New slate of officers to be announced in May meeting and voted in at the June meeting.
Spring has sprung! And the forsythia are blooming around the state. Cabin fever can be overcome with pruning your roses, cleaning the beds and GARDENING again!
Did you get some nice roses at the CRS Auction ?
2017 CRS and Nearby Calendar of Major Events
(Contact the President or Webmaster for more information-
See Contact Us at the very bottom of this page)
For CRS Meetings, if weather makes a meeting questionable, the place to go
to check is this website, and this section. If meeting is cancelled or
postponed it will be posted as soon as the webmaster knows.
For CRS: CRS Has Moved to a New Home for meetings! The Congregational Church
of Plainville, UCC, 130 West Main Street, Plainville, CT
Doors open at 1:30 PM.
The folks at The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC care great and they truly want
us to make full use of their outstanding facility. Your society plans to do
so. It will be worth the drive. One of the benefits is that there is no time
limit - this will allow us more time for socializing before and after our
meetings which is something that you wanted according to the surveys.
President Marci and the board of directors do pay attention to your replies
to the surveys and you will see this reflected in our future programs.
Please, if you have a suggestion for a program or an idea on how to make our
meetings better feel free to bring them forward.
Note: Included in the New England Calendar below are other Societies and major events in states other than CT. They are in a different and distinctive type, usually smaller than CT. They are also indented, if not a CRS meeting..
CRS (CT Rose Society) meetings are in Bold large type.
Two of the mainland active rose societies are these, and their info, are included, when known to us. Here are the initials for their meetings:
NERS is the New England Rose
Society. Meetings are generally held at Methuen Senior
Center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen, MA 01844. Web:
RIRS is the Rhode Island Rose Society. Meetings are often in the Botanical Center Classroom, Roger Williams Park. Web: www.rirs.org
CRS April 19 9:00-12:00 PRUNING DEMONSTRATION Demo, and particiIcipation at Elizabeth Park!!
CRS- May 7, 2017
"Raptor Rehabilitation" Horizon Wings. At
Woodland Gardens, Manchester, CT
Roses and Raptors
What do they have in common? Absolutely nothing! However, on
May 7th at 2 p.m., the Connecticut Rose Society will sponsor
a program by Horizon Wings at Woodland Gardens, 168 Woodland
St., Manchester. Horizon Wings is a non-profit organization
for the rehabilitation of raptors. They will bring live
birds of prey and discuss ways in which we can help to
promote the survival of threatened and endangered species in
CT. Seating is limited, we suggest you bring a lawn chair.
NERS May 20 10:00 AM Rose Propagation- A way to get your entries from the rose show back into the garden- Andy Vanable
RIRS May 13 9:30 Preparation for the June Rose Show: guidance, grooming tips, demos.
CRS- June 4, 2017 Exhibiting 101- Dave Ciak and OGR Show Plainville
RIRS Jun 17 Annual Rose Show N. Kingston Community Center, Wickford, RI All Day Open to Public Noon-3 PM
CRS- June 18 36th Annual Rose Show- ELIZABETH PARK
NERS June 25 NERS Rose Show Tower Hill Botanical Garden
CRS- July 9, 2017 CRS Member's Picnic- Marci and Bob Martin's home 275 Main St., Windsor, CT
NERS July 8 Visit Member Garden TBA
RIRS July 8 9:30 Garden Maintenance Roger Williams Victorian Rose Garden
RIRS Aug 12 9:30 Garden Maintenance Roger Williams Victorian Rose Garden
Sept 8-10 ARS National Convention, PA
RIRS Sept. 9 9:30 "Six-Pack Rose Show" and critique Classroom, Roger Williams Park
NERS Sept. 16 10:00 AM Which Roses did well, which did not, and Why?
RIRS Oct 14 9:30 Calendar Rose Show Classroom, Roger Williams Park
NERS Oct 21 12:00 Founder's Day Luncheon Chateau, Andver, MA
RIRS Nov. 11 9:30 Pre-winter Maintenance Roger Williams Rose Garden
NERS Nov 18 10:00 AM Winterizing your Roses. Installation of Officers
CRS- No meetings this month
RIRS Dec. 9 9:30 Holiday Meeting Classroom, Roger Williams Park
Previous 2016 Meetings
NERS Jan. 9, 2016 After Holiday Luncheon, 11:30, Fusilli's Cafe, Reading, MA
Jan. 10, 2016 CRS: Holiday Member's
Luncheon and Yankee Swap. Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell,
Time 1-4 PM
Reservations must be received by Jan. 4, 2016 see your emailed flyer for additional info and menu.
Feb. 7, 2016 2:00
Discussions.... Solutions that I have found to my
garden problems or I have a problem and need help.
Starting time for the meeting: doors open at 1:30 (for refreshments and rose-chat), meeting to begin at 2:00
* The meeting will be a round table discussion on "Rose Growing Problems: Help and Solutions"
* Members are invited to bring in surplus garden tools for a tool swap.
*Annual photo contest will be divided into 2 categories this year.
Category 1: For those who have had two or more photos as the monthly featured rose in the CRS calendar.
Category 2: All others.
- Photos must be a min. of 8x10 max. of 8.5 x 11.
-The name of the rose or description of the subject and the entrant's name must be posted on the back of the photo.
- An digital version of the photo
must be available.
- up to six photos can be entered per person
Plastic sleeves will be provided.
All CRS members can vote.
RIRS Feb. 13- Member Presentations.
Many of our members will be tending either the CRS Booth or the Federated Garden Clubs Booth. In addition there will be speakers including members Marci Martin, and Angie and Mike Chute. Y'all Come!!
NERS Feb. 20 10:00 Jerry Amoroso from Weeks Roses
scheduled a Convention
A Chemical Safety Seminar will be presented by Don Myers, ARS Consulting Rosarian Chair on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:15am at the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA. This Seminar will meet the Chemical Safety requirements for one CR Credit.
March 6, 2016
"Pesticide Safety - What You Should Know", presented
by Sarah Bailey, Master Gardener Coordinator of Hartford
Sarah Bailey is a Certified Advanced Master Gardener, a
Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional and Pesticide
Safety Educator. She has worked in the horticultural
industry for the last two decades as, variously, a retail
nursery manager, a private gardener and garden designer and
a consultant for several landscape firms. She is the
Hartford County coordinator for the UConn Extension Master
Gardener Program and the Extension Youth Gardening
coordinator. She currently serves on the education committee
of the CT Nursery and Landscape Association.
Also- Toolswap, and ongoing event. Bring 'em in!
And for our spoecial buy roses, get your order in ASAP!!
See green highlight above on this page.
And for our spoecial buy roses, get your order in ASAP!! See green highlight above on this page.
RIRS- March 12 Daylilies- You're Gonna Love 'em.
Boston March 16-20 Boston Flower Show, Seaport World Trade Center
NERS March 19 10:00 Chemical Safety, Craig Dorchel., Chu, George and Barbara (This earns one (1) CR Continuing Ed. Credit)
Yankee Dist. April 1-3, 2016
Yankee District Convention Mainstay Hotel,
Speakers: Stephen Scanniello- President of the Heritage Foundation & Author
Paul Zimmerman- Director of Biltmore International Rose Trials & Author
Mike and Angelina Chute- Owners of Rose Solutions & Authors
Irwin Ehrenreich- Owner of The Rose Man
Five of the seminars are worth 1 CR Credit each
For more information, and for the Registration forms and link to the hotel, go to: the Yankee District Web Site http://arsyankee.org
RIRS- April 9 Open the Garden (Roger Williams Rose Garden, Rhode Island)
CRS April 10, 2016
1:30 PM Rose Auction
One-on-One "Opening the Garden"
NERS April 16 10:00 Pruning Roses Demonstration (see locations in the preface section)
CRS May 1,
2016 Starts at 2:00 PM Quick and Easy Arrangements- Marci Martin
Great Arrangements made with Everyday Household and Garden
Items. Audience Participation
Each meeting includes the Tool and Gear Swap (reminder).
This meeting will be in Glastonbury Public Library
RIRS May 14- Rose Show Prep
NERS May 21 10:00 Entering Roses in a Rose Show and Nominations for 2017 Board
CRS June 5, 2016 1:30 PM Dave Long, CR, Exhibiting Floribundas, OGRs, Shrubs
June 18 Rose Show-
CRS June 19, 2016 6:30 AM Doors open for setup Annual Rose Show- Pond House Elizabeth Park
NERS June 26 NERS Rose Show Tower Hill Botanical Gardens 12-4 open to public
CRS July 10, 2016 CRS Member Pot Luck Picnic Wallingford, CT Dave & Dot Ciak's Home
NERS July 16 Visit to members Gardens- TBD
July 29-31 ARS National Rose Show and Conference Grantville (Harrisburg area), PA
Aug. 13, 2016 RIRS
Compost Tea in the Rose Garden- Paul Raymond
And Mid-summer Rose Garden Maintenance Tasks Bring sunscreen and pruners
CRS Sept. 18.
2016 Roundtable- What worked in the gaden
and what did not.
Plus Ice Cream Social
Sept 10 Yankee District Rose Show, Cape Cod
RIRS Sept. 10 9:30 AM Pesticidies and Garden Safety Mike & Angie Chute Weaver Lib., East Providence
NERS Sept 17 10:00 Meeting: Which Roses Did Well, Which Did Not, and Why ?
CRS Oct. 2,
2016 Last Rose of Summer Contest AND "Closing the Rose Garden"
Participants will have an opportunity to show case their best last rose of summer in two classes: miniature and large roses. Unlimited entries, no duplicates. Display paraphernalia will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries, which will be decided by judges and members. Marci Martin, Master Rosarian, will discuss closing the garden while judging takes place. Doors open at 1:30, meeting begins at 2 p.m. Refreshements will be available. Free and open to the public.
RIRS Oct. 8 9:30 AM Annual Photo Contest Garden Classroom, Roger Williams Park
NERS Oct 15 Founders Day Luncheon, Fusilli's Cafe, Reading, MA
CRS Nov. 6, 2016 1:30 PM Upcoming Star Roses varieties Tom O'Connell
RIRS Nov. 12 9:30 AM Garden Maintenance at the Victorian Rose Garden Roger Williams Park
NERS Nov. 19 10:00 Winterizing Roses + Installation of Officers
CRS No Dec. Meeting
RIRS Dec. 10 9:30 AM Annual Holiday Meeting Garden Classroom Roger Williams Park
Past 2017 Events:
NERS Jan. 7 12:00 After Holiday Luncheon Chateau, Andover, MA
CRS Jan. 8, 2017 1:00
Member's Holiday Luncheon Location Bacci Grille. Cromwell,
RIRS Jan. 14 12 noon-3 PM Annual Potluck Luncheon Classroom, Roger Williams Park Plus! Grand Raffle
CRS Feb. 5, 2017 Program: Marci Martin: History of Elizabeth Park
RIRS Feb. 11 9:30 AM-noon Rose "Jeorpardy" Competition, CR Roundtable
NERS Feb. 18 10:00 AM Heather Poire, Bailey's Rep
Feb. 23-26 CT Flower Show- Convention
Center in Hartford
CRS will have a display, and 60 of 'our' roses will be
there, from greenhouse forced-bloom
Theme: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
> volunteers to man the CRS
The theme of the show this year is ‘Woodland Enchantment.’ We decided to follow a fairy tale theme, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’
CRS March 5, 2017 Calendar Contest. Program: Improving Our Photography Easily- Dave Candler
This is about Improving Flower Photography, but the emphasis is how to do that with any camera you have, without expensive additional equipment, and things done easily. There will be some pointers for those more experienced folks with Big Black Cameras, so if that is your situation, don’t worry.
The basic idea is to make our photos stand out from the rest; to create something unique and inspiring; something with that “wow” factor. These tips will provide a starting point to getting more creative images of flowers and inspire you to try techniques and ideas that you may not have tried before. Trying some of these will get us all out shooting more, and that can’t be a bad thing.
Main Topic Categories:PlanningPerspective and CompositionFocus and MovementLightingAdvanced Topics
See detailed notes in the Photo Section, Rose Photography/ Articles
RIRS Mar 11 9:30 Annual Meeting Weaver Library, E. Providence Minis/Minifloras- Craig Dorshall
NERS Mar. 18 10:00 AM Tom O'Connell Star Roses Rep.
Mar. 22-26 Boston Flower Show Seaport World Trade Center
Yankee Dist March 31-April 2 Annual Convention "Le Fleur de Rose: A Love Story" Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT
March 31- Consulting Rosarian School
Here are all the particulars!:
March 31- Consulting Rosarian School Information:
RIRS Apr 8 9:30 AM Opening the Roger Williams Vitorian Rose Garden , including demos of pruning, plantig and climbers. Talks, demos, and member table.
CRS April 9, 2017 Annual Auction. One-on-one Opening the Garden. Pick up Roses previously ordered. Rose Auction of donated roses!!
NERS Apr. 15 10:00 AM Pruning and Planting Roses Demonstration