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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

May 2008                 Vol. 19, No. 05

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Co-President's Message

by Frank Brines

Your hard work at Rose Haven is paying off—and getting noticed! The garden is looking great. The roses have been making a fabulous display for several weeks, and they were looking particularly grand Sunday April 27 when Rose Haven received a visit from 35 members of the Los Angeles Rose Society. Our garden was the final stop on their garden tour and Phyllis Bettelheim, Rebecca Weersing, and I were on hand to greet the club and show them around the garden.

LARS President Marcia Sanchez-Walsh sent a thank you card expressing how impressed they all are with Rose Haven and their appreciation for the guided tour. The credit goes to all of you for your efforts in the garden and/or your support of the compost campaign. The fun never ends: The hot weather over the past few weeks produced a spectacular wave of blooms and now there are generous opportunities for volunteers to deadhead so that the next bloom cycle can begin!

Speaking of spectacular, our 14th Annual Temecula Rose and Arts Festival (May 3-4) was well attended by a great crowd! I've received emails from near and far congratulating the club for a truly impressive show. Something that often impresses visitors from other societies is the unique nature of our rose show; I know of no other rose society that partners with community cultural organizations to showcase roses in a setting that combines music and the visual arts. We are fortunate that years ago members had the vision to create something so unique and special.

I am encouraged that judges and exhibitors from other rose societies came all the way out here to participate, but I'm particularly delighted that so many of our own members brought specimens and arrangements—you may not realize it, but that was a huge part of this show's success.

Special thanks go to:
* Betty Dixon, who provided lodging for some of the out-of-town judges.
* Ann Coakes, Sochie Rumbold, and May Olson for a fabulous judges' luncheon in Ann's lovely backyard.
* Fred and Terry Hawkins for the cornucopia of items on the raffle table (and to Ann for designing and assembling the gift baskets).
* Every member who worked on the show production—setting up, taking down, "running" the specimens and arrangements, and all the other important functions that went into it.
* And to all of you who exhibited!

If you did not get an opportunity to help with this year's Festival—guess what? It's time to volunteer to be on a committee for the 2009 Festival. (Like I said, the fun never ends!) Our goal is to have the theme, committee members and committee chairs identified by the end of June. Also, the festival chairs would appreciate your input, comments, and suggestions for how we can all make the 2009 event even better. Send e-mails to

Thank you all for a fantastic show. It couldn't have happened without you. Never forget that the success of this organization—and its ability to spread the love and enjoyment of the rose—starts with you: its members. You're doing a great job!

PS: If you have any photos from Yumi's demonstration please contact me at Roseguy2000 @ aol . com! She would like whatever images you have. Thanks!

Co-President's Message

by Kathy Katz

Well, we have mowed and weeded and spread mulch and fertilized. Rose Haven is in full bloom and we can all be proud of ourselves as we have done our best. I personally hope to see the polliwogs in the pond become frogs before the water birds get them. Let's all take time to go out and enjoy the garden during this, our First Bloom of the year, on Saturday, May 17 between 9 a.m. and noon. Then we can take some time to visit the gardens on the Assistance League Garden Tour. Pick up a flyer at our May 15 meeting or visit their website at

On the last weekend in April the Garden Club had their first show at the CRC. It was well attended and lovely. We shared our youth project at the Pujol Street Boys and Girls Club with them. There were also many terrific youth entries from members and schools. It was very gratifying to see the event work out so well and the work with the kids continue.

Our own Rose & Arts Festival was well-received. Kathy Turgeon has spearheaded an heroic publicity campaign and we are grateful for her efforts. In fact, thank you everyone for all your hard work.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday as we visit some wonderful member gardens. We will gather together at Rose Haven at 10 a.m. Thank you, in advance, to Carol Hudson, Ann Coakes, May Olson and Frank Brines for opening their gardens to us for this special day.

New Members

by Bonnie Bell, Membership Chair
A warm welcome to our new members:
Cheryl Miller     Carol Landry

Community Outreach

by Simonne Arnould

The roses are blooming at Rose Haven so we will begin taking bouquets to some of the community offices in the Temecula and Murrieta areas. We need several people to pick and deliver the bouquets. The recipients are so grateful it is a very gratifying experience. Please contact me at 951-677-4272 if you would like to participate as a "Blooming Angel" volunteer. In the past we have taken flowers to the Temecula Library, Chamber of Commerce, City offices, and Temecula Community Theater, but other venues are available.

Birthdays This Month

by Florence Blacharski - Sunshine Committee
Linda Black Carol Hudson

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, May 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place:Rose Haven Garden
Topic: Member's Garden Tour
 No regular meeting will held on May 15. Four members have opened their beautiful gardens for you to visit. Rose Haven will be the first stop, where at 10:00 a.m. you will all receive maps to the various gardens. You will be visiting the gardens of Carol Hudson, Ann Coakes, May Olsen, and Frank Brines. The garden of Frank Brines will be the last one on the tour, and a luncheon will be served there.

Little Rose Show Competition

Co-Chairs: Frank Brines and Rebecca Weersing

At the monthly meetings from April through November 2008 we will conduct six Little Rose Shows. These will be fun opportunities to learn and polish your skills in exhibiting roses. Each month, you will receive points for any specimen that is awarded first, second, or third place. In addition, you will receive a prize if your rose is judged Rose of the Day. And at the Holiday Meeting, a grand prize will be awarded to the exhibitor who accumulated the highest number of points during all the preceding Little Rose Shows.

Rose shows are organized into "classes." We will be using these six classes:

Class 1: One hybrid tea or grandiflora shown without side buds.
Class 2: One floribunda without side buds.
Class 3: One miniature without side buds.
Class 4: One floribunda spray.
Class 5: One miniature spray.
Class 6: One stem of any other type or unknown.

Points will be given to the best rose in each class, based on ARS guidelines:
  • First Place: 5 points.
  • Second Place: 3 points.
  • Third Place: 1 point.

The first place winners in each section will be judged against each other to determine the Rose of the Day. That entry will be awarded an additional 3 points and displayed separately.

Here are the rules that we will follow:

  • All roses must be properly named and entered in the appropriate section. (Don't worry, Rebecca and Frank will do their best to help you identify your nameless varieties!)
  • Exhibitors must supply their own containers. (You already have these. 12 oz beverage bottles are ideal for large roses; 4-6oz beverage containers work well for miniature roses.)
  • Each exhibitor is limited to six entries per show. You may concentrate your entries in one section or distribute them over all the sections.
  • The club will supply entry tags; only the top section needs to be filled out. (We'll show you how.)
  • Your specimens will be judged based on the ARS guidelines. (This is a great opportunity to learn by doing!)
  • Exhibitors are asked to remove all specimens at the end of the meeting.

Rose Show Praise

by Bonnie Bell

Congratulations to one and all who participated in our Rose & Arts Festival this year. What a spectacular event it was. With a theme of "Pacific Serenade", from the moment you walked through the doors of the CRC one could feel the tropical breeze and lushness of the roses enveloping them. We were so pleased to present the art, entertainment, and of course, the roses and stunning arrangements to the public, and they were so generous with their praise. Everyone from young to old was admiring every aspect of the show.

Thank you, everybody, from the set-up to displays, artists, seminar speakers, judges, greeters, and especially the show committee for all their efforts in planning and bringing together such an outstanding show.

There were many enthusiastic first-time exhibitors who won ribbons, and they were elated. It is so refreshing that among our members, and guests too, we were cheering for each other to win.

A selection of pictures of the show are on our website now at and a complete list of winners will be published in the June Newsletter. Here are a couple of early release photos.

Lenore Vogel's winning rose Don Nordike's winning arrangement

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

There was a profusion of activity going on at Rose Haven in April. We thank each and every one of our members who came out and spread tons and tons of mulch and chopped and pulled weeds. The garden looks so nice and neat, and the blooms are spectacular. Thanks, Frank, for challenging us in this endeavor. Additionally, a local Eagle Scout planned, built and installed five benches in the garden with his group of young men. Not only does this complement the garden, the benches were placed to enjoy views while resting and relaxing. Thank you so very much.

New benches

On May 15th, our member meeting, which is a garden tour, will begin at Rose Haven, then proceed to several of our member's gardens. This will be a great opportunity to check out Rose Haven and perhaps add your thoughts to creating a better garden. Also, please plan to join us for the "First Bloom" party Saturday, May 17th, from 9 to noon. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula 92592.

Wednesday and Saturday mornings are the member volunteer days. Please contact Bonnie or Phyllis if you would like to offer your services. We are currently working on spreading mulch around the gazebo, and Phyllis has ordered free bark for the picnic area, scheduled to arrive mid-May.

The Easy Guide to Shooting Pictures of your Roses —
Just for Fun

by Bob Bauer

Have you ever been wandering around in your garden and spotted a bloom that truly amazed you or even broke your heart, it was so beautiful? You know: a single flower or a cluster at the perfect point in time, the best bloom you had ever seen on that bush? All that's left now of that rose is the good memory.

It doesn't have to be that way. You can shoot a photo of your wonderful rose and preserve that bloom forever. Grab a camera, get out there and capture that perfect moment. Do it just for YOU. And do it just for the fun of it.

Photography is easier than ever, thanks to the invention of digital cameras. For as little as $200, you can buy a digital camera that will give you great results with just a little effort.

These cameras all have auto focus, auto exposure, autolight color balance and enable you to just point and shoot. You can even fix your mistakes later on the computer and print your own pictures at home. You don't even need a computer! You can take your reusable camera memory card to the local drugstore and get prints and a CD to sore the digital images forever.

Ten Easy Tips for Shooting Great Rose Pictures

  1. Shoot in any light, but keep the sun at your back for best results. The more light the better. (A tripod will help you, but isn't a must.)
  2. Use the view finder only (NOT the TV screen at the back) to frame your picture.
  3. Fill the whole frame with the rose; don't just put the rose in the middle. Make sure to look at the edges of the frame as everything you see will be in the picture.
  4. Wind is bad, so shoot in the morning in order to avoid it.
  5. Shoot it NOW! Keep the camera by the back door ready to go. Your bloom will NOT wait for you.
  6. Turn the camera 90 degrees and shoot a vertical picture once in a while. Half the world is vertical.
  7. Look at the rose from different angles before you shoot. Walk around it a bit. Don't just march up to the plant and fire away.
  8. Watch out for mottled light and shadows. They will show up as ugly blotches.
  9. Include multiple blooms or buds in the same picture, not just single blooms all the time. Move the camera around while you are looking through it and pull the trigger when it looks right.
  10. Throw away the rule book and play around a bit. Feel free to screw up. It isn't serious.

A FEW Camera Buying and Technical Tips:

Remember, photographing is easy. It is a simple skill that can be learned by anyone. Everyone is creative; you just need to relax and tap into it. It's like riding a bicycle: if you mess up, simply get back on and try again. We only have to impress ourselves.

Here is a link to much more detailed information on my Rose Photography pages:

This article was provided as a courtesy by the American Rose Society.
Benefits of membership in the ARS can be viewed here.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

If you had flowers available in your garden to cut for last week's rose show you know how great it was to have blooms. For some of us (including me) the blooms came and went two weeks ago. This spring has been somewhat unusual—again! The several hot weekends brought the buds to maturity a little early and now the blooms are fading, falling, or gone.

So, it's time to deadhead. This is the process of removing spent blooms and a portion of the supporting cane. This tells the plant to start a new blooming cycle. The short version of the technique is this: Look down the stem and find the first outward growing leaf; make the cut above the leaf at a distance about equal to the thickness of the cane at that point.

To rebloom, the plant needs nutrients from the soil. By now you should be on a regular feeding program; if not, start one. I strongly recommend organic materials and a minimum of 3" of composted mulch over the entire garden. Over the long term these practices will improve the soil structure and increase the availability of nutrients, so you end up using less fertilizer and water.

Always water the day before fertilizing. I recommend Earth Rose, John n Bob's, or other organic products with slightly higher phosphate value then nitrogen and potassium (NPK). Susan at L&M Fertilizer in Temecula can help you make the decision which is best for you. I also recommend fertilizing twice a month, alternating with fish emulsion or something similar to make sure your roses get all their micronutrients. I suggest using slightly less product than the companies list on their packages.

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Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
Boys & Girls Club
28792 Pujol Street, Temecula
Wednesday, May28
From 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
Thursday, May 15
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
Saturday, May 17
From 9 a.m. to noon.

Rose Haven Committee Meeting
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
Thursday, May 22
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Committee meetings will also be held after the monthly Member meeting from 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

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

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