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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/


Please get your dues in for 2015
$25 per household
Due January 31 or you will be dropped from our roster.

Please join today by sending your check to the following address: Monterey Bay Rose Society
Judy Sauve, Treasurer
PO Box 1766
Soquel, CA 95073

Pruning Clinics: Next clinics are in February—February 7 at McShane's in Salinas and February 8 at Alladin Nursery. See Schedule of Events for details.

MBRS kicked off the pruning season with a clinic held at Bokay Nursery in Salinas. Joe Truskot presented the pruning clinic in his rollicking style, keeping the audience laughing while demonstrating his skills at whittling down climbers, floribundas, hybrid teas, landscape roses, shrubs, and miniatures. Other rosarians in attendance, Jim Sauvé, Otto Lund, Janey Leonardich and Brenda Wood participated in the discussion by interjecting their expertise when appropriate. The clinic was well attended with approximately 40 people despite the chilly weather. A gas heater helped to take the chill off the enclosed patio. Bokay had a refreshment table set up with pastries, coffee and tea, which was much appreciated by everyone. More photos from Bokay Clinic, click here: Bokay Clinic

January 10 & 11: The pruning clinic at the MBRS Display Garden in the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds was well attended this year because of excellent newspaper coverage. Again Joe Truskot gave his presentation at the Saturday clinic and Jim, Otto and Janey ran the clinic on Sunday. Click here for photos from the MBRS Display Garden. MBRS Display Garden

January 17: Alladin Nursery is always an excellent venue for our pruning clinic, and owner Gustavo Beyer is a welcoming host. Joe Truskot presented his pruning techniques assisted by Jim Sauvé and Janey Leonardich. The clinic concluded with Brenda Wood sharing her "gopher terminator" secrets. Click here for photos: AlladinPruning2015

January 24: San Lorenzo Garden Center was the hosting nursery for our MBRS pruning clinic, and the turnout was fantastic. I always expect to see returning attendees but this was a whole new audience. Joe Truskot was able to demonstrate a wide assortment of pruning challenges from the hybrid tea, floribunda and tree rose to a large climber against a shed and onto a climber trained over a trellis. Brenda Wood presented her gopher trapping techniques, and Jim Sauvé and Janey Leonardich gave tips on how to protect your roses from deer. Click here for photos: San Lorenzo Pruning

See Schedule of Events for a listing of all other clinics.


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MBRS Meeting Notes from Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Aptos Public Library with a presentation by Joe Ghio: “The Clip Job—Anyone Can Prune a Rose.” Jim Sauvé opened the meeting with a brief demo of how he uses his favorite sharpening tool by Corona. Joe Ghio then showed his technique for pruning roses on a miniature rose. He spoke of how he splits and propagates miniature roses— something that is rarely covered by most rose books. As a special treat, Joe also dug up and brought in roses from his garden that were duplicates, ones that he tired of or was not fond of, which we were then able to buy for $1 each. Thank you, Joe.

President Jim opening the meeting and
showing us how to use his favorite sharpening tool.

Joe discussing the roses he found in Australia and New Zealand and how he was able to finally put a name to a McGredy rose he owns that is no longer available in the US.


Joe comparing the merits of his 3 for $5 gloves vs a pair of
West County “real rose gloves” that were gifted to him.

The miniature rose “Ruby” before its “clip job.”

“Ruby“ pruned and ready to be split in two.
Joe recommends splitting miniatures on a yearly basis
and repotting them into one-gallon pots.

JoeFingerPruningThe finer points of finger pruning on "Light My Fire."

The importance of clearing out the center of a rose.

Showing us which buds will never produce flowers, the importance of removing them and directing energy to the tips.

For more meeting photos, courtesy of Paul McCollum,
click here: Meeting Photos

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A Special Thank You, Janey, for hosting one of the best ever MBRS Christmas Parties in her home! Her house was decorated to the max and easily put Martha Stewart to shame! She had a total of six (6!!!) Christmas trees fully loaded with colorful ornaments collected over the years and lighted lawn ornaments to enjoy on our way out. On top of this, Janey and Otto cooked the ham and turkey to perfection. There were twenty members who attended the party, and the dishes they brought to the feast were a gourmand's delight. Thank you to everyone who attended. There was no excuse to go home hungry and it's doubtful that anyone did. For those of you who weren't able to attend, we missed you and hope to see you in the new year. For photos from the 2014 Christmas Party, click here: 2014Xmas

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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