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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

May 2009   Roses   Vol. 20, No. 05

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President's Message

by Ron Rumbold

Ron Rumbold

April was a very busy month at Rose Haven, and it paid off handsomely as the garden is just beautiful, thanks to lots of volunteer hours by members and the Chaparral High School ROP group. The boys have provided a great amount of work over the past several months, and they were rewarded with more work on April 25th by planting an additional 25 roses. These roses will be accompanied with the boy's name who planted it, and they will essentially "own" the rose as long as it at Rose Haven. To express our gratitude to the boys for all their efforts a family ceremony will be conducted at Rose Haven later in May for the ROP boys, date to be determined.

The special tours to Quail Gardens and Santa Rosa Plateau where successes with good turn-outs by the members and guests, thanks to the work of Sochie Rumbold.

Don't forget to attend the joint Temecula Valley Rose Society and Garden Club show on May 2 & 3. This is a first for both organizations and should be a great opportunity for garden enthusiasts to enjoy two flower shows at one event. The two committees have worked hard to organize the event and I'm sure it will be enjoyable. Bring your best rose or flower and enter it in one or more of the judging categories and hopefully win a ribbon.

The month of May has many additional events scheduled, such as the Member Garden Tour on May 21. See the write-up in this issue for details of the four gardens included in the tour. Don't forget this event is in lieu of the regular member meeting at the Temecula Library.

Also, there is a special garden tour on May 12th at the home of Don Nordike; see details in this issue. I hope to see as many out to these events as possible.

As noted in previous newsletters, please record your volunteer hours and turn them in to Kathy Katz. If you need a form see the link in the newsletter or web.

Special Garden Tour May 12

by Sochie Rumbold

We will be viewing the beautiful rose garden at the home of Don Nordike. If you've seen his garden you know how spectacular it is. He has over 160 roses in his garden, and works daily to keep them looking their best. He's forever changing and upgrading his roses, so they are the very best.

Don will be serving a light lunch to all who attend, so please contact him to RSVP so he knows how many people to plan for. He will be returning from Ireland by May 5th, so please call him after that date.

RSVP Contact Don Nordike after 10:30 AM at 951 246-4626.
Address 28767 Glen Oaks Dr., Sun City 92586

Meet at Rose Haven May 12, at 10:00 AM, where maps will be given out and carpools will be organized. You won't want to miss seeing his beautiful roses. Hope to see you all there.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

The garden has burst into spectacular bloom: All our recent work has paid off. We encourage you to make a visit to the garden and enjoy this stunning sight. Bring along a picnic and relax under the pepper tree. There have been many visitors recently and we are elated the community is enjoying the garden.

Another project on our Wish List has come to fruition. The 'Living Fence' along Cabrillo Ave., planted with Topsy Turvy red roses in January, are now blooming. What a positive visual impact this has made as you drive along the street. Catch the before- and after-photos on our website under 'Rose Haven Garden Projects List'.

Just inside the red rose fence is where the Student Appreciation area has been developed. In April, under Ron Rumbold's guidance, eager students planted roses, and each is identified with that student's name. The students seemed quite excited, asked many questions, and spent some time during a much needed break wandering through all the different rose gardens. Later, many of the boys went to help Frank spread mulch in the Romantic Garden. As you may know, the boys have been volunteering at Rose Haven since last December, doing much hard work. We will have a celebration May 30th for the boys and their parents. Members are also invited to attend.

There was a large turnout for our monthly committee meeting and many fresh ideas were offered. We reviewed all project/maintenance items on our agenda and will work on them as time permits. Large developments are on hold until we hear from the grant program requests. One urgent item, weed abatement, needed to be completed right away as instructed by a City abatement notice. Kathy and Howard Katz brought out their two gigantic weed wacker machines and mowed down the weeds in the upper undeveloped area of the garden. Thank you so much, Kathy and Howard. Your action saved us a abatement fee from the City.

Regular volunteer days are Wednesday and Saturday morning. The Garden address is 30500 Jedediah Smith Road , Temecula. The next committee meeting is Wednesday, May 27th. All are invited to participate.

Cabrillo Ave. Fence Before,
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Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Rose Haven Garden
Topic: Member garden tour

The Temecula Valley Rose Society members May meeting will be a fun-filled tour through other member’s rose gardens. The TVRS members will start at “Rose Haven Heritage Garden” to look at the 2,000 blooming roses in our public garden. From there, we will visit two other members’ rose gardens, and the final treat will be a tour and lunch at the home of our President, Ron Rumbold, and his wife Sochie’s home in the Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Members will have an opportunity to visit four different member gardens. We will meet at Rose Haven at 9:30 AM, where maps will be given out. It is advisable to carpool, and to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Garden number 1
The first garden on the tour is at the home of May Olson, 40270 Via Francisco, Murrieta. She has 75 rose bushes, and the garden is beautifully designed. You will see a great variety of roses in May's garden. She moved into her home just four years ago, and designed the garden working with some of the plants that were already there. She has many favorite roses depending on the type. Her favorite climber is "4th of July", and her favorite mini rose is "Dreamcatcher." She has other favorites which she will be happy to share with you. You will enjoy walking through this very appealing rose garden, with it's beautiful roses. The old saying "take the time to smell the roses" comes to mind.

Garden number 2
The second garden on the tour is at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Pierre Mainguene, 30919 Brassie Lane, Temecula. The Mainguene's enjoy a view of the Temeku Golf Course. Pierre designed his compact garden with the view in mind, and used drought tolerant plants to help with the present water shortage. He has roses, fruit trees, herbs, etc., in his unique garden. You will learn that Pierre starts most of his herbs from seed, in small cups he makes out of paper towels. He will be happy to share his expertise on growing plants from seeds. Be sure to ask to see his tiny mini green house. Their garden shows us how very attractive a garden can look using many drought tolerant plants.

Garden number 3
The third garden on the tour is at the home of Ann Coakes, 41245 Prom. Chardonnay, Temecula. Ann has done a great job of designing and planting her rose garden. She has 60 roses of all types in her yard. Her magnificent, huge climbers cascade over her arched trellises and really make a statement. She has so many beautiful roses of various colors and scents, that you must take your time to really enjoy each and every one. Her favorites are "Mr. Lincoln", "Eden", and her climber "Graham Thomas."

Garden number 4
The fourth garden on the tour is at the home of Ron and Sochie Rumbold, 37980 Avenida Bravura, Temecula. The home is located in Glen Oaks Hills on 3-1/4 acres, with two acres devoted to a lemon grove. One hundred forty roses are dispersed among the various gardens. There are approximately 8 different gardens divided by privet and boxwood hedges. Some of the individual gardens are as follows: herb, rose/iris, desert, butterfly/hummingbird garden, mini Italian garden, French alley lined with olive trees and cypress.

Lunch will be served here. We hope you will enjoy the member garden tour.

May Birthdays

by Florence Blacharski – Sunshine Committee
Linda Black Carol Hudson

Welcome New Members

Carolyn Wilson
We are very happy that you have joined the Rose Society.

The Quail Botanical Garden Tour April 7

The members really enjoyed the trip. We all especially enjoyed the most unusual garden which was an aquatic one made up of succulents, shells and other plants that looked as though they were growing in the sea. It was amazing.

Santa Rosa Plateau Tour April 23

We had a large number of members who attended this tour. Unfortunately, Rob Hicks was to be our tour guide, but at the last moment he was reassigned to lead a college geology group. We were given an excellent guide who knew all of the flora and fauna in the Santa Rosa Plateau.

Keeping a Promise

by Frank Brines

During our recent rose show I was reminded of a promise I made last year, and it has really gotten me thinking. Last year we had a Rose Show catagory for Youth, and one of our visitors—a very young man named John Clemente—was smitten with a blossom of St. Patrick and asked if he could have it. I made a promise to him: If I showed him how to propagate and tend it, and if he brought it back the next year, he could enter it into the show. Well, he kept his end of the bargain and showed up the first day of the show to enter his plant. He and his family didn't find me, but Virginia Boos graciously accommodated them and clued me in the next day. I felt terrible! I had forgotten my promise and, as a result, we didn't even have a category for his speciman. The second day of the show he and his family came back and I was able to apologize and to spend time with him, awarding him a special blue ribbon for his efforts.

I was struck by how profound a promise can be—and how rewarding. Almost 20 years ago a visionary group of TVRS members established Rose Haven on land that the club did not even own. By creating that garden they made a promise to themselves, to the club, to the community, and to the generations of local rose lovers to come. Please, whenever you hear that Rose Haven needs a bit of help, whether some volunteer labor, a donation, or even that we are holding an event there, remember that promise. Whatever you do for Rose Haven will enrich the lives of others—and your own—for years to come.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank Brines

The 15th Annual Temecula Valley Rose Society Show has just ended. The winners and entries have been awarded. Now it's time to reward your gardens for their productions with some TLC–tending, loving, caring.

You probably entered your best blooms into the Rose Show last month, and other blooms are waning, so now you are left with fading aged blossoms or petal-less sepals. It's time to stimulate the next cycle of blooms! Do that with something a little more aggressive than simple deadheading: Do a minor pruning much as you do when cutting a bloom for exhibiting. If the cane (stem) supporting a bloom is the size of a pencil or larger, it can and will support another large bloom. It is possible and okay to leave a cane-on-cane in this case. Be sure to leave a minimum of 3-4 leaf buds on the stem above the cane-on-cane union. Remove any vegetation growing toward or inside the bush area. Most of this is "terminal growth" anyway and using energy which can be used more effectively for producing more blooms while allowing for better air circulation through the center of the plant. This helps to prevent diseases, especially from molds and other fungi.

Warm to hot weather will soon be here. Make sure that your water delivery system is in good working order and providing enough water to each plant. Each plant requires 5-10 gallons of water per week. Your plants can tell you when they're getting thirsty long before then actually wilt—learn to pay close attention to their color and signs that they aren't quite as stiff as they should be. Also, in an effort to conserve water, it is a good idea to check the moisture content of the top couple inches of the soil. If it is moist it probably is ok.

There is still time to top dress the garden with composted mulch. It will help conserve water and save you money. Also, each month, apply a good granular organic fertilizer that is slightly higher in phosphate than in nitrogen—that is, the first number on the label (nitrogen) is smaller than the second number (phosphorus). This encourages the plant to put more resources into strong roots. Remember: NEVER feed a dry or water-stressed plant! ALWAYS water it thoroughly the day before feeding. Two weeks later, apply diluted fish emulsion. The nutrition can be absorbed by the leaves too, so feel free to pour the liquid down through the center of the plant.

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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.

To see other events on our Society Google calendar click here.

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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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