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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 Rose Pruning Clinic is scheduled for February 20, 2016, Saturday • 10 a.m. to 12 noon • McShane's Nursery, 115 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908 • (831) 455-1876

See Schedule of Events for the list of scheduled Pruning clinics.

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 January 28, 2016. Our veteran rosarian, Joe Ghio, gave his pruning demonstration to an enthusiastic audience. Even though some of us have seen and heard his presentation before, we always come away with tips and secrets to pruning the Ghio way. Joe generously donated his miniature roses for sale at $1 each for the MBRS fundraiser. Joe's minis are coveted and can be counted on to grow successfully if you feed and water them faithfully. Because he plants his minis in one-gallon pots, he practices what he preaches by watering daily and feeding weekly. No wonder he has such success with his roses. Thank you, Joe, for your presentation.

MBRS President Jim Sauvé opening the meeting.

Jim presented Sherri Driscoll with the ARS Bronze Honor Medal to honor her for all the hard work she has done for our club. Congratulations, Sherri.

Joe Ghio showed the tools he finds to be essential for rose pruning.

Joe pruning with lopers to get rid of old diseased wood.

Getting ready to tackle a floribunda.

What's left of a Brilliant Pink Iceberg tree rose, pruned Ghio style.

Joe explaining the importance of symmetry, balance
and the growth habit of the rose you are pruning.

Questions and Answers.

Janey Leonardich brought her batch of scrumptious lemon bars for refreshments, Brenda Wood brought in a delicious cake, and Tomi Edmiston brought in a nuts and fruit mix for those of us who can't handle the gluten.

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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