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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the ARS

The Valley Rose

February 2008                 Vol. 19, No. 02

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Co-President's Message

by Frank Brines
  When I joined TVRS five years ago I never imagined that I would ever serve on the board, let alone as co-president. However, when I heard about the plan to purchase and develop the 3.4 acre plot where the Society was already nurturing hundreds of roses, I wanted to participate in designing the future Rose Haven. Little did I know what I had committed to! It was a lot of work, and it has led to other projects, but the experience has been very enlightening, empowering, and rewarding.

In 2008 there will be many new opportunities for members to get involved, and I encourage you to grasp any opportunity that you might find interesting. You'll more than likely enjoy great rewards in the activity, and find a deeper camaraderie and plenty of congenial fun. TVRS is an exciting organization, with dreams of expanding our gifts to the community. Please don't hesitate to get even more involved!

Co-President's Message

by Kathy Katz
  What a great January meeting Sochie Rumbold arranged. It was exciting to have such a terrific speaker and so many people there. It was good to see all of you. My name skills are so poor; it made me realize I am going to have to hustle to get to know everyone. I love those kinds of challenges. Please, make sure I have an opportunity to learn your name and face. I'm just a little slow.

We are going to make a hospitality committee, and Jean Block has agreed to head it. We need a couple of volunteers to help make that job easier and more fun. I have certainly enjoyed myself in that role, and everyone is so helpful.

Youth Gardening remains my foremost interest. With horses and 5 acres I spend most of my time in the natural world and feel hemmed in when I'm not. It is always worth repeating that there are many children in our community who have never dug in the dirt or grown anything. It is always amazing to remember the first time you really read a book, or grew a plant, or nurtured a rose. It is even more amazing to watch a small human experiencing those treasures. With Rose Haven and our Shows we are able to reach out. With our Youth Gardening Committee we help pass it on.

Compost Campaign Challenge!

  Spring will soon be here. Pruning will be over and the garden will be anxiously awaiting a finishing dressing of composted mulch. Compost discourages weeds, adds nutrients, and mantains more favorable soil temperature and moisture. This benefits the all-important feeder roots and fosters diverse soil "wildlife" such as earth worms and beneficial fungi, improving the quality of the soil over the long haul.

However, we're still a little short on meeting our Compost Campaign Challenge! Remember, I'll personally match up to $300 in donations from the club's membership. Don't let me leave money on the table!

Still need convincing? Consider the fact that this challenge will NOT meet all of Rose Haven's needs. One cubic yard of compost applied to the minimum recommended depth of 3" will provide the above elements for a dozen rose bushes. Forty cubic yards will take care of only 480 bushes—only about 20% of our roses!

And this year compost will be more important than ever: Our Southern California water agencies have announced that they are cutting our supply this summer by 30% and you can be sure that they will charge higher rates for water. TVRS will pay for this one way or another: It can be through compost, higher water costs, and/or dead rose bushes.

So give a donation for yourself or in someone's honor for Valentine's Day, a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. Then, when you visit Rose Haven throughout the year, you can appreciate the beauty that your generosity made possible.

Community Outreach

by Simonne Arnould
 I would like to inform the Rose Society members about the showing of paintings and photography being displayed by local artists at the "Rotunda" of the Grace Mellman Library. There is a changing display each month where local artists exhibit their work and talent. As you may know from attending our annual Rose Festival, we fully support the Art League and creative works from local artists which are a distinctive feature of our show.

This month, Pauline Bowron's work will be on display at the library. She is a well-known artist in the Inland Empire and is also known for her photography. Pauline was born in England and her interest in photography was kindled when she lived in Paris. In 1975 she took up residency in California where she continued to pursue her career in photography. Her photographs will be on display February 2nd thru the 29th.

Any questions, please call Simonne Arnould, Art Display Chairperson, at 951-677-4272. The art works are on display at the "old" Temecula library.
Grace Mellman Library
 41000 County Center Drive
 Temecula, CA 92591

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Place: Temecula Library (Pauba Road) Subject: Frank Brines will discuss how to propagate roses from cuttings.

Frank's mini-biography:
 “Growing up as a farmer's son, I helped tend the fields, vegetable gardens, and flower gardens. My entire extended family fostered my early interest in horticulture. This interest became a life-long love of learning about and growing plants, and especially roses, which became one of my greatest interests—at times even an obsession.”

“My experience in growing, caring for, propagating, and learning about roses has now spanned many decades and four distinct climate zones. I have received many awards in rose exhibitions, for specimens and arrangements. I am a Certified American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, member of two ARS-sanctioned rose societies, including the Temecula Valley Rose Society for whom I served as VP, board member, and now co-president.”

Birthdays This Month

by Florence Blacharski - Sunshine Committee
Robert Black
Judy Downing
Fred Hawkins
Art Meza
Denise Vaccaro
San Vaccaro

Renew Your Membership

by Bonnie Bell, Membership Chair
 Memberships for 2008 must be renewed by the end of February.
Dues are: Individual $20, Family $30.

Please bring your payment to our February 21st Member Meeting or mail to: TVRS, PO Box 890367, Temecula, CA 92589. The 2008 Roster and Membership Cards will be available at our March meeting to all who have renewed.

New Members

by Bonnie Bell, Membership Chair
 A warm welcome to our new members:
Charlie and Jane Brodbeck
Carol Hudson
Susan Kupp
Saundra Felker

Rose Haven Update

 What a great success our Rose Pruning Workshop was in January. Many people in the community as well as members showed up to learn the nuances of pruning from Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian. The beginners were eager and tackled the shrubs with gusto thankful for the instructions received. Several returned the following Saturday for more inspiration.

We are delighted a group of Master Gardeners of Riverside has chosen Rose Haven to further their community service training. Not only are they helping us out a great deal and honing their skills with the roses, we can also learn from them as the garden now contains so many different types of plants.

And did you hear about the Wells Fargo bankers who came to the garden enmass with our own Ann Coakes leading the pruning brigade? They were so enthusiastic, did a great job, and then cleaned up every scrap of cuttings off the ground. We really appreciate their help. Wells Fargo has been a super sponsor of our Rose Festival for many, many years. Thank you so very much.

The rest of February will be spent finishing the pruning, so we invite our members to come out and prune a few roses anytime, but we encourage Wednesday and Saturday mornings so we can prune together. Also, on the third Saturday of the month (the 16th) there will be a special program from 9 to noon. Look for more details in the Rose Haven Workshop article.

The street address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula 92592. Please refer to our website for a map and photos, or pick up a map at our member meeting.

Frank pruning roses

Frank Brines giving a demonstration in rose pruning.

Rose Haven succulents.
Rose Haven — Succulents

Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines
   Location, location, location! Every winter many people ask me when they should do their first rose pruning of the year. Here in the Temecula Valley, the answer depends on the micro-climate in which you live. You can do your first major pruning any time between January 1st and mid-February, but do it late enough to avoid a damaging frost. If you prune too early, a hard frost can damage the tender new growth, and you will have to prune again, cutting below the first pruning; this usually gives you few options.

For a source of truly local weather information, go to http://weathercurrents.com/murrieta or http://weathercurrents.com/temecula.

Location can be important even in the same neighborhood. Several years ago, I had some bushes that seemed to be less vibrant every year. I dug them up and gave them to a neighbor who loves roses

but was not very experienced growing them. Armed with a little advice, she was able to make those bushes flourish! So, if a rose bush hasn't performed well for you, consider giving it to a friend or neighbor rather than throwing it in the trash. You can replace it with another variety that might perform better for you.

Speaking of that, there is still time to place orders for bare-root and potted roses from your favorite catalogue. Potted roses have a big head start over bare-root ones, and you can plant them any time of the year, but unless you find what you want locally,you'll pay more with shipping and handling. Bare root plants cost less to ship, take more time to flourish, and should be planted during the months when weather is cooler and moister. Keep in mind, however, that there are a lot of other people ordering, so act as soon as you can to be sure your varieties are still available.

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A Brief History of the Rose

by Charity Armstrong
BellaOnline's Roses Editor

Roses today seem very commonplace. Everyone has heard of them or knows someone who has grown them. We rarely consider how they become so widespread throughout the world. How were roses originally cultivated, and why did they make it to the modern world with so many different varieties? Below is a brief history of the rose. It has taken a very long, strange, and interesting path to get where it is today.

Many people don't realize that the roses we know today primarily originated in Asia. They were initially grown not as ornamentals, but as medicinal plants. Roses were used to treat a variety of ailments. In some Asian countries medication based on the rose plant can still be found today. Around the 16th century roses began to be exported from China by European ships exploring Asia. Europe and the Americas did have some roses, but they were primarily wild. There was little color selection, most were shrub like, and they didn't bloom more than once a year. Roses imported from Asia were of greater quality, variety and many offered repeated blooming. The joy of tending plants that bloom throughout the growing season caused rose gardening to catch on as a hobby throughout the developing world.

Before new varieties were brought from Asia Europeans as far back as the Romans grew roses, but they were of the "old world" type. The dividing line between "old world roses" and "modern" hybrid tea roses is considered to be about 1867. From the Roman Empire until 1867 roses grew and declined in popularity throughout the world. Often only the gardening at monasteries kept roses in existence during times of decline.

Rose growing took off again in France during the 1800s when Empress Josephine encouraged rose gardening to be explored and further developed.

Empress Josephine was the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She resided at the Malmaison Chateau after becoming Empress of France and was extremely interested in all aspects of rose gardening. Josephine decided not just to grow roses, but to bring every single rose variety in existence to the Chateau's garden. She worked with many important botanists and rose enthusiasts during the early 1800s to bring the roses of the world to France.

Roses hybridize very easily. In many ways this is part of what can make rose gardening exciting. There isn't a size or color of rose bush or climbing rose that can't be found. However, the crossing and creating of new plants has over time caused a decline in disease resistance. This is why it's crucial to try and locate disease resistant varieties of roses for your garden.

Roses have really come a long way. They've basically always been around in one genus or another. In a way, rose gardening can make you feel in touch with those throughout history. The next time you're out pruning think of the Romans tending their gardens under the ancient sun or Josephine Bonaparte in her massive rose garden surrounded by over two hundred and fifty beautiful rose varieties. She of course had an entire staff to help her prune!

Copyright Charity Armstrong, 2007. Posted here by permission. Please join us at www.bellaonline.com/site/roses for more articles.

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
Boys & Girls Club
28792 Pujol Street, Temecula
Wednesday, February 27/March 26/April 23/May28
From 10:30 a.m. to noon.

TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
Thursday, February 14/March 13/April 10/May 8
From 10 a.m. to noon
Location will change in March.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
Thursday, February 21/March 20/April 17/May 15
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
Saturday, February 16/March 15/April 19/May 17
From 9 a.m. to noon.
Rose Haven Committee Meeting
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
Thursday, February 28/March 27/April 24/May 22
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

2008 Rose & Art Festival Meeting
Storage Unit Organization
26730 Ynez Road (near Temecula Chamber of Commerce)
Thursday, February 7
From 10 a.m. to noon.

2008 Rose & Art Festival Meeting
Dress Rehearsal & Blooming Art Selection
Temecula Community Recreation Center
30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula
Thursday, March 6
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Committee meetings will also be held after the Member meeting on February 21, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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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 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 additional information please visit our web site at temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/

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