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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/

August Meeting

Presentation of Trophies & Certificates for winners
at the Annual MBRS Rose Show in April 2016.

Location: Aptos Public Library
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.


Yes, its that time of year…the Santa Cruz County Fair! Judy has asked for a work-day at the MBRS Display Rose Garden at the fairgrounds. September 10 & 11 at 10 a.m. We will meet at the rose garden and tidy up the flower beds, clean the benches and deadhead the roses. Bring your pruners, rakes, loppers and help out. We only ask that you help for a couple of hours.

Congratulations to the
Monterey Bay Rose Society on another successful Rose Show, held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Alladin Nursery.
We were blessed with beautiful weather and very little wind.

. . . and Congratulations to Joe Truskot,
who doesn't do things half heartedly.
Joe's incredible roses took top placements
of not only Queen of Show . . . but King of Show as well!
Then he went on to sweep the Old Garden Roses category
by winning Dowager Queen and the Victorian Award!

Joe Truskot with his winning roses,
(L) Queen: Old Timer and (R) King: Secret

Joe Truskot's winning Queen of Show: Old Timer

and another congratulations to our Best in Show winner,
Joe Ghio, with his "Greetings."

The MBRS is blessed with another "Joe" who has been a mentor
to many of us. Joe Ghio with his Best in Show winner, which does not require that it be a Hybrid Tea. In this instance, Greetings is a shrub.
Joe also won Floribunda Queen of Show with Wild West, which has been a perpetual winner for him.

On the Mini side, Marjorie Callahan won both Queen and King!

For the full results of the 36th Annual Rose Show,
click here: MBRS2016Results

For pictures from the show, click here: 2016RoseShowAlbum

For the list of the 36th Annual Rose Show Scores
click here: MBRS2016Scores

A huge thank you to Gustavo Beyer, owner of Alladin Nursery for hosting our show and providing music with Taki Runa (Latin American Folk Ensemble) and The Bornia Boys (Classic Blues), a BBQ of sausages from Corralitos Market, a wine tasting from Sante Arcangeli Vineyards of Corralitos, a jewelry vendor, and a book seller.
For the latest list of roses available at Alladin, click here:
2016 Alladin Nursery Rose List

A special thank you to all the judges who did an efficient
and excellent job judging our roses.
Michael Braun
Ted & Linda Burg
Barbara Gordon
Martine Ham
Betty Mott
Jackie Clark - alternate

And lastly, another heartfelt thank you to all the MBRS members who helped set up the show, to Joe Ghio and his team assisting the judges, to everyone who served as docents answering questions and then cleaning up afterwards. The show couldn't have happened without the team effort.


Meeting Notes from March 31, 2016. Janey Leonardich opened the meeting in the absence of President Jim Sauvé. PLEASE NOTE: Because we have a rose show at the end of April, no meeting will held in April. Janey brought in a huge display of roses from her garden; one in particular caught everyone's eye and was later identified as "Burning Desire," an almost black rose similar to Black Magic.

Janey explaining the finer points of exhibiting roses.

A small sampling of Janey's beautiful roses.

Janey reminded everyone that vases and labels are available ahead of time and can be picked up from either Judy Sauvé or Janey...just give them a call.

Joe Ghio and Brenda Wood enjoying the refreshments.

New attendees hopefully will become new members.

Sally and Judy, MBRS' rose garden caretakers extraordinaire

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