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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/


(1st Thursday of November)
7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
7:00 PM

Our speaker, Ken Foster of Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, will be available for a presentation on Grey Water Practices, Permaculture & Drought.

This was the best day for him, as he had other engagements already scheduled and the best available date for the library meeting room.

Mark your calendars and invite your friends and any others from other garden groups to attend. We look forward to an evening of new information and discussion of our drought situation.

Meeting Notes from September 25, 2014. September's meeting was held in Salinas with Joe Truskot presenting two ARS slide shows challenging us to identify the beautiful roses depicted. We all enjoyed trying to indentify the roses… taxing for some of us seniors but fun nonetheless! Welcome to the newcomers—it was good to see new faces from the Salinas area. A raffle was held with some unique plants available, and Brenda and Janey brought some outrageous desserts which were enjoyed by all. Next meeting is November 6th in Aptos—hope to see everyone there.

MBRS VP Otto Lund presiding in the absence of Jim Sauvé.

Questions and Answers prior to slide presentation.

Stump the VP

Janey answering questions at the raffle table.


Joe Truskot and the ARS slide presentation

An assortment of plants available on the raffle table.

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Listing of 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


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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