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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/

Please note: No November meeting. Our next meeting will be our Christmas dinner on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Details to be announced.

Meeting Notes from October 29, 2015

Joe Truskot arranged for us to have Dr. Shamit Joseph, the UC Ag Extension Entomologist for Monterey County, as our October speaker. The topic was "Bugs in our Backyard." Dr. Joseph's slide show provided us with photos of the incredible beneficial bugs that are found in our soil and the need to not disrupt the ecology through indiscriminate use of chemicals.

The meeting was held at the Salinas Californian where Joe works as the Features Editor. For refreshments, Joe provided some delicious infused water along with a beautiful bundt cake. We were also treated to an incredible quilt show of Joe's work; yes, he is a multi-talented man!

Business first: President Jim Sauvé presented certificates to our new rosarians, Jim Mahoney and Marge Callahan.

John Mahoney and Marge Callahan, newly certified American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians. Congratulation, John and Marge!

Joe Truskot introducing the speaker of the evening.

Dr. Shamit Joseph speaking on Bugs in Our Backyard.

Dr. Shamit Joseph, UC Ag Extension Entomologist

Audience and Quilt show

Questions for Dr. Joseph

Delicious citrus infused water, cakes and cookies

New rosarian Marge Callahan with Joe Truskot
in front of one of Joe's amazing quilts.

Good to see old friends, master gardeners Tammy and Alicia.

New rosarian John Mahoney and veteran rosarian Otto Lund

Joe Truskot in front of another one of his masterpieces.

Photos by Paul McCollum and Tomi Edmiston

MBRS Display Garden at the Santa Cruz County Fair 2015
For those of you who weren't able to attend this year's fair, here are a few photos to show the magnificent floral display, thanks to Jim & Judy Sauvé and Sally who maintained the roses throughout the year. Also on hand during the fair to answer questions were Marge, Sherry, John, Janey and Tomi. The visitor response was excellent with hundreds coming through to enjoy the roses and their scents. Another unique visitor was a praying mantis that delighted young and old. Click here for: Fair photos

Meeting Notes from August 27, 2015


Brenda Wood brought in divisions from her irises which were available for purchase as a fund raiser for MBRS. She also gave us invaluable tips on planting, feeding, and dividing irises. Thank you, Brenda!

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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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