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


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