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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 Aptos and Salinas. Our member, John Mahoney, has found us a meeting location in south Salinas: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1070 Pajaro Street, Salinas, where we will meet in the Choir Room when scheduled. For directions to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, follow the link at: www.stpauls-salinas.org/

Next scheduled MBRS meeting date is Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - Aptos Public Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 • Topic: Getting ready to show your roses. Master rosarians will demonstrate how to prep your roses for exhibition, explain what the judges are looking for in a rose or arrangements, and answer any and all questions you may have. Volunteers needed for refreshments.

Are you getting your roses ready for the upcoming MBRS Rose Show? It's time to start feeding and disbudding your roses.

Monterey Bay Rose Society 34th Annual Rose Show
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Where: Alladin Nursery • 2905 Freedom Blvd • Watsonville, CA
Time: Exhibitors only at 7:00 a.m.
Judging at 9:00 a.m.
Open to public at 12:00 noon
Show schedule to be released at later date
Contact Janey Leonardich at 831-722-7958


Meeting Notes from March 27, 2014. Speaker for the evening was our own MBRS Master Rosarian Joe Truskot, who spoke on the care and feeding of roses during our current drought conditions.

Master Rosarian Joe Truskot; Treasurer Judy Sauvé.

Joe explaining growing conditions during a drought,
recommending the use of heavy mulches,
and cutting back on fertilizers.

A slide from Joe's presentation

Otto, John, and new members Dan and Vicky.

Judy and Marge getting the room ready for a slide show.

A discussion about coping with fungal diseases and deer problems.

Otto sharing information. John in background. The meeting was moved into a smaller, more intimate room which worked out fine.

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For those of you who weren't able to attend our 33rd Annual MBRS Rose Show, you can click here to read all about it: 2013 Show Results

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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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