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


Winter Hardy Canadian Roses


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.

Several examples of Canadian Hardy Roses:

Explorer Series

  • Alexander MacKenzie
  • Champlain
  • David Thompson
  • Frontenac
  • George Vancouver
  • Henry Hudson
  • Henry Kelsey
  • JP Connell
  • Jens Munk
  • John Cabot
  • John Davis
  • John Franklin
  • Lambert Closse
  • Louis Jolliet
  • Martin Frobisher
  • Quadra
  • Simon Fraser
  • William Baffin
  • William Booth
  • Parkland/Morden Series

    • Adelaide Hoodless
    • Cuthbert Grant
    • Hope for Humanity
    • Morden Amorette
    • Morden Belle
    • Morden Blush
    • Morden Cardinette
    • Morden Centennial
    • Morden Fireglow
    • Morden Ruby
    • Morden Snowbeauty
    • Morden Sunrise
    • Prairie Celebration
    • Prairie Dawn
    • Prairie Joy
    • Winnipeg Parks

    Artist Series

    • Emily Carr
    • Felix LeClerc
    • Bill Reid
    • Campfire
    • Oscar Peterson


    • Navy Lady
    • Canadian Shield

    Photo credit: Naomi Leadbeater

    2016 Rose Show Schedule


    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Dorian Parker Centre
    227 Sunnidale Road Barrie

    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.
    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.

    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.

    SECTION I Members with 30 or fewer bushes
    Class 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)
    Class 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
    Class 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 …../ 8
    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

    Click here 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
    Class 32 One bloom, any colour or blend (not miniature) floating in a suitable container, No foliage.
    33 Most fragrant rose, one stem
    Class 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.

    Class 38 One bloom, any colour
    39 One spray (*), any colour
    40 One Miniature bloom or spray (*), any colour


    THEME: “Roses through the Ages”
    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
    41 .SHAKESPEARE in LOVE… A Design

    42. ROARING 20’s……………….. A Design

    43. ROCK “n” ROLL ERA ……..A Design


    Rose Petal News March/April 2016

    Next Meeting
    April 19th at 7 pm
    Dorian Parker Community Center, Barrie

    Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS

    Dear Fellow Rosarians:
    “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

    I absolutely love this saying by Margaret Atwood except this year we would have to say at the end of the day we would be covered in snow.

    My poor daffodils have been frosted, drowned and hidden by a blanket of white so many times that I am worried about their survival. This has certainly been an unusual winter and spring. To make matters worse, the spring bug barometer in the states is predicting an increase in bugs and pests this year. I suppose knowing what to expect for the season is important as ticks and mosquitoes can have a direct impact on our health, especially with the threat of Lyme disease and the Zika virus. I also think that we will have to be extremely vigilant when looking after our roses based on this expected increase in the bug population. We will have to do more hand picking, use of insecticidal soaps, or other known homemade recipes, to keep our favorite flower safe from bug attacks. I know we will do what we have to do for the love of the Rose. So, in closing I say, always remember:

    “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

    Ideas for 2016

    We are always interested in what topics our Members would like to have for our programs. Send your ideas to any Executive Member or put your topics in the Suggestion box at each Open Meeting.
    Open Meeting “Lucky Draw,” April 19th

    Buy a ticket for $1.00 for the chance to win:

    A Time-Life Encyclopedia set about gardening OR A floral needlepoint picture (10.5″ sq.)

    Membership Fee Increase

    Last year we 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. 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.

    Visit the Membership page for instructions on how to join or renew your Huronia Rose Society membership.

    Open Meeting Schedules for 2016









    April 19th



    The presentation will contain photos and information regarding a selection of hardy rose bushes that you will need in your garden this year.

    Plus, the Annual Photography Competition winners will be announced.

    Bring your extra Rose Society vases and/or Entry Tags to share, in advance of the Yr. 2016 Rose Show.

    “Canadian Hardy Roses” Dale Lovering, HRS Member
    June 28th Annual Rose Show!

    and Speaker Program



    Sept. 20th 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 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

    Special Offer for HRS Members

    Once again we are offering roses for sale this gardening season.

    We are offering, to our Members, pre-orders before the roses go to the Markets. The price is $20 each. If you are attending the April 19th Open Meeting, please bring your order and payment. If you are unable to attend – please mail your order and payment to:
    Payable to – Huronia Rose Society,
    Mailing address: Ligita Preisbergs, 3487 Hedgemere Landing , RR3 Orillia, Ont. L3V 6H3.

    All pre-order requests must reach Ligita before April 19th. All rose pre-orders must be picked up at either the Barrie or Orillia Farmers’ Markets – please specify which Farmers’ Market location you prefer.

    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.

    OPEN MEETING SCHEDULES FOR 2015 and Spring 2016

    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

    Yr. ______

    New Member Name(s): __________________________

    Address : __________________________
    Street Number, Street Name
    Municipality, Postal Code

    E- Mail (optional) __________________________

    Telephone No. ___________________________

    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.