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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

October 2008                 Vol. 19, No. 10

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Co-President's Message

by Frank Brines
 Thank you to all who supported the 'Last Rose of Summer' fundraiser at Rose Haven on September 27. If you bought a ticket but were unable to attend, you missed a special treat, but we thank you for your support. Ann Coakes and her committee made this event and the raffle a smashing success–and special commendation goes to Bernice Wendt for selling an amazing numbers of raffle tickets! (Her martial arts training really came in handy this time!)

The 'Last Rose of Summer' event is just one way we all help develop and maintain Rose Haven, a unique public garden that sets TVRS apart from nearly every other rose society in the United States. Rose Haven provides our members, friends, and relatives with many opportunities for relaxation and refreshment-but it also gives us many volunteer opportunities…in fact, the opportunities now out number the volunteers! You may be pleasantly surprised at just how much your few hours at Rose Haven can contribute to the garden, TVRS, and to your own life! For example, when you join a work group on Wednesday or Saturday morning, you get out in the peaceful morning air, you improve the garden, and you might even hone your rose care skills.

Of course, we have other volunteer opportunities. TVRS members have formed many committees; join one or two, contribute your ideas, and join in the planning and implementation of new programs. You can find a link to the list of current committees on our web site ( There are a lot of other very useful features on the web site, including rose care tips and gardening links. You can really help the society by simply sharing our URL with family, friends, and acquaintances, and neighbors. Who knows where that exposure will lead? It can bring new members and sponsors.

I talk a lot about what you can do here and now to benefit the society and the community, but we also need to plan for the long-term: That means finding reliable sources of funding for the society and for Rose Haven. One way we do that is by submitting applications for grants. That's why in the near future we will begin a program to log all volunteer hours; this information will give us an edge when competing for grants because it will show funders that we have broad, active community support for our programs. We are also developing a plan for an on-going Garden Endowment designed to help Rose Haven flourish well into the future. If we can build a strong financial foundation the results will be a wonderful testimony to our society's vision and a gift to future generations in our valley. Watch this newsletter for information on these and other opportunities to contribute to this vision.

Co-President's Message

by Kathy Katz

Thank you, every one, so much for coming to 'The Last Rose of Summer' event. It was so much fun and I just loved the band. When I was a girl there were always live bands, it seemed. I never dreamed that a real live band would become such a rare thing nowadays. Many in my family were musicians and we wouldn't dream of equating a recording to the "real thing," especially a big band like we had. It is quite glamorous. I thought all life was going to be like a never-ending Glenn Miller song.

Thanks once again to the Coakes and all the band members for the lovely music they provided that evening. Ann, that was amazing: all that work you did paid off. I know many other people pitched in to help, thanks again. Bernice Wendt seemed to sweep through selling tickets, and that was quite an accomplishment. It seems she has been practicing for years, doing that job for other groups. Talent lurks in many places.

I think we can grow this event. I hope everyone will contact me with suggestions and comments for next year. While the weather was better than last year, perhaps if the event started an hour later, and thus offered more shade and seating options in different areas, it would even things out for comfort. I know I would love to have danced, but I need a couple of glasses of wine to hit the floor (or the parking lot, in this case) to get started! Once again, contact me for comments and suggestions. We will coordinate our efforts and see if we can get the community more involved. Again thanks, Kathy.

New Members

by Bonnie Bell, Membership Chair
A warm welcome to our new member Rosalinda Henry. Our total membership is now 92.

Rose Haven Update

By Bonnie Bell

What a delight the "Last Rose of Summer" event was. It was thrilling to see so many of our members and friends join together to walk through the garden, devour some light refreshments, and enjoy the big band sound of the "Valley Winds Swing Band." Please see more photos of the event on our website in a new category "Last Rose of Summer" here. There is also a "Wish List" of Rose Haven items and improvements that we hope to secure through grants, and your donations and contributions.

A big THANK YOU to Ann Coakes for coordinating the event and working so hard to "make it happen." You may have read that your contribution for the event is for the maintenance of the garden, and it is sincerely appreciated. As an added bonus it may be deductible from your incomes taxes; contact for your tax receipt.

At our September Development Meeting the topic was methods of raising funds for our Wish List. Photos of the items will be on our website soon for your perusal. Also discussed was keeping the garden maintenance under control. All of our members are invited to participate in the monthly meeting held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Our next meeting is October 22nd. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula 92592.

With the beginning of fall, work at the garden will be reduced. Just light deadheading, some raking, and a little weed spray should keep the garden tidy for the next several months. Wednesday and Saturday mornings are still volunteer days, so if you have some extra time come out and join us. The garden would like to see you, too.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library (30600 Pauba Road)
 Our October speaker is very well known in Southern California. He is Leon Vogel, best known for his beautiful, prize winning iris's. Leon and his wife have been growing iris's for 67 years, and he has been in awe of these fantastic blooms for all of those years. Irises have been called the perfect companion flower for the rose.

Leon belongs to various iris society's, and is the immediate past president of the San Diego Iris Society. His iris's have won many awards, including "Best of Show" for the past two years from the San Diego Iris Society, and the Temecula Valley Garden Club. He is also a well known iris hybridizer, and enjoys sharing his vast knowledge with all.

This month Leon will be demonstrating how to divide an iris clump, and explain how to properly plant them. He will be explaining the difference between bulbs, tubers, and roots. Bring your iris questions and problems to the meeting for expert advice.

Please be sure to attend this interesting, and informative meeting, and bring your friends to share in this wealth of knowledge.

A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.

A Little Iris History

Culture and Propagation for Fun and Beauty
By Leon Vogel

Iris blooms have been traced back in stories as early as 5 A.D.

In the early 1920's Irisarian, W. R. Dykes started keeping historical facts of iris events, characteristics and growing habits, blooming traits and other cultural facts.

By hybridizing, the flower has been improved so that today we have larger blooms, stronger bloom stalks, re-bloomers, more blooms on each stalk, and plants which are disease resistant.

It is the only flower that I know of where hybridizers go out in early morning, with coffee in hand, to see the new blooms that have opened during the night. It is like a new child. No one has ever seen this new bloom – mostly the new color, but other features like a horn or a flounce from the beard.

Even local Irisarians go out the same each morning to see the first bloom of their purchases the previous fall. It is very exciting. I have a couple of blossoms that I have to go out more than once to have a look. It's just hard to get enough of that gorgeous bloom.

The iris was the inspiration for the artist who drew the fleur-de-leis – the flower used on French currency for many years.

Birthdays This Month

by Florence Blacharski – Sunshine Committee
Joycelyn Black, Jean Block, Robert Hazinski Rosalinda Henry, Susan Kupp, Susan Puma

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.

Community Outreach

By Simonne Arnould
 October will be our final month this year to distribute our roses to the many community offices and libraries with our Blooming Angel group. I sincerely want to thank the Society volunteers who have brought our blooms of joy to the recipients, and acknowledge their appreciation of our effort. Please watch for our group starting up again in early spring, and perhaps you may consider joining in this Community Outreach program to spread the joy of roses. Your commitment would be only about three hours a week.

My thanks again to May Olson, Terry Hawkins, Ann Coakes, and Peggy Whitney for volunteering this year. Regards, Simonne.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian
 If you have been putting off your fall pruning (as I have), now is the time to get it done! In most cases, the fall pruning is fairly light; usually no more than 1/4 to 1/3 of the plant is removed. Your objective is to remove stems that are less productive so the plant can put on sturdy structural grown and blooms before you let it rest in early winter. If you neglect this pruning, or if you do it too lightly, you'll get smaller flowers and weaker stems, especially on an established plant.

As usual, start by removing dead canes, those that cross other canes, and candelabras (a single cane with several off-shoots at the tip). Also remove "blind shoots," that is, stems that no longer have a growing tip. Prune back the remaining stems to the point where they are at least as thick as a pencil; this help ensure that the plant will produce and support good-sized stems and blooms. (This last point does not apply to miniature roses, of course, which seldom produce stems that thick!)

Make each cut at an outward facing bud, so the resulting stem will grow away from the center of the plant. The cut should be about 1/4" above the bud eye. As the saying goes, "As above, so below," the above-ground parts of the bush are equal to the size of the root system below ground.

Be sure to clear away all cuttings, dead leaves, weeds, and other debris when you're done pruning and put them out in your curbside green waste. Don't compost them: Most people's compost never gets hot enough to destroy the many disease organisms and pests that rose debris can harbor, and these can overwinter in your compost.

If your composted mulch has worn away or been assimilated into the soil, refresh it with another inch or two of fresh material. Pruning stimulates tender new growth, so keep an eye on your roses' water needs. Even though the weather will get cooler from here on out, we get periods of intense heat and drying winds all year around, and those are unkind to new growth.

You should still be feeding your roses. From now until the end of November, use fertilizers that are higher in potassium (the "K" in the "NPK" printed on the bag). The potassium will work with the phosphate you applied earlier in the year to make the root system stronger and more vigorous so it can withstand whatever hot or cold conditions come its way. Remember, never feed a dry or water-stressed plant: Thoroughly water the plant 24 hours before any fertilizer application.

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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Sterling Senior Community
41780 Butterfield Stage Rd., Temecula
(1/2 mile south of Rancho California Rd.)
2008: Aug 14, Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11
2009: Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11
From 10 a.m. to noon.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2008: Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18
2009: Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2008: Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15
2009: Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2008: Aug 27, Sep 24, Oct 22, Nov 19
2009: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
The Bank of Mexico Restaurant
Corner of Main St. & Old Town Front St., Temecula
2008: Aug 27, Sep 24, Oct 22, Nov 19
2009: Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27
From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.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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