days to volunteer in the garden. We are doing pruning and associated cleanup. Bring your own tools. Begin anywhere.

Saturday, March 16 is Families in the Garden. The one hour program begins at 9:30 a.m. The theme this month will be "Birds and Bugs". Contact Alicia Cline at (951) 234-2218 to volunteer.

Saturday, March 23 will begin a series of Yoga classes, ending Saturday, April 27. The free classes begin at 8 a.m. and are sponsored by Rancho Family Group. A short video of a woman doing Yoga at Rose Haven is viewable here. Call 951-225-6829 to secure your spot in the free class.

Saturday, March 24 is our "Fourth Saturday in the Garden". As volunteers we will continue pruning and cleanup and also fertilize the garden. We will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Rose Haven In Bloom

by Rebecca Weersing Apple blossoms

About three years ago the Temecula Valley Woman's Club donated funds to our youth gardening program. Barb Purdy was instrumental in securing a dozen apple trees that grow without the winter chill required by many apple trees. Visit the Tree of Life on your next trip to the garden. The apple trees are espaliered on the wire trellises . To the right is a photo of one of the trees in bloom.


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Location, 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. All areas of Southern California have had above average rainfall. Some may even see a little more 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. It is comforting that all of this rain will flush excess salts that may have built up from irrigating and fertilizing.

If your roses experienced fungal diseases last year you might think of applying a lime sulfur dormant spray soon. First, 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. Read the dormant spray 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. 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.

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 over-spray 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 evaporating or collecting on leaves which could result is sun burn or add to conditions favorable for fungal 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 one-half 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, resistance and 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 Pacific Southwest District Rose Show and Convention, April 26 - 28, L.A. Arboretum, 700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA. The San Diego Rose Society rose show May 4, El Cajon Community Center. 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 www.sdfair.com.

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, at the corner of Cabrillo Avenue and Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, as well as our web site at TemeculaValleyRoseSociety.org. Spread the joy of roses!

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for 2019

TVRS Members Meeting
Ronald H. Roberts Public Library, Community Room B, 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 at Atria Vintage Hills,
 41788 Butterfield Stage Rd., Temecula
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, at the corner of Cabrillo Avenue and Jedediah Smith Rd. (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, at the corner of Cabrillo Avenue and Jedediah Smith Rd. (Google map)
4th Wednesday of the month (except July, November & December).
From 9:30 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.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

To see other events on our Society's Event Calendar click here.


2019 Officers & Directors

All Directors and Officers can be contacted here:

By phone at (951) 526‑7436

or by email at RosehavenTemecula@gmail.com


•  President: Virginia Boos
•  1st VP (Programs): Linda Freeman
•  Membership VP: Denise Vaccaro & Brenda Jahanbani
•  Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
•  Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell

•  Finance Committee: Bonnie Bell
•  Rose Haven Planning Committee: Rebecca Weersing
•  Communications: Linda Freeman
•  Information Technology Manager: John Weersing
•  Publicity: Open
•  Education & Outreach: Open

•  Bonnie Bell
•  Phyllis Bettelheim
•  Virginia Boos
•  Linda Freeman
•  Ben Jahanbani
•  Brenda Jahanbani
•  Ann Schryer
•  Kathy Turgeon
•  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
• Nutrien Ag Solutions
• Riverside County 3rd District
• Stater Bros. Market
• Weeks Roses

This newsletter is web-published monthly for members. TVRS 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 www.rose.org.

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 more information about our sponsors go here.

For additional information please visit our web site at temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/