Rose Petal News March/April 2016

Next Meeting
April 19th at 7 pm
Dorian Parker Community Center, Barrie

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

I absolutely love this saying by Margaret Atwood except this year we would have to say at the end of the day we would be covered in snow.

My poor daffodils have been frosted, drowned and hidden by a blanket of white so many times that I am worried about their survival. This has certainly been an unusual winter and spring. To make matters worse, the spring bug barometer in the states is predicting an increase in bugs and pests this year. I suppose knowing what to expect for the season is important as ticks and mosquitoes can have a direct impact on our health, especially with the threat of Lyme disease and the Zika virus. I also think that we will have to be extremely vigilant when looking after our roses based on this expected increase in the bug population. We will have to do more hand picking, use of insecticidal soaps, or other known homemade recipes, to keep our favorite flower safe from bug attacks. I know we will do what we have to do for the love of the Rose. So, in closing I say, always remember:

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Ideas for 2016

We are always interested in what topics our Members would like to have for our programs. Send your ideas to any Executive Member or put your topics in the Suggestion box at each Open Meeting.
Open Meeting “Lucky Draw,” April 19th

Buy a ticket for $1.00 for the chance to win:

A Time-Life Encyclopedia set about gardening OR A floral needlepoint picture (10.5″ sq.)

Membership Fee Increase

Last year we celebrated our 35th Anniversary. Over the years, we have continued to enjoy and share information on the growing and showing of roses. Today, the costs of running our Society have been increasing. To continue to provide the Membership with knowledgeable, informative speakers, and a place to meet, we need to increase the annual fee.

Starting in 2016, a Single membership will be $15 and a Family will be $20. We thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding as we share a common pursuit, simply, our love of the rose. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the increase in fees, please do not hesitate to contact me, Janice Schmidt.

Visit the Membership page for instructions on how to join or renew your Huronia Rose Society membership.

Open Meeting Schedules for 2016

 

Date

 

Event

 

Topic

 

Speaker

April 19th

 

 

The presentation will contain photos and information regarding a selection of hardy rose bushes that you will need in your garden this year.

Plus, the Annual Photography Competition winners will be announced.

Bring your extra Rose Society vases and/or Entry Tags to share, in advance of the Yr. 2016 Rose Show.

“Canadian Hardy Roses” Dale Lovering, HRS Member
June 28th Annual Rose Show!

and Speaker Program

 

 

HURONIA ROSE SOCIETY
Sept. 20th The 17th World Convention of Rose Societies, plus the Awards Night from the June Rose Show. “Lyon, France celebrates the Rose” Gloria Broks, from Toronto
Oct. 18th A tour of the many public rose gardens throughout Germany, plus

the Annual General Meeting.

A Visit to the Rosengarten of Zweibrücken, Germany Jean-Maurice Pigeon,

Barrie’s Ambassador to Zweibrücken Germany

Special Offer for HRS Members

Once again we are offering roses for sale this gardening season.

We are offering, to our Members, pre-orders before the roses go to the Markets. The price is $20 each. If you are attending the April 19th Open Meeting, please bring your order and payment. If you are unable to attend – please mail your order and payment to:
Payable to – Huronia Rose Society,
Mailing address: Ligita Preisbergs, 3487 Hedgemere Landing , RR3 Orillia, Ont. L3V 6H3.

All pre-order requests must reach Ligita before April 19th. All rose pre-orders must be picked up at either the Barrie or Orillia Farmers’ Markets – please specify which Farmers’ Market location you prefer.

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