Rose Petal News June 2020

MESsage from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

On January 1st, with much anticipation, we welcomed in 2020, looking forward to a great year full of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Huronia Rose Society.

Little did we know then, the impact of COVID-19 and how it was going to change all our planning, meetings, discussions, and e-mails.  However, all is not lost as we will celebrate in 2021 as 40 years plus 1.  

Making quick decisions and quick changes of plans and venues has certainly kept all of us, on the board, on our toes.   A prime example is our main fund raiser, selling roses at the farmers market in Barrie and Orillia. How can we make this possible in the middle of a pandemic or should we just cancel and try to recover any costs incurred to date? Lots of positive ideas were presented then both Michelle and Ligita kindly offered to work together and managed the job with great success. Michelle’ s report is coming up that will explain, the what and how in detail. 

On another related note, there was an article in the e-mail newspaper “What’s happening in Barrie today” about the HRS selling roses during a pandemic. The article was professionally written and illustrated with beautiful photographs of the roses that were being sold. 

Fame for a day!!

Many of us are feeling and will continue to feel the effects of this pandemic for a long time. We read about the cancellations of many important events daily and we have had to make some difficult decisions, therefore we have cancelled all meetings, including our annual rose show for the remaining year. Hopefully, 2021 will see a return to some form of normalcy and we can continue to get together and celebrate 40 plus 1.

Meanwhile, we should keep in touch with each other, those of you that have e-mail, please let us know how your garden is growing this year and include photos whenever you can. The same holds true for our members that would love to send us information by mail. More importantly we hope you are staying healthy and coping in a time that is challenging, difficult and new to all of us. 

On a last note, Charlotte sent in this link to visit gardens in the Netherlands as garden tours are not physically possible this year. At least we can enjoy by electronic means.

Virginia Foster. President




Gardener Owen shows you the hyacinths – Keukenhof

Huronia Rose Society Rose Sales 2020

What a unique and memorable Anniversary year for the Huronia Rose Society in 2020. The Fundraising Rose Sales also took a unique turn for 2020. Thanks to our website and new Facebook page we were able to continue with our Rose sales online. With no possibility of selling at the Orillia and Barrie Farmers Markets as done historically, we turned to social media to make it happen.

In April we had assorted Miniflora roses from Aldershot greenhouses in Burlington and bare root Austin roses from Hortico nurseries for sale. All pre-ordered online by customers and then picked up from the growers on Easter Monday. Customer Pick ups took place in the Georgian Mall parking lot in Barrie and the Home Depot parking lot in Orillia. 

All done with social distancing protocols in place.

It was so nice to see fellow gardeners in person all excited about spring. In May the Ontario grown potted garden roses were promoted and pre-ordered online by customers, from all over Ontario – Ottawa, Mississauga, Cookstown, Angus, Barrie, Orillia, and Oro Medonte – amazing. A terrific article was written by Miriam King and seen in the Orillia Matters, Barrie Today and the Innisfil online newspaper- there was a fabulous response from the public for our Rose sale.

On May 21st, the roses arrived from JCBakker &Sons and were sorted by members of the Huronia Rose Society for the delivery to the pickup sites in Barrie. One in South Barrie at the Molson Centre/ Sadlon Arena parking lot and one at the Ferris Lane Community Church parking lot in north Barrie. Volunteers from the Huronia Rose Society helped organize roses on the sites and welcome our customers. Every customer arrived as prearranged to pick up their roses and drop off their payment in the money basket. Social distancing respected. Once again, visiting with fellow gardeners and sharing stories about roses was very enjoyable. Grandfathers who grew roses, fathers who budded roses, mothers who had amazing roses – “the seven sisters rose” – so many memories of roses. Orillia customers arrived Saturday morning to pick up their roses at my house and again conversations and garden walks were a lovely way to visit fellow gardeners. We sold 137 potted garden roses and 72 Miniflora roses and 31 bare root Austin roses in 2020.

 An exceptionally good year.

 Michelle Lynch                                  


Photos courtesy of Michelle Lynch

Group for Barrie South pick up

Michelle Lynch and Lynne Melnyk

Photos courtesy of Edna Caldwell

In our society, we have this expression:  To “go above and beyond the call of duty” and it means to do a lot more than you are required or expected to do for your job. If you break the expression down into parts, “go above and beyond” means to do more. “The call of duty” means “the things that you’re asked to do for your job”.                                                                      (Wikipedia definition)

We would like to thank Michelle and her team that worked awfully hard to make the sale of roses a success. Without their efforts it would be exceedingly difficult for the HRS to continue as the sale of roses, is our main source of revenue. Way to go team Michelle!!!!!!!!!


As previously mentioned by our President Virginia, but worth repeating is the fact that all meetings for 2020 have been cancelled. The decision was exceedingly difficult for the board to make. At this time, city officials cannot determine what will develop over the next few months or even when public meetings will be allowed to take place. If COVID -19 does diminish and gatherings of 50 people can meet, the question is: would members even attend a meeting during these difficult times?

Therefore, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2021 as 40 years plus 1

But watch for news either by e-mail or a phone call for some alternative activities for HRS members in the coming months.



There has been the usual spring work carried out at the Memorial Rose Garden, taking care to work at a distance from each other, only 2 or 3 members at a time.

The pruning took place, then fertilizing and 2 sessions of weeding to rid the garden of a very persistent, ground-hugging little weed. With the rains we have experienced the last week of May, watering is not a concern, presently.

Every time we are there, people says how they enjoy the garden, or stop to ask a few questions about their roses. 

We have our 2 pamphlets on rose culture with us and our bookmarks to hand out if anyone wishes more information.

We welcome anyone who can volunteer to remove the dead blooms from last week of June to the end of August, once or twice a month.

For more information regarding the program or memorial garden, please call Edna at 705-721-0484



How well do you know your Canadian hardy roses? Have some fun and you could win a nice prize. Please complete the crossword and return to Virginia Foster by mail or email by July 31st.The address is 28 Meadowlark Road, Barrie, Ont. L4M 6E1 or


  • 2. An English fur trader
  • 5. Commemorates the100th anniversary of the red cross
  • 8.  Best known for his attempts to discover the northwest passage and his voyages to Labrador
  • 11. A French explorer and cartographer
  • 12. Known for his attempts to find the northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific
  • 17.  An upper portion of the sun appears
  • 19. His most famous undertaking was his exploration of the North Pacific coast of North America
  • 21. Commemorates the 100th anniversary of Morden


  • 1. Is one of Quebec’s most celebrated singer-songwriters
  • 3. A pastel member of the Morden series
  • 4.  A Canadian artist, famous for paintings of western coast Indians
  • 6.  A Dano-Norwegian explorer/navigator
  • 7. A large area of exposed Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks
  • 9. Completed several voyages to find the northwest passage and discovered the Falkland Islands
  • 10. An outdoors fire
  • 13. A precious stone
  • 14. An Italian explorer/navigator, 1497 voyage to North America where he claimed land in Canada for England
  • 15. A key figure in New France history and was the governor of the colonyk                                                                                        
  • 16. A new rose for the 49th parallel                                                 
  • 18. Created to honour the women of the Canadian Navy
  • 20. An English explorer/ navigator, best known for his explorations of the present-day Canada                                                                             

Historical Gardens in Annapolis Royal

Hi Everyone,  

 Retirement is a time of major change in your life. For many retirees, one of those changes involves leaving their home and downsizing. My husband and I are Opticians and we decided the best year to start the next chapter in our lives would be the year 2020. A number that is extremely hard for us to forget as we have taught students for many years about how to improve a person’s visual acuity.


The next decision was to research where to go? So, we travelled the Maritimes for the last five years searching for the perfect location. We found it, in the area of the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia. For as long as I can remember my passion has always been gardening so I will continue to garden in my retirement and of course, grow roses! 

Barrie has zone 5b, the Annapolis area is like Niagara on the Lake which has a zone of 6b and sometimes 7 depending on the map and if you are closer to the lake. Another interesting fact about the Annapolis region is annually they have 2 feet less snow than Barrie. Can you imagine my delight? 

While in the valley we visited the Annapolis Historical Gardens and one of the most magnificent of the collections, by any standards, is the rose collection which has more than  270 cultivars, from ancient roses like the Apothecary Rose through to modern hybrids including roses of the Canadian Explorer, Parkland and Artist series’. With thousands of colourful and fragrant blossoms, it is the largest rose collection in the Maritime region. 


It is with sadness that I leave Barrie and all my good friends in the HRS but I will be back several times a year, the pandemic situation taken into consideration. My email will remain the same and I will continue to be a member of a society that is near and dear to my heart. It is never good-bye, just see you later!



The Canadian Rose Society has had 3 teleconference calls since the beginning of 2020.

As a result, we have realized that in order to be and continue to be successful in this new decade, working together is key and as we move forward, we are finding that we have a great team. Secondly, we need to transform ourselves to deal with the future challenges that we may face as a National society beginning with improving our mission statement, logo and vision. We are still trying to plan an AGM for this fall investigating Zoom or an equivalent as we are in the digital technology era and we need to keep up. More information when available will follow including time, location and date.

 Our current rose judging school report from Barb and John Munton informs us that as of the time you read this update 13 of the remaining students will have successfully completed all of Phase 3 of the course. All these students are eligible to challenge the final exam on May 30th,2020. The minimum passing grade is 75 and results will be released sometime in June. Good luck to all the candidates!

The CRS is also honored to announce two new members to achieve honorary lifetime status:

  • June Laver
  • Ken Flood

Both well known rosarians that have grown, educated and promoted Canadian hardy roses for decades.


Huronia Rose Society Photographic Competition 2020 Results

Class 1: A photo of a garden with Roses (1 entries)
First: Willy Vanderpost

Class 2: A close – up photo of one rose bloom (8 entries)
First: Charlotte LeBoeuf
Second: Virginia Foster
Third: Ellen Spencer

Class 3: A close-up of a cluster of roses (any type) (7 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Grace Kent
Third: Ellen Spencer

Class 4: A photo of a public Rose Garden (4 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third: Grace Kent

Class 5: A photo of roses and a companion ( 2 entries)
First: Grace Kent
Second: Ellen Spencer

Class 6: A close-up photo of a Canadian rose (5 entries)
First: Charlotte LeBoeuf
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third:  Edna Caldwell

Class 7: A close-up of an old English rose Austin (2 entries)
First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Grace Kent

Class 8: A close-up of a miniature rose (1 entry)
First: Virginia Foster

Class 9: A close-up of any rose (fully open) (7 entries)
First: Virginia Foster
Second: Charlotte LeBouef
Third: Edna Caldwell

Class 10:  A photo of a rose bush/climber in bloom (4 entries)
First: Ellen Spencer
Second: Grace Kent
Third: Virginia Foster

BEST IN SHOW: Charlotte LeBoeuf

Number of entries    41, 2019/2020

A gorgeous photo of Night Owl


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.

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

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
Barrie, Ontario
L4N 1X7




Rose Petal News March/April 2020

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.

NOTE: PHOTOS and Descriptions of the roses for sale are in 2 posts on our new Facebook site – when you click on each rose photo, you will see the rose name and details in the description:

Please contact Michelle Lynch with your order choices soon:       705-325-4143

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.


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.

From Michelle, (Publicity, with the assistance of Julie Craft). Check it out our first venture into the Facebook world. If you have things you would like posted please send my way – photos, links to Rose articles you think are good, anything appropriate. Connections to CRS, articles about rose growers, Canadian roses…. I am going to try a get Hort societies to like us and follow as well as other Rose lovers. Please share with anyone you might think would be interested.
Please “Like” and follow us.


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 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 

Tues.Oct.20   CANCELLED
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 

Edna Caldwell

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

Ellen #1

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.

Ellen #2


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.

Ellen #3

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.

Membership includes:  

  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

Barrie, Ontario

L4N 1X7



Help us celebrate 40 years of sharing knowledge of growing roses.

You are invited to join us at all or any events.  Bring your friends. Everyone is welcome. Free Admission 

Meetings & Events 2020  

Join us at Dorian Parker Community Centre,

227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie

7pm – 9pm





Topic  “All the Rose Questions you were Afraid to Ask”,     presented by a panel of HRS rosarians        

Multiflora rose bushes for sale      

Brief presentation of roses for sale in May


Tues. June 16th

Topic  “Earth-Kind Gardens ”      

Speaker: Alex Henderson,  Royal Botanical Gardens      

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Millennium Memorial Rose Garden  


Tues. July 7th

Annual Rose Show -Official opening at 7pm

 Cake Cutting Ceremony  


 Tues. September 15th

Topic “For the Love of a Rose”

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Shorthouse


Tues. October 20th

“Little Ladies of the Garden” (Miniature Roses)

Speaker: Dale Lovering



 For Information : 705 739-8588; 705 721-0484

Each meeting features a brief pictorial presentation of 40 years, as well as special refreshments and lucky draws 




Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Seasons Greetings to all our fellow Rosarians:

Winter is on its way and, after that sudden early snowfall, a lot of us were caught without finishing the winterizing of our roses. Thankfully, we have been given a reprieve to finish putting them to bed.  I know that snow was a shock to us, as we still had roses blooming and were waiting for the last bud to open enough to be able to bring it indoors to continue blooming, but it didn’t make it.

The Executive have been busy over the last 2 meetings putting the plans together for next year.  Our 40th Anniversary committee have been busy as well, helping to ensure that we celebrate this milestone properly.  We are delighted to announce that we have just confirmed Alex Henderson from the Royal Botanical Gardens as the speaker for our on June 16th, 2020 meeting. We will be having 5 meetings throughout 2020, so there will be many opportunities to celebrate.

This year has been very successful, with lots of variations at the meetings and a wonderful Rose Show in the summer.

At the last AGM, our treasurer, Ligita Preisbergs, stepped down and handed the books over to Ellen Spencer.  Ligita has been on board for several years and will be so missed at the meetings with her great sense of humour.  She has been faithful in ordering the roses that we sell at the Farmers market each year.  Lynne Melnick was on our executive for a year but had to step down because of other commitments and we will miss her expertise and helpful suggestions. We did get a wonderful writeup in the Canadian Rose Society (CRS) newsletter with photos from our Rose show last summer making us known across Canada. We would like to remind our members that our own Janice Schmidt is now President of the CRS and will be looking for support from us, so hopefully you will take out a membership next year.

This is the last newsletter for 2019, so we all wish you and your families wonderful Christmas celebrations and a very Happy New Year.

Please keep safe and remember to count your blessings.

Virginia Foster



There are always fewer honours and awards than people who deserve them. Because receiving honours and awards are so rare, they are reserved for special people that have:

  • made significant, observable changes or accomplishments in our society and whose work has benefited the citizens of Barrie
  • shown ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication;
  • earned the respect of their peers and become a role model in the society

 This year we are proud to recognize our lifetime achievement winners. Starting on the left with 

Sally Drapeau, Irene Slessor and Gladys Miller.




The CRS is planning their first executive meeting in January 2020. A new teleconference system has been set up so that all can join via the comfort of their living room. The first agenda will focus on the future direction of the society with an emphasis on resurrecting the Rose Judging school and continuing education for current rose judges. 

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) is an umbrella association of (as of 2015) 39-member countries’ national rose societies. Their next convention is in India this January 2020 and the next in June in Belgium. Is anyone up for a road trip? 



Test your rose knowledge      

  1. While the rose may bear no fruit, it does produce rose hips. What vitamin is produced by the hip almost more than any other fruit or vegetable?
  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin B
  3. Vitamin C

      2. What colour were the dominant species of wild roses?

a) Pink

b) White

c) Red

       3. Which Greek goddess gave the rose its name?

a) Aphrodite

b) Athena

c) Artemis

 4. Name the French explorer that brought the first cultivated roses to North America

      a) Jacques Cartier

      b) Samuel De Champlain

     c) John Cabot

5. Although often called thorns, what is the proper term for the sharp growths found on the stems of many roses?

     a) Prickles

     b) Sickles

     c) Points

Answers to the rose trivia, at the end of the newsletter.



During 2020 we are celebrating 40 years of the establishment of the Huronia Rose Society. Several of the founding members had already been members of the Canadian Rose Society, and the thought was since there was no rose society north of Toronto, we would start one in our area.

         All year long there will be special guest speakers, a beautiful Rose Show, other wonderful events for all of you to take part in.

If you know of any former members be sure to tell them about our year and give us their names as we attempt to contact all former members to help celebrate our success.


 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.

Membership includes:   1.   5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. 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

Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society

c/o Lynn Schnitter

597 Mapleview Drive, East

Barrie, ON. L9J 0C3

Answers to rose trivia:

  1. 3) Vitamin C,   2. a) Pink,   3. a) Aphrodite,   4. b) Samuel De Champlain,   5. a) Prickles


Rose Petal News August / September 2019

Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
We are still enjoying summer and making it last if we can. I do hope that you have had success with your roses this summer despite the lack of rain. Thank you to the person that invented hoses.!!
We are looking forward to our next meeting on September 17th at Dorian Parker Community Centre. It is Awards Night and our guest speaker, Don Komarechka, who will be speaking on photography. Much needed by those of us who love to take photos especially of our gardens. He will be helping us to “think out of the box” when taking photos.

Again, our Annual Rose show was a great success, and there are more details to follow in this newsletter. We had a lovely visit to Willy Vanderpost’s gardens for our annual garden visit. After our tour of her roses, we had some lovely refreshments and various finger foods to enjoy while having a chat with other members.
I do hope that our members have had a chance to visit our Rose Garden down on the lake shore. The roses have pretty well finished but if you haven’t been, it would be a good idea to go and see where the garden is and then have a leisurely walk along the lake shore. The views are wonderful. And it is very peaceful. Thank you so much for all the volunteers who helped with the watering and the maintenance of the garden.
We are always looking for new members so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to invite them to the next meeting.
Next year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary so the committee is already making plans. If you have any photos or information concerning the first meeting. Please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you at the September meeting.

Virginia Foster, President

Program – Tuesday, September 17th. The topic is:

“The Universe at our Feet through Photography”.
Our speaker is Don Komarechka, a Barrie photographer who has judged our photographic competition every year. He is an expert at close-up photography, specializing in photographing snowflakes. We will learn many tips to help us take better photographs of our flowers and any other subjects we want to capture by camera.
Don’t miss this meeting. It is also our Awards Night from our Rose Show in July.
Since our roses often put out a great show of blooms in September, we invite you to bring one or two of your best blooms to this meeting, with their name if possible. Hope the bugs have disappeared by then!


Program – Tuesday, October 15th. The topic is:
Keukenhof Gardens, Holland; Monet’s Garden, France”
Our speaker is Edna Caldwell.
Edna visited the Keukenhof Gardens outside Amsterdam in April 2017, renowned for their fantastic display of spring bulbs set amongst acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and shrubs.

In September 2018, while touring France, Edna captured on film many plants in the spacious gardens at Givenchy, the home of Monet, famous for his painting “Water Lilies”. She is pleased to share these wonderful landscapes with our group.


1. Bring your entries for our 2019 Photographic Competition that night. It will also be our annual meeting.

2. The following is a synopsis of a letter received by Edna, that we believe will be of great interest to our readers.

Hello Edna:

In my retirement, I remain keenly interested in both garden and wild roses and continue to make observations and write about both, along with the insects associated with them. I also hope to complete articles on the European roses that have gone feral in the Maritimes, along with garden roses I have observed on cruises of the Baltic and from Amsterdam to Budapest.
Recently, I have been working with a citizen scientist in Seattle on a cynipid gall found on feral roses in the State of Washington. The gall is called the mossy rose gall or Robin’s pincushion or rose bedeguar. It has been accidentally introduced into Canada and the United States along with it its hosts the dog rose (Rosa canina) and sweet briar rose (Rosa rubiginosa). The scientist is an advanced ‘amateur’ and a lawyer by trade and has built an elaborate laboratory with his own funds to study this gall and others.
Both these roses are found in Ontario; however, I usually have difficulty in telling them apart. I usually rely on the apple odour of the sweet briar rose. Both roses have gone feral in southern Ontario and the galls remain on them. Several years ago, I found the roses and galls at many sites from Sudbury to Windsor. I found several this past weekend at an old homestead site on Manitoulin Island. See attached photo. This one is size of an apricot.

Joseph D. Shorthouse, BSc, MSc, PhD, Fellow of the Entomological Society of Canada
Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Environmental Biology Freelance writer and photographer.










Rose Gall Wasp


Diplolepis rosae is a hymenopteran gall wasp which causes a gall known as the rose bedeguar gall, Robin’s pincushion, or moss gall. The gall develops as a chemically induced distortion of an unopened leaf axillary or terminal bud, mostly on field rose or dog rose shrubs.


Crown gall is a disease caused by a soil inhabiting bacterium that infects many ornamentals and fruit trees in the garden. It is often brought to a garden on the stems or roots of an infected plant and spread with contaminated pruning tools and soils. This bacterial disease causes the formation of large corky galls up to several inches in diameter. They appear at the base of the plant and on stems and roots, and commonly on the bud union. Roses should not be planted where plants susceptible to crown gall have been removed because of the disease. Over the years of growing roses, I have seen this gall in my garden.


We have Joe’s address so if you see a gall on one or more of your roses please send the pictures to  We will make sure we forward the photographs on to Joe.



Do you love photography? Would you like to share your best shots of roses with our society? We are so excited to announce that we are launching this year’s contest.
Entries Submitted – October 2019
Convener: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719) email
The Huronia Rose Society invites our members to enter the Photo contest.

Competition Rules:
Submission of all photographs must be accompanied by an entry tag and include:
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 2018 and 2019 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 by 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.
Photographs will be submitted and judged at the October 2019 meeting.

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



Edna Caldwell, Michelle Lynch, Virginia Foster and Janice Schmidt make up the steering committee working on the revitalization of the CRS. We are pleased to report that a meeting has been scheduled on September 22nd at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington at 2:00 pm central time. Invitations have been sent out across the country to CRS members and an agenda will be circulated to those that will be attending electronically and in person prior to the meeting. We are looking forward to suggestions on how to move the CRS into the future and to the election of an interim President, Vice- President and Secretary which will work with the remaining executive until 2020.


At the October 15th meeting we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The existing executive will conduct a short overview on our society’s operations.  Additionally, any open executive positions will need filling, and if you would like to join the executive, please contact one of the nominating committee members, Virginia Foster, Janice Schmidt or Ellen Spencer.
Should you decide to fill a position as part of the executive, it would involve four extra meetings a year and the hope that you would assist on one of the working committees. I have been on the executive for several years and have found the work enjoyable, fun and the opportunity to make many dear friends. Please put your name forward. We could use your help.

The rose bushes got off to a great start with the cool damp weather in spring. By July, with hot weather, watering had to be done weekly. Thanks to Charlotte LeBoeuf, Lynn Schnitter, Irene Slessor, Victor and Virginia Foster and Cherin Harris-Tuck for keeping the garden looking attractive all summer. I want to give a special thank you to Lorraine Gray who each spring and late summer helps with the important task of pruning to keep the roses growing vigorously. We receive many complements from the people walking and biking by the garden. We also got words of appreciation from one of the city’s Parks and Rec staff for how well the garden looks all the time.



Annual Rose show
Tuesday, July 02, 2019




Queen of the Show “South Africa”
                                  Victor Foster



                  Miniature Queen of the Show “Waterlily”
                                   Ellen Spencer



                                            Best Shrub Rose
                                            FJ Grootendorst
                                               Grace Kent



                                             Best Red Rose
                                            Mumsted Wood
                                              Grace Kent



                          Best Design by Novice Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend
                                    Dale Lovering

                                  Best Design Experienced Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend by Edna Caldwell

                                                                           Judge’s Choice
                                                                       Golden Celebration
                                                                          Edna Caldwell



                                                        A reflective design, Memories, winner Holly Wells
A Reflective Design is a creative design containing material(s) that reflect, give back image(s) of light or other components to the viewer. Reflective components are essential to the design and must appear throughout the design. Staging a design on or in front of a mirror is not a Reflective Design.






The evening was successful with a total of 87 entries, 74 specimen roses and 13 designs finishing with socializing and sharing rose growing experiences over tea and cake.


Next year is our 40th anniversary and the steering committee has begun to meet to discuss and create a year of memorable experiences for our society members.



Members of this family are commonly called “hummingbird,” “sphinx,” or “hawk “moths, and some can be mistaken for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird moths’ range throughout North America but spotting this masterpiece of Mother Nature is a rare treat. If you’d like to increase the odds, make sure their favorite food sources are well represented in your garden and keep your eyes peeled during the times of day they’re most likely to appear. Like most moths and butterflies, the adult hummingbird moths feed on nectar from a variety of flowers, but their larvae need more specific food plants, such as several species of honeysuckle, dogbane, or some members of the rose family such as hawthorn, cherries, and plums.
This summer I have seen this moth several times in early afternoon and it was attracted to my Bergamot. The above photo is courtesy of google images so that you can get a clear picture of this unique creature. The photo below is taken in my garden.

Should you get a welcomed visitor that you would like to share with our membership, please send your photo and information to


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( ) Single Membership – $15.00
( ) Family Membership – $20.00
( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member
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Phone No: __________________            E-mail_____________________________                   ( ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:

1. 5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. 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
Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society
c/o Lynn Schnitter
597 Mapleview Drive, East
Barrie, On. L9J 0C3

Rose Petal News February 2019

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.    

farmers market 2


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.    

farmers market 1 


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?

Inquisitive foody    

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.      


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


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

Happy cooking


                                          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.  

                                                                        Rose Photo.8 

                                                              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.    

David AustinDavid Austin flowers



                                          Your membership is due

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( ) Single Membership – $15.00 ( ) Family Membership – $20.00 

( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member Name(s)_______________________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________  

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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

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Roses for Sale May 2016


Huronia Rose Society will be selling Ontario-grown, ready-to-plant, potted roses at the following locations:

  • Barrie: Barrie Farmers’ Market, Collier/Mulcaster St. on Saturday, May 7th 8:00am -noon (1 day only!)
  • Orillia: Orillia Farmers’ Market, Odas Park-Fairgrounds Road, May 7th, 14th & 21st 8:00am -noon

Several types of beautiful, premium-quality roses will be available while supplies last:

Floribunda roses

Climbing roses

Hybrid Tea roses

Shrub/David Austin roses

Rose Petal News November/December 2015

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS.
Dear Fellow Rosarians:
FALL is a glorious time of year to work in the garden. Putting the garden to bed is a gradual process that begins somewhere around the middle of October and continues right up until the ground freezes.
The rule of thumb is: “If it’s yellow or brown, cut it down; if it’s green, leave it alone.” As the weather gets colder, this life force is translocated to the root systems of the plants. When this happens, the leaves change color. Then, and only then, do you cut them down. I always try and get an early start on my perennials. But, if you do start too early, you may damage the plant or affect the plant’s ability to grow and prosper next year.
If we think about roses, most harden themselves off as fall changes to winter. But, the more we look after and care for our roses throughout the growing season, the better chance they stand to get through the winter without too much damage. The key is to slow the rose growth down by not fertilizing at least six weeks before the first frost and allowing rose hips to form. Then, dormancy should occur and the roses will sleep until they awake in the spring.

As part of the November 17th Open Meeting, there will be a very brief Annual Meeting, the Election of Officers. We will also have Refreshments. The Lucky Draws will be for Ina’s Embroidered Mini Tapestry, a lovely needlepoint, and Ellen’s garden-themed Plaque, with stand.
So, please remember to bring a loonie or two in order to purchase Lucky Draw tickets to win these items.


Nov. 17th, 2015

Catherine Waffle
Past President of Barrie’s Garden Club and Master Gardener since 2009.
Catherine’s presentation will focus on shrubs: early flowering, mid and late flowering,
winter interest, pruning basics, and size considerations.
We can learn this evening of other shrubs to give beauty and interest all year long on our properties.

Her garden is an official wildlife habitat-certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
 We have decided to forego holding public meetings in the winter.
The Spring public meeting 
will be held on Tues. April 19, 2016 at the Dorion Parker Centre, at 7 pm.

Photographic Competition

There are only a few weeks left before the closing date of the Huronia Rose Society’s photography competition, and all entries are due at our November 17th Open Meeting. So be quick if you want to enter! The categories are listed in the last Newsletter and on our web site. If you need a refresher regarding the entry categories, please refer to the attachment to your June newsletter, or call me at 705-728-7719 or email me at
Good luck to all!

Membership Fee Increase
We recently 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 $20.00. 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 at

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September/October 2015 Newsletter

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS:

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
Throughout the month of August, the foliage starts to lose its freshness, the occasional leaf starts to show a change in colour, and the birds start talking to each other about their migration, making autumn one of the most delicious times of the year.

“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one Autumnal face.” John Donne (English poet)

So, this is the perfect time to think about creating new flower beds in order to plant more perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and of course, roses. Roses can be planted in the spring or in the fall.

You still have time. In fact, in Canada, you can plant anytime between mid-August and six weeks before the first killing frost, which means well into October. Therefore, if you choose to plant early in the fall, it will give the rose bush the opportunity to develop feeder roots before it goes dormant and the frost arrives. This means it will grow and bloom that much quicker when it comes out of dormancy in the spring.

There is nothing more spectacular than a rose in bloom. Our Meeting in the fall is a time to share the last rose bloom of the summer. So, bring in as many sprays or single blooms as possible to share the beauty with the Membership.

Upcoming Events:

September 15, 2015 | Micro-Climates in Your Garden | Speaker: Lexi Dearborn

Learn to evaluate your garden so you can grow some plants that might not survive in another part of your property. Perhaps a Japanese Maple might do well in the right spot or some tender perennial that you saw in a Zone 6 garden centre. This evening is also our Awards Night when the trophies for our annual Rose Show will be presented.

November 17, 2015 | Flowering Shrubs | Speaker: Catherine Waffle, Master Gardener

Catherine Waffle will speak about flowering shrubs. Tonight the Huronia Rose Society will also hold its Annual General Meeting where we will elect the Board of Directors for 2016. If you you are interested in volunteering, contact Janice Schmidt.

Millennium Memorial Garden

The garden has looked beautiful this summer, thanks to our regular volunteers who weekly cut off the dead/dying blooms and clean up fallen petals. To my knowledge, there have been only two Members who make the commitment regularly, Jeanne Leong and Irene Slessor, for which we owe a big “Thank You.” If any other Member has been helping deadhead, unknown to the Board, we thank you very much. Cherin Harris-Tuck has been a great help in watering the rose garden and Lorraine Gray has assisted in pruning in spring and late summer. Without these few dedicated Members our Rose Garden would not be the wonderful asset to the waterfront that it is. We would be very grateful for more Barrie Members to step up and help next year. Jeanne reports that “Everything looks great, and special thanks to our Secretary, Edna Caldwell, for her time and energy spent watering, spraying, fertilizing and pruning the many shrub roses at the Rose Garden this season.”

Garden Visit

The HRS thanks Trudy and Frank Seyforth for inviting us to visit their beautiful rose garden in July in Penetanguishene. With the rose garden were many perennials, shrubs and vegetables. Dining, socializing, and smelling the roses during a warm summer night is the perfect way to end a hot summer day for a rosarian.


At our Sept. meeting there will be a chance to win a Canadian rose book, titled “Roses for Canadian Gardens” by Robert Osborne, nurseryman from Corn Hill Nursery, New Brunswick. His personal stories of growing these hardy roses accompanied by beautiful photographs makes this an excellent resource that is easy to read but filled with information about the roses that will do well in our cold climate.

Membership Fee Increase

We recently 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. In order 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 $20.00. 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, at To renew your membership, please complete the 2016 Membership Form and bring it to the Annual General Meeting along with your membership fee.

A Special Request

In the June Canadian Rose Society newsletter, the editor, Christine Moore, asked CRS Members to give the names of their favourite rose. I am sure she would be interested in what are the favourite roses of HRS Members. She will put them in the next CRS newsletter. Send your top picks to

2015 Rose Show Report

The annual Rose Show, held at the Dorian Parker Community Centre on Sunnidale Road, was very successful and well attended. Our 35th Anniversary was celebrated with a lovely and delicious cake.

Queen of the Show (Edna Caldwell Plaque) | Dale Lovering | Tropicana

Best Shrub Rose (Victor Loeb Memorial Trophy) | David Ross | Westerland

Best Red Rose (Wendy Caldwell Halkewycz Trophy) | Ellen Spencer | Royal William

Miniature Queen of the Show (Plaque) | Dale Lovering | Popcorn

Best Design Level B (Reta Caldwell Plaque) | Ligita Preisbergs | Synergistic

Best Design Level C (Betty Nielsen Cup) | Edna Caldwell | Complementary

Everyone enjoyed browsing through photo albums prepared by Edna with historical pictures and information about the early years. The fun presentation of floral designs by Dale Lovering, Carl Phillips, David Ross, and Ron Spencer was well received with a lot of laughter and comments. It was expertly moderated by Edna Caldwell. The invitational class was entered by three new OHA judges who each did a lovely design to depict “Thinking outside the Box”.

A New Rose

When the Canadian Rose Society celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years ago, a Canadian-bred rose was sold to Members as a fundraiser. Called “Rosy Vision”, it was developed by Dr. Arnold who took over breeding Canadian roses after the Experimental Station at Morden Manitoba was closed down by the Federal Government.

In my garden “Rosy Vision” is a lovely soft pink with hints of coral. It has continuous blooms all season and is almost disease-free.  It winters quite well with no winter protection. The Palantine Roses nursery is propagating this rose and will have it for sale in a couple of years. To see more of Dr. Arnold’s new introductions go to -Edna

Photographic Competition

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and many opportunities to snap photographs of beautiful roses in bloom making ready for the photographic competition this fall.

All entries are due at our November meeting. If you need a refresher regarding the entry categories please refer to the attachment to your June Newsletter or email me, Janice Schmidt, at:

Ina’s Cross Stitch

There are many occasions to present someone special with a beautiful handmade cross stitch picture. These creative pieces were donated by Ina and all proceeds go to Huronia Rose Society. The starting bid is $20 for both pictures, so please bring some cash to the September meeting and you may be in luck and return home with a treasure.

May/ June Newsletter 2015

 Rose Petal News May / June 2015

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians: Our success as a Society depends upon our dedicated Members, who have generously given their time and expertise over the years by assisting us in our many projects. So, I am asking for your help one more time: Can each of you talk to a friend or colleague that you know enjoys gardening and see if they would like to come and join our Society. We always have exciting news and upcoming events to celebrate and share and the more Members the better in order to insure and guarantee that our future will continue. For example, the 35th anniversary of the Huronia Rose Society is fast approaching and we will celebrate this important time at the annual Rose Show on Tuesday, June 30th. Our schedule has been revised to include an Invitational Design class, and we have six newly accredited judges participating. I know that their imagination and creativity will present a truly interesting competition. So mark your calendar and be sure to attend and bring that friend as we will be having lots of fun

June 30th — Celebration of 35th Anniversary of the Huronia Rose Society

Annual Rose Show Theme “Thinking Outside the Box”

See attached schedule for entry times and show classes

Silent Auction 7:00 pm — General meeting with a fun floral demonstration

Show opens at 8:00 pm

There will be cake!

RESULTS FROM OUR ROSE SALES FUNDRAISER What a fund raising event this was! A total of 140 potted Rose bushes was purchased and picked up by Society Members from two rose growers in St. Catharine’s & Niagara-on-the Lake. Pre-sales orders and one Saturday at three Farmers’ Markets left us only with 15 to sell. By the second Saturday, only four America Climbing roses were left, looking for a place to grow. Thank you, everyone, who participated to make this a successful event. We also thank all our Members and customers for your support. Also thank you to the Horticultural Society Members who traveled from Huntsville, Gravenhurst, and other distant places. Take good care of your purchased roses and we hope to see you all back next year. To our fabulous Sales Team – keep your sales technique sharp. Rose bushes are already on order for the 2016 Market Sales.

OPEN MEETING SCHEDULES FOR 2015 June 30 with Rose Show. To start our 35th celebrations, there will be scrapbooks of photographs and newspaper clippings of our activities over the years. See how many Members you recognize. Then the “Rose Amigos” will drop in to entertain us with their skills at floral design. Watch their techniques carefully and pick up some tips to use yourself. When the program is over, the judging will be finished so we can all enjoy the many beautiful roses. A 35th Anniversary Cake will be enjoyed at refreshment time.

Garden Visit – This is one of the benefits of membership in HRS. On Tues. July 14 we are invited to visit the garden of Trudy and Frank Seyforth, 3 Brindle Rd., Penetanguishene. We plan to arrive around 6:30 pm so we can enjoy their beautiful garden before sunset. Everyone attending is asked to bring a few snacks to share. Car pooling is possible. So, meet at the Canadian Tire parking lot by Bayfield St. Departure time is 5:30 pm as it will take about an hour to get to the Seyforths.

Miniature Roses

Miniature roses will be sold at the June 30th meeting of the Huronia Rose Society. They are locally propagated by Dale Lovering, a Member our Society. Minis are grown on their own roots, and are suitable as border or patio plants. Each will be sold for $8, of which $1 will go to the Huronia Rose Society. The following roses are a good selection of colours and varieties that will be available: Rose Name Colour Rose Name Colour Bianca White Jeanne Lajoie Medium Pink – Climber Black Jade Dark Red Magic Carrousel Red Blend Cider Cup Apricot Blend Minnie Pearl Pink Blend Chelsea Belle Medium Pink Party Girl Yellow Blend Popcorn White Water Lily White 

Year 2015 Membership

Name(s) : ……………………………….………..…………………………….….… Address : .………………………………..…………..……………………..… Street Number, Name Municipality

Postal Code Phone : .……………………… e-mail : …………………….……………….. [ ] No e-mail

Please note that Member names and addresses are not made public. [ ] New Member or [ ] Renewing Member

I prefer to receive the Huronia Rose Society newsletter by: [ ] E-mail (pdf file) OR [ ] Postal Mail (paper copy)

I am willing to volunteer for one or more of the following activities*: (optional) [ ] Annual Rose Show Committee [ ] Millennium Memorial Rose Garden maintenance [ ] Spring Rose Sales (Barrie and/or Orillia Farmers’ Markets) [ ] Rose Society Publicity [ ] Newsletter Contributions [ ] Web Site Content [ ] General Meeting Topics and / or Speakers [ ] Huronia Rose Society Executive *Your name will be forwarded to the appropriate Rose Society Director.

Amount: $ 12.00 [ ] Individual or $15.00 [ ] Family

NOTE: Memberships expire October 31st. Membership includes: – 5 meetings annually to meet and share experiences with fellow gardeners (February, April, June, September and November); exhibitor status at the Society’s annual Rose Show in June, bi-monthly Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail, Membership Handout listing HRS events plus types of roses for sale, and 10% discount at Botanix – Barrie’s Garden Centre (formerly Botanix Garden Centre.) Please make your cheque payable to the “Huronia Rose Society” Membership Form: Print and submit with your cheque at the next General Meeting, OR forward by postal mail to: Huronia Rose Society, 10 Cook Street, Barrie, ON L4M 4E9 Membership Card Your Membership Card serves as your receipt and Proof of Membership for purchase discounts. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… HURONIA ROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Entries Submitted Nov. 17, 2015; Prizes awarded – April meeting, 2016 Convener: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719)

The Huronia Rose Society invites our Members to enter the Photo contest. Competition Rules: Entry tags must accompany all submissions including: Photographers name Category entered (All information on the reverse side of the photo) Photographers are allowed to enter 2 entries per Class Photos taken in 2015 may be submitted except for entries from a previous Huronia Rose society photographic competition. All photos must be 4”X 6” colour prints. Any type of camera is permitted 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 negatives should then be supplied. Deadline for submission is November 17, 2015, at our regular open meeting at the Dorion Parker Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie.


A photo of a garden with roses

A close- up photo of one rose bloom (any type)

A close- up of a cluster of roses ( any type)

A photo of the Millennium Memorial Rose Garden (205 Lakeshore Rd. Barrie)

A photo of roses and a companion plant in the garden (any type of rose or companion)

A close –up of a Canadian rose( Morden, Explorer or Artist rose, single or spray)

A close- up of an old English rose ( David Austin type, single or spray)

A close – up of a miniature rose( single or spray)

A close- up of any rose fully open with stamens showing

Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact, and artistic merit. ALL DECISIONS MADE BY THE JUDGE ARE FINAL

HURONIA ROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL ROSE SHOW Tuesday, June30, 2015 Dorian Parker Centre #227 Sunnidale Road Barrie Conveners: Ellen Spencer (705-739-9101) Edna Caldwell (705-721-0484)

Rules and Regulations

1 Entries Received: 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

2 Judging: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3 At the time of judging only Committee Members are allowed in the judging area.

4 Show viewing- 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

5 Entries are NOT to be removed before 9:00 pm
 NOTE: Exhibitors are requested to assist with clean up after the show

6 Exhibitors must be Members of Huronia Rose Society except in Section IV and Class 44

7 All specimen blooms must be grown by the exhibitor. Please indicate name of rose if known.

8 Exhibitors must provide suitable containers for their entries.

9 The Huronia Rose Society and the Show Committee are not responsible for loss, damage or theft.

10 Prizes will be ribbons only, with the exception of trophies, which will be given out at the September meeting. Trophies shall remain the property of the Huronia Rose Society.

11 Judges may withhold an award if an entry is not deemed worthy. Judges decisions are final.

12 Exhibitors are permitted 5 entries per specimen class, provided they are different cultivars (colours), unless otherwise stated.

13 The Show Chairperson has the right to divide any specimen class if there are sufficient entries. A minimum of three of one colour, size etc. is required to warrant such a division.

14 Entry tags should be correctly filled in, and completed if possible prior to arriving at the Show, including the name of the rose if known. Securely attach the tag, except in Miniature and Decorative Sections, where they should be placed under or beside the entry.

15 Each exhibitor is responsible for placing their entries in the correct colour class. The Canadian Rose Society Colour Classification Guide should be consulted. Ask the passing clerk for help if unsure, before marking your tag. (A passing clerk will guide you as to where to place your entry and answer questions regarding filling in your entry tags.)

16 Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards will be followed for Designs. Canadian Rose Society Judging Guidelines will be used for specimens. All foliage must be naturally attached in the specimen classes.

17 All foliage must be naturally attached in the specimen classes.

18 A ‘SPRAY’ is defined as a main or lateral stem with a number of blooms and/or buds, with TWO or more of the blooms, one-half or more open. Early disbudding of centre bud is permitted in any spray. NOTE: This rule applies to any Class that calls for a Spray and has this symbol (*)

19. In the Decorative Division, all designs must include rose(s) or some part of rose plant, which may be obtained from any source. Any type of plant material, branches or decorative wood, dried or treated, may be used. A judicious use of painted material is permitted. Accessories are also permitted.


Queen of the Show (Edna Caldwell plaque)

Best Design Sec. V Level A (Rosette)

Miniature Queen of the Show (plaque)

Best Design Sec. V, Level B (Reta Caldwell plaque)

Best Shrub Rose (Victor Loeb trophy)

Best Design Sec. V, Level C (Betty Nielsen trophy)

Best Red Rose (Wendy Caldwell-Halkewycz trophy)

The “Queen of the Show” may be selected from any of the Specimen Bloom or Spray Classes except Miniature Classes.

In the following Classes, a “blend” of any colour is to be shown in the Class closest to that colour. i.e. a Red Blend Hybrid Tea would be shown in Cl. 4; an Orange Blend Hybrid Tea would be shown in Cl. 7.


Members with 30 or fewer bushes


1 One bloom, any colour

2 One spray (*), any colour

3 One Miniature specimen or spray (*), any colour

SECTION II- HYBRID TEA TYPE (1 bloom per stem)

4 One bloom, Red

5 One bloom, Pink

6 One bloom, Yellow

7 One bloom, Orange

8 One bloom, White or Near White

9 One bloom, any colour other than those listed above

FLORIBUNDAS TYPE (Multiple blooms per stem)

10 One spray (*), Red

11 One spray (*), Pink

12 One spray (*), White or near White

13 One spray (*), any colour other than those listed above


14 Climber, one spray (*), Red

15 Climber, one spray (*), Pink

16 Climber, one spray (*), any colour other than those listed above

ENGLISH “Austin”

17 One bloom, Pink

18 One bloom, Yellow

19 One bloom, any colour other than those listed above

20 One spray (*), Pink

21 One spray (*), Yellow

22 One spray (*), any colour other than those listed above


23 Shrub one spray (*), Red

24 Shrub one spray (*), Pink (Bonica etc.)

25 Shrub one spray (*), any colour or blend other than those listed above

CANADIAN ROSES Please refer to the last page of this schedule for information regarding Canadian Hardy Roses

Class 26 Explorer series rose, one spray (*), Pink

27 Explorer series rose, one spray (*), any other colour

28 Parkland / Morden series rose, one spray (*), Red

29 Parkland / Morden series rose, one spray (*), Pink

30 Parkland / Morden series rose, one spray (*), any colour other than those listed above

31 Canadian Artist series rose, one spray (*), any colour


32 One bloom, any colour or blend (not miniature) floating in a suitable container, No foliage.

33 Most fragrant rose, one stem


34 One bloom, any colour or blend

35 One spray (*), any colour or blend

36 Collection of miniature roses

37 One bloom Miniature, any colour or blend, floating in a suitable container. No foliage.


38 One bloom, any colour

39 One spray (*), any colour

40 One Miniature bloom or spray (*), any colour


Level A- Novice (one who has never won an award)

Level B – Designers with Limited Experience

Level C – Advanced Designers

These design titles are the same for levels A,B,C

Class 41 SYNERGISTIC: a contemporary design in which several containers are used in a composition. Each container may hold a complete or partial arrangement and the combined units create a unified whole.

Class 42 . COMPLEMENTARY: a design that includes two colours which lie directly opposite each other on the colour wheel, e.g. blue-orange or violet-yellow.

Class 43 . MODERN: a design with no preconceived patterns, few components, new shapes, sculptural qualities, dynamic balance, movement, bold colours. Constantly changing and elegant in composition.



Agriculture Canada and Agri -Food Canada’s winter-hardy roses from the Explorer and Parkland series are winter hardy down to -35C with only snow as winter protection, are disease resistant, and flower repeatedly throughout the summer. They require minimal pruning and come in a variety of colours and sizes. For any Canadian Hardy Roses , please refer to Winter-Hardy Roses brochure written by Agriculture Canada.