Spring 2018 Newsletter



Rose Petal News


A Reminder from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

We are now into Spring as of March the 20th and looking forward to getting outside and into our gardens and getting them into shape.

Don’t forget that our first meeting of 2018 will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL17th at 7pm at the Dorian Park Community Centre.  This is a great time to renew your annual membership and pick up the schedule for this year.  The Members’ handout gives the details of speakers, events, sale of roses, etc.

This year CARP is hosting their first annual “Spring into Green ECO Show at the Holly Community Centre at 171 Maple Ave. It is on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 10a.m. to 4p.m The HRS has booked a booth to help promote the Huronia Rose Society, so if you visit the Show, please drop by and say hello.  We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting and do bring a friend with you if you can.


This is a great time to renew your annual membership and pick up the schedule for this year.  The Members handout gives the details of speakers, events, sale of roses, etc.  Want to learn more about roses in a friendly atmosphere?  Come grow with us at Huronia Rose Society.

The Ontario Horticultural Association has a spring meeting on April 21st, at Tangle Creek Golf Course that Edna Caldwell and I will attend.  We will sell our cards and publicize the HRS. We attended the meeting last Autumn and sold several cards there with many compliments of the photos of the roses.

Gloria BrokGloria Brok, our presenter on April 17th. This is the third time Gloria and her husband have visited us with very informative programs enhanced with marvellous photography.  She will share the many photos she captured of the rose gardens of the Biltmore Estate in the mountains of North Carolina when they visited in last October.  Gloria also had the opportunity to speak with one of the gardeners and learned a lot about how they winterize and prune their thousands of roses each year.


Open Meetings for 2018

Held on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm

Dorian Parker Community Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie

July 3rd  Annual Rose Show & Meeting Set up:       4:30pm.

Entries received:  4:30 – 6:15pm                                                                                  Program:  7 pm.

View Rose Show at 8 pm

July 17th Garden VisitMembers only! Hosts: Janice and Tim Schmidt
Sept. 18th  Carefree and Carpet Roses
  • Anna Sauvé, Master Gardener.
  • Awards Night from Rose Show
Oct. 23rd   2017 International Rose Trials Winners Ethel Freeman, (Canadian Rose Society)

Photo Competition, (submit entries);

  Annual Meeting

Huronia Rose Society’s



Members paid pre-orders for roses will be taken at the April meeting. The roses that are for sale are listed in the previous newsletter of March / April 2018


Barrie Farmer’s Market, City Hall (Collier & Mulcaster)  Contact: Ellen 705  739-9101

Orillia Farmer’s Markets, Downtown, Library parking lot. Mississaga & West Sts., Odas Park, Fairgrounds Rd.   Contact Ligita705 689-2331 


Orillia Downtown – Saturdays May 19, 26

Odas Park    – Saturdays May 12,19,26

Barrie           – Saturdays May 12,19,26

Time 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Note:  Donated perennial plants will be potted on May 1st, @ 1:30 p.m  at Edna Calwell’s,  274 Line 3 South, Oro-Medonte. Tel:  705 721-0484

We need pots for the planting.  Please bring them to Edna’s or call her for pick-up.

Also: We are asking for volunteers to help with the potting.



Committee members:

Lynne Melnyk

Lynn Schnitter

Michelle Lynch

Ellen Spencer

Janice Schmidt

Our first meeting was after last year’s show to debrief and make changes. Our second meeting was on March 21, 2018 to finalize the schedule and determine a theme and the design classes.

We are pleased to announce our theme for 2018 is:

                                                          “Poetry in Roses”

The team is very energetic and creative believing that the show in 2018 will be dynamic in every respect. The rose show schedule will be circulated as soon as it is complete so please mark your calendars for July 3rd and attend the April 17t h general rose meeting at the Dorian Parker Center to pick up your entry tags. This is your year to win a red ribbon or perhaps even a trophy.


I look forward to seeing all of you at our spring meeting. It has been a long winter and it will be nice to socialize, to sit back and listen to our guest speaker and look at all the glorious pictures of roses submitted last October for the photographic competition. Our renowned judgeDon Komarechka mentioned that he has seen a vast improvement in the quality of the photographs and looks forward every year to have the opportunity to judge our pictures.  We will see you soon, and I look forward to congratulating this year’s grand prize winner!

Spring into Green 2018

We are very pleased to announce that we are going to participate in the first annual “Spring into Green Eco Show” to be held on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at the Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue here in Barrie.

As members of the Huronia Rose society you will want to attend to see organizations that are Eco friendly. Our society will be one of 40 different exhibitors/vendors promoting sustainable eco-friendly services or products. We will be promoting chemical and pesticide free growing and care of roses as well as talking about our hardy roses on sale at the Farmers market.  We hope to see you there. Any questions please call Janice at 705-728-7719 or email at jantim200698@gmail.com.

Memorial Garden

We will hold a pruning session at the Memorial Garden, #205 Lakeshore Dr., Barrie about mid April depending on the weather and volunteers’ availability.  If you are afraid of pruning roses, this is a great FREE workshop to learn the techniques.   Also, we need folks to cut up the branches and twigs, easy but very important jobs. Please give this opportunity some thought and contact Edna 705 721-0484.   At the April meeting, we will have signup sheets for basic tidying up the rose garden through the summer months.  Please consider offering a week or two, especially from the third week of June until the end of August.

 white-968099__340         In Memoriam

Helen Keller, American author, and activist
“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known suffering.”

It is with a heavy heart that I mention the passing of Ligita Preisbergs’ beloved husband Raimonds.   You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.



                                                   2018 Membership Registration Form

(  ) Single Membership – $15.00

(  ) Family Membership – $20.00

(  ) New Member   or   (  ) Renewing Member



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Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society


Complete this form.  Bring it to the next general meeting with your payment


Mail it with your payment to:

                                                              Huronia Rose Society

c/o Ligita Preisbergs

3487 Hedgemere Landing

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