A walk down memory lane… Our first meeting was July 7th, 1980
2020 will be our 40th anniversary as a Rose society.
Our first executive: from the left T.J Leigh (Oro), Edna Caldwell (Oro), Archie Gibson (Collingwood), Ted McFarland (Orillia), Reta Caldwell (Oro)
Our first rose show in September of the same year
Marjorie Bell with Edna and Reta Caldwell performing a skit on “Do’s and Don’ts of showing Roses”
Photos courtesy of the HRS Archives
Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.
Dear Fellow Rosarians: Welcome to 2019 and the wonderful winter weather that came with it. As I look out at our snow-covered garden, I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to the Spring. I can’t wait to get back out into the garden to see what is going to come up again after surviving the winter and start planning for new elements we want to add. Speaking of new additions to our gardens, the roses we sell have been ordered for May, with a variety to choose from, so watch for details at the April meeting. In preparation for the coming rose year, we have already booked some of our guest speakers, check Edna’s report later in this edition for details. We also need to line up our volunteers for tending the Millennial Garden, as well as for selling roses at the farmer’s market; sign-up lists will be available at the first meeting. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 16th at the Dorian Parker Community Centre. We had our first board meeting in January, when we welcomed Michelle Lynch and Lynne Melynk to the executive. What a great group of volunteers we have; our meetings include lots of laughs in amongst the serious discussion about the coming year. Stay warm and cozy through these remaining cold months; we look forward to seeing you at the April meeting, and will send out another newsletter in the meantime.
Virginia Foster, President ￼
Our first meeting of the New Year is Tuesday April 16th At the Dorian Parker Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd. Barrie Our Speaker is – Elizabeth Schleicher, of the Hamilton/Burlington Rose Society Her presentation title is ‘Copenhagen Adventures’. She and her husband visited Denmark, attending the triennial convention of World Rose Societies in 2018. Results of Photo Competition.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
Music in Bloom
The Garden Clubs of Ontario is presenting a judged floral design and horticulture show at the RBG Wednesday May 29 (10am – 8pm) and Thur. May 30 (10am – 4pm). The show will use all three auditoriums at the RBG and will include lectures and activities. Admission is free with paid admission to the RBG
NEW ROSES for 2019
Are you thinking of spring, the garden and roses? If not, we are here to help YOU to get in the mood. We have ordered 17 varieties of roses, 146 in total which will be available at 3 Farmers’ markets; two in Orillia and one in Barrie, Saturdays – May 11, 18, 25 You are not quite there yet? Well, here are a couple of exciting roses from the past that should get you in the mood.
This is Boule de Neige (Ball of Snow) a Bourbon Rose by David Austin. Breeder: Lacharme, France –1867. She is richly fragrant, camellia like white flowers, exquisite form, slender growth and repeats well.
This is Love & Peace, HT, a beautiful name for an exquisite rose. First time in my garden last year and I could not believe the amount of blooms, large (5-7”) up to 5 blooms at a time and repeats to the first frost. Carmine red buds open to hues of red, orange and yellow. An Eye-catching combination. Now that I got your attention, keep your eye on the next Newsletter…more roses to come. Ligita
I have heard that you can cook and bake with roses, and I was wondering if this is true and if so, can you share an easy recipe or two to get me started?
Dear Inquisitive foody,
Roses have been used as garnishes and centrepieces because of their elegant colors and delicate texture for a very long time. While roses are certainly a lovely decoration for any room, I encourage you to invite them into your kitchen as well. Every variety of rose is edible, and each one offers a uniquely sweet and floral flavor. A fragrant rose will generally be more flavourful, so follow your nose when selecting roses for cooking.
CANDIED ROSE PETALS
1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp. rosewater or almond extract, ½ cup water
Fresh Rose petals (violets can also be used) Make a syrup of sugar and water by boiling together until slightly thickened. Stir in rosewater or almond extract. Let syrup cool a little. Place a few rose petals in the syrup and coat both sides. Remove to wax paper with a slotted spoon. Let petals become totally dry before storing them in an airtight container. Use them to decorate cakes or other desserts and really impress your guests.
Recipes from a booklet “Roses for the Northern Gardener”, author David Harrap
ROSE PETAL JAM
½ lb. garden rose petals (225 g)
½ lb. clear honey (225 g)
1 cup water (300 ml)
Strained juice of one lemon
Sterilize 3 or 4 little jars. Put rose petals, honey and water into a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until rose petals are soft. Strain, retaining the liquid; put rose petals into hot jars. Return liquid to pot and add lemon juice. Bring to a boil and boil gently until setting point is reached. Cool slightly. Pour into jars, stirring well. Put on lids to seal
NOTE: If recipe calls for fresh rose petals, use them within 2 hours of picking
UPDATE ON THE CANADIAN ROSE SOCIETY (CRS) ￼
Our Canadian Rose society needs help, a communique was sent out recently asking for assistance. They need a President, secretary and executive directors. If any individual is interested, please let them know. The situation is very serious and without help the society may have to dissolve. The Huronia Rose society (HRS) has responded with suggestions and offered help in a variety of ways. A future meeting with the CRS will determine its future, we will keep you updated.
David Austin will be sadly missed.
David was born (16 February 1926 at Albrighton – and passed away 18 December 2018 in the same village) He was a British rose breeder and writer who lived in Shropshire, England. His emphasis was on breeding roses with the character and with the fragrance of old garden roses but with the repeat-flowering ability and the wide colour range of modern roses such as hybrid teas and floribundas. Austin roses have always been a favorite of mine and I find them extremely hardy even in our harsh Canadian winters.
Your membership is due
Please submit your annual renewal fee using this form
Year 2019 Membership Form
( ) Single Membership – $15.00 ( ) Family Membership – $20.00
( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member Name(s)_______________________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________
Phone No: __________________ E-mail_____________________________ ( ) none
NB. 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 and submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting
OR mail to:
Huronia Rose Society
c/o Ligita Preisbergs
3487 Hedgemere Landing
Severn, ON. L3V 0V8