2021 Calendar of Events

Open Meetings   7pm to 9pm

VIA Zoom – Link sent out in advance to members only

Tuesday April 20

Topic –“All the Questions Afraid to ask about Growing Roses”

Panel of experienced members

Celebrating our early years
Review of Rose Sales in May

Tuesday June 15

Topic – “Earth-Kind Gardens“

Alex Henderson – Royal Botanical Gardens

Celebrating 20th+ 1 Anniversary of Memorial Rose Garden

Tuesday July 6

Garden Party and Rose Show  6:30 pm

Hosts – TBA, Members only

Tuesday August 10

Garden Party , 6:30 pm

Hosts – TBA, Members only

Tuesday September 21

Topic – “For Love of a Rose”

 Speaker – Dr. Joe Shorthouse

Tuesday October 19

Topic – “Little Ladies in the Garden”

Speaker – Dale Lovering, Miniature roses

Entries for Photo Competition,  (digital or prints)

Annual Meeting

Annual Rose Sale

Are you ready for the Huronia Rose Society’s Annual Rose Sale? We certainly hope so!!


  • Roses are $25 each or 3/$65 (must purchase 3 roses for bundle-pricing)
  • Austin Roses are $30 each (marked with * below)
  • Taxes included

Pre book today and payment will be received on pick up day in May. Full details on pick up to follow in the spring.

Contact Michelle Lynch :  lynchfam@sympatico.ca or Call: 705-325-4143

ROSE SELECTIONS – full descriptions below the images (Austin Roses are marked with *)

Aurora Borealis™ The newest rose in the 49th Parallel Collection – released in 2021.The bright dancing lights of the aurora are captured in the blooming clusters of this dramatic sunset pink rose set against dark green and glossy foliage. no fragrance. Black spot resistance and winter hardy across Canada. Height 3ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose 49TH Parallel Collection

Canada Blooms Stunning, large 3”, pink, hybrid tea type blooms with a lovely fragrance, rich deep green foliage. Grown under the same Canadian Rose Breeding Program that developed the genetics for Emily Carr, Félix LeClerc, Bill Reid, and Campfire rose. Disease resistant. Hardy to zone 3. Height 3ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose

Canadian Shield™ Made in Canada. The first rose released in the 49th Parallel Collection coincided with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Vivid red 3” blooms and glossy green foliage that blooms from late June until heavy frost. Repeat bloomer. Mildly fragrant. Resistant to black spot and powdery mildew. Hardy to zone 3a.Height 5ft. Width 4ft.Floribunda Rose. 49th Parallel Collection

Carefree Celebration The latest addition in the popular “Carefree” series stands apart in the landscape with its unique color that is even stronger in hot, humid climates. Medium green matte foliage. Superior disease resistance. Semi double clusters of striking orange 2-3” blooms. Long blooming and lightly fragrant. Hardy to zone 4. Height 4ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose

Chinook Sunrise™ The second addition to Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection in 2019. Blooms with a riot of exotic coral colours from deep coral to pale pink. Glossy green foliage. Low-maintenance, lightly fragrant, black spot tolerant, resistant to powdery mildew and winter hardy. Repeat bloomer displaying all bloom stages at one time. Hardy to zone 3. Height 4ft. Width 4ft.Shrub rose. 49th Parallel Collection

Coral Drift Bright, coral-orange blooms cover this small mounding shrub from mid-spring to mid-fall. The Coral Drift® Rose has vibrant flowers that catch your eye from anywhere. They are fully winter hardy, disease resistant as well as heat and drought tolerant. Hardy to zone 4. Height 1½ft. Width 2½ft

Coral Knock Out A compact shrub that produces abundant clusters of bright coral double flowers up to 2.5” across. The unique coral colour is even stronger in hot, humid climates. It blooms from spring through fall and maintains an upright to rounded habit. Black spot resistant. Young foliage is bronze red turning medium green. Flowers are followed by orange/ red rose hips. Brick orange fading to coral. Abundant and continuous flowering. Bushy and upright. On average 4½’ h x 4½’ w. Medium green, matte foliage. Zone:  5–11

Double Knock Out Exquisitely rich, cherry-red, up to 3” double flowers provide a continuous show of colour from June to hard frost. Lightly scented blooms. Self-cleaning,great disease resistance. Attractive dark green glossy foliage emerges burgundy in the spring. Rich burgundy leaves and bright orange-red hips add colour to extend the season. Compact rounded habit. Height 3-4ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose

Glowing Peace Clusters of golden amber blooms with petals suffused with melon-orange for a delicious colour in the landscape. Dark red and yellow rounded buds open to blooms that are 3-4” in diameter. Moderately fragrant. Disease resistant, shiny dark green foliage turns burgundy in the fall. Height 3-4ft. Width 2-3ft. Grandiflora Rose

Henry Fonda Long, pointed buds open into distinct, large 3-4” stunning deep yellow blooms. Mild fruity fragrance. Flowers are excellent for cutting.This tall bush is vigorous and free blooming. Dark green glossy foliage. Height 4-5 ft. Width 4ft. Hybrid Tea Rose

Julia Child Buttery gold, fully double, cupped old fashioned 3” blooms, are borne on a plant with a perfectly rounded habit. Continuously blooming with a lovely licorice clove fragrance. Glossy, medium green leaves. Great disease resistance. Hardy to zone 5. Height 2-3ft. Width 2ft. Floribunda Rose

Kosmos Fairy Tale Large clusters of lovely ivory white rosettes on a beautiful glossy green foliage. Medium fragrant, 3-4” scented blooms are very full. Hardy and disease resistant. Repeat bloomer. Ranked ‘superior’ at New York Botanical Garden, 2009. Height 3-4ft. Width 3ft. Floribunda Rose

Lichfield Angel* Beautiful at all stages, bearing large, creamy apricot fading to white, fully double, dome-shaped rosettes. Light clove fragrance. Rounded growth habit. This rose demonstrates the pure perfection of the English Musks at their best. Height 4ft. Width 3ft. English Shrub Rose. Austin Series

Oscar Peterson This is another rose released as part of the Canadian Artists Series. The rose is upright in habit with clean glossy dark green foliage. The large semi-double flowers are cream coloured in bud, opening to a pure white with a centre of yellow stamens. A very good repeat bloomer and exceptionally disease resistant. This rose, like the rest of the roses in this series, is certain to become a popular addition to many Canadian gardens and landscapes due to its outstanding beauty and hardiness to zone 3. Height 3-4ft. Width 2ft. Canadian Artist Series

Othello* Clusters of massive cup-shaped flowers, filled with petals of a dusky deep crimson, mingled with a variety of light red shades that age to purple.It grows tall and vigorous, with dark green foliage and many thorns. A striking and unusual rose that is very hardy with a strong, rich old rose fragrance.Height 4ft. Width 3ft. Hardy to zone 4a. English Shrub Rose. Austin Series

Peach Drift® Rose one of the most floriferous dwarf shrubs available. Soft peach blooms cover the plant from mid-spring to the first hard freeze of late fall. The mature plant is approximately 2’ by 1½’ and exhibits strong disease resistance. Peach Drift Rose produces floriferous, soft peach blooms that are double, self-cleaning, small sized, 15-20 petals over clean, very disease resistant, medium to dark green foliage flowering from mid-spring to mid-fall. Zones: 4–11 | Exposure: Full sun | Habit: 1½’ h x 2’ w

Pink Double Knock Out A bushy shrub with bright, double, bubble gum pink flowers, up to 3” across. This rose is very stable and unfazed by the heat. Classically shaped flowers bloom from early spring to the first frost. This plant has superior drought tolerance once established. Black spot resistant. Dark mossy green foliage. Flowers are followed by decorative red/ orange rose hips. Bright pink. Abundant and continuous flowering. Bushy. On average  3–4’ h x 3–4’ w. Deep, mossy green foliage. Zone:  5–11

Port Sunlight* A charming rose with deep rich apricot, quartered rosette-shaped blooms. There is a strong rich tea fragrance. A vigorous upright shrub. An excellent and reliable variety. Height 5ft. Width 3ft. English Shrub Rose. Austin Series

Rose-Marie* This sport of ‘Heritage’ has small clusters of beautiful fragrant, 2-3” white blooms with shell pink centres. Strong bushy growth habit, hardy repeat bloomer that needs full sun and well drained soil. Height 4ft. Width 4ft. Hardy to zone 5. English Shrub Rose. Austin Series

Royal Bonica Tall, upright disease resistant plant. Long arching canes produce clusters of rich dark buds opening to vivid pink double blooms with ruffled, slightly cupped petals and a mild sweet fragrance. Long bloom time often flowering in the fall. The foliage is semi glossy medium green. The plant produces bright red rose hips that last until the following spring. Hardy to zone 4. Height 4ft. Width 3ft. Floribunda Rose

Sonnenwelt® Grows vibrant clusters of apricot blooms imbued in a rich fragrance. The dark pink buds open to cupped and richly coloured apricot blooms which are slightly scalloped as they fully open. Repeat bloomer from June until frost. Disease resistant. Height 4-5ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose

Sweet Drift® forms full clusters of sweet pink blooms from mid-spring to the first hard freeze of late fall. Sweet Drift Rose produces abundant, clear pink, doubled flowers, self-cleaning, small sized, 30-35 petals over clean, very disease resistant, very glossy green foliage flowering from mid-spring to mid-fall.
Zones: 4–11 | Exposure: Full sun | Habit: 1½’ h x 2½’ w

Tabris Clusters of lightly scented, long lasting, 2-3” blooms of pure white petals with blazing raspberry edges. Vigorous, tall, upright growth. Blooming from early summer to early fall. Dark green foliage turns yellow in the fall. Mild fragrance. Hardy to zone 5. Height 5ft. Width 2ft. Floribunda Rose

Winnipeg Parks Clusters of medium-red, slightly fluorescent blooms, on a low dense bush. A good bedding and landscape rose with red-tinged leaves in the fall. Lightly scented. Continuous blooming from June until frost. Hardy to zone 2b. Height 3ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose. Parkland Series

SOLD OUT (sorry)Apricot Drift The Apricot Drift® Rose exhibits a true groundcover habit. Double apricot colored flowers begin in spring and display a season-long show of color. Slight fragrance. It is just as tough and disease resistant as others in the Drift® series. It is well suited for small gardens or along paths and walkways. Hardy to zone 4. Height 1½ft. Width 2½ft. Shrub Rose

SOLD OUT (sorry) – Emily Carr The first rose in the Canadian Artists™ Series. Rich dark red blooms on a very hardy shrub with excellent disease resistance. Blooms from spring to late summer. Light fragrance. Upright growth habit. Dark green foliage turns yellow in the fall. Hardy to zone 3. Height 5ft. Width 3ft. Shrub Rose. Canadian Artists Series

SOLD OUT (sorry) – Galway Bay Vigorous climbing rose with a profusion of clustered, very double, coral pink, cup shaped 4” blooms with dark green foliage. Fragrant. Blooming from late spring until frost. Height 10-12ft. Width 5-6ft. Climbing Rose

Rose Petal News – December 2020

Seasons Greetings to all fellow Rosarians

 I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been quite a year for all of us.
Little did we know in March that we would be going so long without seeing each other in person,
just sending wishes of safety to each other online.
In preparing to write this, I was reading over the newsletter from last Christmas, and I was happy
to see that the roses were still budding til the first snowfall last year as well – a friendly reminder
that nature provides us with a little bit of normal in an otherwise very unusual year. Remembering
that the roses are so consistent helps us to accept that, even though we had to postpone all our plans
and meetings for the year, the beauty of our roses will continue, and we will still have much to talk about when we can meet in person again. We do hope that in 2021 we will be able to properly celebrate the 40+1 year anniversary of the Huronia Rose Society.
The positive that has come out of all this is that we have all learned to “think outside of the box”. We had a distanced garden visit at Michelle Lynch’s, and we’ve been sharing our garden beauty on our Facebook page. For many of us, all of this online technology was completely unfamiliar before now, but the Executive had a successful Zoom meeting, and we will continue to meet in this way over the coming year. We are planning on having our general meetings by Zoom and will be able to include our speakers in this format this as well. There will be more information on what this will look like in the Spring Newsletter, so please do remember to renew your memberships for next year so that you continue joining the conversation and learning about rose care with us.

I would like to say thank you to Lynne Melnyk for taking on the role of producing our newsletter, since Janice and her husband, Tim, have moved down East. Needless to say, Janice is very busy as well as now President of the Canadian Rose Society, so we are very grateful to Lynne for stepping up with her skills for this project.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, even with smaller gathering sizes, and hoping you stay safe and stay well so that we can all get together again soon.
Take care,
Virginia Foster

Greetings from the Canadian Rose Society

The year 2020 is a year to forget, but it will not be forgotten. We have learned to live in a different world and to focus on what is important, like family and friends. As the new year approaches, we must remain positive and continue to work together and not let Covid totally control our lives.
The CRS had its first AGM in years, this year. Zoom enabled us to conduct the meeting with close to forty members in attendance from across Canada. Everyone was happy to see each other and to take a few minutes to socialize. Highlights of the meeting included the introduction of our new mission and vision statements:
New Mission Statement – Sharing the love and appreciation of the rose, throughout Canada, by promoting friendship and education.
New Vision Statement – By education in various forms we encourage rose growing in both private and public gardens.
 After the business portion of the meeting we were treated to an informative and interesting presentation on the new rose garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, by Elizabeth Schleicher.
A strategic planning meeting is scheduled in November to clearly define our direction for the future. None of this would be possible without the dedication and determination of the members and executive working together to make the CRS a society to be proud of.
 We are planning an exciting series of educational seminars next year with the possibility of a rose show, which will include specimen roses and a design class. If you have some time and would like to be involved with our society, please contact me at jantim200698@gmail.com.
Meanwhile, stay safe, remain positive and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends.

Janice Schmidt
Past President of Huronia Rose Society and current President of the Canadian Rose Society

Janice has been a leading force for our society for many years, serving as president, Rose Show chair, newsletter editor, chair of Photographic competition as well as actively involved in almost all aspects of our organization.
 We wanted to  honour her with a gift from our group before she moved with her husband Tim to beautiful Nova Scotia.  A lifetime Membership to the Huronia Rose Society and a gift certificate to a garden centre near her new home in Nova Scotia was presented at an HRS get together at Ednas’ home – outside in the garden with Covid protocols in place on a lovely warm July day. 
Janice has taken on the role as chair of the re-vamped/ re-born  Canadian Rose Society, a huge role.

Programs for 2021

We are very fortunate that all our presenters of programs that we planned  for 2020, have agreed to give those same programs to us in 2021 via Zoom.  So even if we cannot meet in person, we will be able to have our meetings by the internet. For those of our members who don’t use the internet, perhaps there is a family member that can help you watch these very interesting speakers.  
Tues. April 20 – Topic “All the Rose Questions You Were Afraid to Ask” A panel of our members will have the answers to your questions that you will send in in advance. Photos of the rose bushes we have for sale will be shown at that time, too.
Tues. June 15 – Topic “Earth-Kind Gardens at Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington”, presented by Mr. Alex Henderson of RBG.
Tues. July 7 – is planned for a virtual Rose Show. More details to come from the Rose Show committee .
Tues. Sept. 15 – Topic “For Love of a Rose” presented by Dr. Joseph Shorthouse
The annual Garden Visit is planned for the summer, date to be decided and announced later.
Many more details about each evenings’ programs will follow in future newsletters as well as directions on how to join us via Zoom.


We are very proud to announce that  Wilhelmina  Vanderpost  ( Willy) of Thornton has entered  the Hall of Fame 2020 for South Simcoe.  Willy is a long standing member of the Rose Society and we have visited her house for the Annual Garden Tour. 

She received this  award on November 26th by way of a virtual event.  She is one of 5 people to receive this award which celebrates  remarkable people who have  dedicated their time, on a volunteer basis, to the benefit of the community. 

To learn more of Willy’s story, this can be seen the Alliston Herald, Nov.19th 2020

 Photographic Contest Reminder

Please deliver or mail photos to E. Teras at 3374 Mason Drive, Innisfil, ON  L9S 2J8 by December 20th.  Refer to the Fall 2020 newsletter for rules and classes.


By Michelle Lynch

  Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose, beach rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose, or letchberry) is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on beach coasts, often on sand dunes. It should not be confused with Rosa multiflora, which is also known as “Japanese rose”. 

The Latin word “rugosa” means “wrinkled”, referring to the wrinkled leaves.

CultureBest grown in moist, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loam in full sun to part shade, this rose is also very adaptable to somewhat poor soils, including sandy, clay or gravelly ones. Best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun. Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Avoid overhead watering. Excellent drainage is one of the keys to growing this shrub well. Avoid wet soils. Good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. Remove spent flowers to encourage re-blooming (flower removal does prevent hip growth). Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, as practicable, and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. This rose is winter hardy where temperatures can dip to -50 degrees F. in winter. It grows exceedingly well in sand and has over time naturalized in dry sandy/gravelly coastal plains, sandy beaches and sand dune habitats (giving rise to additional common names of beach rose and salt spray rose).  It is very tolerant of salt spray. Seeds are spread not only by birds and animals, but also in coastal areas by seawater.

Noteworthy Characteristics
It is a bristly, prickly, sprawling, suckering shrub rose that typically grows in a rounded form to 4-6′ tall and as wide. Unless restrained, it will over time spread by suckers to form dense thickets. 

Odd-pinnate dark green leaves (each with 5-9 leaflets) turn yellow (sometimes a quality orange-red) in fall. Each leaflet (to 2″ long) has pronounced veins, a wrinkled appearance, serrated edges and downy undersides. 

Fragrant flowers are rose pink to white (to 3 1/4″ across). Flowers are primarily single (5 petals), but are semi-double or double in some varieties and hybrid cultivars. Flowers appear singly or in clusters. Flowers
primarily bloom from late May to July, with some additional scattered bloom to early fall.  The flowers are very attractive to pollinator insects.

Flowers are followed by fleshy, edible (with some bitterness), tomato-shaped hips (to 1″ diameter) which appear green but ripen to bright red by late summer and persist on the shrub until late fall sometimes extending into winter. Hips are used to make jams and jellies (rose hip jam). Deadheading spent flowers may encourage re-blooming, but at the cost of preventing rose hip development. 

Stems are covered with abundant sharp thorns, making this an excellent impenetrable hedge. Ability to thrive in sandy seashore habitats combined with tomato-shaped hips led to the additional common names of beach tomato and sea tomato for this shrub. Because of its tolerance for salt and sand, this rose has been planted along ocean shores to help stabilize beaches/control beach erosion. Many varieties and hybrid cultivars (single to double flowers in colors of pink, purple or white) have been developed.

Rose Hips – The Rugosa rose is one of the best roses for producing hips for herbal medicine.  The hips are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and flavinoids. Flowers and hips are edible, while the leaves are medicinal. 

Harvest the rose hips after a frost, when they are sweeter and have more antioxidants and a brighter colour. Some Rugosa hips are orange and some get cherry red, so the colour is not necessarily an indication of readiness for harvest.


Rosehips are one of the most concentrated forms of vitamin C in the world. They are an excellent tonic for the immune system and can be eaten throughout the winter months in compotes, jams, fruit leathers, and vinegars. 

A blood-building tonic, rosehips can support those who experience symptoms of blood deficiency, including fatigue, a pale complexion, numbness or tingling in the limbs, dizziness, scanty menses, and dry or lusterless skin and hair. The hips can be made into a delicious stand-alone syrup, or combined with other blood-building herbs such as schisandra berries (Schisandra chinensis), nettle leaves (Urtica dioica), and yellow dock roots (Rumex crispus).

If you’d also like to gather rosehips, leave a generous quantity of flowers on the bush to mature into fruit. Rosehips are best frost-ripened, and are traditionally gathered throughout the fall and early winter months. Look for hips that are shining and red, and be sure to leave plenty for the birds. Most rosehips contain irritating hairs inside that surround the seeds. You’ll want to split the hips to scrape out the hairs and seed capsules. Often, it’s helpful to run fresh, ripe hips through a food mill or sieve to separate out these parts.

Please only gather flowers and hips from organic rose bushes or those that are growing wild in clean places, as roses are one of the most heavily sprayed plants. Along these lines, absolutely avoid using bouquet roses from florists as food or medicine.


Edna Caldwell

2021 is the 21st anniversary of the establishment of the Rose Garden and the 22nd year that it has been flourishing. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped in the pruning in spring, the deadheading all through the summer and to Charlotte who has shared as co-chair of the Garden.
The inground watering system was a big bonus this past hot summer. We have some plans to replace three roses that aren’t thriving, move a few around and plant two or three new ones, so that we will be showing some of the latest Canadian introductions for the public to see and perhaps want to buy for themselves. A Jackmani clematis was planted by the obelisk this fall, as well.
Every time we are there working in the blooming season, the passing public always shares how much pleasure they receive from the roses as they go by. 



As 2020 comes to an end it is time to think about renewing your HRS membership for 2021.  We will be going high-tech in 2021 to bring you our meetings on Zoom and our rose sale on-line.  By renewing your HRS membership you can enjoy our rose society meetings from the comfort of your own home and plan your spring gardening with a new rose addition or two.  This will definitely make winter more enjoyable.


President’s Message

Hello fellow Rosarians and welcome to September,

I am sure that you have all found this a very challenging year and not to be forgotten. I do hope that you are all still being very careful and staying safe.

This was supposed to be our year for celebrating our 40th anniversary, but roll on next year, and hopefully we will be able to get together for our meetings at the Dorian Parker Centre. I am sure there are lots of stories to be shared from this year.

Our roses have given us much pleasure this summer and they are still blooming in the garden. Julie, my daughter, and I were out this morning, enjoying the scent from “Mr. Lincoln”, a beautiful red rose. She has put a picture of it on the HRS Facebook page for everyone else to enjoy, but we haven’t figured out yet how to share that lovely aroma online 🙂 Since we moved to this house 3 years ago, this has been our best year for the roses.

We had a wonderful time at Michelle’s for the annual garden party and were so pleased that so many members were able to come and see the gardens. You will read more about it in the newsletter. The Memorial rose garden down by the Southshore Community Centre has put on a wonderful display this year with many compliments from people passing by, and thanking the volunteers for looking after the garden. I would also like to thank Charlotte for organizing the volunteers, and all of you who have given up your time to maintain the gardens through this summer, especially when it was so hot.

We have kept in touch with members by email, newsletter, Facebook, and the website, all of which have proved very successful in this time of distancing, and we have been able to stay connected in this way, answering comments and questions, even from people who are located far away.

The executive has met, socially distanced, in the summer, and we are going to “Zoom” this October for our next meeting. What would we do without our modern technology?

This summer, Janice Schmidt, our Past President, and her husband moved down East and took a large part of their garden with them. We have already received some photos from her. Ever active, she has joined the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, and sent us some photos that we put on the HRS Facebook page for all to enjoy. We are missing her, but delighted that we can keep in touch by email. We wish her and Tim all the best in their new venture.

I do hope that you enjoy reading the newsletters, and we appreciate all those that renewed their membership this year. Do enjoy your roses that are still blooming and let’s hope that the weather doesn’t get too cold too soon so this beautiful rose-growing season can last a little longer. Happy Gardening, Virginia Foster, President.

Summer Garden Party

Over 20 HRS members and spouses gathered on a warm, bug-free early evening in August at the spacious grounds of Michelle and John Lynch’s country home. We were welcomed with a garden party setting, tables decorated with flowers on the front lawn. Folks wandered around the gardens adjacent to the house; admired John’s beehives near Michelle’s “fun garden”; some made their way down to the lower area behind the house where John’s extra large vegetable garden was laden with produce and Michelle’s beloved roses were displayed in two large beds beside plantings of Hascap fruit and Blueberries. A great display of snacks and refreshments was enjoyed while visiting together.

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After President Virginia welcomed all, a short presentation was made by Edna to Michelle of her Graduation Certificate and Judge’s pin for the recent Canadian Rose Judging Course she had recently completed. She already is a Certified Judge of Floral Design and Horticulture by OHA and an Accredited Judge of Floral Design by Garden Clubs of Ontario, and currently enrolled in the Horticulture Judging Course by GCO. This was Edna’s first public duty as Regional Director of CRS. This evening was the first time most of us had gathered together for many months and it was so enjoyable to be together in such a beautiful setting in the hills of Oro-Medonte.

Awards and Kudos

Edna Caldwell was honoured as a charter member of Huronia Rose Society, who has been integral to its continued success. She has held many offices in the organization, including President, at least once during this time. Currently, Edna is the Secretary and also our Historian who has chronicled our 40 year journey in records and photos.

Ellen Spencer presented her with a specially decorated cookie labelled “Charter Member”.

Edna was honoured with a toast and a round of applause.

Edna presented Michelle with her Graduation Certificate and Judge’s pin for the recent Canadian Rose Judging Course

Charlotte proudly displays her ‘Best in Show’ rosette for the photography contest and ‘40th Anniversary’ cookie. Below is her prize winning photo of Rosa ‘Night Owl’.

Night Owl

Memorial Rose Garden Report

by Edna Caldwell

The garden has been colourful with blooms in great abun- dance since late June to near the end of July, and sporadic colour until the second wave of roses opened near the end of August. As chair of the Memorial Garden, I appreciate all those who have helped in the care and maintenance of it all season, but especially the extra assistance that Charlotte LeBoeuf has given as co-chair. She has kept a close eye on the garden, and the pests that appear. Having the inground watering system has been a big bonus and so easy to give them a good drink weekly. Now that September is here we don’t deadhead, letting rose hips develop and the bushes to slowly prepare for winter instead of pushing them to put out new growth. The public who passes by the garden continue to tell many of us how they enjoy the garden.

An interesting meeting took place at the garden near the end of August. Through the HRS website we had been contacted by a journalist from “Homestead” magazine who was writing an article about “Growing Roses”. He had visited Palatine Nurseries in Niagara but also wanted to discuss growing roses from an amateur gardener’s perspective. This magazine is produced by the John Deere company, focusing on lawn and garden equipment, sent out throughout Canada and U.S. Charlotte and I met him at the Memorial Garden near the end of August where he took many close- up photos (from many angles) of the few roses that were blooming and a few of the two of us as well. The article will be coming out in the spring 2021 edition.

Thanks to the following members for their work to keep our garden beautiful – Ginny and Victor, Christine, Lorraine, Cherin, and Irene.

2020 AGM Cancelled

Because of the pandemic, it was decided by the board to cancel the 2020 annual general meeting. A motion was also passed for all the board members to remain in their positions for the remainder of the year and all of 2021.

Rose Profile

Released in 2013, Rosa ‘Campfire’ is, as you may know, part of the Canadian Artist Series of roses. It was named for a painting by Tom Thomson, who was an honourary member of the Group of Seven and died young, under mysterious circumstances.

It is a hybrid of ‘My Hero’ and ‘Frontenac’ and was bred by the Morden Research Station. The story goes that buyers and garden centre operators were invited to the trial fields to grade the plants. Unbeknownst to them, Campfire had been

planted in several locations under different numbers. All the plants were chosen as top choices.

Campfire may or may not be grafted as it is able to grow on its own roots. It is hardy to zone 3 though there may be dieback above the snow line. It is a heavy feeder and requires regular fertilizing to look its best. The only drawback seems to be its lack of fragrance. Overall a splendid rose.

Musings from the Rose Garden by Edna

  • It seems that red roses hold their petals longer than other colours
  • To me single roses can be more beautiful than very full roses, as the stamens are so prominent and often in contrast with the petals.
  • Roses with glossy, firm foliage is more resistant to insect damage than those with thin textured leaves
  • Any rose that tends to spread sideways instead of upwards, (i.e. Campfire, The Fairy, some of the Vigorosa series) can be encouraged to send new shoots upwards by pruning just above a shoot on the inside of the stem. The suggested way of good rose pruning is to always have the new shoot facing outwards, but this alternative way of pruning will encourage the rose to be bushier, unless the gardener wants a spreading, low growing bush.

Directors’ Meeting

A Zoom meeting for the Directors of HRS will be held on Thur. Oct. 22, 2 pm. Janice Schmidt will be able to join us as well.

If you are a member of the board, you will be notified by email a few days prior and given a link to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Annual Photographic Competition 2020

This year we are going to be doing the Photographic competition a little differently. We will not be using the tags to be attached to each photo and you will either mail them to Evie or drop them off at Ellen’s house. Please PRINT YOUR NAME AND THE NUMBER OF THE CLASS on the back of each photo. If you know the name of the rose, please print it on the back as well. Also please include a note in the envelope, to say the total number of photos you are submitting.

As we will not be having a meeting in October, we have extended the time of submitting them to December 12th, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Evie T. or Virginia F. Thank you and good luck.

The Huronia Rose Society invites our members to enter the Photo contest.

Entries Submitted – December 12, 2020
Convener: Evie Teras
Photos to be either mailed to Evie Teras. 3374 Mason Drive, Innisfil, ON. L9S2J8 or delivered to Ellen Spencer 705 739 9101, 42 Black Willow Drive, Barrie,On

Competition Rules

Submission of each photograph must have the Photographer’s name Where the image was taken (if possible)
Category entered including class number
Name of the rose/s (if possible)

Photographers can enter 2 entries per class
Photos taken in 2019 and 2020 may be submitted except for entries from a previous Huronia Rose society photographic competition.
Any type of camera is permitted.
The photographs must be 4 x 6
The photographer/s of the winning entries may be asked for permission to use the images on the Huronia Rose society greeting cards. Digital access or the original photos should then be supplied. Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact and artistic merit.


1. A photo of a garden with roses
2. A close-up photo of one rose bloom (any type)
3. A close-up of a cluster of roses (any type)
4. A photo of a public Rose Garden (anywhere in the world)
5. A photo of roses and a companion plant in the garden (any type of rose or companion) 6. A close-up of a Canadian rose (Morden, Explorer or Artist rose, a bloom or spray)
7. A close-up of an old English rose (David Austin type, a bloom or spray)
8. A close–up of a miniature rose (a bloom or spray)
9. A close-up of any rose fully open with stamens showing
10. A photo of a rose bush/climber in bloom


Hello, my friends at Huronia Rose Society, from Nova Scotia

We arrived on July 16th safely after a 20-hour drive with a 26-foot U- Haul truck filled with necessary living furniture, clothing and of course plants. I followed in our SUV with two Maine Coon cats that hated the car and the drive. My plants are still in pots and doing well, especially my roses. South Africa is in its second blooming and is utterly amazing! I hope to get them planted in a holding bed sometime in October at the latest.

This is certainly a difficult time to build due to a lack of building supplies and people willing to work, so I am keeping myself busy by researching the challenges I face as I have now become a coastal gardener. I grew up in England near the sea so the lure to moving here was the sea. I have found myself a good book on Atlantic Coastal Gardening by Denise Adams and it is a gem. It includes what types of plants to purchase, starting from seed, seaside soils, recipes and how to have a casual, carefree coastal garden.

The terrain is different from Barrie Ontario. Some mornings the air is filled with salty fog, the winds can dwarf a lot of the natural vegetation so imagine what it can do to the plants growing in your garden not natural to the area and as we all know, deer love hostas.

We are aiming to move into our 3 car garage with a 700 sq.ft apartment above while they build the house. COVID has taught us many things and for me personally, to be more patient and understanding of the situation. But I cannot say it has been easy! Especially when you add into the mix, missing family, and all of you.

To keep ourselves busy, Tim and I joined the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, known for their large collection of hardy Canadian roses. We went yesterday, September 8th, and the blooms on many of the roses were magnificent!

My wish in closing for now is for all of you to remain healthy and safe. I will continue to update you on our adventures as we follow our dreams


Rose Petal News June 2020

MESsage from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

On January 1st, with much anticipation, we welcomed in 2020, looking forward to a great year full of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Huronia Rose Society.

Little did we know then, the impact of COVID-19 and how it was going to change all our planning, meetings, discussions, and e-mails.  However, all is not lost as we will celebrate in 2021 as 40 years plus 1.  

Making quick decisions and quick changes of plans and venues has certainly kept all of us, on the board, on our toes.   A prime example is our main fund raiser, selling roses at the farmers market in Barrie and Orillia. How can we make this possible in the middle of a pandemic or should we just cancel and try to recover any costs incurred to date? Lots of positive ideas were presented then both Michelle and Ligita kindly offered to work together and managed the job with great success. Michelle’ s report is coming up that will explain, the what and how in detail. 

On another related note, there was an article in the e-mail newspaper “What’s happening in Barrie today” about the HRS selling roses during a pandemic. The article was professionally written and illustrated with beautiful photographs of the roses that were being sold. 

Fame for a day!!

Many of us are feeling and will continue to feel the effects of this pandemic for a long time. We read about the cancellations of many important events daily and we have had to make some difficult decisions, therefore we have cancelled all meetings, including our annual rose show for the remaining year. Hopefully, 2021 will see a return to some form of normalcy and we can continue to get together and celebrate 40 plus 1.

Meanwhile, we should keep in touch with each other, those of you that have e-mail, please let us know how your garden is growing this year and include photos whenever you can. The same holds true for our members that would love to send us information by mail. More importantly we hope you are staying healthy and coping in a time that is challenging, difficult and new to all of us. 

On a last note, Charlotte sent in this link to visit gardens in the Netherlands as garden tours are not physically possible this year. At least we can enjoy by electronic means.

Virginia Foster. President




Gardener Owen shows you the hyacinths – Keukenhof 


Huronia Rose Society Rose Sales 2020

What a unique and memorable Anniversary year for the Huronia Rose Society in 2020. The Fundraising Rose Sales also took a unique turn for 2020. Thanks to our website and new Facebook page we were able to continue with our Rose sales online. With no possibility of selling at the Orillia and Barrie Farmers Markets as done historically, we turned to social media to make it happen.

In April we had assorted Miniflora roses from Aldershot greenhouses in Burlington and bare root Austin roses from Hortico nurseries for sale. All pre-ordered online by customers and then picked up from the growers on Easter Monday. Customer Pick ups took place in the Georgian Mall parking lot in Barrie and the Home Depot parking lot in Orillia. 

All done with social distancing protocols in place.

It was so nice to see fellow gardeners in person all excited about spring. In May the Ontario grown potted garden roses were promoted and pre-ordered online by customers, from all over Ontario – Ottawa, Mississauga, Cookstown, Angus, Barrie, Orillia, and Oro Medonte – amazing. A terrific article was written by Miriam King and seen in the Orillia Matters, Barrie Today and the Innisfil online newspaper- there was a fabulous response from the public for our Rose sale.

On May 21st, the roses arrived from JCBakker &Sons and were sorted by members of the Huronia Rose Society for the delivery to the pickup sites in Barrie. One in South Barrie at the Molson Centre/ Sadlon Arena parking lot and one at the Ferris Lane Community Church parking lot in north Barrie. Volunteers from the Huronia Rose Society helped organize roses on the sites and welcome our customers. Every customer arrived as prearranged to pick up their roses and drop off their payment in the money basket. Social distancing respected. Once again, visiting with fellow gardeners and sharing stories about roses was very enjoyable. Grandfathers who grew roses, fathers who budded roses, mothers who had amazing roses – “the seven sisters rose” – so many memories of roses. Orillia customers arrived Saturday morning to pick up their roses at my house and again conversations and garden walks were a lovely way to visit fellow gardeners. We sold 137 potted garden roses and 72 Miniflora roses and 31 bare root Austin roses in 2020.

 An exceptionally good year.

 Michelle Lynch                                  


Photos courtesy of Michelle Lynch

Group for Barrie South pick up

Michelle Lynch and Lynne Melnyk

Photos courtesy of Edna Caldwell

In our society, we have this expression:  To “go above and beyond the call of duty” and it means to do a lot more than you are required or expected to do for your job. If you break the expression down into parts, “go above and beyond” means to do more. “The call of duty” means “the things that you’re asked to do for your job”.                                                                      (Wikipedia definition)

We would like to thank Michelle and her team that worked awfully hard to make the sale of roses a success. Without their efforts it would be exceedingly difficult for the HRS to continue as the sale of roses, is our main source of revenue. Way to go team Michelle!!!!!!!!!


As previously mentioned by our President Virginia, but worth repeating is the fact that all meetings for 2020 have been cancelled. The decision was exceedingly difficult for the board to make. At this time, city officials cannot determine what will develop over the next few months or even when public meetings will be allowed to take place. If COVID -19 does diminish and gatherings of 50 people can meet, the question is: would members even attend a meeting during these difficult times?

Therefore, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2021 as 40 years plus 1

But watch for news either by e-mail or a phone call for some alternative activities for HRS members in the coming months.



There has been the usual spring work carried out at the Memorial Rose Garden, taking care to work at a distance from each other, only 2 or 3 members at a time.

The pruning took place, then fertilizing and 2 sessions of weeding to rid the garden of a very persistent, ground-hugging little weed. With the rains we have experienced the last week of May, watering is not a concern, presently.

Every time we are there, people says how they enjoy the garden, or stop to ask a few questions about their roses. 

We have our 2 pamphlets on rose culture with us and our bookmarks to hand out if anyone wishes more information.

We welcome anyone who can volunteer to remove the dead blooms from last week of June to the end of August, once or twice a month.

For more information regarding the program or memorial garden, please call Edna at 705-721-0484



How well do you know your Canadian hardy roses? Have some fun and you could win a nice prize. Please complete the crossword and return to Virginia Foster by mail or email by July 31st.The address is 28 Meadowlark Road, Barrie, Ont. L4M 6E1 or vvfoster2@gmail.com


  • 2. An English fur trader
  • 5. Commemorates the100th anniversary of the red cross
  • 8.  Best known for his attempts to discover the northwest passage and his voyages to Labrador
  • 11. A French explorer and cartographer
  • 12. Known for his attempts to find the northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific
  • 17.  An upper portion of the sun appears
  • 19. His most famous undertaking was his exploration of the North Pacific coast of North America
  • 21. Commemorates the 100th anniversary of Morden


  • 1. Is one of Quebec’s most celebrated singer-songwriters
  • 3. A pastel member of the Morden series
  • 4.  A Canadian artist, famous for paintings of western coast Indians
  • 6.  A Dano-Norwegian explorer/navigator
  • 7. A large area of exposed Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks
  • 9. Completed several voyages to find the northwest passage and discovered the Falkland Islands
  • 10. An outdoors fire
  • 13. A precious stone
  • 14. An Italian explorer/navigator, 1497 voyage to North America where he claimed land in Canada for England
  • 15. A key figure in New France history and was the governor of the colonyk                                                                                        
  • 16. A new rose for the 49th parallel                                                 
  • 18. Created to honour the women of the Canadian Navy
  • 20. An English explorer/ navigator, best known for his explorations of the present-day Canada                                                                             

Historical Gardens in Annapolis Royal

Hi Everyone,  

 Retirement is a time of major change in your life. For many retirees, one of those changes involves leaving their home and downsizing. My husband and I are Opticians and we decided the best year to start the next chapter in our lives would be the year 2020. A number that is extremely hard for us to forget as we have taught students for many years about how to improve a person’s visual acuity.


The next decision was to research where to go? So, we travelled the Maritimes for the last five years searching for the perfect location. We found it, in the area of the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia. For as long as I can remember my passion has always been gardening so I will continue to garden in my retirement and of course, grow roses! 

Barrie has zone 5b, the Annapolis area is like Niagara on the Lake which has a zone of 6b and sometimes 7 depending on the map and if you are closer to the lake. Another interesting fact about the Annapolis region is annually they have 2 feet less snow than Barrie. Can you imagine my delight? 

While in the valley we visited the Annapolis Historical Gardens and one of the most magnificent of the collections, by any standards, is the rose collection which has more than  270 cultivars, from ancient roses like the Apothecary Rose through to modern hybrids including roses of the Canadian Explorer, Parkland and Artist series’. With thousands of colourful and fragrant blossoms, it is the largest rose collection in the Maritime region. 


It is with sadness that I leave Barrie and all my good friends in the HRS but I will be back several times a year, the pandemic situation taken into consideration. My email will remain the same and I will continue to be a member of a society that is near and dear to my heart. It is never good-bye, just see you later!



The Canadian Rose Society has had 3 teleconference calls since the beginning of 2020.

As a result, we have realized that in order to be and continue to be successful in this new decade, working together is key and as we move forward, we are finding that we have a great team. Secondly, we need to transform ourselves to deal with the future challenges that we may face as a National society beginning with improving our mission statement, logo and vision. We are still trying to plan an AGM for this fall investigating Zoom or an equivalent as we are in the digital technology era and we need to keep up. More information when available will follow including time, location and date.

 Our current rose judging school report from Barb and John Munton informs us that as of the time you read this update 13 of the remaining students will have successfully completed all of Phase 3 of the course. All these students are eligible to challenge the final exam on May 30th,2020. The minimum passing grade is 75 and results will be released sometime in June. Good luck to all the candidates!

The CRS is also honored to announce two new members to achieve honorary lifetime status:

  • June Laver
  • Ken Flood

Both well known rosarians that have grown, educated and promoted Canadian hardy roses for decades.


Huronia Rose Society Photographic Competition 2020 Results

Class 1: A photo of a garden with Roses (1 entries)
First: Willy Vanderpost

Class 2: A close – up photo of one rose bloom (8 entries)
First: Charlotte LeBoeuf
Second: Virginia Foster
Third: Ellen Spencer

Class 3: A close-up of a cluster of roses (any type) (7 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Grace Kent
Third: Ellen Spencer

Class 4: A photo of a public Rose Garden (4 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third: Grace Kent

Class 5: A photo of roses and a companion ( 2 entries)
First: Grace Kent
Second: Ellen Spencer

Class 6: A close-up photo of a Canadian rose (5 entries)
First: Charlotte LeBoeuf
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third:  Edna Caldwell

Class 7: A close-up of an old English rose Austin (2 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Grace Kent

Class 8: A close-up of a miniature rose (1 entry)
First: Virginia Foster

Class 9: A close-up of any rose (fully open) (7 entries)
First: Virginia Foster
Second: Charlotte LeBouef
Third: Edna Caldwell

Class 10:  A photo of a rose bush/climber in bloom (4 entries)
First: Ellen Spencer
Second: Grace Kent
Third: Virginia Foster

BEST IN SHOW: Charlotte LeBoeuf

Number of entries    41, 2019/2020

A gorgeous photo of Night Owl


Year 2020 Membership Form

(  )  Single Membership – $15.00

(  )  Family Membership – $20.00

(  )  New Member or (  ) Renewing Member



                 No. Street City/Town Postal Code

Phone No: __________________     E-mail_____________________________(  ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:  

  1. 4 meetings – Apr. July, Sept. & Oct. With guest speakers
  2. Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show
  3. Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail
  4. 10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)
  5. Most importantly – the opportunity to learn all about Roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.
  6. Membership card

Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society

Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society
c/o Charlotte LeBoeuf
22 Florence Street
Barrie, Ontario
L4N 1X7




Rose Petal News March/April 2020

Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

Welcome to Spring.!!

This is not what we had in mind for Spring of 2020!

We should be getting ready to clean up the garden ready for another year. So I need to be careful what I wish for, because you know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for because you will get your wish but not the way you wanted it to be.”

This is a time to keep a positive attitude, grateful that we live in this country and receive the best care and attention there is.

At this time, we have plans for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary for the Huronia Rose Society, but not sure which meetings will happen. Please refer to the meetings update in this newsletter.

Also, remember to check your e-mail, Facebook or phone messages regularly to keep updated.  I do hope that you keep safe and healthy

Happily, we are still going ahead with the Rose orders. The information, concerning the roses to order, is in this Newsletter. This gives you an early preview and a chance to get your orders in before they are all pre-sold. Gardening is one of those experiences you can enjoy and do alone. 

Don’t forget that it is time to renew your membership if you haven’t done so already.  There is a form at the end of this newsletter for you to fill in and mail.

 I look forward to our next meeting, hopefully soon.

 Virginia Foster. President

Rose sales 2020

At this time, we presume that the Farmers’ Markets in Barrie and Orillia will not be open for the May sales so we will be selling them online. You can pre- order any of these lovely roses.  Study the information and make your selections to guarantee the roses you dream about.

NOTE: PHOTOS and Descriptions of the roses for sale are in 2 posts on our new Facebook site – when you click on each rose photo, you will see the rose name and details in the description:

Please contact Michelle Lynch with your order choices soon:
lynchfam@sympatico.ca       705-325-4143

Prepayment is preferred but this year things are different.
Payment in the form of cash or cheque (Huronia Rose Society) is accepted.

If you would like to go for a drive – drop off your payment at my house:
2905 Line #11 north Oro Medonte, L0L 1T0 (Just off Horseshoe Valley Road)

If you are staying home – Payment will be due upon pick up of roses.


MINIATURE ROSES FOR SALE: ($10 each) ***These are sold out as of April 14th.

Please place your orders soon, since some cultivars are already selling out.

From Michelle, (Publicity, with the assistance of Julie Craft). Check it out our first venture into the Facebook world. If you have things you would like posted please send my way – photos, links to Rose articles you think are good, anything appropriate. Connections to CRS, articles about rose growers, Canadian roses…. I am going to try a get Hort societies to like us and follow as well as other Rose lovers. Please share with anyone you might think would be interested.
Please “Like” and follow us.


Our April 21st meeting is cancelled: 

At this meeting, a panel of our members was all set to answer your rose growing questions but,  because of the corona virus pandemic, it will not happen.

If you have questions please submit to jantim200698@gmail.com and the answers will be in the next newsletter

Tues. June 16        CANCELLED
Topic – “Earth-Kind Gardens”
Speaker – Alex Henderson, Royal Botanical Gardens
Celebrating 20th Anniversary of our Millennium Memorial Rose Garden   

Tues.  July 7        CANCELLED
Annual Rose Show    Official Opening – 7pm                                                                                                                          – Cake cutting ceremony                                                                          

Tues. September 15        CANCELLED
Topic –“For the Love of a Rose”
Speaker  – Dr. Joseph Shorthouse 

Tues.Oct.20   CANCELLED
Topic-“Little Ladies of the Garden” (Miniature Roses)
Speaker: Dale Lovering

(For information about any HRS activities: 705 -739-8588 or 705 -721-0484)

World Federation of Rose Societies 

Edna Caldwell

As a follow-up to the information in our Christmas newsletter about the WFRS, here is some background on this world-wide organization of 39 member countries’ national rose societies of which Canadian Rose Society is a member.   

Huronia Rose Society has joined annually the Canadian Rose Society since our first year in 1980. As a member of the CRS, we are also members of the WFRS, and as members, are entitled to attend the triennial convention of WFRS, hosted by a different Rose Society around the world.

The most recent one was held in Denmark in 2018, which Elizabeth Schleicher spoke to us about last April. The 2015 WFRS convention was held in Lyon, France and Gloria Broks shared her and her husband’s memories of that convention with us in 2016.

The Vancouver Rose Society hosted the 2009 convention which Reta Caldwell, Ellen and me attended. Reta and I attended the 2000 convention in Houston, Texas and the 1994 convention in New Zealand, the country that grows roses to the ultimate! 

The next WFRS will be held in Australia in Oct. 2021, and I plan to attend this one. The organizers offer pre-tour and post-tour opportunities with these conferences, a unique chance to see areas of the country you would not normally gain access to on your own. Often, they include access to private gardens that are not open to the public.

Although founded in 1968 in London by 8 constituent countries’ rose societies, the WFRS did not have a first meeting until 1971, held in New Zealand. Since then WFRS holds conventions once every 3 years at the invitation of a national Rose Society.  

In between these there can be regional conventions if they are not within 6 months of a full convention, one sub convention of the WFRS is the Heritage Roses, holding their convention in Belgium this summer.

World’s Favourite roses voted by WFRS members for each WFRS convention 


   Christmas Luncheon 2019

The executive and some of the spouses of the HRS  attended a pot luck lunch at Edna’s on December 12/2019

Ellen #1

From the left Ron Spencer, Janice Schmidt, Gladys Miller, Lynne Melnyk, Irene Slessor, Lynn Schnitter, Edna Caldwell, Evie Teras, Victor Foster, Virginia Foster,Grace Kent, Charlotte Le Beouf, and Michelle Lynch

The food was delicious and a good time was had by all.

Ellen #2


June Laver and her husband Keith owned Pinehaven Nurseries and Springwood Miniature Roses in Mississauga, then they moved the business to Caledon where they grew only miniature roses.

They were both members of the Canadian Rose Society and June was a CRS Rose Judge. She judged HRS’s first Rose Show in Sept. 1980 and was the speaker on Miniature Roses in 1981. The June Laver plaque “Best Miniature Rose” was donated by June to HRS for our Rose Show.

HRS ordered miniature roses from Springwood Nurseries as long as they were in business.

Today, at 99 years young this March, June is still very active, lives in a retirement home in Bolton. She appreciated the birthday greetings sent from HRS, so much so that she bought 12 of our greeting cards to share with her circle of friends and family. She has seen many changes in the rose-growing world but still has a keen interest in all rose activities.

Ellen #3

Should we be allowed to meet again soon we suggest that we all LUG a MUG: times will be different, and we need to think more in the future about being kinder to our planet and our fellow human beings.

Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations

The last few years have been challenging for the Canadian Rose Society, but this year is the beginning of a new decade and your executive is enthusiastic and eager to work hard to re-create a national society that we can all be proud of. We conducted our first board meeting on January 20th by teleconference and here is a list of our accomplishments: 1) According to our constitution for the purposes of regional representation we appointed the following regional directors:  British Columbia – David and Crenagh Elliott

For part of Ontario – Edna Caldwell.  Positions are still available for: a) Alberta and Saskatchewan b) Manitoba and North-Western Ontario c) Quebec d) New Brunswick and Nova Scotia e) Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

If you would like to volunteer your time and join our team, please contact us at 


1. Congratulations to our new directors!

2. Thank you to Shelagh Barter for the years of service as our treasurer and welcome aboard to Sharon Smith of the Calgary Rose Society. Sharon will be joining us as soon a all the necessary transference of information and banking signatures have been completed. 

3. Our board meetings will occur every two months by teleconference or more frequently if necessary. 

4. Preliminary plans are underway to conduct our first AGM in several years for some time in September. Confirmation of the date, time and location will be forwarded to you in an upcoming newsletter with complete instructions on how to participate. 

5. Part of our mandate as a national rose society is to provide rose judging education, and continuing education for current rose judges. An operating committee has been established to review and update the curriculum.  

We look forward to working with you and creating our own path. 

Janice M. Schmidt


Membership in a society provides financial support for the group and allows the executive to perform all duties related to providing educational seminars used to promote the growing of roses to you and the public in general. We rely heavily on your dues and without your help, the society would cease to exist. Please, if you have not renewed your membership fill out the form below and send it in. Public meetings are doubtful, but the mail always gets through.

Your membership is due please submit your annual renewal fee using the form below. 

Year 2020 Membership Form

(  )  Single Membership – $15.00

(  )  Family Membership – $20.00

(  )  New Member or (  ) Renewing Member



                 No. Street City/Town Postal Code

Phone No: __________________     E-mail_____________________________(  ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:  

  1.   5 meetings – Apr. July, Sept. & Oct. with guest speakers and a garden visit in July

    2.   Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show

    3.   Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail

    4.  10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)

    5.   Most importantly – the opportunity to learn about Roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.

   6.   Membership card

Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society

Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society

c/o Charlotte LeBoeuf

22 Florence street

Barrie, Ontario

L4N 1X7



Help us celebrate 40 years of sharing knowledge of growing roses.

You are invited to join us at all or any events.  Bring your friends. Everyone is welcome. Free Admission 

Meetings & Events 2020  

Join us at Dorian Parker Community Centre,

227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie

7pm – 9pm





Topic  “All the Rose Questions you were Afraid to Ask”,     presented by a panel of HRS rosarians        

Multiflora rose bushes for sale      

Brief presentation of roses for sale in May


Tues. June 16th

Topic  “Earth-Kind Gardens ”      

Speaker: Alex Henderson,  Royal Botanical Gardens      

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Millennium Memorial Rose Garden  


Tues. July 7th

Annual Rose Show -Official opening at 7pm

 Cake Cutting Ceremony  


 Tues. September 15th

Topic “For the Love of a Rose”

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Shorthouse


Tues. October 20th

“Little Ladies of the Garden” (Miniature Roses)

Speaker: Dale Lovering



 For Information : 705 739-8588; 705 721-0484

Each meeting features a brief pictorial presentation of 40 years, as well as special refreshments and lucky draws 




Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Seasons Greetings to all our fellow Rosarians:

Winter is on its way and, after that sudden early snowfall, a lot of us were caught without finishing the winterizing of our roses. Thankfully, we have been given a reprieve to finish putting them to bed.  I know that snow was a shock to us, as we still had roses blooming and were waiting for the last bud to open enough to be able to bring it indoors to continue blooming, but it didn’t make it.

The Executive have been busy over the last 2 meetings putting the plans together for next year.  Our 40th Anniversary committee have been busy as well, helping to ensure that we celebrate this milestone properly.  We are delighted to announce that we have just confirmed Alex Henderson from the Royal Botanical Gardens as the speaker for our on June 16th, 2020 meeting. We will be having 5 meetings throughout 2020, so there will be many opportunities to celebrate.

This year has been very successful, with lots of variations at the meetings and a wonderful Rose Show in the summer.

At the last AGM, our treasurer, Ligita Preisbergs, stepped down and handed the books over to Ellen Spencer.  Ligita has been on board for several years and will be so missed at the meetings with her great sense of humour.  She has been faithful in ordering the roses that we sell at the Farmers market each year.  Lynne Melnick was on our executive for a year but had to step down because of other commitments and we will miss her expertise and helpful suggestions. We did get a wonderful writeup in the Canadian Rose Society (CRS) newsletter with photos from our Rose show last summer making us known across Canada. We would like to remind our members that our own Janice Schmidt is now President of the CRS and will be looking for support from us, so hopefully you will take out a membership next year.

This is the last newsletter for 2019, so we all wish you and your families wonderful Christmas celebrations and a very Happy New Year.

Please keep safe and remember to count your blessings.

Virginia Foster



There are always fewer honours and awards than people who deserve them. Because receiving honours and awards are so rare, they are reserved for special people that have:

  • made significant, observable changes or accomplishments in our society and whose work has benefited the citizens of Barrie
  • shown ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication;
  • earned the respect of their peers and become a role model in the society

 This year we are proud to recognize our lifetime achievement winners. Starting on the left with 

Sally Drapeau, Irene Slessor and Gladys Miller.




The CRS is planning their first executive meeting in January 2020. A new teleconference system has been set up so that all can join via the comfort of their living room. The first agenda will focus on the future direction of the society with an emphasis on resurrecting the Rose Judging school and continuing education for current rose judges. 

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) is an umbrella association of (as of 2015) 39-member countries’ national rose societies. Their next convention is in India this January 2020 and the next in June in Belgium. Is anyone up for a road trip? 



Test your rose knowledge      

  1. While the rose may bear no fruit, it does produce rose hips. What vitamin is produced by the hip almost more than any other fruit or vegetable?
  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin B
  3. Vitamin C

      2. What colour were the dominant species of wild roses?

a) Pink

b) White

c) Red

       3. Which Greek goddess gave the rose its name?

a) Aphrodite

b) Athena

c) Artemis

 4. Name the French explorer that brought the first cultivated roses to North America

      a) Jacques Cartier

      b) Samuel De Champlain

     c) John Cabot

5. Although often called thorns, what is the proper term for the sharp growths found on the stems of many roses?

     a) Prickles

     b) Sickles

     c) Points

Answers to the rose trivia, at the end of the newsletter.



During 2020 we are celebrating 40 years of the establishment of the Huronia Rose Society. Several of the founding members had already been members of the Canadian Rose Society, and the thought was since there was no rose society north of Toronto, we would start one in our area.

         All year long there will be special guest speakers, a beautiful Rose Show, other wonderful events for all of you to take part in.

If you know of any former members be sure to tell them about our year and give us their names as we attempt to contact all former members to help celebrate our success.


 Year 2020 Membership Form

(  )  Single Membership – $15.00

(  )  Family Membership – $20.00

(  )  New Member or (  ) Renewing Member                



                 No. Street City/Town Postal Code

Phone No: __________________     E-mail_____________________________(  ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:   1.   5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. With guest speakers

    2.   Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show

    3.   Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail

    4.  10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)

    5.   Most importantly – the opportunity to learn all about  roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.

   6.   Membership card

Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society

Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society

c/o Lynn Schnitter

597 Mapleview Drive, East

Barrie, ON. L9J 0C3

Answers to rose trivia:

  1. 3) Vitamin C,   2. a) Pink,   3. a) Aphrodite,   4. b) Samuel De Champlain,   5. a) Prickles


Rose Petal News August / September 2019

Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
We are still enjoying summer and making it last if we can. I do hope that you have had success with your roses this summer despite the lack of rain. Thank you to the person that invented hoses.!!
We are looking forward to our next meeting on September 17th at Dorian Parker Community Centre. It is Awards Night and our guest speaker, Don Komarechka, who will be speaking on photography. Much needed by those of us who love to take photos especially of our gardens. He will be helping us to “think out of the box” when taking photos.

Again, our Annual Rose show was a great success, and there are more details to follow in this newsletter. We had a lovely visit to Willy Vanderpost’s gardens for our annual garden visit. After our tour of her roses, we had some lovely refreshments and various finger foods to enjoy while having a chat with other members.
I do hope that our members have had a chance to visit our Rose Garden down on the lake shore. The roses have pretty well finished but if you haven’t been, it would be a good idea to go and see where the garden is and then have a leisurely walk along the lake shore. The views are wonderful. And it is very peaceful. Thank you so much for all the volunteers who helped with the watering and the maintenance of the garden.
We are always looking for new members so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to invite them to the next meeting.
Next year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary so the committee is already making plans. If you have any photos or information concerning the first meeting. Please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you at the September meeting.

Virginia Foster, President

Program – Tuesday, September 17th. The topic is:

“The Universe at our Feet through Photography”.
Our speaker is Don Komarechka, a Barrie photographer who has judged our photographic competition every year. He is an expert at close-up photography, specializing in photographing snowflakes. We will learn many tips to help us take better photographs of our flowers and any other subjects we want to capture by camera.
Don’t miss this meeting. It is also our Awards Night from our Rose Show in July.
Since our roses often put out a great show of blooms in September, we invite you to bring one or two of your best blooms to this meeting, with their name if possible. Hope the bugs have disappeared by then!


Program – Tuesday, October 15th. The topic is:
Keukenhof Gardens, Holland; Monet’s Garden, France”
Our speaker is Edna Caldwell.
Edna visited the Keukenhof Gardens outside Amsterdam in April 2017, renowned for their fantastic display of spring bulbs set amongst acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and shrubs.

In September 2018, while touring France, Edna captured on film many plants in the spacious gardens at Givenchy, the home of Monet, famous for his painting “Water Lilies”. She is pleased to share these wonderful landscapes with our group.


1. Bring your entries for our 2019 Photographic Competition that night. It will also be our annual meeting.

2. The following is a synopsis of a letter received by Edna, that we believe will be of great interest to our readers.

Hello Edna:

In my retirement, I remain keenly interested in both garden and wild roses and continue to make observations and write about both, along with the insects associated with them. I also hope to complete articles on the European roses that have gone feral in the Maritimes, along with garden roses I have observed on cruises of the Baltic and from Amsterdam to Budapest.
Recently, I have been working with a citizen scientist in Seattle on a cynipid gall found on feral roses in the State of Washington. The gall is called the mossy rose gall or Robin’s pincushion or rose bedeguar. It has been accidentally introduced into Canada and the United States along with it its hosts the dog rose (Rosa canina) and sweet briar rose (Rosa rubiginosa). The scientist is an advanced ‘amateur’ and a lawyer by trade and has built an elaborate laboratory with his own funds to study this gall and others.
Both these roses are found in Ontario; however, I usually have difficulty in telling them apart. I usually rely on the apple odour of the sweet briar rose. Both roses have gone feral in southern Ontario and the galls remain on them. Several years ago, I found the roses and galls at many sites from Sudbury to Windsor. I found several this past weekend at an old homestead site on Manitoulin Island. See attached photo. This one is size of an apricot.

Joseph D. Shorthouse, BSc, MSc, PhD, Fellow of the Entomological Society of Canada
Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Environmental Biology Freelance writer and photographer.










Rose Gall Wasp


Diplolepis rosae is a hymenopteran gall wasp which causes a gall known as the rose bedeguar gall, Robin’s pincushion, or moss gall. The gall develops as a chemically induced distortion of an unopened leaf axillary or terminal bud, mostly on field rose or dog rose shrubs.


Crown gall is a disease caused by a soil inhabiting bacterium that infects many ornamentals and fruit trees in the garden. It is often brought to a garden on the stems or roots of an infected plant and spread with contaminated pruning tools and soils. This bacterial disease causes the formation of large corky galls up to several inches in diameter. They appear at the base of the plant and on stems and roots, and commonly on the bud union. Roses should not be planted where plants susceptible to crown gall have been removed because of the disease. Over the years of growing roses, I have seen this gall in my garden.


We have Joe’s address so if you see a gall on one or more of your roses please send the pictures to  jantim200698@gmail.com  We will make sure we forward the photographs on to Joe.



Do you love photography? Would you like to share your best shots of roses with our society? We are so excited to announce that we are launching this year’s contest.
Entries Submitted – October 2019
Convener: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719) email jantim200698@gmail.com
The Huronia Rose Society invites our members to enter the Photo contest.

Competition Rules:
Submission of all photographs must be accompanied by an entry tag and include:
Photographer’s name
Where the image was taken (if possible)
Category entered including class number
Name of the rose/s (if possible)
Photographers can enter 2 entries per class
Photos taken in 2018 and 2019 may be submitted except for entries from a previous Huronia Rose society photographic competition.
Any type of camera is permitted.
The photographs must be 4 by 6
The photographer/s of the winning entries may be asked for permission to use the images on the Huronia Rose society greeting cards. Digital access or the original photos should then be supplied.
Photographs will be submitted and judged at the October 2019 meeting.

Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact and artistic merit.

1. A photo of a garden with roses
2. A close- up photo of one rose bloom (any type)
3. A close- up of a cluster of roses (any type)
4. A photo of a public Rose Garden (anywhere in the world)
5. A photo of roses and a companion plant in the garden (any type of rose or companion)
6. A close –up of a Canadian rose (Morden, Explorer or Artist rose, a bloom or spray)
7. A close- up of an old English rose (David Austin type, a bloom or spray)
8. A close – up of a miniature rose (a bloom or spray)
9. A close- up of any rose fully open with stamens showing
10. A photo of a rose bush/climber in bloom



Edna Caldwell, Michelle Lynch, Virginia Foster and Janice Schmidt make up the steering committee working on the revitalization of the CRS. We are pleased to report that a meeting has been scheduled on September 22nd at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington at 2:00 pm central time. Invitations have been sent out across the country to CRS members and an agenda will be circulated to those that will be attending electronically and in person prior to the meeting. We are looking forward to suggestions on how to move the CRS into the future and to the election of an interim President, Vice- President and Secretary which will work with the remaining executive until 2020.


At the October 15th meeting we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The existing executive will conduct a short overview on our society’s operations.  Additionally, any open executive positions will need filling, and if you would like to join the executive, please contact one of the nominating committee members, Virginia Foster, Janice Schmidt or Ellen Spencer.
Should you decide to fill a position as part of the executive, it would involve four extra meetings a year and the hope that you would assist on one of the working committees. I have been on the executive for several years and have found the work enjoyable, fun and the opportunity to make many dear friends. Please put your name forward. We could use your help.

The rose bushes got off to a great start with the cool damp weather in spring. By July, with hot weather, watering had to be done weekly. Thanks to Charlotte LeBoeuf, Lynn Schnitter, Irene Slessor, Victor and Virginia Foster and Cherin Harris-Tuck for keeping the garden looking attractive all summer. I want to give a special thank you to Lorraine Gray who each spring and late summer helps with the important task of pruning to keep the roses growing vigorously. We receive many complements from the people walking and biking by the garden. We also got words of appreciation from one of the city’s Parks and Rec staff for how well the garden looks all the time.



Annual Rose show
Tuesday, July 02, 2019




Queen of the Show “South Africa”
                                  Victor Foster



                  Miniature Queen of the Show “Waterlily”
                                   Ellen Spencer



                                            Best Shrub Rose
                                            FJ Grootendorst
                                               Grace Kent



                                             Best Red Rose
                                            Mumsted Wood
                                              Grace Kent



                          Best Design by Novice Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend
                                    Dale Lovering

                                  Best Design Experienced Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend by Edna Caldwell

                                                                           Judge’s Choice
                                                                       Golden Celebration
                                                                          Edna Caldwell



                                                        A reflective design, Memories, winner Holly Wells
A Reflective Design is a creative design containing material(s) that reflect, give back image(s) of light or other components to the viewer. Reflective components are essential to the design and must appear throughout the design. Staging a design on or in front of a mirror is not a Reflective Design.






The evening was successful with a total of 87 entries, 74 specimen roses and 13 designs finishing with socializing and sharing rose growing experiences over tea and cake.


Next year is our 40th anniversary and the steering committee has begun to meet to discuss and create a year of memorable experiences for our society members.



Members of this family are commonly called “hummingbird,” “sphinx,” or “hawk “moths, and some can be mistaken for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird moths’ range throughout North America but spotting this masterpiece of Mother Nature is a rare treat. If you’d like to increase the odds, make sure their favorite food sources are well represented in your garden and keep your eyes peeled during the times of day they’re most likely to appear. Like most moths and butterflies, the adult hummingbird moths feed on nectar from a variety of flowers, but their larvae need more specific food plants, such as several species of honeysuckle, dogbane, or some members of the rose family such as hawthorn, cherries, and plums.
This summer I have seen this moth several times in early afternoon and it was attracted to my Bergamot. The above photo is courtesy of google images so that you can get a clear picture of this unique creature. The photo below is taken in my garden.

Should you get a welcomed visitor that you would like to share with our membership, please send your photo and information to jantim200698@gmail.com


Year 2020 Membership Form
( ) Single Membership – $15.00
( ) Family Membership – $20.00
( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member
No. Street City/Town Postal Code

Phone No: __________________            E-mail_____________________________                   ( ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:

1. 5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. With guest speakers
2. Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show
3. Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail
4. 10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)
5. Most importantly – the opportunity to learn all about
Roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.
6. Membership card
Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society
Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society
c/o Lynn Schnitter
597 Mapleview Drive, East
Barrie, On. L9J 0C3