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August 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Hot days and hoped-for cooler nights characterize our bay area August weather. Watering our roses and plants is critical, as is keeping an eye on bugs and diseases if we want to protect our blooms. For those of us who are too busy to examine our roses carefully, we are sometimes too late to water, resulting in burned rose petals, or miss new bugs like rose slugs, resulting in devastated leaves. Alas! The damage is done. We clip off crispy flowers too far gone but still enjoy those that manage to bloom despite weather or disease.

Our board meeting will be at Jerry and Cindy Georgette’s residence on August 8 at 7 p.m. On August 15, our featured speaker will be Lakshmi Sridharan from San Jose, a molecular biologist and botanist who will be speaking to us on arranging with dried roses. With the heat drying our roses on the bush, this might be timely, although she undoubtedly uses other methods to retain the colors and shapes of her roses in order to make arrangements that can be admired far longer than the week our fresh flowers can last. She would like to meet us for dinner on your own at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City 94063 at 5:30 p.m. So feel free to join us if you wish.

At our August 15 membership meeting we will be asking three board members and two members at large to form a nominating committee to help select the president, vice president in charge of programs, and board member/s for 2018-2020. Those people selected in October and voted upon in November will make decisions about the direction that the Peninsula Rose Society should go in the next two years. Needed are people willing to work with the board that remains, to plan and lead events and programs, and to guide us financially.

Email connectivity is important because it is part of our mission to “take an active part in the functions of the American Rose Society and Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii District.” They in turn provide our society with most of the educational opportunities that we can access through conferences, classes, and training courses to become a Consulting Rosarian or judge of horticulture, arrangements, or photography of roses. One can also go to the conferences and classes just for your own edification and pleasure, without seeking a title. Almost all communications are now through the internet. These connections to national, regional and local events are part of every interest group. Please consider your interest in volunteering or accepting a position if asked. We need your energy and enthusiasm! I can attest to the fun of getting involved. I found it especially rewarding to help older members with their pruning and teaching the public about how to prune or deal with their roses.

I hope some members will attend the NCNH Fall conference on the only one day, Saturday, September 23, 2017. Mark your calendars as it is close, in Castro Valley across the bay, at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church. Horticultural displays showing teas, grandifloras, shrubs, and minis, arrangements by amateurs and experts, and creative photographs will be on display. A speaker or two will be on the program, as well as a short business meeting. There might be a small cost for registration and lunch, but everyone is welcome. Pam, Weldon, Priya, Jerry and I went last fall and it was inspiring to see what people brought. The wonderful roses you have been bringing to our own monthly rose shows are exactly the things you can bring to this conference. Check out the NCNH website for the details on the conference during the month of August.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Barry and Brian Johnson for their years of dedication to the rose society in planning and maintaining a rose exhibit for 10 days at the San Mateo County Fair. Barry printed and did not charge PRS for handouts on topics such as roses in containers and for information about the society. He also passed out our postcards and answered questions by the public about rose care. We are all grateful for Barry’s financing the rose show for 2018 and we shall help him out.

For the last three years Priya Kamath has hosted PRS at her home in Portola Valley for the July picnic. This year she hosted us in her house on a day which nearly broke heat records, setting up a picnic site despite her own tasks of hand watering about 200 roses, fruit trees, bushes and vines, providing us with drinks, paper goods, and snacks. She even gave some of her rooted roses to the new members who attended the picnic.

Thanks are also due to the generosity of Bob and Audrey Giarusso, who donated $40 toward two roses that we tried to sell. Jill Chadwell, her family and mother Joanne Riggs, and Cindy Georgette have been donating raffle prizes for many months, making the raffles a lot more varied than a rose plant. Barbara Todd donated a packet of her own painted rose cards for raffle. We thank these people who help our Peninsula Rose Society by giving time, money, and effort. If I have overlooked your contributions, my apologies but know we are grateful. Many, many thanks!

Prune and groom your roses this month to ready them for the flush of blooms that occurs every fall. Then share them with the rest of us!

 

June 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Seeing more roses and arrangements at our May monthly rose show was exciting. Did you see and smell the huge, incredibly fragrant floating “Sterling Silver” winner by Joann Riggs? We also got to see new roses “New Day” and “All My Lovin”, and the old roses “Baronne Prevost” and “Le Grande Capitan”. Members who participated and won first, second, and other places are listed in the show results, selected by our helpful judge, Rose Gilardi. Some exhibiters were new to the show table such as Audrey Giarusso, Eleanor Rakonitz and Jill Chadwell and some were old hands such as Marie Hubbell and Maxine Hineman. We thank everyone who participated, and encourage everyone else to bring in a rose next month to our unjudged exhibit and arrangement tables. Our speaker, Bridget Roay, reported on bees and their lives.

On June 20, our speaker and expert rosarian, Barbara Gordon, will bring roses and floral materials to demonstrate how to make rose arrangements. She will also be leading us in making an arrangement of our own to take home. Please make sure to bring a pair of pruning shears or scissors for yourself so that you can cut your own floral materials. If you have some blooms, especially minis or small roses, please bring some to use. A lightweight plastic vase might be useful. Barbara will also provide some to share.

I hope you are raising a cutting for our rose sale and exchange on July 16 at the Peninsula Rose Society potluck picnic. It will be fun to see what our fellow rosarians have grown. The picnic is a highlight of our year and I hope you have saved the day, Sunday July 16. It will be at the beautiful rose garden of Priya Kamath. A signup sheet for your potluck offering for the luncheon will be at the June 20 meeting.  Please sign up or contact Jill Ferguson before July 9 so adjustments can be made if necessary.

Preparations for the 2018 PRS Rose Show are beginning with the jobs that will be needed. If you worked on the 2014 or 2015 rose shows and would like to do the same jobs, please let Barry Johnson know. If you would like to work on any job, whether long or short-term, let us or him know as well. Please set aside May 5-6, 2018 to help out. We would love to have your input and help!

“June is Rose Month at the Library” is an activity that PRS members have supported by setting up an exhibit or simply bringing roses into their local library during the month of June. This year the libraries that will be supported are: Belmont or San Carlos—Jerry and Cindy Georgette; Redwood City Main branch—Anne Quincy, Marie Hubbell and Barbara Todd; Menlo Park and Atherton—Eleanor Rakonitz and Carol Wong; Portola Valley—Priya Kamath; Burlingame—Jill Chadwell; and Half Moon Bay—Patti Motta. Patti is doing this despite her heavy obligations at home and in bringing her roses to a senior center and church.

Other societies have other responsibilities. The San Mateo Society cares for the rose garden at the San Mateo Garden Center next to Beresford Park on a weekly, on-going effort. Patti is among other older members would like to have help in pruning their roses in the winter. Let our Consulting Rosarians know if you would be willing to help others prune as we did the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto in January. It could be a good fundraiser for our society and we do it to aid our members.

Jolene Adams has announced that there will be a class to teach and test members who would be willing to become Consulting Rosarians on August 26, 2017 in Sacramento. At least 3 active CRs must recommend you and you must fill out a Consulting Rosarian form and send it in before the CR class. Such classes are held each year and we may have one in our area next year. You should be an ARS member for 3 years, be willing to learn the information in the CR book available through ARS, and to have grown a variety of roses so that you know about them. If you think you might like to help others by becoming a CR someday, check the ARS website and talk to any of our CRs. There is a need in our area for more Consulting Rosarians, Horticultural, Photography and Arrangement judges and the first step is becoming a CR. Although you may not be ready now, you can make steps toward these skills.

June is a busy month leading to the relaxing months of summer. Keep your roses hydrated as best you can, and fertilize up to September. Enjoy the roses that result!

May 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Are you enjoying roses at their best in your garden, in the neighborhood or in a public garden? Take time to sniff the rose and jasmine-scented air, admire the working bees, munching lady bugs, and fluttering butterflies. This is such a wonderful time for gardeners. We are plucking out plants growing where they shouldn’t be, blasting off aphids with water, plunging our noses into roses after carefully checking for bees, and admiring the myriad forms and types of roses available each year.

On Sunday, we, and it turned out, Jerry and Cindy Georgette drove all the way down Camden Avenue to the Santa Clara Rose Society’s rose show at the Almaden Community Center and Library. The show was beautifully laid out in a room, with lovely arrangements, many won by Barbara Gordon, our judge in April and speaker again in June. Sandy Kolter won Queen of Large roses and minis, and they had a new way to exhibit photographs: in plastic holders for horizontal or vertical photos. It is an idea for us to think about as we begin to make preparations for our PRS rose show in 2018. Still, attendance was much fewer than we expected. They might have gotten some people to sign up for membership in their society but it was a sad thing to see those lovely blooms with few to appreciate them.

As with Ikebana Society shows, having a flower show in conjunction with a community activity such as a bon dance, fair or holiday event helps with attendance for both. Perhaps we can consider other locations or events that would draw families with children and people interested in activities. We hope some of you have ideas that you can float for our planning committee to consider in the next month. Please call Barry Johnson, Jerry Georgette, Pam Schenk or me or send an email to weldonandcarol.wong@gmail.com.

The pretty array of roses for the monthly show in April was a good start. Thank you to participants including Anne Quincy, Jenny Tsao, Kathleen Brooks, Stu Dalton who won best of show for “Olympiad”, Marie Hubbell, Jerry Georgette, Jill Chadwell, Audrey Giarrusso, Weldon Wong, Maxine Hineman, and Pam Schenk who clerked for judge Barbara Gordon. Will you bring more of your roses on May 18? Put a long-stemmed rose in a narrow-necked bottle such as a ketchup or salad dressing bottle. Use a foam or foil wedge to prop it upright in the water. Maybe you have learned that the rose ideally should be either 3/4ths open or fully open with  fresh stamens showing. If you need help in filling out the tag for your rose, come early so someone can advise you. The tags are available for you to take home to fill out for the September show, with a rubber band you can place around the bottle neck.

We thank Joanne Riggs for making some clever rose arrangements. That was great! This next challenge is to make an artistic line of roses in the same color range. The styles can be traditional or modern, matching the vase. Soakable floral oasis is available at Michael’s and other craft stores which helps to stabilize the plants on first placement. I have learned to my distress that one cannot move the plants around in it very much.

Jill Ferguson needs your donations or better, your taking a turn to bring a dessert for the treat after each monthly program. We love it if you make a treat from scratch, but purchased items are just as welcome. If you enjoy the treats, please help supply them occasionally, and pitch in to help Jill serve the goodies.

In May, we prepare for “June is Library and Rose Month”. We rose society members ask the manager of our favorite library if they are willing to set up an exhibit of gardening or roses from June 1-30. We bring a bouquet or roses in a bottle to add to the display, and renew the bouquet twice a week. Last year libraries which were supported by our members included the Belmont, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, Portola Valley, Redwood City main branch, and Menlo Park Libraries. People who volunteered to support this effort included Eleanor Rakonitz, Anne Quincy, Patty Motta, Jerry Georgette, Priya Kamath, Barbara Todd and me. I might have missed you in this list but sign up again this year and maybe include another library! If the task is difficult, share the job with someone else. The libraries are always thrilled with your roses. You may add a sign announcing the month and please take some PRS postcards to place next to the sign. We would love to attract a new member with our sponsorship.

Would you like to get something almost free? Then prepare some cuttings of one of your roses for our July rose exchange or sale. If you can, cut a strong stem of 3-4 leaf nodes and dip it into a rooting compound such as “FastRoot”. Place it in a pot of moistened potting mix and keep it in a partially shaded area where you can water it. Watch to see if it sends up new shoots and leaves. If it does, you have successfully started a cutting! Be sure to label it with its name and class.

At our Sunday, July 16 picnic, we will have a potted cutting rose sale or exchange for about $5 a pot. You can expand your potted collection of minis, old, or out-of-patent roses. I have a couple started and I hope you do, too. Start now to look for those big stems that shoot out after a bloom and could be put to use as a cutting. This is another way of sharing your love of roses with fellow aficionados with something you have produced.

April 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

For our March program, Steve and Diana Stepps illustrated “Building a Low Maintenance Rose Garden” that started with a plan, gopher proofing beds, putting in a drip irrigation system, selecting old and modern roses, spacing them 4 feet apart, and finally planting 150 of them. Improvements included an automatic fertilizing system, and mulching for weeds. The result? a rainbow of colors, roses that climb arches, low toxic maintenance. They gave us ideas to contemplate changes in our gardens. April’s program will be a gorgeous tour through gardens in France with Rose Gilardi, who comes to us from San Francisco.

Eight PRS members and guests joined about 25 other garden lovers at Quarryhill Botanical Garden to hear Ping Lim, who told stories of how species roses from China were hybridized with European and middle eastern roses because of their ability to bloom more than once a year, add the colors red and yellow to the pinks then known, and had a longer, pointed petal which created the shape of today’s hybrid teas. Bill McNamara, developer of the garden, guided us through many varieties of white, speckled, and creamy pink magnolias and species roses such as Rosa Chinensis and Rosa Odorata with huge white petals and bright yellow stamens. Streams ran down the hills over a waterfall and into a pond amid irises and many rare Asian plants taking hold in this spot. If you missed this great trip, think about going up during the month of May which they recommend. Other events and places to visit during spring bloom season include the San Jose Heritage and Municipal Rose Gardens and the list that Jerry Georgette suggests.

April 18 is our PRS monthly rose show where we practice putting a rose cutting or spray in a bottle, bowl or arrangement to show. Barbara Gordon will help us judge, but anyone can bring a rose to share in an unjudged section if desired. Please bring a long-stemmed rose in a water-filled clear narrow-mouthed bottle. If you need help in grooming or labeling your rose, come by 7 pm and look for help at the tables in the hallway. If you have the time to help someone, please take on that mentoring. We all needed help when we started showing our roses. The American Rose website on “Guidelines and Rules for Judging Roses”, “Guidelines for Arrangements”, and “Guidelines for Judging Rose Photography” are the most up to date sources of learning the important criteria.

If you already know how to show roses, consider helping out our fellow local rose shows such as the Santa Clara Rose Show April 23. If you are interested in photography, practice taking photos of roses in public gardens as well as your own, keeping track of the names. Take photos of roses whenever they appear at their best. They often do not cooperate to bloom on the days of shows, but a photo can capture them for you. Consider entering your photos in the ARS, NCNH or local rose shows. East Bay and Golden Gate/San Francisco will be adding photographs to their shows this year. What great excuses for spending time amid our favorite, fragrant plants.

Thank you so much, Marlene Bollhoffer and Jill Ferguson for helping with our raffles by asking Ladera Gardens and Gifts to donate 3 $10 gift certificates to us. We will certainly use them as raffle prizes. We would appreciate any other person’s obtaining gift certificates or any other appropriate prize for our raffles. Let’s enjoy sharing our passion for the rose by making rose meetings fun and lively!

March 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

“The new introductions are very disease resistant. I can still have beauty and fragrance along with an organic rose garden,” wrote garden designer Dan Bifano in “American Rose”, January-February 2017. In February, our speaker Jolene Adams screened and commented on a wide variety of new rose introductions including hybrid teas, floribundas, modern shrubs, minis, mini-floras, and climbers; exciting and thrilling us.

If seeing them did not prompt you to go to a nursery or a website to search out a rose for your garden, then maybe we can encourage you to look for a new rose to try. “American Rose” also lists the new Roses in Review for the latest high-ranking roses for showing, regional trials and a Nursery Guide which includes accessible Regan Nursery at Decoto Road in Fremont. It is one of the few local nurseries that stocks minis. Other nurseries include our sponsors Wegman’s, Half Moon Bay, Ladera Gardens and Gifts, Orchard Supply and Summer Winds nurseries.

There is nothing like a new rose or plant to spark interest in your garden—-a new scent, color combination, or shape. The newer varieties are not only more disease resistant but the range of colors now includes deep tones like black, brown and deep purple, making roses look smoky or glow mysteriously. Some have a dark or white eye, strong fragrance, or colors that change as the bloom ages. If you grow a newer rose, plan to report on how it does for you to us and in the Roses in Review ratings collected online in the late summer. That is how we arrive at the highly useful ratings in the “Handbook for Selecting Roses” sent to ARS members at the end of each year.

Have we heard from everyone who wants to go to the Quarry Hill Botanical Garden lecture and/or tour in Glen Ellen on March 25th? If you want to go, please call for a $20 reservation for the 10 a.m. lecture by the famous hybridizer Ping Lim, or drive up to join our group which meets at 11:30 at the picnic tables weather permitting. For a 12:15 p.m. walking and cart-riding tour led by a docent, let Carol Wong know by phone message at 854-6434 ASAP in order to include you in the count. This docent-led tour costs $15 and includes entry. Self-guided touring does not require an extra fee, but you might miss out on the stories about these rare plants.

There is no food or drink sold in the gardens, so please bring your own hat, water, and food. As a reminder, the website is www.quarryhillbg.org. and the phone number is 707-996-3166. Those who wish to go up on their own later in the year can check the website for scheduled events.

Although we are not putting on a rose show for the public this year, we encourage members to attend or show their roses at the Santa Clara Rose Show on Sunday, April 23rd at the Almaden Community Center/Library from 1-5 p.m. Entrees are accepted for showing from 7-10 a.m. The East Bay Rose show is in May, and The Golden Gate/San Francisco Rose Society’s Rose show is in June. Check their websites if interested.

On April 18th, May 16th, and June 20th we will have a rose show at our monthly membership meeting where you can bring your own roses and arrangements to be judged. There will also be tables in the hall where you can bring roses simply to share or to learn how to present. Look for a schedule of types of roses and an arrangement schedule that will be printed in the Rosarian. Someone can help show you how to display your rose if you come by 7:00 p.m. before the meeting. To help us learn how to prepare roses, we will have winners tell us about their roses as time permits.

The Apex once-a-year granular fertilizer is still available from Jim Crowther for $15/5 lbs. Call him to order and pick them up at the March 21st meeting.

We have several opportunities for volunteering in March. We would like to have people help Barry and Brian Johnson plan an exhibit for the San Mateo Fair held June 10th-18th. PRS has committed to displaying old and new roses at the Filoli Flower Show June 1st-4th with the theme “Time Began in a Garden”. We will be looking for people with many old or new roses blooming at that time in order to set up and maintain a rose display. Our liaison is Pam Schenk. Last year our display was beautiful.

We are hoping members will volunteer for a raffle committee to help us work out ideas for our raffles. We will make signup sheets available for volunteering and we urge you to try something. Our goal as a rose society is to promote and educate about the cultivation of roses and we have a constantly evolving and growing job!

February 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Peninsula Rose Society started 2017 with a full water table thanks to rain, and wonderfully enthusiastic new members! Four members joined six older members to help Jerry Georgette prune roses at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital rose garden on January 21. Greg and Erin Chadwell, Dean Chen, Jenny Tsao, and old hands Barry and Brian Johnson, Mamie Zimbelman, Weldon and I helped cull out crossing branches and clean up fully grown roses. We left a garden with roses still needing work, so Jerry would be glad for extra time from anyone interested. Give him a ring or just drop by with your tools and fill up a container with cuttings!

Welcome also to our new members Patricia Radley from the Atherton Garden Club, Ella Chen as well as Dean Chen who are helping us set up the Quarryhill trip, Jenny Tsao, and Noni Noughton. When you meet them, be sure to ask them about their gardens.

Redwood City’s Orchard Supply invited Consulting Rosarian Stu Dalton to demonstrate pruning techniques with Anne Quincy, Pam Schenk and us on Saturday Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. Summerwinds Nursery in Palo Alto invited CR Marie Hubbell and volunteers such as Pam Schenk and Erin Chadwell to demonstrate pruning on February 4. These members are so willing to share. It is a great feeling to know your skills can help someone work on their roses, because pruning is such a vital part of the renewing process every year.

While at these nurseries, consider purchasing Weeks bare root roses at Orchard, order from catalogues or call our supporting nursery Wegman’s on Woodside Road, Regans in Fremont, and Summerwinds Nursery for Star bare roots. Having something new in your garden to replace something not thriving is so exciting. This will lead right into the topic of our February 21 speaker, Jolene Adams, on “New Rose Introductions”. Save a spot for something new! As roses require less water than grass does, you can plan to “shovel prune” and give yourself a new color, type, or scent to reinvigorate your garden. Our list of “Favorite Roses of the Peninsula Rose Society” has been revised and reprinted. Pick one up or ask Pam Schenk for an email copy if you want something someone else has found rewarding.

We will have a thrilling opportunity on Saturday, March 25, for a field trip to Quarry Hill Botanical Garden in Glen Allen, California, to hear a world-famous hybridizer, Ping Lim, discuss the history of roses from China. We may not all get into the lecture, but we can surely enjoy a docent-led tour of this garden of rare and endangered plants from Asia grown amid ponds, waterfalls, and woodlands. See the website and register, pay the $20/adult admission fee and say you are from PRS. On February 21, I will send around a list for people to consider carpooling.

Our tentative plan is to get to the garden by 9:30 am, listen to the lecture, and then go on a docent tour and meet together for a self-provided picnic lunch. Bring water and a hat besides your lunch. Children under 12 get in free, and even our children, one of whom was a horticulture graduate student, wants to come. So, we may be distracted by our grandkids. For those still willing, wine tasting is available in the area for an afternoon excursion on your own. Eleanor Rakonitz has contacted speakers for a range of topics for this year’s programs. Look at the list of programs and dates and see if you can bring a friend or neighbor who enjoys plants to join you.

In April, we usually start our own monthly rose shows. We have been talking instead about an unjudged display. Maybe learning how to show our roses. Is this appealing? If so, tell us and we can consider how to use our time together to help each other improve our knowledge on how to show roses.

We can use our May program to help each other. Jim Crowther will give us some arrangement ideas and we can practice on them as well.

Jim again is selling Apex once-a-year granular fertilizer in 5 lb. bags for $15. I found it useful for my minis. Call or write Jim by email and he will bring a bag for you on February 21. Late February to March is not too late to fertilize. Scratch the fertilizer into the soil and water the plants well.

This is the time to put in brand-new bare root plants, watch the new growth start, and rub off those shoots that are headed into the center of the plant. See what new starters you have made and which ones look like you will have something to share this summer during a cutting exchange! Bulbs are pushing up, lilies are swelling, acacia scents heady in the air. What anticipation grips us!

January 2017 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Between showers I hope you had a chance to go outside, take deep breaths of fresh air, and ponder how you want your roses and garden to look in 2017. The delicious meals of 2016 are a memory. The bronze medal of the Peninsula Rose Society was presented to Priya Kamath for outstanding service, the Helper Award was given to Andrew Ferguson, and the Master Rosarian pin was presented to Marie Hubbell by NCNH. They are an inspiration to us all. Barry Johnson’s dedication to the Society as Historian reminded us of our 61-year history and depicted the past year’s programs and speakers.

Now we check: tetanus shots up to date? Tools sharpened and oiled? Long leather gloves, by-pass pruners, long-handled loppers, collapsible saw, and hand rake ready in a bucket? We are ready to bend using our knees, stretch and lift loads of pruned cuttings into the green waste containers—-all exercises which aid flexibility and strength. We prune long canes down 1/2 or 1/3rd to an outside bud, remove crossing and weak branches, and leave 6 or so canes for average bushes. Climbers and minis require different criteria. This is our pruning season.

If you would prepare some gallon pots with damp compost and save some cuttings of some of your roses no longer under patent, we could have a cutting exchange among ourselves next summer! Dab some root hormone on strong canes with several nodes for root growth, use a sharpened pencil to make a channel for each cutting, and put 2- 3 of the same variety in a compost-filled pot. Keep moist and in partial shade. I am planning to try to propagate some of my old rose varieties which are long past patent protection. Perhaps some of you would like to start some of these roses. Their fragrance is wonderful!

We would appreciate some volunteers in January to help our Consulting Rosarians demonstrate pruning techniques at local nurseries. We will announce dates and times in January. Jerry Georgette would appreciate your help pruning at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital rose garden on Saturdays in January especially Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. You may share your expertise and tools with a veteran or use your pruners on many bush, climber, or mini roses. It is our way of giving back to our communities.

Nov./Dec. 2016 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Why is it important that we belong to the Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii (NCNH) district, the national American Rose Society, and indirectly, the World Federation of Rose Societies? The World Federation held its 2016 meeting in Beijing, China for the first time. That conference kick-started the Chinese into developing not one but at least 3 huge rose gardens for their population, with the goal of having 100,000 roses in each garden! The blooming roses are often in pots and set into huge structures of characters and symbols, beds of solid colors and even the heritage roses of China. If that was the response in China, what will other countries do? Now you can visit those rose gardens when nothing like them existed previously!

Being part of a regional, state, national and international organization gives us local societies access to research and expertise, plant development and sales, and criteria which help us define what members want or need. We use their criteria to show, make arrangements with, and photograph roses. When local societies could not muster the resources or personnel to hold the last NCNH district conference, the district directors took on the job. They asked all societies to contribute. The three-day conference cost $26,000! Five PRS members attended; Jerry Georgette, who helped make the first-ever photography show a huge success, Priya Kamath and Pam Schenk who helped clerk the arrangements, and Weldon and I, who helped clerk in the horticulture show. It was fun and a great learning experience.

Now the district is planning for future classes to help us learn how to enter, judge, and produce shows of our own in the areas of photography and arrangements. To help societies expand the numbers of members who can develop expertise, they will be holding classes next year. Watch for announcements of the classes. We volunteered to host a Consulting Rosarian class next June in our Redwood City Veterans Building. We hope that we can attract many others as well as our own members to step up their game and learn how to be CRs. Please think about making the steps to develop your own knowledge and skills. There is so much to learn and you learn to help yourself and many others.

October 2016 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

As the oranges, reds, and yellows begin to color liquid amber trees and sycamores begin discarding their crispy brown leaves, our thoughts turn to what we have accomplished this year and what is ahead in our rose world. The fall flush is well under way. Some roses are covered in blooms, maybe scorched in their edges if you were strict in your watering budget. Others are smaller but more vibrant than the summer blossoms. Some of us want to show our roses at fall shows, and others simply enjoy cutting them for the house or for friends. Enjoy the scents which perfume foggy mornings as the roses are peaking before winter.

For the second year, we have not succeeded in finding a chairman for a May rose show which Peninsula Rose Society held annually for about 30 years. The Board spent a lot of time discussing the problems of costs, decreased participation, declining membership, and the preparations needed, especially asking judges to set aside time for our show. The Board recommended not hosting a rose show for 2017. If we are asked again by Filoli to set up a rose display, the consensus was to participate and involve even more members. With enough enthusiasm, planning, and participation we can make plans to hold a rose show in 2018! Please help us by volunteering for a rose show planning committee in 2017.

Tomoko Lee held us spellbound as she demonstrated several techniques of oriental flower arrangements using roses, bird of paradise, needle frogs, and a newly cut birch log with a square hole for a vase. Most fascinating was Tomoko’s ability to use unusual or inexpensive bowls for arrangements and use plants and materials from her yard.

The 2017 officers will be installed at the December 20 Holiday potluck dinner by our esteemed District Consulting Rosarian chairman and past-president of ARS, Jolene Adams. Historian Barry Johnson will be providing a program of photos from the year’s activities.

We are fortunate to also have: Hospitality and name tags committee, Estelle Bertolucci

and Marian Vanden Bosch. Jill Ferguson is often helped with desserts by Linda Kowalski, Janet Bohne, and Anne Quincy. These people commit to working together to carry out “the purpose of creating interest and education in the cultivation and exhibition of the rose”.

September 2016 – President’s Message

By Carol Wong, President

Bouquets of roses to Barbara Gordon who substituted for Cynthia Chuang as the speaker for the August 16 membership meeting. Barbara was able to bring an impressive assortment from half of her 170 mini roses to explain how minis were developed, how to grow them, and use them in landscapes. She showed photos of her placing minis in front, polyanthas or floribundas behind them, then hybrid teas, tree roses, and then climbers at the very back to form a deep rose border. She brought handouts describing how to plant minis in lightweight plastic pots with orchid and potting mix, and generously let people select the cuttings she had brought to share. We were so grateful for her excellent program.

Speaking of propagating, Marie Hubbell has been growing cuttings from her amazingly various collection of epiphyllum, roses, succulents, orchids and other plants for our plant table. She transports, displays and sells them to increase our income. She does not count the cost of the pots, soil, and time it takes to grow these treasures from her garden. The white epiphyllum I brought from her had a couple of 8 inch blossoms with long white petals and golden yellow centers of pollen-covered stamens. Beautiful. Try purchasing some of her offerings. She in addition to gardening and judging as a Consulting Rosarian also teaches exercise in Redwood City! Like many of you, she is versatile.

Speakers at the NCNH Conference can expand your knowledge of gardening. Cost to hear the seminars and go to the rose show on Saturday October 1 is $75. Chemical safety, beneficial insects and the plants that attract them, and Polyanthas will be discussed. Dr. James Sproul will be talking about minis and mini floras. You will be able to see old heritage roses and the newest ones being grown in our area, and arrangements of all types as well as photographs, an education in itself.

Some decisions for Peninsula Rose Society must be made in the coming months. Our Board needs an infusion of ideas and enthusiasm to plan and carry out programs, trips, speakers and events for next year. If you would like to become more involved in PRS, please call me at 650-854-6434. We would love your involvement!