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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/

Monterey Bay Rose Society presents its Annual Rose Show
Saturday, April 30, 2016–This year's theme is:

“California Dreaming”A Celebration of Roses

Location: Alladin Nursery and Gifts
2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, CA 95076

Rose Show opens at 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

“Fill your senses with the colors and fragrances of hundreds of home-grown roses on display! Members of the Monterey Bay Rose Society will be available to answer all your rose questions.

The nursery will be filled with gorgeous plants
and a full selection of roses for your garden.

For the latest list of roses available at Alladin, click here:
2016 Alladin Nursery Rose List

Schedule of events:
11:00 - 2:00 • Taki Runa (Latin American Folk Ensemble)
2:00 - 5:00 • The Bornia Boys (Classic Blues)
Wine Tasting • Sante Arcangeli Vineyards, Corralitos
Come sample the delicious sausages from Corralitos Market

For more information, contact: Janey Leonardich at (831) 722-7958
or Gustavo Beyer of Alladin Nursery at (831) 724-7517

Classes for the rose show are listed in the Horticultural Program.
You will need the following lists to assist you in placing your roses in the correct classes and to see the rules for disqualifications.
To download the 2016 Rose Show Horticultural Program, click here:
MBRS 2016 Hort Program

To download the 2016 Rose Show Arrangement Rules, click here:
MBRS 2016 Arrangements Rules


Meeting Notes from March 31, 2016. Janey Leonardich opened the meeting in the absence of President Jim Sauvé. PLEASE NOTE: Because we have a rose show at the end of April, no meeting will held in April. Janey brought in a huge display of roses from her garden; one in particular caught everyone's eye and was later identified as "Burning Desire," an almost black rose similar to Black Magic.

Janey explaining the finer points of exhibiting roses.

A small sampling of Janey's beautiful roses.

Janey reminded everyone that vases and labels are available ahead of time and can be picked up from either Judy Sauvé or Janey...just give them a call.

Joe Ghio and Brenda Wood enjoying the refreshments.

New attendees hopefully will become new members.

Sally and Judy, MBRS' rose garden caretakers extraordinaire

Pruning Clinic at McShane Nursery in Salinas

The pruning clinic held on February 20, 2016, at McShane Nursery was presented by Joe Truskot. The Herald had the time listed as 1:30 instead of our usual 10:00 a.m. start time, so only a couple of people showed up. Marge Callahan, John Mahoney and Tomi Edmiston were on hand as well, and John marveled at how when we listen in on Joe's presentations, we always learn something new. Some of the questions posed were what part of the rose do you use to make rose jelly. Joe's depth of knowledge is remarkable as he explained how to use the rose hip and petals for various concoctions from tea to jelly. He also explained how to propagate the rose and how to prune a landscape rose as well as the usual hybrid teas and tree roses. For photos, click here: McShane2016

Central Park Memorial Rose Garden Pruning Clinic

The pruning clinic on January 30, 2016, at the Central Park Memorial Rose Garden in Salinas was an informal affair with a handful of folks showing up for, in essence, a private lesson from Joe Truskot. Jim Sauvé, Janey Leonardich, Brenda Wood, Marge Callahan, John Mahoney and Tomi Edmiston all pitched in to make short work of the 25 rose bushes that needed pruning. The garden is neatly laid out with walking paths and is heavily composted with cedar chips which seemed to help keep the weeds to a minimum. Joe brought alfafa pellets and epsom salts to apply to the roses which hopefully will flourish this coming year. To see photos, click here: MemorialPark2016

We had a Pruning Clinic double header on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th with the first one held at the San Lorenzo Garden Center in Santa Cruz. Attendance was excellent with about 35 people. Joe Truskot, Master Rosarian, gave the presentation, assisted by Jim Sauvé, Otto Lund, Janey Leonardich and Brenda Wood, who gave her tips on how to trap gophers. To see photos, click here: San Lorenzo2016

On Sunday, Bokay Nursery hosted a clinic in Salinas, again with a full house and presented by Joe Truskot. Rosarians Janey Leonardich and Otto Lund assisted. For photos, click here: Bokay2016


Alladin Nursery Pruning Clinic was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, presented by Joe Truskot and assisted by Jim Sauvé, Otto Lund, and Janey Leonardich. For photos from the clinic, click here: Alladin2016

Pruning Clinic at the Monterey Display Garden in the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Saturday, January 9, 2016, was the start of the MBRS Pruning Clinics. With rain threatening the entire day, only a handful of folks showed up for the clinic; but our faithful members carried on and started the arduous task of pruning and cleaning the garden. Sunday, January 10, 2016, presented a much warmer and clearer day. About ten people showed up to learn the basics of pruning, presented by Jim Sauvé both days. Jim also gave a mini class to Marge and Brenda on how to change blades on their pruning shears. Thank you to the hearty members who lent their hands to the annual cleanup. To see a few snapshots from the day, click here: SC Pruning 2016.

Monterey Bay Rose Society Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner - Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the home of Janey Leonardich. Once again we were treated to a fantastic xmas gathering at Janey's home, decorated in unbelieveable splendor! Every nook and crany had a touch of holiday decor so creatively done. Otto and Joyce Lund cooked two turkeys, one smoked and the other roasted–so delicious! Janey cooked a scrumptious ham, molded a Santa cranberry dish and made a delicious caramel flan for dessert. Sides were provided by our other members...we are so lucky to have so many gourmet cooks in our membership. Sally (sorry I don't have her last name) was awarded a "Gung ho" award for all the hard work she has done this past year, helping Judy and Jim maintain the MBRS Display Garden. Sherry Driscoll was awarded this year's Bronze Award for all her hard work for the society. And Jim Sauvé (lucky guy) won the raffle prize of a $25 gift card to Alladin Nursery. I apologize for some of my blurry photos but I guess it's better than none! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone. To see photos, click here: MBRSXmas2015

Meeting Notes from February 26, 2016. Joe Truskot arranged a meeting for us at the Salinas Californian with the Ag Adviser from the UC Ag Extension in Salinas, Mr. Richard Smith. The topic was "Weeds" and the turnout was excellent with lots of questions and answers on how to control weeds that are found in this area.

Joe Truskot opening the meeting with an incentive for folks to sign up for the newspaper with prizes.

The beautiful quilts on the walls are the results of Joe Truskots' handiwork . . . worth visiting the office just to see the quilts.


Joe Truskot introducing the speaker for the evening.

Richard Smith, Ag Adviser and expert on weeds

Mr. Smith answered questions about Spring weeds, Summer weeds, and eradication methods including chemical, physical, and "peace" with weeds. Many of us are plagued with buttercup oxalis among the many weeds found locally, and his solution is heavily composting until the weeds are exhausted. In the studies done by the Ag scientists, they found caches of oxalis nutlets and discovered that gophers had built these stores.

Thank you, Joe Truskot, for providing refreshments. Many of our guests expressed their appreciation.

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A reminder that the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is fast approaching—March 16-20, 2016. If you want to save money, buy your early bird tickets online for only $17.50. The regular price is $22 after Feb. 28th or at the door. http://sfgardenshow.com

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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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