Temecula Valley Rose Society
An Affiliate of the American Rose Society
April 2009 Vol. 20, No. 04
President's Messageby Ron Rumbold
March proved to be a very successful month for the TVRS. First of all, Phyllis and Bonnie have done a super job in getting Rose Haven dressed up and ready for the first bloom. The first phase of the mulch spreading process is complete, thanks to the efforts of Emmett Jones and his Chaparral High School boys. Kathy Katz successfully managed the installation of the Iris Garden, with 50 prize-winning irises donated by Leon and Norma Vogel, and labor by the Temecula Valley Garden Club.
We had a larger than expected turnout for the general member program meeting when Katherine Botts, Master Gardener, provided her presentation on a 'Colorful and Water Wise Rose Garden.' We completed the first phase of the winery survey for the Last Rose of Summer event. Finally, we had a great first-ever New Member Orientation session for new members. Nearly all the new member were present and said their 'customer satisfaction' was greatly enhanced due to the material provided to help them understand the operation of the Society.
Several of the committee chairpersons attended and provided reasons why the new members should join their committees. Many of the participants immediately joined those committees. Also, they were all happy with the receipt of their free roses bushes.
Spring is here and the month of April will be a busy time for the Rose Society. Preparation for the Rose Show will need the support of many member volunteers to help for the opening on the first weekend of May.
Two special excursions are planned for the month; one outing is at Quail Gardens in Encinitas, and the other at the Santa Rosa Plateau Reserve. See the membership article for details.
Rose Haven will be in full bloom this month and then we need to start the dead heading process. There is always more work to be done at Rose Haven.
Look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.
Trip to the Santa Rosa Plateau
Submitted by Xochitl Rumbold, Membership Chair
Member Meeting ProgramDate: Thursday, April 16
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Susan Puma
Topic: How to enter flowers in this year's flower show.
Susan Puma has always been interested in growing things. The daughter of an agronomist and graduate of University of California Davis with a BS in Environmental Science, her career centered on building and landscape design. After retiring and moving to the Temecula Valley, Susan's knowledge and experience was really be put to the test on the ten acres of barren airport property she and her husband Sam called home. She quickly joined the Temecula Valley Garden Club (TVGC) and the Temecula Valley Rose Society (TVRS) in order to learn from the experiences of local gardeners.
Now, eight years later she and Sam enjoy a diversified garden that includes over 100 varieties of roses (mostly hybrid teas and Old Garden roses), 200 varieties of iris, a mediterranean garden with many California native plants, a fruit and nut orchard, and an 1,800 sq. ft. vegetable garden where she grows produce for her family and local food pantries.
Susan has served on the boards of both the TVGC and TVRS, and is completing her forth and final year as President of the TVGC. She has been chairman of the TVGC Flower Show for three years. She has actively participated in many community service projects, including landscape design for the Wolf's Monument, Habitat for Humanity Homes, and presently the Musician's Workshop. According to Susan, "I feel like I am accomplishing more now and having much more fun than ever before. Retirement is great!".
A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.
April Birthdaysby Florence Blacharski – Sunshine Committee
New MembersWelcome New Members:
Stephanie Khan, Pierre M. Mainguene, Annelie Moseneder, JoAnn Summers.
Little Rose Show CompetitionCo-Chairs: Frank Brines and Rebecca Weersing
At the monthly meetings from April through November 2009 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.
Class 1: One hybrid tea or grandiflora shown without side buds.
Points will be given to the best rose in each class, based on ARS guidelines:
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.
Reminder: Excursion to Quail Botanical Gardens in EncinitasDate: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Meet: Rose Haven - corner of Cabrillo, and Jedediah Smith Rd.
Time: 9:00 AM
Quail Fee: Free
Parking Fee: $1.00 per car, unless there are 4 passengers, then fee is waved.
More information: Sochie Rumbold
Maps will be provided at Rose Haven.
The gardens contain one of the most diverse and botanically important plant collections. There are scenic walks and trails along deep canyons and sunny hillsides which allow visitors glimpses of many different horticultural habitats.
This will be a self guided tour, so you can enjoy taking the tour at your own pace. Lunch is not included, but there are a number of restaurants nearby. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes. Carpooling is recommended.
Awards Committeeby Kathy Katz
We were so gratified to finally see the Americn Rose Society Bronze Medals awarded to Phyllis Bettelheim and Bonnie Bell. It took a while to figure out how we could give two yearly awards at the same time, but we could not present one without the other. Their committment to Rose Haven remains inspiring to the rest of us. I offered to learn how to help with a small part of the watering and, really, it is impossible.
Others who were especially busy this month included Betty Dixon, who applies a lot of insight into her work, and Frank Brines with his teaching. Carol Hudson was out there often, along with Jeanine Ali and May Olson, and these dedicated members seemed to attend all the Rose Show meetings, too. Lyse McGonigle is a fresh presence and fun to work with, and President Ron and Sochie Rumbold are, as always, stalwarts, and their leadership is so appreciated.
A special word of thanks to Ann Coakes and Bernice Wendt who have organized the lovely luncheons. We hope to have a new chairperson soon, as Ann is going to have so much work to do for us now that she is retired that she will have no time left to cook.
Last and very appreciatively, Charlie and Jane Brodbeck for the great raffle table. Do we get great stuff, or what?
A Thank YouFrom Phyllis Bettelheim and Bonnie Bell
From the bottom of our hearts we thank our Society for awarding us the American Rose Society Bronze Metal. It was such a delightful surprise and we are truly honored to accept the award. We have received so much enjoyment being part of TVRS and believe all our members deserve to be commended, as it is the group as a whole that makes our Society so special. Thank you again.
Legacy Iris Garden – A Special TributeBy Kathy Katz
It is with great personal thanks and gratitude to everyone who participated in or gave support to the Iris planting at Rose Haven, either with your hands or your heart. Pulling together a tribute to the Vogel's Iris passion and expertise took a lot of planning and work, rocks and determination.
While the Vogel Iris Bed is a joint venture of the Temecula Valley Garden Club and the Rose Society, the whole project hung on the talents of Norma and Leon Vogel. The moment Norma told me we would try for planting on Saturday, March 14th, I called our publicity chair Kathy Turgeon. It is hard to believe that Kathy had both the Valley News and The Californian, with photographers and reporters on such short notice!
The articles were published, one on the front page of the B section of the Californian the next day with gorgeous photos and wonderful words, and the other the next week on page 12 of the Valley News – again with color pictures. This is the kind of publicity we usually just dream about and certainly the kind of tribute to our Temecula Treasures Norma and Leon Vogel that we hoped for.
It was great fun for me to take Norma to pick out rocks, one by one; for us to buy just the right kind of peat moss and gypsum to create the perfect iris bed; to watch the mulch spread by those wonderful young men from Chaparral High School; to till and water and build rock borders in which to plant those great iris donated from the garden of Norma and Leon.
Our planting day at Rose Haven was a perfect sunshiny day and we are so happy that Leon was able to join us in the garden on Saturday, March 14. His health continued to decline and we were sad to learn that he passed away March 24. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Norma.
We are so thankful to have our Legacy Iris Garden at Rose Haven, planned by Leon and Norma, as a lasting tribute to their love of this wonderful companion plant to roses.
Rose Care FUNdamentalsby Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian
If you have pruned and mulched and watered and fed you should be seeing the promise of future rose blooms by now!
With summer coming up on us fast, I'd like to suggest that you assess the efficiency of your irrigation system. We are in the umpteenth year of drought in Southern California, and our supply of imported water may be cut drastically this year, while many regional water districts are about to implement "tiered pricing" that could take a big bite out of our wallets.
So, it's time for those of us who love roses to assess and adjust our practices so we can continue to enjoy (and afford) the roses we love!
First off, how much water do roses need? According to Robert B. Martin, writing at larosesociety.com, water is the most important of factor (out of 16) when growing roses for exhibition. Mr. Martin goes on to explain that the amount of water a rose needs depends on many factors, including the weather, size of the plant, its variety, cycle of growth, and composition of the soil. He cites studies that show a rose bush will transpire (or give off) from 40 to 100 gallons of water over the course of a summer. Typically in Temecula, when temperatures are between 70-80 degrees, a mature, full-sized hybrid tea requires about 5-10 gallons (approximately 2"-3") of water a week. (A rose can survive on considerably less, but it will perform very poorly.) As the temperature goes up, the rose's water needs increase.
Next, let's consider your system for delivering water to your roses. Ideally, you are using a drip system. (If not, please start considering installing one!) Go out and inspect your system: Turn it on and look for leaking, clogged, and broken lines and emitters. Fix the problems as soon as possible.
Now, figure out how much water your system delivers per hour. Typically, drip emitters are color-coded and in a rose garden you're likely to have pressure-compensating emitters that deliver a consistent amount-usually 2-, 4-, or 8-liters per hour. (Not comfortable with liters? A liter is about half a gallon—so those emitters deliver 1-, 2-, and 4-gallon per hour.)
Of course, applying a 2 to 3" layer of organic mulch will help conserve the water you deliver to the roses, even out the moisture distribution in the soil, and keep the root zone cool. All of these effects stimulate the growth of feeder roots and help your plants gather water more efficiently and consistently so they are less likely to "hit the wall" by depleting their water supply. Mulch also encourages the production of earth worms and other soil organisms that help make nutrients available to your plants in easily-absorbed form. Mulch also inhibits the growth of weeds, so your roses don't have to compete for minerals and water.
You might not realize it, but using an organic fertilizer also helps you use water more efficiently. Your program should include two applications each month beginning in March. Alternate between an organic granular product and a water soluble form. I use Dr. Earth applied 1/2- to 3/4-cup per standard rose, and 1/4- to 1/2-cup for miniatures. For my soluble treatment, I use fish emulsion diluted as directed on the container and pour about 2 gallons over each mature standard rose and 1 gallon for minis. For potted plants, dilute to half strength.
Enjoy fruits (blooms) of your labors and I'll see you at the Temecula Valley Rose Show on May 2, at 30875 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula !
|C A L E N D A R|
TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2009: 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: Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2009: Apr 18, May 16
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2009: 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: 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.
2009 Officers & Directors
1st VP (Programs): Simonne Arnould
2nd VP (Membership): Sochie Rumbold
Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell
Committees:Rose Festival 2010: To be announced.
Rose Haven Heritage Garden:
Flowers for Friends
Ron & Sochie Rumbold
Thank You to Our Friends|
Erin's Tree Service
Pechanga Resort and Casino Grants
Armstrong Garden Center
Agriscape of Murrieta
City of Temecula
Riverside County 3rd District
Crop Production Services (formerly L&M Fertilizer)
Stater Bros. Market
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.
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/