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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/

***Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. Location and Speaker TBA.

***Work Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, MBRS Display Garden. The remaining fence posts need to be installed and wired. Strong, able-bodied persons needed!

Smart Gardening Fair

MBRS will have a booth and need volunteers to help man the booth. Two hour shifts are all we ask—please call or email Janey [(831) 722-7958 or sweeete940@gmail.com] and let her know if you are available to help.

April 4, 2015
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Carmel Crossroads Shopping Village at the corner of Rio Road and Highway 1 in Carmel. Lots of parking available.

There will be speakers and demonstrations throughout the day on a variety of topics:
Rainwater Harvesting, Beneficial Insects,
Fermenting Your Harvest.
Go to mbmg.org for full schedule of events.

MBRS 35th Annual Rose Show

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Alladin Nursery
2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA
Rose Exhibitors Entry at 7:00 a.m.
Open to the Public at 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Consulting Rosarian School

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Knights of Columbus Hall
230 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person

The CR school is open to all who want to take the exam; we will also have room for those wishing to attend but not take the test. There is a fee for all attending.

For those of you taking the test, please have a copy of the most recent CR Manual with you. It can be downloaded from the ARS website: www.rose.org

We also need members who are not taking the test to help in the kitchen prepping the continental breakfast and the potluck Luncheon as well as with clean-up.
Please let Janey know if you are available.

Meeting Notes from March 26, 2015: Jim Sauvé opened the meeting and introduced our lovely speaker for the evening—Jolene Adams. For those of you who don't know, Jolene is the current President of the American Rose Society and resides across the bay from us. We were fortunate that she was available to come speak to us on a problem that will be plaguing all of us this year—The Drought! She gave us numerous water-saving and landscaping tips and stressed the importance of compost and slow irrigation to get water down into the delicate root zone to help our roses survive. Thank you, Jolene, for your interesting presentation and for sharing your knowledge.

MBRS President Jim Sauvé introducing our speaker for the evening.

Our speaker for the evening:
Jolene Adams, President of the American Rose Society.

Marge and Jolene


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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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