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.
Please contact Michelle Lynch with your order choices soon:
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.
ROSE BUSHES FOR SALE: ($22 each)
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.
We are on Facebook!
40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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