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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

November 2008                 Vol. 19, No. 11

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Bill Scheufler

Bill Scheufler 1928—2008

Read tributes here.

Co-President's Message

By Frank Brines
"The times they are a changin'." -Bob Dylan

The flagging economy has hit everyone hard, from individuals to municipalities. We don't know yet how the Temecula Valley Rose Society will be affected, but we can expect some drop in revenue from individuals, grants, and underwriting. We can also expect some of our traditional events to look and feel a bit different.

All this makes volunteers more valuable than ever! Can you donate a little time, effort, and creativity to help take up some of the slack? We're ready for you: We have excellent committees in place with dedicated volunteers, and they're ready to welcome you. It's not really hard and November is a great time to get involved!

Committees meet after the general membership meeting, so you're going to be there already anyway! Come sit in on a committee, help come up with ways that we can make and reach our goals. With the new year, there'll even be some committees that need new chair persons. Come steal someone's hat and share the chance to take the Society into the future! We always need new ideas and you may be just the person to provide a few of those!

Co-President's Message

By Kathy Katz
 Hello All. At our October meeting many of us enjoyed learning about irises from Leon Vogel. He and his wife Norma have worked for irises like we have worked for roses, tirelessly and for years. The use of irises as companion plants to roses is well known and we hope to demonstrate this at Rose Haven.

To honor the Vogel's work, and with the support of The Temecula Valley Garden Club, we intend to create a demonstration Iris Garden at Rose Haven. Intermixed with the roses, in a special bed and with a special marker, will be the Norma and Leon Vogel Demonstration Iris Garden. With the combined work of the two clubs we hope to continue to remind and educate everyone who will listen that, while not everything will grow well in the Temecula Valley, some things grow superbly here. Irises and roses forever. Sincerely, Kathy.

Rose Societies Around the World

Interested in seeing what other rose enthusiasts are doing around the world? Go to Rose Magazine's Rose Societies page and follow the links.

New Members

By Bonnie Bell, Membership Chair
A warm welcome to Edie O'Hair. We are glad to have you with us again.

Community Outreach

By Simonne Arnould
 Hurrah!! We made it. The time has come to put our buckets, vases, and clippers for a rest until next Spring, 2009. I think my crew did a beautiful job in supplying bouquets of roses to the several organizations in Temecula and Murrieta.

A big "thank you" to Ann Coakes, May Olson, Peggy Whitney, and Terry Hawkins who diligently helped me this year in this wonderful mission of spreading the joy of roses to our community. Au revoir, Simonne.

Rose Haven Update

By Bonnie Bell
 Walking the garden in late October, one cannot help notice how alluring the Succulent and Southwest gardens appear. The blue and bright green colors of the succulents stand out against the flowing yellows of the many ornamental grasses with spots of red sages and roses. And check out the beautiful pink "Carefree Beauty" roses in the Roses and Companion Plants garden.

At our October Development Meeting we reviewed the items on our "Wish List." We measured select areas, and discussed requesting bids for the items we wanted. If you would like to view the "Wish" items, as well as view their photos, please visit our website here. The "Wish List" is at the bottom of the page. Phyllis has already secured a commitment from Tom Carruth at Weeks Roses for a donation of 50 "Topsy Turvy" bare root roses which we will plant along Cabrillo Avenue as a living fence.

All members are invited to participate in the monthly garden meeting, held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Our next meeting is November 26th. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Wednesday and Saturday mornings are still volunteer days, so if you have some extra time come out and join us.

Roses & Companions
Roses & Companions

Succulents & Southwest Gardens
Succulents & Southwest Gardens

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library (30600 Pauba Road)
Topic: Herbs for the Holidays

The Rose Society is pleased to announce that Virginia Murphy will be our guest speaker this month. Also known as the Herb Lady, she and her husband Ron own Ama's Herboretum, a natural herb farm in the wine country in Temecula. They grow and host tours of their herb display gardens. As a native Californian, gardening had always been a fun family project, then herbs became her primary focus and inspiration, due to the usefulness these plants provide.

Virginia has studied herbs for years through her active membership in the Herb Society of America and hosted one of the HSA West District Conferences at her herb farm. She continues to write Herb articles for various publications and shares her enthusiasm and herb knowledge by conducting workshops and inspiring youngsters and the seasoned gardeners to grow more herbs and use them daily.

In keeping with the holiday flare, her presentation "Enchantment of Herbs for the Holidays" will be filled with a variety of herbal creations, scents and ideas using herbs to celebrate, decorate and savor the holiday season. Learn about some of the winter herbs to plant in your garden. Start a new tradition using the harvest of your garden, create sensational recipes for your holiday table, decorate your home with a wreath, or craft an herbal gift for your family and friends.

Please mark your calendars and join us for an aromatic and enchanting holiday herb program. Bring your friends to this informative and fun meeting.

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

Birthdays This Month

by Florence Blacharski – Sunshine Committee
Jacques Arnould, Phyllis Bettelheim, Wayne Blizzard, Jane Brodbeck, Jeffery Dixon, Margaret Granlund, Ellen Hazinski Beth Jensen, Denise Luber, Serita Moore, Edie O'Hair, Marta Pilling, Kathy Turgeon, and Warren Wendt.

In Memoriam: Margaret (Maggie) Fultz

 A TVRS member from November 1991 to 2000, passed away on 10/21/08 after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Maggie and her sister Maxine Bonner served as hostesses for our buffet luncheons. She reworked our unsold sweat shirts to make them into beautiful jackets, trimming them with lace and satin roses.

As well as her special roses, she loved her children, grandchildren and family members, her Siamese cat Reba, country-western music (including the singer Toby Keith), line-dancing, and all her many friends at The Stampede.

As her health faded and she was no longer able to care for her garden, so Roy and I did the pruning of her roses. She served lunch for us: delicious tomato soup, and toasted cheese sandwiches made by Maxine. I'll always think of her when those items are on my menu.

Farewell, Maggie. It's been good to know you! Virginia Boos

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.

An Exciting New Rose

by Xochitl Rumbold

I recently read an article in Traditional Home magazine regarding a new Floribunda rose bred by Tom Carruth and Christian Bedard of Weeks Roses. It has buds that are a buttery-rich copper tint, turning as they open to rusty orange tinged with caramel. The dense double blooms have a delicate, fruity, perfume. The bush is medium height (3-4 feet tall) and softly rounded with dark green foliage. According to the article, this rose is a stunner in a rose border, or mixed with perennials.

Every year Traditional Home honors inspiring women who change others' lives, and the magazine has a new CLASSIC WOMAN ROSE dedicated to these special women. This years CLASSIC WOMAN ROSE is available for $23.95 each, plus shipping. Plants will be shipped bare-root at the proper time for planting in your zone beginning in early spring next year. Quantities are limited so order early. If interested, call 800 420-2852 and specify item #M066656, Code THF81, or jump here to order or see a photo.

Hopefully, someone in the Rose Society may personally know Tom Carruth and can ask him if there is any way that we can order this rose directly from Weeks Roses for Rose Haven or for members.

A Great Cake Recipe

from Jeannine Ali
 Jeannine says, "at our October meeting I was more or less mobbed over sharing a cake recipe, so here it is." Enjoy.
Better Than Robert Redford Cake Recipe
Layer 1
1-1/2 sticks butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1-1/2 cups flour
Mix ingredients and spread in 9 x 13 pan. Bake 30 min. at 350°
Layer 2
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 small carton Cool Whip
Mix layer 2 ingredients together. When layer 1 is cool, spread with Layer 2.
Layer 3
2 small packages instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix layer 3 ingredients together and pour over Layer 2.
Cover all with whipped cream and nuts. (I used toasted almonds.)

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian
 Fall is a transition period in the rose garden as your plants prepare to go into winter dormancy. It's time for you to take a break from fretting about insect damage and disease, and allow winter to solve most of your problems for you.

In last month's article I recommended a light pruning and suggested that you fertilize through the end of November. Given our mild weather conditions this past month, you can probably stop fertilizing mid-month. Use a fertilizer lower in nitrogen and higher in phosphate and potassium. For example, if using an organic product, look for something around 4-10-7; if using an inorganic production, 6-20-24. Keeping the nitrogen low will prevent bursts of foliage; higher phosphate and potassium will work together to promote strong roots and better blooms in future cycles.

As always, water your plants thoroughly 24 hours before feeding—never fertilize a dry or water-stressed plant. And no matter what kind of fertilizer product you choose, read and follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. NEVER use any product at a higher concentration or rate of application than the manufacturer recommends—if anything, it's better to stay on the low side. Even organic products applied too heavily can cause environmental problems or present hazards to beneficial critters. Never allow water to run off of a treated bed into the gutter, storm drains, or bodies of water. Your water-wise habits will help you avoid these problems.

After any long, hot, humid or dry summer, even the best-kept roses show signs of fatigue: insect damage, fungi infestation, general raggedness. Don't get gung ho trying to rehabilitate your roses; for example, spraying or dusting your plants now can actually cause more stress than leaving them alone. You and your roses just need a good winter rest!

There are some things you can do. Prune away dead, diseased, or rubbing canes; such pruning does not stimulate new growth. You can manually remove spent petals from the plant, but leave the "hips." As these mature, they will signal to the rest of the plant that it's time to rest and to start forming the basal buds that will produce new canes in the spring. Also, clear away debris such as fallen leaves and petals, and non-composted mulch (such as bark), because all of these can harbor over-wintering diseases and pests. Dispose of it all in your curbside green-waste recycling. If you applied a composted mulch earlier in the year, much of it has probably decomposed into a rich top soil; you just need to remove debris and weeds. You can apply a fresh layer (at least 2") now or wait until your major winter pruning in January/February.

So, relax, enjoy the season, and start making gardening plans for spring!

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Remembering Bill Scheufler

  It was always a pleasure to talk with Bill on the phone. He was so cordial, no matter what the subject. At his memorial service, several described him as a "gentleman," even a "gentle man".

The first time Bill hosted a Board meeting at his home, we were overwhelmed with his entertaining style, with table arrangements and food done up in perfect detail. And [his wife] Kathy didn't do it, he did!

I liked that he called me "Ginia", just as one of my sisters had done. Maybe that was a Michigan thing, as we were born in the same city of Detroit.

His enthusiasm for all things to do with the Rose Society will be greatly missed.
Virginia Boos.

Ron and I thoroughly enjoyed Bill's humor and his positive attitude. He was a true gentleman of the old school, and was a joy to be around. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to have known him, and are sure that he will be missed by anyone who ever met him.
Ron and Xochitl Rumbold.

Bill's cats

I met Bill and Kathy at the Garden Club. He always seemed a very magnetic man, able to draw people to him and showing incredible leadership. I was having a terrible time with leadership, it was making me crazy, and I had no idea how to get things done. I asked him for help, as he knew how to get the signs and banners up and approved for the Rose Show. He was very generous with his time, teaching me how to carry on with the signage, and I took over that job for the Rose Society and the Garden Club. It is a hard job, and after the second year I did it without him, but he kept right on telling me how things got done at the Rose Society. After a while I got the message that he thought I should do more for the group.

I am allergic to roses. I love them, but really, I am allergic to them. I had no intention of working for the Rose Society, past the signs. Bill had other ideas. He thought I should work for this great open space inside a rapidly expanding city. His vision was for the people and the kids and the idea of a public garden.

I am a great animal person, have always worked with and kept them, so when Kathy and Bill rescued their three cats I went over to see them. Never have I seen three more charming animals. They behaved. They were so glad to have a home. It was blissful. Happiness.

I asked Bill if he weren't allergic to the cats, what his doctors might say about cats. He said it might be very lonely for Kathy if he weren't there, and the cats were delightful company. Allergies are beside the point.

This is a picture of those cats taken shortly after they came home, shortly before I went to work for the Rose Society.
Kathy Katz.

The Temecula Valley Rose Society was born under a lucky star. As proof of that statement is the fact that we have been extremely fortunate to have both Bill Scheufler and his wife Kathy as members of our Society. After moving to Murrieta from San Diego in the mid-1990s, Bill and Kathy joined the Rose Society and began to actively participate in all aspects of our Society life. Bill was our president in 2004 and 2005.

At the time of Bill and Kathy joining the Society, we were actively pursuing the ownership of the 3.4 acre property at Jedediah Smith Road and Cabrillo Avenue. The Society had planted and maintained almost a thousand roses on the site since 1991 but, as Bill well understood, until we as a Society obtained title to the property our status was always precarious and there would be no opportunity to expand the garden. Although many of us in the Society shared Bill's vision of owning the property, Bill kept the dream alive – always looking for opportunities to advance the cause. In 2005, in his second year as president of the Society, all of the stars were properly aligned and the dream of ownership was achieved, thanks in large part to Bill's commitment and perseverance.

Although in the last couple of year's his health prohibited his working in the garden, he was always busy working for the garden. His good friend, Mike Geer, would pick Bill up and they would visit Rose Haven. Even when Bill's health did not allow him to get out of the car, he enjoyed being there and looking at what we as a Society had created on this little piece of earth. At Bill's memorial service, Mike Geer said it best when he said very simply "Bill loved Rose Haven."

Bill also loved to party, and a party meant great food. He and Kathy hosted New Year's Eve parties at their home. Bill and Audry Nelson together organized great work-party events at Rose Haven during each of their terms as president. During the 1999 Rose and Arts Festival, Bill and his crew served an absolutely fabulous meal for the rose judges, the City of Temecula Mayor Steve Ford, and County Supervisor Bob Buster. Bill also loved the tradition of the Kentucky Derby and made certain to celebrate that event each year. He always contributed interesting and exciting dishes to our member meeting hospitality table.

He and Kathy shared their own garden on many occasions when our Society visited member gardens in May. When our Society participated in the Arts Council 2000 Design House Project, Bill was actively involved in both the design and work necessary to bring the garden to completion. As a retired travel agent he loved to venture beyond Temecula – he encouraged our visits to Rogers Gardens, the Huntington Gardens, the Bower Museum, the Getty Museum, and the Wasco Rose Festival. He combined our excursions with fundraising, the most successful being a trip to L.A. for the Van Gogh exhibit, with a wonderful stop at the Farmers Market for lunch. He was always wanting to explore new ideas so he joined the Jane Austen Study Group saying, although he had never read her works before, he loved the history of that period and thought it would be exciting to learn more about her and her works.

Always looking for opportunities to expand our appeal to the larger community, in 1999 Bill and Mike Geer set themselves on a mission to change the dynamics surrounding our Rose Show. The first thing they did was to change the name to the 'Rose & Arts Festival'. They encouraged our move to a larger venue – the Community Recreation Center. The next thing they did was to solicit money from local businesses, which they did very successfully. They added to the décor by introducing the Table Settings and Blooming Art categories. The outside of the CRC bustled with vendors, rose bouquets and a display of cars from one of our sponsors – Paradise Chevrolet. Bill and Mike knew the value of publicity – we had great newspaper coverage, banners and directional signs all over town. The community responded: we had 1500 visitors that year, justifying Bill's believe in the philosophy of 'build it and they will come'.

Thank you, Bill, for all that you have done for us as a Society. It has been great fun.
Rebecca Weersing.

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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