Spring 2018 Newsletter



Rose Petal News


A Reminder from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

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

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

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


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

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

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


Open Meetings for 2018

Held on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm

Dorian Parker Community Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie

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

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

View Rose Show at 8 pm

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

Photo Competition, (submit entries);

  Annual Meeting

Huronia Rose Society’s



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


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

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


Orillia Downtown – Saturdays May 19, 26

Odas Park    – Saturdays May 12,19,26

Barrie           – Saturdays May 12,19,26

Time 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

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

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



Committee members:

Lynne Melnyk

Lynn Schnitter

Michelle Lynch

Ellen Spencer

Janice Schmidt

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

We are pleased to announce our theme for 2018 is:

                                                          “Poetry in Roses”

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


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

Spring into Green 2018

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

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

Memorial Garden

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

 white-968099__340         In Memoriam

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

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



                                                   2018 Membership Registration Form

(  ) Single Membership – $15.00

(  ) Family Membership – $20.00

(  ) New Member   or   (  ) Renewing Member



____________________________________________________          Address:


City/Town:                                                                              Postal Code:







Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society


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


Mail it with your payment to:

                                                              Huronia Rose Society

c/o Ligita Preisbergs

3487 Hedgemere Landing

Severn, ON   L3V 0V8













Rose Petal News March / April 2018



Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

This is my first newsletter as president of the H.R.S., and I am pleased to report that the Executive Board has been working hard already, planning for the coming year. We have several interesting guest speakers lined up, covering such topics as historical roses, varieties of roses, and international competitions.

Our first meeting will be on APRIL 17th, 2018, starting at 7p.m. – please mark your calendar, and invite friends who may be interested as well. If any of your neighbours have ever complimented you on your lovely rose garden, use this as an opportunity to bring them out! We will continue to meet at the Dorian Park Community Centre located at 227 Sunnidale Road in Barrie.

If you’re not the type to skip to the last page of whatever you’re reading, I’m going to recommend that you do today so that you don’t miss the annual membership form!  Maintaining your membership helps the HRS to continue providing valuable education and regular times to get together and connect.

I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping for wonderful weather this year so that we can be ready to submit beautiful entries in the July 3rd Annual Rose Show! Good weather will also help with our community project, the Millennium Rose Garden on the waterfront, that blooms for the enjoyment of all (with the hard work and green thumbs of our fabulous volunteers, of course!).

Stay warm, see you in the spring!

Virginia Foster


Another year has come, and we must start organizing the activities of HRS. My responsibility, with suggestions from few other members, was to pick and order potted rose bushes to be sold at the Farmers’ Markets both in Barrie and Orillia.  As you can see from the list we will have lots of variety and colour to choose from. There are some previous favourites, but enough new cultivars to keep your rose garden interesting.  Along with the roses, we will also have a variety of interesting hostas and other perennial plants for sale.

The dates for the sales at both markets will be on Saturdays: May 12th, 19th, and 26th from 8 am to 1:00 pm. The total plants to be sold is 150.

  • Price per Rose bush remains at $20
  • Again, pre-paid, pre-orders will be accepted – please contact Ligita Preisbergs (705 689-2331) 
  • Contact for Barrie Market – Ellen Spencer (705 739-9101)
  • Contact for Orillia Market – Ligita Preisbergs 

Volunteers are urgently required for this major Fund-Raising Event. Please consider volunteering one Saturday morning or for a couple of hours as you know the funds are required to keep this Rose Society functioning.   Please start spreading the word and we will see you all at the Farmers’ Markets.

Potted Rose Bushes for 2018 Markets


Floral Fairy Tale – soft pink/apricot

Golden Fairy Tale – golden yellow

Lions Fairy Tale – ivory white

Charisma – red/yellow

Desmond Tutu – deep red

Easy does it – gold peachy yellow

South Africa – glowing amber

White licorice – yellow/white

Zaide – romantic pink


America – salmon

Dublin Bay – glowing red

Lemon meringue – bright lemon yellow


Carefree spirit – red/pink

Never alone – red/white

Party hardy – pink

Winnipeg Parks – medium red

Hybrid Tea

Canada Blooms – bright pink

La Perla – cream white


Tournament of Roses –  pink


Gloria Brok, our presenter in April, will speak about the Biltmore Estate and Gardens in the mountains of North Carolina, built by the Vanderbilt family. It is open to the public for tours and includes a village and winery. The extensive estate gardens include a formal Italian garden, a shrub garden of 500 varieties, a spring garden of bulbs, an azalea garden, a 4-acre walled garden, a bass pond, a conservatory of orchids and tropical plants, and a four-acre Rose garden. The Rose garden has many varieties of roses in large beds as well as trial roses.  Gloria will explain how they winterize and prune their thousands of roses each year. This presentation will show the roses in full bloom in early October 2017.

Our annual Photographic Competition results will be displayed for everyone to enjoy. A preview of the roses we have for sale at the Farmers’ Markets will further whet your appetite to buy a few new ones this spring.

Open Meetings for 2018

Held on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm

Dorian Parker Community Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie

April 17th  “The Roses of Biltmore-

 The Vanderbilt Estate” 

 Gloria Brok, Greater Toronto Rose Society


July 3rd  Annual Rose Show & Meeting


Set up:  3:30pm.

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

View Rose Show at 8 pm 

July 17th Garden Visit —  Members only! Hosts: Janice and Tim Schmidt
Sept. 18th  “Carefree and Carpet Roses”


  • Anna Sauve, Master Gardener.
  • Awards Night from Rose Show
Oct. 23rd   “2017 International Rose Trials Winners”


Ethel Freeman, (Canadian Rose Society)

Photo Competition, (submit entries);

  Annual Meeting

In May, we will sell potted Hostas along with Rose Bushes at the Farmers’ Markets, so, please save any leftover plant pots (approximately 1 gal. size).   Our next newsletter in April will provide more details about a potting up event, when, where etc.

In Memoriam

Marjorie Bell

It is with great sadness that we announce that Marjorie Bell passed away peacefully at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.  Marjorie was a founding member of the Huronia Rose Society, 1980, serving as president, treasurer and other positions.  She was a founding member Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society (serving as president, secretary while serving on the board for 50 years).  She was a Simcoe Co. Master Gardener where she contributed greatly to the gardening community.


Reta Caldwell

We are sad to report Reta Caldwell passed away at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Orillia on Fri. Dec. 29, 2017. Reta was a charter member of the Huronia Rose Society and served as president for 2 terms with HRS, was chair of the Rose Shows for many years.  Reta was an accredited GCO judge of Horticulture (‘83) and Design (‘87).  She was a CRS Rose judge as well.  She was a charter member of Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society and served as president for 2 two-year terms.



Janice presents Best Design (Advanced) to Michelle        

Janice presents Best Design (Intermediate) to Lynn

Janice presents Miniature Queen of the Show trophy to Ellen

Ellen presents Best Shrub trophy to Janice

Janice presents Best Red Rose trophy to Ellen


QUEEN of the SHOW                                  Ligita Preisbergs               South Africa

Edna Caldwell Plaque

MINIATURE QUEEN                                     Ellen Spencer                   Popcorn

of the SHOW

BEST SHRUB ROSE                                       Janice Schmidt                  Morden Ruby

Victor Loeb Memorial 

BEST RED ROSE                                              Ellen Spencer                   Love Magic

Wendy Caldwell-Halkewicz

Memorial Trophy 

BEST DESIGN LEVEL A                                Jenn Graungaard                   Prairie Wind


BEST DESIGN LEVEL B                                Lynn Schnitter                       Northern Lights

Reta Caldwell Plaque

BEST DESIGN LEVEL C                                 Michelle Lynch                    Northern Lights

Betty Nielsen Cup

INVITATIONAL DESIGN                         Leslie Harris / Holly Wells       Beat the Drum


JUDGE’S CHOICE                                      Leslie Harris / Holly Wells       Beat the Drum


BEST EXHIBIT                                                 Leslie Harris                         Nicole

Non-member or Youth         



Entries 109 (Specimens 84   Designs 25)

Exhibitors 18


“HRS members have access to expert speakers, participation in our Rose show, lucky draws, friendly people with advice on growing roses and more.  Please join asap and let us know if you’ve changed your phone number, email info or address.  Questions: Charlotte at 705-792-2462 or Lynn at 705-252-0289.”

Join or renew your HRS membership

  Dear Rosie: I am a new member of the Huronia Rose society and I would like to know, “How to prepare the roses in the Spring for the growing season ahead?”

Dear New Member:  An excellent question, because it is important to give the roses some TLC in the spring to get them off to a good growing start.

Let’s begin first with removing any winter protection you may have used. For example, remove any soil, leaves, compost or mulch that you used to cover the mound of the rose in the fall. This provides good air circulation for the rose and removes any excessive coverage of the rose stems that could result in rot or harbor insects.

Secondly, prune and remember not all roses need to be pruned, other than clean up and size control but whatever type of rose you are pruning Spring is the ideal time. Prune, when the leaf buds start to swell on the cane and in our Canadian climate, it is about the time the Forsythia starts to bloom. Pruning is necessary as it stimulates growth and flowering.

How to prune:

  1. Hybrid tea roses  –  Cut the oldest stems to the ground and shorten the remainder to 6 inches (15 cm) from the base. Using outward facing buds and 45- degree angle cuts
  2. Floribundas roses  —   Prune off any dead wood and prune stems to outward-facing buds 8–12 inches (20–30 cm) from the ground using 45-degree angle cuts. When pruning, aim to leave a framework of between eight and ten strong, healthy stems.
  3. Climbers  –  Climbing rose bushes should not have their main long arching canes pruned for two or three years, and then those long main canes should only be cut back a foot or so.  If you cut back the long canes too much, the climber will not flower well or even at all.
  4. Shrubs  –  Cut main stems back by a quarter and slightly reduce side shoots by a few inches. Thin out congested stems to improve air flow, and remove dead, weak, damaged, or diseased wood.

After pruning, it’s time to fertilize.  Your roses will be growing, and they need nutrition, so it is time for their first feeding. There are several good all purpose rose foods that you can use, but a general all-purpose fertilizer will also suffice. I use a handful of Epsom salts at feeding time (about a 1/4-1/2 cup) added to your choice of fertilizer for each rose bush. Alfalfa pellets can also be used as fertilizer.

Lastly, Spring spraying should be used as a preventative method to assist with the reduction of fungus diseases throughout the growing season.  A good example would be to use a dormant spray (Lime/Sulphur based dormant oil) as it generally kills any fungus spores of black spot that have over wintered.  NOTE** You can only do this before buds appear on the canes.

I hope I have answered your question by providing you with the necessary steps that must be done in the spring so that you can enjoy a summer full of rose blooms.

Happy Gardening,




Rose Petal News – September/October 2017

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

What an interesting summer we have had this year compared to last year.

Last year we needed rain and this year it hasn’t stopped stop raining.

My poor roses!

They stand as bare-naked ladies with all their leaves dropped due to black spot. I know they will survive but they look very unhealthy. Hopefully the month of September will help them to re-establish themselves before the winter comes.

Fall/Winter is just around the corner and I am already thinking what I will change and plant next year. See you in September.

 Programs for September and October

Tues. Sept. 19 – Join us at an exciting meeting with Rene Schmitz, co-owner of Palatine Nursery, Virgil, Niagara region. We have been buying their hardy roses for our May sales at Farmers’ Markets for several years. He will share historic highlights of the development of roses through the centuries, bringing us the latest roses available. He also will donate some gift certificates, hopes to bring cut roses to give away. This evening will also be when our Awards from our Rose Show are presented to the winning exhibitors. Bring a guest who is interested in roses, more the merrier.

Then, on Tues. Oct. 17th, our final meeting of 2017 will have Master Gardener, Anna Sauve, present “Carefree and Carpet Roses” that are popular with people who don’t have a lot of time to garden. That evening, Janice will receive your rose photos (each with an entry tag) for our Photographic competition.

Memorial Garden – This summer has been totally different from all other seasons since we established it in 2000. All spring and summer, the plentiful rain has caused bountiful quantities of rose blooms, so much so that that the larger branches were bent down almost to the ground. The second week of June, we were informed that the city was fencing off the whole area for the rest of the summer.  We would have to notify the city 24 hours before arriving to work (weeding, deadheading, etc.) and the contractor would let our volunteers inside the fence and “release us” when we were finished. Thanks to Jeanne Leong who managed to access the gardens to deadhead a few times and to Irene Slessor who helped Edna deadhead and weed until the end of July when we no longer had any access. Hopefully, Mother Nature will water the roses enough and they will survive without attention until the fence comes down. Driving past the location through August I could see they were bravely blooming away even though the usual audience of passers-by was not present to enjoy their beauty.

October Meeting AGM

The  Huronia Rose Society is always looking for new people to serve on the executive and help with the day to day planning of the society. If you are interested in becoming a new executive member please contact Janice at jantim200698@gmail.com.  Our annual AGM and elections will take place at the October meeting.

Annual Rose Show Update

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”Robert Brault

I feel this way about our annual rose show, it was splendid.

I would like to thank all the membership for their hard work in making it come together to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

A special thank- you to Ellen Spencer, Michelle Lynch and Lynn Schnitter, the rose show committee. It would have been impossible without your wisdom and experience.

Our invitational class was spectacular with some stunning entries and even if our show was later than the year before the horticultural exhibits were lovely. Congratulations to all the winners!

Some of the memories are captured in the photos attached and I look forward the show in 2018.

Queen of the Show | South Africa | Ligita Preisbergs

Miniature Queen of the Show | Popcorn | Ellen Spencer

Best Shrub Rose | Morden Ruby | Janice Schmidt

Best Red Rose | Love Magic | Ellen Spencer

The Best Design | Level C | Michelle Lynch

The Best Design | Level B | Lynn Schnitter

Invitational Design Rosette | Beat the Drum | Leslie Harris/Holly Wells

Judge’s Choice Rosette | Beat the Drum | Leslie Harris/Holly Wells

Best Exhibit Non-Member or Youth Rosette | Nicole | Leslie Harris

Best Novice Design Rosette | Jenn Graungaard

Entries: 109  (Specimens 84; Designs 25)

Exhibitors:  18



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A Special Thanks to Jeanne Leong and Jack Graves

It is difficult to find words to express how thankful the Huronia Rose Society is for your dedication and hard work over the past few years. We are also grateful for the friendship that we share and our passion for growing and showing roses.   We hope you visit us soon as you are always welcome and good luck in all your future endeavours.

Warm regards, the executive and members of the Huronia Rose society

Photographic Competition

Our photographic competition is celebrating several years of success.

The number of entries were 48, in 2015 and 62 in 2016.  Please bring this year’s entries to our October meeting with completed entry tags. Extra tags will be available at our September meeting if you need some.    Is 2017 your year to win the best photograph in the show?

The winner was Ellen Spencer in 2015, and Janice Schmidt in 2016.

All entries are judged by Don Komarechka who is an award- winning nature and landscape photographer who lives in Barrie.

So, get ready, the competition is on!

Social Evening

Vic and Virginia Foster were gracious hosts at our social evening in July.

The weather was cooperative providing us with a lovely evening to enjoy each others company and the wonderful treats and drinks.

Times like these are very precious as we can relax and talk to each other about a variety of topics which also included believe it or not ROSES.   A good time was had by all and hopefully next year we can continue this tradition.  Perhaps in your garden?

Thank you, Vic and Virginia.

Fundraising Events

pastedGraphic_10.pdf    Another fundraising event, the sale of potted rose bushes at the Barrie & Orillia Farmers’ Markets, has come to end. One hundred and fifty-four rose bushes were picked up from Palatine & J.C. Bakker Nurseries.  Thirty-four rose bushes were sold before the markets. Thank you to the members who participated in the pre-paid/pre-orders.  Sincere thank you goes to all and every volunteer who participated to get this event up and running.

Thank you goes to Edna Caldwell for housing the rose bushes for the interim period and hosting the “perennial potting” event. Thanks to the members who donated perennial plants and helped with potting. Thank you, also, to Michelle Lynch, who Saturdays in May brought rhubarb and cut snapdragons from her garden, and Edna who sold them at her spot in the Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market. The sale of which was very successful and part of the fundraising.

I enjoy the market as we are visited by repeat customers who tell their success stories about the roses they purchased from the HRS, and how our advice was taken seriously in planting, feeding, etc. Meeting new customers, who express amazement, when we state that roses do grow in and around Orillia. We do get the odd one whose rose did not survive or is not doing well. They quickly realize that our verbal and written instructions were ignored.

Now, it is the time again to search the rose catalogues and place orders for beautiful and hardy roses for another fundraising event next year.

The sale of potted rose bushes is not only to raise funds, but also to promote Canadian grown roses and to educate the public how easy it is to grow a rose in one’s garden.

Please become a volunteer so that the tradition of selling rose bushes can continue in the future.


Canadian Shield Rose

In the Spring 2017 issue of “The Gardener for Canadian Climates” magazine, some background information on the development of this rose appeared. One of the parents of Canadian Shield was “Frontenac” of the Explorer series. ‘Frontenac’ has been the breeding parent in many other recent Canadian roses, including ‘Never Alone’, ‘Campfire’ and ‘Oscar Peterson’.  Recently, I saw ‘Never Alone’ bushes in a garden centre. They were in full bloom, plentiful open blooms and buds to come. It was chosen to be a fund-raising rose for Cancer Society, promoted by a CFL retired player in memory of his friend. I was impressed with this patio-type rose bush.

‘Canadian Shield’ was bred at the Vineland Research Centre, a federal facility, breeding roses and other ornamental plants for Canadians. The roots of it’s strong rose breeding program go much deeper than its relatively recent history might suggest. Many of the most loved Canadian roses, including the Explorer and Parkland series, were introduced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Hardy Rose Breeding program based in Ottawa and Morden, Manitoba.  When this program was cancelled by the federal government of the day, much of the promising work was in danger of being lost. In 2010, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association obtained rights to the stock, and in collaboration with the Vineland Research Centre, continued the breeding program. The program now focuses on developing cold-hardy, disease-resistant roses specifically for the Canadian market, but that will also be strong performers in international markets.

Every year, more than 15,000 roses are planted at the main farm in Vineland, Ontario. The most promising are sent to collaborators across the country. By growing in a variety of conditions and climates, potential new roses are evaluated for their ornamental characteristics, disease-resistance, winter-hardiness and general performance across the country.

                                                                                                                                                    Submitted by Edna Caldwell, (who is looking forward to the next rose released in the 49th Parallel 

Rose Petal News June/July 2017

Message from Janice Schmidt, President

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

We have certainly had our fair share of extreme weather conditions this spring. Cold one day, wet the next with doses of very hot temperatures in between. It’s a miracle my garden survived.

In fact, my garden looks lovely. The roses have leafed out and I just finished fertilizing with something NEW. I used ALPACA BEANS.

An Alpaca is a ruminant which means they are an even-toed mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. Cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives are ruminants.

Alpacas have three stomachs which converts grass and hay to energy very quickly. The manure is lower in organic matter content than the manure from most other barnyard livestock but still has enough to improve soil texture and water-holding capacity. This lower organic content means the beans do not have to be “aged or cured”. So, they will not “burn “the plants they meet.

It is also good to know that the nitrogen and potassium content of alpaca beans is very high making them an excellent fertilizer. I have just ordered another 40 lbs. to pick up next weekend and I am really looking forward to seeing what improvement it may make to my roses and all my perennials this year. I will keep you updated in the next newsletter.


Rose Show Meeting

The Annual Rose show committee has met several times to plan our annual show which takes place on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017. The committee members are Ellen Spencer, Michelle Lynch, Lynn Schnitter and Janice Schmidt.

We are very excited about our show which is at the Dorian Parker Center. Entries will be received between 5:00 pm and 6:45 pm with judging to start at 7:00 pm.

The theme for this year is: CELEBRATING CANADA FROM SEA TO SEA TO SEA   

With DESIGN classes that include:

  • Rocky Shores, a design
  • Prairie Wind, a design
  • Northern Lights, a design
  • The invitational class is a floor design, 30” by 30” and a maximum of 6 ft. with a theme of “Beat the Drum”

Our program will be a brief presentation on judging roses and then those that are present will be able to practice judging.

This show will display a love of Canada and, in our own way, celebrate our country’s

150th birthday.

Open Meeting Schedules for Summer 2017









July 11



Program:  7 pm
Rose Show: 8 pm
Entries received:  5 – 6:45 pm
Through the Eyes of the Judge
July 25 Garden Visit to a Member’s Garden 6:30 pm – dusk


Sept. 19 Historic Highlights of Roses down the Years

Awards Night from Rose Show

Brochures and Many Cut Roses Given Away Rene Schmitz Palatine Rose and Fruit Nursery


Oct. 17 Carpet and Knockout Roses
Photo Competition: submit entries
Anna Sauve, Master Gardener

Garden Visit – “An Evening in the Garden” – Virginia and Victor Foster have invited us to their new home and beginning garden. Please consult your copy of the newsletter for the address and directions. Any questions, call Edna, 705 721-0484.

Rose Card Sales

This year we were able to set up a vender’s table (no charge) at the Horticultural District 16 Spring AGM held at Tangle Creek Golf Club. There was a wonderful turnout with lots of interest in our cards.  People were impressed that the photos were taken by our members and were our own roses.   We sold $55 worth of cards and many took our bookmarks for future reference.  This is another way of getting the word out and fundraising.

Photographic Competition 2016 Results

Class 1: A photo of a garden with Roses (6 entries)

First: Janice Schmidt
Second: Jeanne Leong
Third: Grace Kent
HM: Virginia Foster

Class 2: A close – up photo of one rose bloom (any type) (15 entries)

First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Virginia Foster
Third: Charlotte LeBoeuf
HM: Grace Kent

Class 3: A close-up of a cluster of roses (any type) (9 entries)

First: Ellen Spencer
Second: Virginia Foster
Third: Virginia Foster
HM: Edna Caldwell

Class 4: A photo of the Millennium Memorial Rose Garden (2 entries)

First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Edna Caldwell

 Class 5:  A photo of roses and a companion (5 entries)

First: Janice Schmidt
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third: Ellen Spencer
HM: Grace Kent

  Class 6: A close-up photo of a Canadian rose (7entries)

First: Janice Schmidt

Second: Jeanne Leong
Third: Edna Caldwell
HM: Edna Caldwell

Class 7: A close-up of an old English rose Austin (10 entries)

First: Janice Schmidt
Second: Ellen Spencer
Third: Grace Kent
HM: Ellen Spencer

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

First: Ellen Spencer

Class 9: A close-up of any rose (fully open) (6 entries)

First: Edna Caldwell
Second: Janice Schmidt
Third: Ellen Spencer

BEST IN SHOW:    Janice Schmidt   

Number of entries: 62 in 2016

Number of entries: 48 in 2015

Annual Photography Competition 2017 Call for Entries

Convener: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719) email jantim200698@gmail.com

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 2016 and 2017 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 September 2017 meeting


  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 the Millennium Memorial Rose Garden (205 Lakeshore Dr. Barrie)
  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. Celebrating Canada’s 150th with flowers (this is a special class, which allows photographs of any flowers with or without roses to be submitted)

Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact and artistic merit.


Annual Rose Show Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Location: Dorian Parker Centre,  227 Sunnidale Road Barrie

Conveners: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719) Michelle Lynch (705-325-4123) Lynn Schnitter (705-252-0289)

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 45
  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 or the Show Committee are not responsible for loss, damage or theft.
  10. Ribbons are attached to winning entries.  Trophies will be awarded 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. 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 class. The Canadian Rose Society Colour Classification Guide should be consulted.  Ask the passing clerks for help if unsure, before marking your tag.
  16. Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards will be followed for Designs. Canadian Rose Society Judging Guidelines will be used for specimens.
  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 a 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.  Space allotted: 24” wide and 30” deep.  No height restrictions.

Special Awards

  • 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)
  • Judges’ Choice (Rosette)

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.

SECTION I Members with 30 or fewer bushes


  1. One bloom, any colour
  2. One spray (*), any colour
  3. One Miniature specimen or spray (*), any colour


Hybrid Tea Type (1 bloom per stem)


  1. One bloom, Red
  2. One bloom, Pink
  3. One bloom, Yellow
  4. One bloom, Orange
  5. One bloom, White or Near White
  6. One bloom, any colour other than those listed above

Floribunda Type (Multiple blooms per stem)


  1. One spray (*), Red
  2. One spray (*), Pink
  3. One spray (*), White or near White
  4. One spray (*), any colour other than those listed above



  1. Climber, one spray (*), Red
  2. Climber, one spray (*), Pink
  3. Climber, one spray (*), any colour other than those listed above

English “Austin”


  1. One bloom, Pink
  2. One bloom, Yellow
  3. One bloom, any colour other than those listed above
  4. One spray (*), Pink
  5. One spray (*), Yellow
  6. One spray (*), any colour other than those listed above



  1. Shrub one spray (*), Red
  2. Shrub one spray (*), Pink (Bonica etc.)
  3. Shrub one spray (*), any colour or blend other than those listed above
  4. One Bloom, any colour

Canadian Roses

Please refer to Canadian Hardy Roses for more information


  1. Explorer series rose, one spray (*), Pink
  2. Explorer series rose, one spray (*), any other colour
  3. Parkland/Morden series rose, one spray (*), Red
  4. Parkland / Morden series rose, one spray (*), Pink
  5. Parkland / Morden series rose, one spray (*), any colour other than those listed above
  6. Canadian Artist series rose, one spray (*), any colour
  7. Any other Canadian rose not listed, any colour



  1. One bloom, any colour or blend (not miniature) floating in a suitable container, No foliage. Note: the rose MUST FLOAT.
  2. Most fragrant rose, one stem.  *Also to be judged by the public.


Miniature Roses


  1. One bloom, any colour or blend
  2. One spray (*), any colour or blend
  3. Collection of miniature roses
  4. One bloom Miniature, any colour or blend, floating in a suitable container. Note: the rose MUST FLOAT.   No foliage.


Non-Members and Youth


  1. One bloom, any colour
  2. One spray (*), any colour
  3. One Miniature bloom or spray (*), any colour


Decorative Designs

THEME: “Celebrating Canada From Sea to Sea to Sea”

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


  1. A vase of roses
  2. Rocky Shores (a design)
  3. Prairie Wind (a design)
  4. Northern Lights (a design)
  5. Beat the Drums (Invitational, a floor design) Space allotted maximum 30” x 30” x 6 ft (this class only)

Rose Petal News April 2017


Dear Fellow Rosarians:
There is a saying that time flies when you’re having fun, and it certainly does seem to go faster at weekends or on those long-awaited holidays, but the truth is that time just whizzes past anyway and all ready it is Canada’s 150th anniversary. I am old enough to remember the celebrations for the 100th.
This will be a very exciting year!
And just in time for Canada’s birthday, Canadian Shield™, has created the first rose in a curated collection known as Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection and we will be selling it this year at the farmer’s market. Don’t forget to read Edna’s article with all the wonderful details about the new rose. Mark on your calendar July 11th, our rose show. Our schedule will have a new theme for this special year from a great team.



TUESDAY, APRIL 18th  at 7:00pm–

Topic “Planting a Spring Container”. Speaker – Lynne Melnyk, Certified OHA Judge
Photographic Competition results and preview of roses bushes for sale in May

TUESDAY, JULY 11thProgram and  Rose Show.

Entries received – 5:00 – 6:45pm.

Program – 7 pm. while show is being judged.

Rose Show opens at 8 pm

JULY (date TBA later)  Visit to a member’s rose garden 6:30pm until dusk

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th at 7:00pm

Topic “Historic Highlights of Roses down the Years”. Speaker -Rene Schmitz, of Palatine Rose Nursery, Niagara. Brochures and many cut roses given away.

Rose Show Awards Presentation

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th at 7:00pm– “Carpet and Knockout Roses”  Speaker : Anna Sauve, Master Gardener.
Photo Competition, submit entries

Audrey Miller passed away on January 7th and we extend our sympathy to her sisters, Gladys and Joyce. Audrey’s lovely roses were a welcome addition to our annual rose shows. She won many awards over the years for both her miniature and large roses as well as floral designs. Audrey served as our secretary for 12 years, resigning in 2012. She continued to serve on our board of directors until last Fall when ill health prevented her participation. We will be planting a rose in our Millennium Memorial Garden at the Southshore Centre and a plaque in her honour. Donations towards this will be accepted at our April 18th meeting.

Be sure to attend our ANNUAL ROSE SHOW held at the Dorian Parker Centre on July 11/2017.The schedule will follow in the early summer newsletter.
We have a new team working on the schedule so you can expect an exciting evening filled with entertainment, colourful fragrant roses combined with unique design classes. Mark your calendars with the date.  Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Janice jantim200698@gmail.com

Don Komarecha is a nature, and landscape photographer and has been our judge for the photographic competition for the last 3 years. We are very proud of his contributions to our society. He also teaches workshops in the areas of nature photography and he uses his photos to explore and understand the world around him.
Join us at the spring meeting April 18th to find out this year’s winners and best photo in the show.

One special meeting each summer is an evening “Garden Visit” to one of our member’s garden in July. We gather at 6:30 pm until dusk, everyone brings a few snacks. This is a perk of your HRS membership as it is for Members only. Would you like to show off your garden to our group? As the host, you would choose the preferred evening. Call Edna 705 721-0484 to offer to host this social event for members.

Canada Blooms Chooses the New Rose: ‘Canadian Shield™ 2017 Plant of the Year. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre located in Vineland, Ontario, is still breeding roses.
Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, ‘Canadian Shield™’, part of Vineland’s ‘49th Parallel Collection’, will be released. “Canadian Shield™ and the entire ‘49th Parallel Collection’ have all the low maintenance traits and visual appeal that consumers love in landscape roses,” said Lana Culley, Director of Business Development, Vineland. The Canadian Shield™ rose grows around one-metre tall and has glossy green foliage. It’s a repeat bloomer that stays stunning throughout the entire season. Just as its name suggests, ‘Canadian Shield™’ is hardy to zone 3 and resistant to black spot.
More than 20 Canadian nurseries are licensed to propagate and grow 50,000 Canadian Shield™ roses in time for Canada Day 2017. Its selection by Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest garden show, means the rose will be featured at the show this March in Toronto and there should be blooming bushes in their new product section.

HRS has been able to add 10 of these roses from J.C. Bakker. If you wish to reserve one for yourself, notify Ligita at kahshe.adventurer@sympatico.ca 705 -689 – 2331. A cheque must be sent for $20. to Ligita as soon as possible. (Above article reprinted from Canadian Rose Society Winter 2017 newsletter with permission by the editor).

Roses at the Farmers’ Markets 2017: 21 varieties of potted rose bushes.

All the roses are purchased from Ontario Rose growers and are selected for repeat flowering, hardiness to our climate, disease resistance, beauty and fragrance. There is a rose waiting for your garden including the “The Canadian Shield” rose. Please visit us at the Farmers’ Market in Barrie on May 6th, 13th, 20th and at the two Orillia Farmers’ markets on May 13th , 20th 27th. **Please note: These dates apply only while our supply lasts. Come early for best choices.

The price per rose bush is $20.00. Pre-paid, pre-orders will be accepted.
Please contact Ligita 705 689-2331 or kahshe.adventurer@sympatico.ca .  


Detailed information about each rose.


Felix LeClerc (Hot Pink)

Emily Carr (Red)

Oscar Peterson (White)

Campfire (Red/Yellow tones)


J.P. Connell (Lemon Yellow with White undertones)

Champlain (Red)

Martin Frobisher (Light Pink)


Kordes Florentina  (Bright Red)


Take it Easy ( Red with light pink reverse)

Black Forest (Bright Red)

Lion’s Fairy Tale (Creamy colour with Apricot /Pink centres)


William Morris  (Apricot / Pink)


Love and Peace (Yellow brushed with Pink)

Grande Amore (Dark Red)

Peace  (Light Yellow to Cream)

South Africa (Dark Gold)


Salmon Vigorosa  (Medium Pink)


Canadian Shield (Red)

Rose Petal News September/October 2016

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
Well, the farmer’s almanac was right for this summer. It was certainly sweaty, with days of extremely high temperatures presenting challenges to all gardeners. First, I had to water more frequently, as I know that dried out rose roots will result in a dead rose and, secondly, the Japanese beetle arrived. So, I have spent a lot of time hand picking and knocking them off the roses into buckets of soapy water. Apparently, this is the best way at the present time to deal with the problem.
The winter is coming and is being nicknamed the “the big chill”. I shudder to think what that actually means. Let’s take time to enjoy the fall garden with the crispness in the air, and the leaves changing color, as this is a great time to be outside and plant those roses or perennials you have recently purchased. It gives the plants time to grow feeder roots, before they go dormant when frost arrives. So, enjoy the fall and prepare for what is ahead,
Happy Gardening.

Open Meeting Schedules for Fall 2016

SEPT. 20th 7-9 PM 17th World Convention of Rose Societies
“Lyon, France Celebrates the Rose”
Presented by Gloria Broks from Toronto
Awards for the June Rose Show
will be presented to the 2016 winners

OCTOBER 18th 7-9 PM A Visit to the Rosengarten of Zweibrucken,Germany
presented by Jean-Maurice Pigeon, Barrie’s ambassador
to Zweibrucken.
Annual meeting and election of officers
*Bring your photos for entry into the Photo Competition

In Honour of Robert Boyes, a long-time HRS Member, who passed away in December 2015, two Campfire rose bushes were planted at the Millennium Memorial Rose Garden. They were purchased, thanks to several donations to the Rose Society on behalf of Mr. Boyes.

We appreciate the assistance of our HRS voIunteers: Edna, Jeanne, Ina, Irene, Cherin, and Dave, who helped with any and all maintenance jobs this year. We did have a nice number of volunteers, but more are always welcome for next year.

2016 Rose Show Report

Our 2016 Rose Show was held at the Dorian Parker Centre with 144 entries by 15 exhibitors. While the show was being judged, visitors were entertained by the Four Amigos (aka David Ross, Ron Spencer, Dale Lovering and Carl Phillips) returning to hone their floral design skills. They each made a beautiful triangular design under the guidance of Edna Caldwell.

The main room was a wonderful sight to behold with so many beautiful roses on display. These were augmented with artistic designs by our members depicting our theme, “Roses through the Ages”. An Invitational class for floral design judges, who are not members of Huronia Rose Society, rounded out the display showing Futuristic designs. Awards will be given out at the September 20th meeting.

Award Winners



We invite new blood (so to speak) on our Board of Directors for Yr. 2017. If you are interested in serving, speak to Janice Schmidt, Ellen Spencer or Edna Caldwell, at our Sept. 20th Open Meeting. When coming onto the HRS Board, you serve in the area that interests you.
You may also get a telephone call from our Nominating Committee if we are still looking for volunteer Board Members.

Our AGM and nominations will take place at the October 18th Open meeting. At this time, the Nominating Committee will present, for membership approval, the new Board of Directors for Year 2017. Nominations will be also accepted from the floor to fill vacancies.

HRS Garden Tour

In the evening of July 12th, ten HRS Members visited the residence of Maria & Jack Graves, Barrie, to view their English-style garden. Snacks were shared and the Graves served a delicious punch plus savory fare. This event was a “Members Only” event that we have tried several times before, and it seems that a week-day evening format works well. Watch for next summer’s Members’ invitation.

Photographic Competition

Our next Open Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th, is the time to submit all those lovely photos you have been taking of your roses and gardens all summer. They are to be given to the Competition convenor, Janice Schmidt, with your name, and Competition Class (please reference the photographic rules attached to the May/June newsletter. Please tape an entry tag, as well, to each photo submitted. There will be entry tags available at the September meeting, which you can bring to the October meeting, ready to go. So, come early if you need time to fill them out. Then, at our April 19th, 2017 Open Meeting, we will see the results of the judging.

We would like your thoughts for the future. We are thinking that in 2017 to have the photographs submitted and judged at the October show. No more waiting until spring of the next year. What do you think? Please send your thoughts to Janice either by email, or phone.

Rose Petal News May/June 2016

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS

Dear Fellow Rosarians:

Our annual Rose Show is on Tuesday, June 28th. We are very much looking forward to admiring all your beautiful roses. Mine are starting to bud, and, hopefully, will be ready for the Show table. Here are some helpful hints for preparing your roses to impress the judge:

1. This is an evening show. So, please cut your roses early in the morning when they are highest in food reserves which will help them to maintain their strength.
2. Place the cut rose in a container of hot water. Always use clean, sharp pruners to prevent damage to the rose canes or to avert spreading disease when you cut a rose. This will not affect your cut flower. But, you don’t want to harm the plant in the process of cutting.
3. Don’t select a bud, as it may not open in time. The chosen rose should only be 1/3 to 1/2 open as a flower in full bloom may not last long.
4. Try your best to have 2 to 3 sets of leaves on the cane when storing. Once you transfer the rose into the exhibit vase, however, remove all leaves below the water line to prevent the water from turning foul.
5. If possible, please fill out all Entry Tags prior to arriving with your exhibits, as judging begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
6. Identifying the rose is not mandatory. But, do so, if you can, to benefit everyone, as the Show is educational in nature.
7. Let’s have some fun and make it a Rose Show to remember!

June 28th — Huronia Rose Society Annual Rose Show

Annual Rose Show Theme: “Roses through the Ages”

Please see the 2016 Rose Show Schedule for Regulations and Exhibit Classes. Be sure to bring your roses to exhibit at the Show. Contact Ellen Spencer (705-739-9101) or Edna Caldwell (705-721-0484) if you have any questions.

7:00 pm Program –
We are pleased to announce the “Return of the 4 Amigos” to entertain and instruct the audience while the Rose Show is being judged. Not only will these gentlemen participate in the exercise with flair and fun, but everyone attending will have a visual lesson in how to create a lovely floral design for their home. Then, at our Rose Show in 2017, you will be skilled enough to enter in our Rose Show’s “Decorative Division”, Novice Section. Be sure to attend this great artistic event at 7 pm. If time permits, there will be a Q & A time to answer any rose-growing questions you may have encountered this year.

Lucky Draws will be held and light refreshments served.

Dale Lovering will have some miniature roses for sale at this time, as well.

8:00 pm: Rose Show opens for viewing.

Results from Our Rose Sales Fundraiser

What a fundraising event this was! A total of 150 potted Rose bushes was purchased and picked up by Society Members from two rose growers in St. Catharine’s and Niagara-on-the Lake. Pre-sales orders for 34 shrubs and one Saturday at three Farmers’ Markets left us only with 15 to sell. By the second Saturday, only nine 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. 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 soon to be on order for the 2017 Market Sales.

Garden Visit

Maria and Jack Graves have invited HRS Members to visit their garden from 6:30 pm until dark on Tuesday, July 12th. They are located at 99 Blake Street, Barrie on the lake side of the street. Cars should park around the corner, one house to the east, on Rodney Street.

Please bring a lawn chair, snacks to share, and soft drinks. Don’t forget your camera and the bug spray! A “Members-only” event, this is a chance to see the English-style gardens that Jack has created around their home. Words cannot describe their beauty. You’ll have to visit and see for yourself!



Entries Submitted Oct. 18, 2016; Prizes awarded – April meeting, 2017

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:photographer’s name and category

(All information on the reverse side of the photo)

 Photographers are allowed to enter 2 entries per Class

 Photos taken in Yr. 2015 or Yr. 2016 may be submitted except for entries from a previous Huronia Rose society photographic competition.

Any type of camera is permitted.

 All photos must be 4”X 6” colour prints.

 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 October 18, 2015, at our regular Open Meeting at the Dorion Parker Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie


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 the Millennium Memorial Rose Garden (205 Lakeshore Dr. Barrie)

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, single or spray)

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

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

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

Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact, and artistic merit.



Upcoming meetings:

June 28th. Annual Rose show and the return of the “Four Amigos”

Program at 7:00pm and Show opens at 8:00pm See more information earlier in this newsletter.


Sept 20th

7-9 PM

The 17th World Convention of Rose Societies, plus the Awards Night from the June Rose Show. “Lyon, France celebrates the Rose” Gloria Broks, from Toronto
Oct. 18th

7-9 PM

A tour of the many public rose gardens throughout Germany, plus

the Annual General Meeting.

A Visit to the Rosengarten of Zweibrücken, Germany Jean-Maurice Pigeon,

Barrie’s Ambassador to Zweibrücken Germany