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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

January 2009   Roses   Vol. 20, No. 01

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President's Message

by Ron Rumbold

Ron Rumbold

The beginning of the New Year marks the time when people make new years resolutions, and the TVRS presidency is no different. Therefore, I am setting some goals for the year 2009. Identifying goals is an essential prerequisite before formal plans can be made. I firmly believe in the old army Five P's: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Perfor­mance, so we concentrate first on planning, then execution.

This is a year with many challenges, but I prefer to look at them as opportunities. It is a time for us to explore creative and aggressive ways of expanding revenue sources. But before we start to work this year's opportunity, lets identify the goals for this New Year:

  1. Initiate a formal membership drive that increases membership by 20%.
  2. Initiate and provide a formal orientation program for all new members.
  3. Initiate a Rose Specialist training program.
  4. Eliminate our current debt.
  5. Double our 2008 Grant revenues.
  6. Double our 2008 Donations revenue.
  7. Conduct a successful Rose Festival combined with the Garden Club Flower Show.
  8. Expand the participation at the Last Rose of Summer event by 100%.
  9. Expand the capabilities of Rose Haven by installing trees to provide a shaded outdoor educational area.
  10. Generate new revenues by presenting a win-win plan to potential donors.

As you can see from the list above, we have many opportunities available for all of you to help participate in, and for expanding, the Society and your own satisfaction.

The first plan we are putting into place is the membership drive. An incentive is offered to any new member who has joined and paid their dues by the end of February. They will receive a free 5-gallon rose bush. Also, an incentive award will be given to the current member or members who register the most new members by the end of October. Documentation of the sponsorship of the membership must be provided to the Membership Chairperson, Sochie Rumbold.

January is the start of the rose pruning season, which will continue through February. This provides 9 Saturdays to complete this task. As you know, we have approximately 1400 rose bushes at Rose Haven. Therefore, if you do the math, we need a minimum of 13 volunteers out every Saturday for 3 hours each in order to complete this task. (That is assuming every Saturday during that frame is sunny.) So, adjust your calendars to allow time for pruning. For the volunteers who feel they need help in either learning the techniques of pruning or improving their pruning skills, there will be Consulting Rosarians and Master Gardeners available to provide that assistance. Hope to see you all at the first Saturday pruning—January 17th.

Thoughts from Frank Brines

 A visit to Rose Haven makes it clear that the composted mulch we applied last year had a big positive impact! The plants that received ample mulch are bigger and stronger. That probably reflects, in part, more extensive root systems which, in turn, make the plants more resistant to disease and more efficient in getting water.

I am now accepting donations and pledges in any amount in hopes that we can acquire enough composted mulch to service Rose Haven this spring. You can contact me with questions or pledges at, or at 951-677-9119. Every dollar will go to ensuring that Rose Haven grows strong and beautiful this year!

Become a Rose Specialist!
 Are you interested in becoming more adept at growing roses in the Temecula Valley's unique climate? We are working on a program to educate members who want to become "Temecula Valley Rose Specialists." This would be an on-going educational process that begins with the fundamentals of rose culture and then goes deeper into the special factors that we encounter in our valley. The program may also award some sort of certification at specific milestones. The learning process won't be one-way, either: We anticipate that you'll be able to contribute by sharing your experiences of growing roses in our valley.

Obviously, the program is not yet fully defined, but that means you have an opportunity to help define it! If you are intrigued by the possibilities and would like to participate, or if you have suggestions for the types of information that a Temecula Valley Rose Specialist should gain from such a program, please contact me at, or at 951-677-9119.

Consulting Rosarians
 I will be available at general membership meetings, held the third Thursday of each month, to assist you with your rose questions. Do any of your friends and neighbors have questions you can't answer? Bring them along!

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Road)
Topic: Exercising for Gardening

The program will feature Donna Mills, a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, who will be speaking about keeping your body in shape for gardening and for life.

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

Birthdays This Month

By Florence Blacharski – Sunshine Committee
Jeannine Ali, Denise LaMalfa Anne Leming, Lenore Vogel

Holiday Party, December 2008

 Woo Hoo! Our holiday party in December was a delight. With entertainment provided by "The Reflexions", and a fabulous luncheon, all were full and happy. Thanks to everyone for bringing all those marvelous dishes and being such a great group of people. Enjoy the pictures. (Thanks, Bonnie.)

Rose Haven Update

By Bonnie Bell

Happy New Year.

In December one of our garden "Wish List" items was fulfilled. The paving repairs of the driveway and parking area have been completed. What a visual difference this has made when entering the garden. You can view this and other "Wish List" photos on our website in the "Last Rose of Summer" category.

If you would like to make a cash donation to help complete one of these projects we will be very grateful. Your donation is tax deductible, as the Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Every little bit helps. We appreciate contributions large and small, and will provide you with a tax deduction receipt on request. Think of us when renewing your Society membership.

There was one mini-disaster in the garden recently. After all the heavy rain, one of the pepper trees in the picnic area toppled over, the roots coming right out of the ground. Phyllis immediately contacted the tree service to have it removed before there was any hazard to visitors. Fortunately, nothing else in the area was damaged.

The plants in the garden have been in a rest mode, so January signals a return to full action mode. Yes, pruning, pruning, raking and general tidying up await us. Our "Third Saturday" education workshop this month will be on rose pruning. The date is January 17th, and participation is open to the public as well as Members.

A rose pruning demonstration.
A rose pruning demonstration.

Our regular Wednesday/Saturday Member volunteer schedule begins this January at 9 a.m. We can use all the volunteers we can get during our annual rose pruning extravaganza. Please come out and join us. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road.

Our next Garden Committee meeting is Wednesday, January 28th at 9 a.m. All are invited.

Pruning promotes new blooms.
Pruning promotes new blooms.

Membership Renewal

By Sochie Rumbold, Membership Chair

It's time again to renew your membership in the Rose Society. Renewal forms will be available at our January 15th Member Meeting. They are also available on our website under Membership. The cost is $20 per individual, or $30 per family. Mail the form with your check to TVRS, P.O. Box 890367, Temecula, CA 92589, or turn in you renewal at the meeting.

We sincerely hope every one enjoys our programs and our outstanding Rose Festival and Art Show. We strive to bring you entertaining and informative guest speakers and also provide a friendly meeting place to gather with other rose enthusiasts.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank Brines

The New Year brings resolutions. If you make resolutions, here is one: This year, I resolve to have my best garden ever: Pruning, feeding, and watering." (This is a resolution I definitely need to make - okay, I'm making it, I'm making it!)

If you did a great job caring for your little darlings in 2008, but you still find a few under-performing roses in your garden, now is a good time to make some evaluations and eliminations. This is truly the most painful decision I ever have to make in my rose garden, because I hate to consign living things to the trash heap. There is an alternative, of course: Give your under-performers away to friends and family. And don't worry: The plants might actually do better in someone else's micro climate. It's the darnedest thing!

(Years ago I had a few varieties that just would not thrive in a bed behind my place in Escondido. I transplanted them to neighbor's garden. She did little more than water them regularly and occasionally toss a little fertilizer on the beds. Well, as you have probably guessed, those roses took off and became real champions for her!)

Once you get rid of that lousy under-performer you can plant a new rose! You can plant potted roses almost any time of the year, but now is the ideal time to plant bare-root roses available in home improvement centers, nurseries, and by mail order. They're fresh and you have time on your side: Roses planted now have lots of time and mild conditions in which to establish their root systems and form relationships with soil fungi so they can become real show-offs in your garden in late spring and throughout the summer.

By the way, it is almost never necessary to discard and replace the soil where an under-performing rose grew. Short of some kind of hazardous waste spill, most soil problems can be solved through a patient program of proper watering, feeding, mulching, and pest control. However, when you remove the plant, take a close look at the hole to see if maybe its location suffers from poor drainage, or drainage from another part of the garden. Even with our recent rains, holes you dig in your rose garden should not show standing or pooling water. If they do, you've got a problem that isn't going to be solved by planting a new rose there.

In the Temecula Valley, January is also a good time to plan your pruning schedule. You should complete your major annual pruning by the end of February for major blooms to appear sometime in May. You can begin sooner, but it's tricky: You don't want your roses bursting out with tender new growth if they're likely to suffer frost damage. I will provide detailed guidance on pruning in my February column. Also, please tell every rose lover you know that there will be a free pruning demonstration at Rose Haven garden at 9 a.m. Saturday January 17. Spread the word and spread the joy of roses!

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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
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 – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
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
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
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
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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2009 Officers & Directors


1st VP (Programs): Simonne Arnould
2nd VP (Membership): Sochie Rumbold
Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Rose Festival 2010: To be announced.
Rose Haven Heritage Garden:
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels
  Flowers for Friends


Simonne Arnould
Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
Kathy Katz
May Olson
Ron & Sochie Rumbold
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing
Bernice Wendt

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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