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Welcome to the Monterey Bay Rose Society's web site.

The Monterey Bay Rose Society was founded in 1980 and now has approximately +/– 50 members.

The MBRS presents monthly meetings with interesting programs, publishes a monthly digital newsletter with tips and tricks for growing better roses in our area, plans visits to rose gardens and nurseries, and sponsors an annual rose show in the spring.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month except June, July, November and December. Please Note: Meetings are held at the Aptos Public Library or in Salinas when announced. Our south Salinas location is at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1070 Pajaro Street, Salinas, where we will meet when scheduled. For directions to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, follow the link at: www.stpauls-salinas.org/

The Annual MBRS Christmas Party Potluck was held on December 4, 2016, at Janey's home in Watsonville. We were once again treated to Janey's exquisite Christmas displays throughout her entire home and garden as well. Six trees were decorated in various themes but the highlight was her big tree in the dining room with an assortment of music boxes playing Christmas tunes of course.

The potluck was a big hit with a huge variety of dishes complementing the ham and turkey. Thank you, Otto, for the turkey; and thank you, Janey, for the ham ... both cooked to perfection. And thanks to all the members for bringing your delectible side dishes which were enjoyed by all.

To round out the evening, Joe Ghio was presented with a Bronze Medal for his years of service to the society.

For photos, click here: Xmas 2016

MBRS Pruning Clinics for 2017 are now posted.
Click here for the Schedule of Events.

October 28, 2016 Meeting Notes

Our speaker for the evening was Otto Lund, who spoke on fertilizers, the value of using organic fertilizers, proper application and when to apply it.

JoeOttoJaneyJoe, Otto and Janey

JoeOttoAnswering questions

OttoFertilizersOtto discussing the different fertilizer formulas.

Ladies of the club.

DessertStar of the refreshments. Happy Halloween!

Jolene Adams sent a congratulatory announcement to Joe Truskot for being named 2016 Outstanding Consulting Rosarian for the NCNH District.
Monterey Bay Rose Society is proud to claim Joe as a member of our society, and we recognize all the good works he had done for the club and the community.
Congratulations, Joe!

A day at the 2016 Santa Cruz County Fair

Thanks to Jim and Judy Sauvé for another successful rose garden presentation at the 2016 Santa Cruz County Fair. And thanks to all the members who came out to help prep the garden and greet visitors. The garden was magnificent and visited by a steady stream of visitors who expressed appreciation for the display.
For more photos, click here: 2016Fair

In case you missed the report on our annual rose show, the information is here:

Congratulations to the

Monterey Bay Rose Society on another successful Rose Show, held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Alladin Nursery.
We were blessed with beautiful weather and very little wind.

. . . and Congratulations to Joe Truskot,
who doesn't do things half heartedly.
Joe's incredible roses took top placements
of not only Queen of Show . . . but King of Show as well!
Then he went on to sweep the Old Garden Roses category
by winning Dowager Queen and the Victorian Award!

Joe Truskot with his winning roses,
(L) Queen: Old Timer and (R) King: Secret

Joe Truskot's winning Queen of Show: Old Timer

and another congratulations to our Best in Show winner,
Joe Ghio, with his "Greetings."

The MBRS is blessed with another "Joe" who has been a mentor
to many of us. Joe Ghio with his Best in Show winner, which does not require that it be a Hybrid Tea. In this instance, Greetings is a shrub.
Joe also won Floribunda Queen of Show with Wild West, which has been a perpetual winner for him.

On the Mini side, Marjorie Callahan won both Queen and King!

For the full results of the 36th Annual Rose Show,
click here: MBRS2016Results

For pictures from the show, click here: 2016RoseShowAlbum

For the list of the 36th Annual Rose Show Scores
click here: MBRS2016Scores

A huge thank you to Gustavo Beyer, owner of Alladin Nursery for hosting our show and providing music with Taki Runa (Latin American Folk Ensemble) and The Bornia Boys (Classic Blues), a BBQ of sausages from Corralitos Market, a wine tasting from Sante Arcangeli Vineyards of Corralitos, a jewelry vendor, and a book seller.
For the latest list of roses available at Alladin, click here:
2016 Alladin Nursery Rose List

A special thank you to all the judges who did an efficient
and excellent job judging our roses.
Michael Braun
Ted & Linda Burg
Barbara Gordon
Martine Ham
Betty Mott
Jackie Clark - alternate

And lastly, another heartfelt thank you to all the MBRS members who helped set up the show, to Joe Ghio and his team assisting the judges, to everyone who served as docents answering questions and then cleaning up afterwards. The show couldn't have happened without the team effort.

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