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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: Meeting locations will alternate between the Aptos Public Library and in Salinas. 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/

September Meeting

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will hold a monthly meeting devoted to identifying and caring for roses at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pajaro at San Miguel Street, Salinas, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2014.

With cooler weather and shorter days coming on, most roses will begin their fall flush of flowers. Learn how to enhance this blooming period and also conserve water. You’ll gain some pointers on preparing your roses for the winter which will ensure even bigger blooms in the spring. In addition, most garden centers have this season’s potted roses on sale. These roses really want to be in the ground and, although they may not have blooms or buds at the moment, they are likely to do so as soon as they are repotted or planted. Experienced rose growers will review the best way to plant roses for years of enjoyment and give advice as to which roses to avoid. The unique climate of the Central Coast is NOT often the main criteria large chain stores make when offering the public roses for sale.

The meeting will contain two PowerPoint presentations from the American Rose Society which entertainingly help you identify the roses in your yard and learn something about the vast number of roses in cultivation today. The meeting is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to bring in flowers, desserts to share, and raffle items.

A portion of the meeting will be devoted to a consulting rosarian panel which is a free-for-all, question and answer period.

The raffle table is only as good as what comes in the door. However, with the passion for gardening exhibited by most members, the table is likely to be filled with a wide variety of plants, bulbs, and produce. Winners get to pick from the trove of donated items once their ticket is pulled.

Here are the final results from the Monterey Bay Rose Society 34th Annual Rose Show, which was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Alladin Nursery in Watsonville. The weather was perfect, the entries were excellent, and we had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. For a complete report on the show and photos too, click on the link here: 2014 Show results

Meeting Notes from May 29, 2014. President Jim Sauvé opened the meeting with questions for consulting rosarians. Brenda Wood had a question about organic fertilizers and why they don't seem to work. The advice given by several rosarians was to increase the amount of fertilizer applied to the roses. Brenda was also concerned about fertilizing in our drought conditions, but the consensus was to go ahead and fertilize.

MBRS President Jim Sauvé opening the meeting.

Trophies ready for presentations.

A lively discussion about organic fertilizers vs. chemical fertilizers.

Janey and Sherie listening to the fertilizer debate.

Janey starting the trophy presentations.

Janey presenting Marge with her Queen of Show Trophy.
Marge was a multiple winner: Queen of Show, King of Show, King of Minis, and Best Miniature Open Bloom!

Teresa with one of her many certificates for her multiple wins,
which included Floribunda Queen of Show, Dowager Queen of Show, Large Rose in a Bowl, and Best Floribunda Spray!!!

Tomi receiving her certificate and trophy for Best Arrangement
and Best Oriental Arrangement.

Congratulations to all the winners at this year's
MBRS Annual Rose Show!

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Our first Pruning Clinic was held at the MBRS Display Garden at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014. The public turnout was small this year but most of the roses did get pruned with the help the following members: Janey Leonardich, Brenda Wood, John Mahoney, DeeDee Rosenthal, Tomi Edmiston, Jim Saúve, Judy Saúve, Otto Lund, Sherry Driscoll, Marge Callahan, and Kathy Davey. Thank you all for your hard work. To see the before and after photos, click here: MBRS Pruning 2014

The second MBRS Pruning Workshop was held in Santa Cruz at the ProBuild Garden Center on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The event was very well attended with approximately 60+ enthusiastic gardeners. Jim Saúve gave the pruning demonstration assisted by Brenda Wood, and they did an excellent job, fielding a variety of questions on deer control, watering in drought conditions, insect and fungal controls. For photos, click here: ProBuild2014

The third Pruning Clinic was presented by Joe Truskot on January 25, 2014, at Alladin Nursery, which has a beautiful covered patio with lots of attractive garden art surrounding the setting. With twenty people attending, the clinic was educational as well as entertaining. For photos, click here: Alladin2014

McShane's Nursery was the setting for the fourth in the series of the MBRS Pruning Clinics. Unfortunately, attendance was sparse with six people probably because a clinic had been held the week before. Nonetheless, Joe's presentation is always excellent and there is always something new one can learn from the rosarians. For photos, click here: McShane's2014

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If you haven't purchased a copy of Master Consulting Rosarian Joe Truskot's beautiful book, “Central Coast Rose Manual,” which is now in its second printing, it's available for $39.95 by contacting him at (831) 449-7313 or at jtruskot@comcast.net. The book is a “must-have” if you want to grow roses successfully on our central coast.

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