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What's New:

NOTE: There will be NO meetings at the Pond House Grille in Glastonbury in 2015. It closed.

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Current News:

Heads UP!!  Our normal meeting location has changed, again!
Read Calendar Section carefully!

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2014 was great- and the year 2015 is poistd to be better than ever!

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What's Old


Previous 2014 Events

Rhode Island RS:
Jan. 11    12:00    Rotanical Center, Roger Williams Park, Providence    Pot Luck Dinner Meeting. Food, Social and Grand Raffle.

New England RS:
Jan. 11    11:00 AM    After Holiday Luncheon    Sam's Bistro; Reading MA

Holiday Luncheon
Confetti Restaurant,
Plainville, CT
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Photo Contest and
Photography Program- John Mattia
Elizabeth Park’s Pond House
2:30 pm

See here for details of the program and Photo Contest rules

Rhode Island RS:
Feb. 8      Saturday 9:30 AM, Champlin Room at the WEAVER Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI     "David Austin English Roses for New England Gardens"- Angelina and Mike Chute            1 CR Credit awarded.

New England RS:
Feb. 15    10:00 AM    160 Pine Hill Rd., Clemsford, MA     Planting and Caring for your Roses and Soil    Manny Mendes


Note there will be a QUICK Board of Directors meeting prior, at brunch- subject: future meeting locations.
Roses in Your Landscape- Erwin Ehrenreich
Elizabeth Park’s Pond House

2:30 pm
Click here for all the details!!


Rhode Island RS:
March 8    9:30 AM   Champlin Room at the WEAVER Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI     Jo-anne Bouley, guest speaker Univ. of RI. 

“Clematis and Roses: A Match Made in Heaven.” This program will focus on basic clematis care guidelines, easy methods of pruning, best planting practices, disease management, and what one task MUST be performed when you plant that newly purchased clematis. The program explores rosa/clematis combinations and how to get three full seasons of bloom.

The presentation has been approved for one CR Credit.

March 12-16    Boston Flower Show    Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

New England RS:
March 15    10:00 AM  160 Pine Hill Rd., Clemsford, MA    Spring Care and Pruning

March 19- Pond House Fundraiser
The Pond House Cafe is celebrating its 15th year operating in Elizabeth Park. lt is their goal to make 15
donations to nonprofit groups in its 15th year.
will be hosting a Food & Flowers Class on March 19th with a luncheon and evening session. They are
excited to offer this event as a fundraiser for local garden clubs. This is a very special class brought to
you by Sandra Lamos, owner of A Special Place Floral Design Studio and Louis Lista, owner of the Pond
House Cafe. They will demonstrate creative use of flowers and food for tablescapes and parties.
They would like to make this as easy as possible for your organization to participate. Just agree to
promote the event to your email/mailing list - we take care of the rest! lt's as easy as 1-2-3!
Tickets sell for $45.00 of which $35.00 will be donated to participating Garden Clubs.
How it works:
1) We will provide you with a personalized marketing flyer for your Garden Club that you can either
email or print and distribute to your mailing list. The more people that you can get the information to,
the more money you are likely to raise
2) We sell the tickets through our secure web site. lnstructions will be on the flyer - everything goes
through the Pond House Cafe.

This is our their of giving back to the wonderful Garden community!
Please contact Kim Yarum if you have any additional questions. She can be
reached by email at events@pondhousecafe.com or by phone (360)231-3823.

Here is the flyer and more information.


MARCH 21-23    Yankee District Convention, Taunton, MA

Friday, March 21 will be a Rose Arranging workshop, taught by 3 National winning Rose Arranging Judges: Nancy Redington, Curtis Aumiller and Joan Singer Hetrick.

Sat: AM- Photo Contest

PM: Speakers will be Bill Kozemchak: Climbing Roses, Jolene Adams: Cooking with Roses, Pat Shanley: ARS, Nancy Redington: Deconstructing Rose Floral Arrangements and Mike Shoppe: Owner of Antique Rose Emporium, "Garden roses and their application in the Landscape". Also he will be selling his book, "Empress of the Garden”. Wine tastings and many vendors.

Sunday: Yankee District Board Meeting

Here are the links!:  Convention Schedule        Convention Registration    Floral Workshop    Floral Registration   Photo Competition


CRS: APRIL 6: Pond House 2:30 PM   "Spring Into the Garden"

Consulting Rosarian Marci Martin will review opening the garden, spring pruning, planting techniques, watering, fertilizing and all good rose culture practices with some new tips and ideas for even experienced rose growers. (Program being applied for 1 credit for Consulting Rosarians. More info to follow closer to April.)

There will be a rousing Auction of various types of roses, where you might find a real bargain. Top it off with a piece of delicious cake celebrating our 34th anniversary.

CRS Members: At this meeting, you must pick up the roses you have ordered from Marge Obst. Contributions of roses for the Auction are welcome. If you have roses you would like to contribute to the Auction, please notify Sandy Long sandlong@comcast.net or 860-434-5522 in advance.


New England RS:
April 19    10:00 AM    93 E. Main St. Hopkinton, MA    Rose Cuttings,     David Cannistraro, MCR


Program: “Spring Rose Day.” Rose Garden Opening, Maintenance and Demonstrations.

RIRS will fertilize, plant, and prune in our selected garden sections at the park. The public is invited to observe how a garden is properly prepared for spring by attending demonstrations by three RIRS rose garden pros. The planned demonstration are: Planting at 10 AM, Pruning at 10:30 AM and Care of Climbing Roses at 11:30 AM.  sign- up lists for RIRS 2014 Rose Show, “Dances with Roses” for Arrangement Classes.


CRS: MAY 4:  Pond House 2:30 PM   "New Earth-Kind Test Garden in Connecticut"

The Earth-Kind Rose study is the largest environmental rose research study of its kind in the US. Naugatuck Valley Community College Instructor Chris Tuccio will discuss the recently established Earth-Kind Test Garden on NVCC campus, where roses are not fertilized, never sprayed with any chemicals, not pruned, deadheaded or watered, and then evaluated over several years for their performance. Sustainable rose growing at its best! We hope to tour the Earth-Kind Test Garden in June.



Program: Everything you Will Need to Know about Entering RIRS June 14, 2014 Rose Show, “Dances with Roses"

New England RS:
17 May    10:00 AM    93 E. Main St. Hopkinton, MA    Preparing Roses for a Rose Show    Teresa Mosher & Craig Dorschel


1 June     1:00 PM    Friends of Walnut Hill Park Rose garden in New Britain         note: this is a change!!

On Sunday, June 1st  at 1:00 pm, come visit the beautiful, historic Walnut Hill Park in New Britain designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead with a fantastic restored Rose Garden that was opened in June, 2010. More than 800 rose bushes, over 75 different varieties, have been planted, retaining the spirit of the original 1929 Rose Garden which compliments the powerful design of a World War I monument.

Everyone should bring their own picnic lunch. CRS will provide lemonade, iced tea and dessert. We will have a brief business meeting and a tour of the garden with information about the varieties of roses selected and the work of the Friends of the Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden in designing and maintaining the garden. Directions and parking details will be sent to CRS members in the June Meeting Notice, or Google Walnut Hill Park, New Britain for directions to the Park at184 West Main Street, New Britain.

See the garden at:  http://friendsoftherosegarden.org/


4 June 2014  11:00 AM    Talk at the Bartlett Arboretum: "Chasing the Rose".  

14 June  RIRS Rose Show  North Kingstown Community Center, 30 Beach Street, Wickford, RI

15 June    CRS Rose Show    Pond House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

33rd Annual Connecticut Rose Show – Sunday, June 15th – Pond House in Elizabeth Park

You do not have to be a member of CRS to exhibit in the show. All roses entered must be grown outdoors in your own garden. Exhibitors may prepare and enter roses from 7:30 am until 10:30 am. An experienced exhibitor will be on hand to help novice exhibitors prepare their entries. So bring your most beautiful blooms to show the public. The Show is open to the public (free admission) 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, with awards presented at 3:00 pm. Come and enjoy a spectacular display of the most beautiful rose blooms in Connecticut!

We have an Arrangements class this year  (for demonstration, will be critiqued but not judged.)

July- No CRS Meeting

August- No CRS Meeting
     5 Aug  3:00 PM- CRS Board of Directors Meeting- Pond House Grille, Glastonbury

21 Sept-   Meeting at the Pond House Grille, Glastonbury

Troubleshooting Your Garden – Bring all your questions about insects, diseases and garden pests that have troubled you this year. Bring samples of insects, of affected leaves or blooms, and our Consulting Rosarians will identify the problems and discuss chemical or organic treatments. Share the good news about your rose gardening successes and rose varieties that performed well, as well as discussing what didn’t work and roses that failed. Everyone will have a chance to have all their questions answered by our experts!


Plan ahead for next year’s garden. Now is the time to begin thinking about ordering roses for spring planting. Most local nurseries and garden centers only carry a limited number of rose varieties. Online sources often run out of specific roses if you don’t order early enough. A handout will list online rose nurseries’ addresses and a brief description of what they carry.

5 Oct- Tool Time: Show and Tell        Meeting at the Pond House Grille, Glastonbury

Bring your favorite garden helper and demonstrate its use, tell us where to find it. From weeding tools to gloves, Alex’s Aardvark bug ‘eater’ to the gardening product that makes your life easier, share it with us.

Bob Martin will demonstrate how to sharpen and maintain garden tools, just in time for fall pruning chores. A Consulting Rosarian will describe best practices for putting the rose garden to bed with winter protection for the long winter’s nap.

2 Nov- Rose Garden Design- Mirjana Toyn, President CRS   (Preceded by Board of Directorrs Meeting at 12:00)

Mirjana Toyn, with her wealth of knowledge of the history of rose garden design and of English and European rose gardens, will inspire us with a beautifully illustrated presentation to design or re-design our own gardens. She will cover rose garden design through the ages and companion planting.
   Member Appreciation Day – All members will be honored with special refreshments. Members who joined anytime in 2014 will be recognized and eligible for a prize drawing. 

3:00 PM start for rose chat and free refreshments!!!!   Presentation 3:20 PM     Open to the public-  y'all come!!

AND!  You will be able to order new David Austin roses at a discount, thanks to CRS, for delivery in the spring.  Here are the roses available, and the order form.  Photo board (thanks, Becky!) will be at the meeting to get us thinking.

RIRS:     Nov 8, 2014        9:30 AM        GARDEN CLOSING, RWP  (Bring gloves and tools)

Ø    Location – Roger Williams Park Victorian Rose Garden

Ø    There will be a plant raffle and a chili cookoff with lots of great chili to eat

RIRS:    Dec 13, 2014        9:30 AM       HOLIDAY MEETING

Ø    Location – Roger Williams Park Botanical Center


Dec- CRS: No meeting-    a time to rest, enjoy the holidays with family and friends, and cook some of Becky’s Rosy

Recipes. There is no CRS meeting in December. But while you are gift shopping, look for a Yankee Gift Swap item for January.




Previous 2013 Events

 December- No meeting


Previous 2013 Events

Jan. 13, 2013, 1 PM Starts at 1 PM!!!!    Member's Holiday Luncheon- Pond House.   Here are the details and menu.
We look forward to seeing our new and old friends at the Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Pond House at Elizabeth Park.  Great food, great fun and….our hilarious Yankee Gift Swap!  Come and celebrate the season with your fellow rose lovers.
Feb. 3, 2013 Annual Photo Contest

Bring your best rose photos and participate in our Annual Photo Contest.  All photos will be included in our 2014 Rose calendar and the top 12 pictures get a full page spread. Dave Ciak will present a slide show of beautiful Californian rose gardens that he visited during the most recent ARS national convention.  As always, the event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Mar. 3, 2013 Steven Scaniello

Author and gardener Stephen Scanniello, best known for transforming the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens into a world class rose garden, will talk to us about Old Garden Roses.  In 2009 Stephen received the ‘Great Rosarian of the World’ award and is the current president of the Heritage Rose Foundation.  He also a member of numerous other rose societies.  This is not to be missed!  As always, the event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served after the meeting.  Here's the flyer!

Mar. 22-24, 2013 Yankee District Convention, Hilton Garden Inn, Windsor, CT.   See the Revised Agenda here.
Here is the Registration Form!   Due (well, Hotel Reservations) NLT 18 March.  Do not malinger...
You will note that this Conference has attached a Consulting Rosarian (CR) School.
Most of the school-related events are on Friday preceeding the Conference proper.  See the Links above for the overall agenda!   Look HERE for the CR School Announcement  and Here for the School Registration Form.  Although there are some prerequisites to earn the title of Consulting Rosarian (one of which is attending the school), non-CR folks can attend the class (without credit) and thereby become a better and more knowledgeable rose-grower. Reading the CR Manual (available from ARS.org) is highly recommended as pre-class homework. 
A list of CRS Current Consulting Rosarians is available from the Link on the Rose Culture Main Page which goes to CR List.  Also on the Rose Culture Main Page you will find links to the past Annual Consulting Rosarian Reports (a compilation of the best rose growing advice from Our CRs growing roses in Our Area).
At this Convention there will be a Photo Show.  The Details, Classes, and Rules are here.

Apr. 7, 2013 Member's Rose Auction- NOTE- Location changed- Not Elizabeth Park, moved to the Pond House Grill in Glastonbury

Don’t miss our annual Members’ Rose Auction where you can find unusual roses at great prices! Learn about opening the garden and get tips on planting bare root roses.  Members will be able to collect their November rose orders, including our project rose.  This will be followed by cake and refreshments to celebrate the CT Rose Society’s anniversary.  As always, the event is free and open to the public.

May 5, 2013 "Philly" Bill Kozemchak- NOTE- Location changed- Not Elizabeth Park, moved to the Pond House Grill in Glastonbury
‘Philly’ Bill Kozemchak, past president of the Philadelphia Rose Society, will talk about extreme rose gardening in small spaces. See how he grows 1,000 beautiful roses on a suburban plot!  Join us for a fabulous slide presentation that will inspire everyone to grow even more roses in their own gardens.  As always, the event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Jun 2, 2013
Boothe Memorial Park
12:00 Noon for Lunch (Bring your picnic), 1PM for tour.
Please meet us at Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford, CT for a picnic and a guided tour of the rose garden.  This will be followed by a presentation on the history of the park and a tour of the museum buildings.  The park sits in 32 idyllic acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The event is free and open to the public.
We will elect new officers in a brief business meeting.
June 22-23, 2013 Rose Show Weekend
June 23rd is the CRS Rose Show!
  see the Rose Show section for link to the Rose Show Schedule (list of classes and times).
July 20, 1 PM Wine and Roses Picnic at Bob and Marci Martin's home in Windsor...1244 Windsor Ave.  phone = 860-298-8686    


Sept. 8, 2013    2013 Yankee District Rose Show- Boylston, MA (Tower Hill).  See Rose Show Section for the Show Schedule.

Sept. 15, 2013  2:00PM

 Note change of date, time & location - At The Pardee Rose Garden,

 East Rock Park, New Haven, 180 Park Rd., Hamden "Disease and Pest Identification"- bring bagged samples if desire.
For full info and directions, click here.

Oct. 6, 2013  2:30 PM

The Pond House, Elizabeth Park, Hartford.

David Austin's English Roses for New England Gardens by Mike Chute

This presentation was developed by David Austin Roses for Mike Chute and covers the history of English roses as well as the unique David Austin breeding program that focuses on hybridizing healthy, fragrant roses with superior flower form. David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens includes old favorites as well as new introductions plus a list of varieties that are known to grow well in New England gardens. David Austin, a nurseryman from England, combined the charm and fragrance of old garden roses with the vibrant color and repeat bloom of modern roses. He called these remarkable plants “English Roses” and they are now grown all over the world.
Mike and Angie Chute will be available to sign copies of their book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, after the program.

Program attendance is worth one (1) CR point for Consulting Rosarians.

Nov. 10, 2013- 2:30 PM

Note change of date. Meeting @ 2:30 pm at The Pond House, Hartford

HOWEVER: for Board of Directors- The BoD meeting and Brunch will be at 11:30 at the Pond House GRILL in GLASTONBURY

Pond House Grille
2935 Main Street

After the BoD, we shall traverse to Elizabeth Park for the Program:
"Arrangements with Roses" by Craig Dorschel

“Guys, don’t leave! This is for you, too,” says Craig, from the New England Rose Society (MA), our Yankee District Director and newly qualified Apprentice Arrangement Judge. Our Yankee District is one of the only areas in the American Rose Society that does not feature arrangements in our rose shows. Only Rhode Island Society offers an arrangements division. This is a shame since arrangements can draw visitors to attend rose shows and, even better, could draw garden club members to participate in our Ct Rose Society, if they could exhibit their arrangements in our Rose Show. So invite your friends who are garden club members to this interesting talk. Learning the principles of arrangements and the basics of design will even help anyone who exhibits their roses in non-arrangement classes in our Rose Show to have an advantage and get the prize! Craig will illustrate design basics and might even share his arrangement idea using his sawn-off motorcycle piston.

Consulting Rosarian Mike Fuss will give reminders for best techniques in closing your garden for the winter.

Attention all CRS members who joined CRS in 2013! This will be a special New Member Appreciation Day, so be sure to attend to be treated like royalty today.

Don’t miss it! CRS members may place orders for 21 different varieties of wonderful roses offered for sale at just $12 each! Photos and descriptions of the roses will be on display and Marge Obst will be ready to take your orders. Please pay by cash or check at time of order. Roses are to be picked up at the April 6, 2014 CRS meeting in time for spring planting.

Documents/2013 Docs/2014 CRS Rose Order Form.doc   see Here for Order Form.

This is one of the most fantastic, exciting benefits of your membership in CRS. Come ready to shop!


Previous 2012 Events

January 8, 2012 Annual Member's Holiday Luncheon- Pond House. February 5, 2012 "The Garden of the Rose"- St. Albans. Slide Show presented by Mirjana Toyn.
Annual Photo Contest:  Each member can submit up to six (6) photos, 8x10 recommended.  240-300 dpi resolution is best for printing in the calendar.
All photos must be labeled on the back with Name of owner, phone number, title of the Photo/name of rose or where picture was taken.  All entries must be submitted between 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.  A pre-numbered clear sheet protector will be provided for each entry.  The meeting will begin at 2:30 promptly.
March 4, 2012 Visit to "Roses for Autism" (formally Pinchbeck's Roses) for guided tour and discussion of commercial rose growing (Guilford, CT, NOT the normal Pond House meeting).

Join us for a visit to ‘Roses for Autism’ (formerly Pinchbeck’s Roses) located at 929 Boston Post Road (Rt. 1) in Guilford, CT at 1:30pm. Lori Gregan, Retail Operations Manager, will give us a guided tour of their greenhouses.  This will be followed directly by a presentation on commercial rose growing at the Guilford library, where we will enjoy our usual refreshments.  The event is free and everybody is welcome!

March 23-25 2012
 Yankee District Convention
Who- anyone can attend.  ARS and CRS members are particularly encouraged!
What- this is an annual event for the NE portion of the US (Yankee District of American Rose Society).  It rotates around the states- next year it will be in CT!
When- Saturday is the big Convention Day.  Friday afternoon before there will be a ARS Judging Seminar for Show Judges.  There is an evening Hospitality Suite for All, however.  Sunday is wrap-up and checkout.  There is a District Meeting primarily for officers.
Where- Newport, RI  Mainstay Inn (see the link)
Why- to Learn more about roses and your fellow rosarian.     Rooms are only $62.09 (plus tax) per night. You can make reservations by contacting the Mainstay Inn (a Best Western) direct at 401-849-9880.Attached are the 2012 YD Convention Registration form as well as the Convention Agenda where you can see the schedule of speakers coming. CRs, please note that there are 2 ARS CR approved programs that will offer 1 CR credit each.The deadline for the Convention Registration is March 12, 2012.See these links:  Convention Schedule    and    Registration Form. 1:30 PM!!!April 1, 2012

Note the earlier time: 1:30 PM. If you come to the pre-lunch, that will be a t 12 PM.
Don’t miss out on our Annual Rose Auction and CT Rose Society birthday celebration.  This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire beautiful and rare roses from our members’ gardens at incredible prices.  Members will also be able to collect the Ping Lim roses that they ordered in October [Project Rose (Sweet Fragrance) Pick-up]. Join us for cake and refreshments after the meeting. All are welcome to this free event! May 6, 2012 Fungal Diseases, new threat of rose rosette disease, thrips, midge and other garden pests.

Marci Martin, past President of the CRS, will discuss fungal diseases, rose rosette disease, thrips, midge and annoying garden pests.  Find out what works or doesn’t work and how to grow healthier roses in your garden.
This program counts as 1 CEU (point) for Consulting Rosarians toward recertification.
As always, there will be delicious refreshments afterwards.  Our meetings are free and open to everybody.

May Board meeting will be held at the Information Center beginning at 11:30 am, followed by Brunch at the Pond House.

June 3, 2012

NOTE: There will be no luncheon prior to the meeting.
Tips for Hybridizing Roses:  Have you ever wanted to create your own roses and don’t know where to begin?  Our own John Mattia, rose hybridizer and national exhibitor, will explain the techniques and selection process involved in creating a new rose.  There will be refreshments after the meeting. This event is free to the public and we welcome all rose lovers! 
This presentation is worth one CR Point as Credit toward re-certification.

June 16, 2012 Rhode Island Rose Show, Wickford, RI June 17, 2012

New England Rose Society Rose Show- 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. prep and entries accepted.
Judging 10-12 noon.
Open to the public 12-4 pm. Tower Hill will be having a Garden Tour that day.
 and there will be several speakers on rose topics throughout the day as well as roses for sale.

Location: Tower Hill, Boylston, MA
June 23, 24 WOAH!!  we are looking at One Great Big Celebation at Elizabeth Park on Rose Week/Rose Weekend! 
June 23, 2012 Lower Cape (Cod) Rose Society Rose Show- Harwich Community Center, Exit 10 off Cape Highway.
 10 AM Judging.
June 24, 2012 CRS Annual Rose Show- Pond House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT.  More info in the Rose Show Section.
   Exhibitor Set-up- 6:30- 10:30
   Judging-             10:45- 12:30
   Box Lunch-          12:30
   Show Open to Public-   1:30- 4:30
   Awards Presentation     4:00
July 11, 2012 Member Garden Visit!  Tour the garden of Arija Retsema in Stonington, CT.  This is a large rural garden with plants of all innds- not just roses, in Southeastern, CT. Also visiting that day will be the Boston Horticultural Society!  In Arija's words: "I grow low maintenance shrub roses. Hydrangeas will be blooming though and I have a lot of them. Also hostas although I usually cut the blooms. And other bushy, shrubby plants should be blooming. "  Time 1-7 PM. You should email her to let her know you will come, and she will provide the address and directions.
Welcome to summer! 
July 28, 2012 Trip to Stanley Park, Mass. - guided tour by Wally Parsons
For more complete information, see your email from around 8 June 2012 from DavCandler@aol.com.  Also see this link:  STANLEY PK PICNIC 2012
See information about Stanley Park: www.stanleypark.org/
Change! Sunday!  Aug. 19, 2012 Marci Martin is inviting all CRS members to join her for a pot luck lunch at her house at 1244 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, on August 18th (was 11th) from 1pm onwards.Don't forget your lawn chairs and please bring a dish to share with everyone.Soft drinks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring wine or beer.Come and catch up with your rose friends! Aug 26 CRS Board of Director's Meeting and Pot-Luck @ President Becky's September 7-8, 2012 Yankee District Fall Rose Convention and Show, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA. Sept. 16, 2012- note changed!
CRS Meeting, NOT to include Board of Directors meeting.

An informal 6-Pack Rose Show at the Pond House, Elizabeth Park. Bring up to six roses from your garden in empty bottles and find out from our judges Dave Ciak and Mike Fuss how rose judging works!

Plus Project Rose Competition- CRS Members are encouraged to bring project rose blooms from any year. These will be judged separately.
    Project Rose for this year- "Sweet Fragrance".

The event is free and open to the public with rose experts available to help with any of your rose problems. Coffee and refreshments will be served after the meeting. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones! 7 Oct. 2012 Tips on Growing your "Own" Open Pollination roses from hips gathered at Elizabeth Park.  Plus!- "Closing the Rose Garden"
                          And Just In:  a brief horror story!!! will be available.
4 Nov. 2012 Culinary Uses of Roses: History, Recipes and Tastings- Becky Martorelli.  
             Also How to Graft budeyes to rootstock- Marci.
Rose Orders for delivery in spring will be taken.  See the Links to descriptions and photos on the What's New page of this website (26 Oct. date) Dec. No meetings in December... see you on 13 Jan. 2013 for our Annual Holiday Luncheon


Previous 2011 Events

January 2011 CRS Holiday Luncheon

February 6, 2011 Calendar photo contest:  Each member can submit up to five (5) photos, 8x10 recommended.  240-300 dpi resolution is best for printing in the calendar.
All photos must be labeled on the back with Name of owner, phone number, name of rose or where picture was taken.  All entries must be submitted between 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.  A pre-numbered clear sheet protector will be provided for each entry.  The meeting will begin at 2:30 prompt.
CRs will present the roses that they recommended for others from their annual CR Survey- Photos of them will be available, as well (projected). 
Board Meeting Before the meeting.

And here are some of the refreshments: Rose Valentine Cupcakes made by Vice President Becky Mertorelli:
Rose Valentine CupcakesRose Valentines
March 6, 2011 MEETING – REVISION     The March meeting has been revised to the following topic:“Sustainable Rose Gardening” presented by John Mattia and Marci Martin, Master Rosarians Marci and John will cover the definition of “sustainable gardening for rose growers” which includes gardening techniques based on real-world horticultural effectiveness and environmental responsibility that enhance sustainable rose culture, planning and maintenance, and environmentally friendly techniques in dealing with rose pests.  Recognized hybridizers behind sustainable roses will be featured as well as recommended sustainable roses.
This program counts as one (1) point in recertification credits for Consulting Rosarians.

    April 3, 2011 Spring time rose garden cleanup, methods of Defense, safety and planting; This program is worth 1 CR point for existing Consulting Rosarians. Pick up Week's roses.

May 1, 2011 "How to Prepare Your Roses for Exhibition"  -  Dave Ciak will cover all aspects of preparing the perfect rose for exhibition, beginning in the garden up to the day of the event.

June 5, 2011 "A Victorian Tour of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden" - Marci Martin will lead us through the rose garden dressed in vintage Victorian costume and enlighten all of us to the history of the garden and rose selections.
June 11, 2011 NERS-Sponsored bus trip to New York Botanical Gardens (special: Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden).  The bus will originate in northern MA, but will stop for CT folk on I-91 at exit 21 (Cromwell)   .  Cost $49 for bus, garden grounds fee extra. Additional information at this link, and here for the contract.  Contact Teresa Mosher at yinyangtao7@yahoo.com.
June 11-12,
   18-19, 2011

The Spinning Wheel Rose Gardens of Al & Nancy Lenoce will celebrate NGC Garden Week in June with open gardens on June 11&12 and on June 18 & 19 from 11:00 to 4:00.   Over 500 roses, arbors, benches, koi pond, 30 ft stream, perennials, woodland park, Fairie Village and lemonade! 59 Spinning Wheel Rd. Trumbull, CT. Free Admission.  nancyroselady@aol.com

June 18, 2011 RI Rose Society Rose Show, Cold Spring Community Center, Wickford, RI. June 19,  2011 Annual CRS Rose Show- Pond House, Elizabeth Park June 26, 2011 New England Rose Society (MA) Rose Show, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, MA.
Rose Show entries: 7:00- 10:00, Judging 10:00-12:00, Open to the public 12:00-4:00.
Tower Hill will be having a garden tour that day and we will have several speakers on rose topics throughout the day and roses for sale.
July 2011 Garden Tours- To Be Announced
New Officers take charge August 20, 2011 Board of Directors Planning Meeting Sept. 11, 2011 Six-Pack Rose Show.
everybody is encouraged to bring roses from their garden. The public and Rose Society members will learn what judges look for in roses and their criteria for awarding ribbons. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided after the meeting. Bring your own containers (booze, soda, other...)
October 2, 2011 The Year 2011 in Our Gardens.  Round Table Discussion concerning the Successes and Issues with our rose Gardens.
Rose Orders will be taken for next year's Rose Sale.  A different selection of roses will be offered than last year, Ping Lim's roses are featured.

Closing the Rose Garden- how to bring the growing season to a close and prepare plants properly for the winter ahead.
Annual Rose Auction- great opportunity to obtain unusual roses at bargain prices.  -DEFERRED TO APRIL MEETING>
Weather permitting, we will take a tour of the rose garden.-   NOT PERMITTING, Due recent snow debacle.
You can and Should sign up for the Project Rose (Sweet Fragrance) and other CRS Special Order Roses.  Bring $$ or check, please.  Delivery in April.  MORE INFO TBA...
December 2011 No meeting this month.  

Previous 2010 Events

Jan 16, 2010 CRS Holiday Luncheon
Feb. 7, 2010

“Romancing the Rose”

 – Becky Martorelli. A composite of rose history, significance, facts, quotes, pictures, recipes, passions, medicine.
Elizabeth Park roses will be highlighted based on research done by Ali Whyte; program preceded by Calendar Photo contest. Note: photo contest rules: Maximum of four 8x10" prints, in a protective sleeve. Best display in calendar is wide side horizontal, but this is not a Rule. Recommendation: if feasible, print using 240 to 300 dpi for good resolution.
    April 10, 2010 Planting Day at Elizabeth Park April 10, 2010 April 10, 2010
9-12 AM It's Planting Day!
"Be a rose garden volunteer - help dig, plant and mulch!"
Where: Walnut Hill Memorial Rose Garden, 210 Grand St., New Britain April 11, 2010 Opening the Rose Garden: a checklist of last year’s problems and what arsenal is needed for disease and pest preparation for upcoming year; an overview of both chemical and organic treatment will be covered.  Consulting Rosarian Panel Discussion and Q&A.
Plus!!- Pick up your Weeks Rose Orders and Project Roses (White Licorice) and take them home for planting!
May 2, 2010 “Insects and Control” CR credit; Leslie Alexander, State Coordinator for UCONN’s Master Gardener Program will make a presentation of common pests of roses and means of control   June 6, 2010
The CRS June 6th meeting has been revised to the following:
"How to Exhibit Your Rose  - Workshop"
Due to early warm weather this season many rose growers will experience early bloom. This provides the CRS an opportunity to hold a "hands on workshop" on how to exhibit your roses at Rose Shows, including the CRS Rose Show on June 20th.  Bring up to 3 roses in containers of water (soda or beer bottles) to the meeting (be sure to identify your rose by name and variety) and have them evaluated by experienced exhibitors who will serve as workshop instructors. An instruction period will follow with "Comment Judging" explaining how roses would judge each specific bloom. 
Tags for the Rose Show for advance preparation should be available.
Refreshments following the meeting.

No meeting
September 11, 2010 Yankee District Rose Show and Lobster Fest, Cape Cod, MA
More information: www.arsyankee.org   (Note: the information on this link was updated on 29 Aug. 2010 to include lower price for the Lobster Fest ($30), and revised phone numbers.)
September 19, 2010 Roundtable Discussion- Lessons Learned and How Your Garden Performed this year.- Moderated by Dave Candler. CR
October 3, 2010 Six-Pack Rose Show.  Bring up to 6 roses in your own display container.  Judges Mike Fuss and Art Emmons will discuss evaluating them.
There will be a Board Meeting before the regular meeting at 12:30 PM.
For the Weeks Roses Special Order see: Weeks Rose Sale 2011 November 7, 2010 Brief Overview of the CRS Web Site- Dave Candler, Webmaster.
Putting the rose garden to bed for the winter. 
Annual Rose Auction.



12/17/2011 There are new photos- the Arches in Elizabeth Park in June 2011(before the ravenging snow). In the Photo Section (2011 Public Gardens)

Complete information and invitation for the CRS Member's Holiday Party on 8 Jan. 2012 in the Calendar and Meetings section.


11/16/2011    All electronically connected members should have received the list of Special Order Roses, including the 2012 Project Rose, Sweet Fragrance, in an email just the other day.  Shows the list of roses special Low price and a tidy order form that can be sent to Marge Obst with your order.  This is a Member Special and great deal on select Ping Lim roses.

I have updated the Internet (and phone number) links to some of the key Grafted, Own Root and Miniature rose supliers in the Internet Links section.

Note: your garden may have taken a whumping during the early/freak snowstorm.  And, regretfully, many of Elizabeth Park's roses faired poorly, too.  As a Christmas Gift consideration: how about funding a Pillar at EP?  Few things would make Dorothy Perkins happier.

And a timely garden thought without having to go All the Way into the Rose Culture Section:  November is an optimum time to check your Rose Garden Chart/Map against the labels in the garden to confirm identities.  What?  No Garden Chart?  Well then, November is the second best month for creating one, then stashing it where easily refound in the spring.  And you can save ink if you determine which plants underperformed to the point of replacement.  Remove now whilst the soil is still unfrozen (and if you will use the same hole for new rose in the spring- then put a plank over the hole to save digging in April.  (best to use new soil to backfill when planting- keeps down issues that may have been the cause of underperforming in the past).

 11/11/2011    New links in the Internet Links section: Herb Gardening, and Basic Gardening
                        New photos- Marci's Snow- Flattened Roses (Photo Section)

11/4/2011    November meeting and program CANCELLED due to Snow Storm- no power at the Pond House!  Look for the Auction to be held in April.

10/20/11    The New Project Rose for 2011-2012 is Sweet Fragrance!

 9/5/2011    New Rose of the Month in the Rose Culture Section (for Aug.)

8/25/11    Calendar section now lists the tentative schedule of programs for 2011/2012 planned by new Vice President and Program Chair Mirjana Toyn.
                        Note: the next program is scheduled for 11 September at the Pond  is a Six-Pack Rose Show.  Bring your roses on ornate beer/Coca Cola bottles for critique as if there were a Real Rose Show.  Find out what the judges seek in a Blue Ribbon, and see the potential flaws that they may find.

8/18/11    Added photos from President Beckt's garden. See Virtual Rose Gardens/2011 in the Photo Section.

7/12/11    CRS Rose Show Results are now tabulated and published.  See link on the Rose Show page.
                Alert!!!:  President Becky has make her first key announcement: Declaration #1- There will be No New Taxes for CRS!!!

 7/6/2011 Photos of the Executive Board on the Board of Directors page.

7/3/2011    Added photos of Lili Shohan (Ribbon Cutting) and Dorothy and Dave Ciak for the Bronze Medal award.  Photos of President Becky and VP Mirjana in the Board of Directors section.

7/1/2011    Welcome to out New Officers and Board of Directors, term beginning 1 July 2011 for two years!  THANK YOUs to Past President Marci for a wonderful job over two terms! And Congratulation to the new Executive Board: President Becky Martorelli, Vice President/Program Chair Mirjana Toyn, Secretary Karen Chase and Treasurer Earl Obst!
The remaining Board Members can be viewed in the About CRS section.


 6/28/2011    Congratulations to Dorothy and Dave Ciak for earning the CRS Bronze Medal for 2011!
    Additional Rose Show photos in the Photo Section/ Rose Show. 
    The 2011 Miniature and Miniflora Convention and Rose Show was held in Syracuse, NY this past weekend.  Many beautiful roses, but very few from Yankee District (due in no small part to the 20+ days of rain in June in the Northeast! Dave Ciak, Dave Long and Dave Candler were judges for the show.  Garden tours followed on Sunday.  Photos will be posted of the Ed Mills Public Garden in the next week.

6/23/2011    A very nice rose show hosted by CRS, and Chaired by Dave Ciak!  Initial photos are displayed in the Rose Photo Section.   More photos, and he tabulation of Results coming soon!

6/6/2011    We had a Great Tour thru the garden at Elizabeth Park!!

5/16/2011    New Rose of the Month for May, thanks to Marina Wettig!  Repaired corrupt files.

5/7/2011    Updated calendar.  The 2011 CRS Rose Show Schedule (list of Classes and Rules) is posted on the Rose Show Page link.
                            Proposed slate of officers for 2011-2013 is posted on link from the Board of Directors Page and here.

4/19/2011    Update to the May CRS Meeting- Dave Ciak will be the presenter for Preparing Your Roses for the Rose Show.

3/30/2011    Update to the Consulting Rosarian List: Congratulations to YD CR Chair, Dave Long, on being conferred Master Rosarian!
New Rose of the Month for April-  thanks to Chris Jancot.

3/19/2011    Updated the Calendar and Meetings page.

3/8/2011 CRS is now on Facebook, as well.  Get your Hot Rose Society news and chat with each other on line!  Got to join Facebook first, (and I recommend putting in some background on yourself, but not life's story, then edit the SHARE features to Share Bio type info only with people you have specified as "Friends".  To join our group, Search in Facebook for Connecticut Rose Society. When there, ask to Join.
Let Dave Candler know if you have issues (not questions about Facebook itself- use their Help for that [Facebook.com]).

3/7/2011 Calendar  updates. NOTE: An email has been sent to all CRS Members discussing the planned bus trip to NY Botanical Gardens on   11 June 2011.  If you did not get that email, and are interested, send me an email  (DavCandler@aol.com).
New What to Do in The March Garden article in the Rose Culture section.

3/2/2011    Additional information on Midge plus a new article on Beneficial Insects on the Rose Culture page.

2/28/2011    New Rose of the Month- Rose Culture home page link.
    New Annual Consulting Rosarian Report for 2011- Rose Culture Home Page link
    Note: the 6 March 2011 CRS Meeting will be worth one (1) Continuing Education credit for existing Consulting Rosarians.
    More photos from CRS Meetings and Events- various locations.  See the Cupcakes on the Home Page, for example.

2/10/2011 Revised topic for the March CRS meeting- see the Calendar/Meetings Section.

ARS Consulting Rosarian Recertification Update (mostly for CRs) in the Rose Culture/Yankee District CR Chair section/page.

2/1/2011 New Rose of the Month in the Rose Culture Section

1/7/2011 New What to Do in the New England Garden for Jan-March in the Rose Culture Section.
New Rose of the Month for Jan 2011 (Grandiflora About Face) in the Rose Culture Section.
Start finding and printing your entries for the 2012 Calendar Photo Contest (to be done as part of the meeting in February).

Marci Martin does a Blog: "Everything Roses" part of www.Planter's Place.com.  Click here or the link on the What's New Block just under the Left Hand side menu to see what she has to say.  Updated about monthly.
Got some photos f your garden from last year that you can share on our web site??  Send them!!

1/6/2011 Start wrapping your Yankee Swap gift for the Rose Society Holiday Luncheon on Sunday 9 January.  Should be a wonderful time!

1/1/2011 Happy New Year! 

Check out those catalogs (mostly online, these days)  and get your favorite new roses!!



12/4/2010    The CRS Member Holiday Luncheon will be at the Pond House, 1 PM 1/9/2011.  See the Calendar/Meetings page for more info and link to the flyer.
New Rose of the Month for December in the Rose Culture section.

11/13/2010    New Photos from Wally Parsons of the Stanley Park (MA) Rose Garden in Public Gardens portion of the Rose Photography section.
Rose of the Month for November is Dark Night (Rose Culture section).

10/29/2010    Rose of the Month for October- Purple Splash- Climber.  This is a really nice rose that reminds on Fourth of July- except Purple!!

10/27/2010    Even Newer music.  Some new Rose of the month info.

10/15/2010    General updates.

10/6/2010    Newer Music!
Revised info on the Rose Culture Page
Calendar and Meetings page updated with next 12 month's planned events!!

9/28/2010    Article on irrigation has been updated.
Several new FAQ's in Dr. Rose's Acute Care Center.

9/19/2010    Check out the Weeks Rose Special Order List, and order SOON!

8/29/2010    New soothing music!!

8/29/2010    Changes, as needed throughout the month.  Latest info includes revised information at the Yankee District Website (a link from our Calendar and Meetings page) [Lobster Fest cost decreased to $30, new contact emails and phone numbers for Audrey and Oz Osborn], and several new FAQ's for new rosarian selection of roses and chemical shelf life. 

7/30/200    A bunch of new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have been answered and posted in the FAQ subsection of the Rose Culture Section (use the top, side or bottom menus).  Calendar updates. Note: next year's Project Rose will be Dick Clark!

 7/12/2010    New Rose of the Month (for June 2010: Dick Clark- grandiflora), What to do in July in your CT Rose Garden, new article on the benefits of alfalfa for growing roses contributed by Jolene Adams, ARS Vice President.  New photos of the Fuller Public Rose Garden in Essex, New Hampshire.  Fuller is a beautiful well kept secret, within 1/2 mile of the seashore, and with a Japanese garden and many nice statuary, as well.

Calendar section has been updated with the CRS Board of Director's meeting on 25 July at President Marci's home.

 7/9/2010    Photos of Sue Redway's Garden by the Redways, Posted in the Photo/Virtual Gardens section.

7/6/2010    Wine and Roses at Becky Martorelli's garden...  See the Calendar and Meetings section for more information, and go here (don't forget to RSVP!!)

7/6/2010    Photos from the Lower Cape (Cod) Rose Society [LCRS] and New England Rose Society [NERS] are posted in the Rose Show Photo Section.  Look for the link between the photos from CRS 2010 and CRS 2009.

7/5/2010    Sandy and Dave Long's Garden photos (2 sub-sections!) in the Virtual Rose Garden portion of Rose Photography.

6/30/2010   Photographs of all Head Table Winners posted in the Rose Show Photography section.
There will be a Wine and Roses Gala Affair this year the last weekend of July!!  Will be at Becky Martorelli's home and garden.  Check back soon for details (in the Calendar/Meetings section).

6/28/2010    Initial photos from the 2010 CRS Rose Show are posted in the Rose Photography section.

6/24/2010    Posted the results of the CRS Annual Rose Show.  Updated Current News and Recent Events.  Congratulations to Marci Martin and Dave Candler on Award of American Rose Society Master Rosarian designation.  Congratulations to Sandy and Dave Long as the Bronze Medal recipients for 2010.

 6/13/2010    Added photos of the Chet Clayton Rose Garden (URI, Rhode Island) and Roger Williams Rose Garden, Providence, RI to the Photo Section/ Public Rose Gardens.

Movies of opening roses are also available- see bottom of the Rose Photography page.  These are time-lapse photos over hours or days, combined to make a movie.

6/11/2010  Virtual Rose Garden Photos added: Zack and Mary Lau's garden in Newington.

6/9/2010    Public Gardens: Mystic added.  See Photo/Public Rose Gardens/Mystic

6/4/2010    Virtual Rose Garden additions: VP Becky Martorelli, Dave Candler, Norwich Memorial Rose Garden.

6/1/2010 New Rose of the Month (Candy Land) in the Rose Culture section.  What to do in the New England Rose Garden in June is featured in the Rose Culture section.

Be sure to go back to the Photography Section/Public Rose Gardens/Elizabeth Park Old Garden Roses and review or cherish the photos.  Many of those OGRs were really beautiful.  But they are no more... the garden has been removed...

 5/29/2010    Changed the Main Page photo to the Memorial Day rose.
Began adding photographs of 2010 roses!  With the amazing warm weather this spring, and rare frost/freezes in May, everyone reports amazingly early and prolific blooms.  See the Photo Section/Virtual Rose Gardens/2010 for garden photos from this year, beginning with President Marci's and Bob's garden.

 5/24/2010    Nancy and Al Lenoce's Garden will be open for tour on 5 and 6 June as well as the following weekend, due to the early bloom this year.  See Calendar section.

5/18/2010    Additional Rose Show Preparation Hints under Exhibition pointers in the Rose Show section.  Added member Nancy and Al Lenoce's invitation to tour their Prize Winning garden in the Calendar section.

Added the material from Leslie Alexander's IPM/Organic Rose Gardening Presentation in the IPM section.

5/12/2010    Location of the LCRS Rose Show has changed. See the Calendar.

A .pdf printable version of the CRS Rose Show Schedule is posted on the Main Rose Show page.

5/9/2010    Revised June meeting program due to the warm weather.  See the Calendar /Meeting Section. 
        The 2010 CRS Rose Show Schedule is now published in the Rose Show section.  CRS Members will be emailed a copy at the end of May.

5/4/2010    Timely Tips update for May, Calendar updates, UCONN IPM links on the Links page (and here: http://www.hort.uconn.edu/Ipm/ipmprog.htm), new Rose Recommendations for Cold Climates and Hardy Roses for our area in the Rose Culture section.

 4/25/2010    A list of Disease Resistant Roses has been added to the Rose Culture Section (See Recommended Roses)

 4/22/2010    An article about Rose Rosette Disease in CT!  In the Rose Culture Section. 

 4/14/2010    Added the names of the ARS Master Rosarians to the Consulting Rosarian page.

4/12/2010    Great meeting yesterday at the Pond House.  In particular, VP Becky's concise, yet thorough, overview of Opening the Garden and Major Action considerations for spring was jam-packed with information!  Happy 30th Anniversary to the Connecticut Rose Society.  And Thank you very much to Marge and Earl Obst for coordinating the procurement and distribution of all those wonderful Weeks Roses and the 2010 Project Rose, White Licorice!
Both of the CT Rose Planting Days (Elizabeth Park with Marci Martin, and Walnut Hill, New Britain (Kate McCue) went wonderfully thanks to the support of all the generous volunteers!  Well Done!
Calendar/Meetings updates in that section of the web site.
When you logged on did you see the multiple revolving pictures on the Home Page, and hear music?  If so, Great.  If not, you probably need to download Adobe Flash for your Internet Browser.  Go to: http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
Had enough of the web site music?  You can control the volume, or turn it off/on entirely with the controls in the cluster of photos near the top of the page. 

3/30/2010    The current contemporary information and photos from recent years have been retained, older material deleted for faster mining. Everything will be much easier to find due to expanded fly-out menus and more clear navigation. Navigation includes more side choices, a top menu, with drop-down feature, links at the bottom of the page to key locations, and three key icons in the upper right hand corner of each page. Even with this ability to bore down to desired material, following the hierarchical paths will provide a wider variety and more broad coverage. Vastly expanded Links, appropriate to a bigger and better Internet Cloud of information have been added. There is calming background music (on 'main pages') to soothe after a busy day in the garden, and you can control the volume, or even turn it off with controls on the top of the page.  If you allow 'cookies' your settings will be remembered (and pages load faster). Photos of Public Rose Gardens have been added, and this feature will expand. More modern, more formal, and better presented material throughout. Your requests have been acted on!

2/25/2010 The Annual Consulting Rosarian Survey Results are provided in the Rose Culture Section.

2/12/2010 Congratulation to Joan Brazzel for her designation as Consulting Rosarian Emeritus.

2/11/2010 New Rose of the Month for February! Club Project Rose= "White Licorice", see the Rose Culture Section.
For those who entered photos in the CRS Calendar Contest, please send the digital files to:

2/10/2010 The new Project Rose for the CRS Rose Show 2011 has been announced: White Licorice. Look for full description in Rose of the Month (Rose Culture Section) soon. Note: planting days at both EP and the Walnut Hill Memorial Rose Garden, New Britain are scheduled for 10 April. Pick your closest and give a helping hand. More in the Calendar Section.

2/2/2010 New Rose of the Month (Lady Emma Hamilton) for January in the Rose Culture Section.
Information concerning Ali Whyte's new book in the Books Section, and see the 1/30/2010 What's New below.

2/1/2010 New Rose Haiku in the Photo/Rose Verse Including Haiku section (no new Berma Shave verse, however).
Note: CRS Board of Director's meeting is BEFORE the Feb. meeting starting 12:30 during luncheon.

1/30/10 Book review for the Chute's new book- in the Books Section.
Note: new revised program for the CRS March meeting: Sustainable Rose Growing by Mike and Angie Chute! Be There, Aloha!
How to view, review and purchase Ali Whyte's book, "The Roses of Elizabeth Park" see http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/907415

 1/28/10 NEW Virtual Rose Garden Tour- Arlene Vogel's garden in Old Mystic, CT. There are four linked pages of bigger photographs for winter viewing. This is a remarkable garden with all manner of roses, other plantings, many artworks and a resident swan. The request for larger photos is happening, but this takes some bandwidth- so those on Dial-up please be patient. The Garden is worth the wait. This is all in the Photo Section.
Revised show dates or made the locations more specific for area rose shows this summer.

1/26/10 This is not new, but the article was easily missed since it is a link to the real page. Annual Consulting Rosarian Survey- 2009 is linked on the Rose Culture Page, near the top of the page. Tells concisely what CRs IN YANKEE DISTRICT grow and recommend, what their collective Cultural Practices are, and Pest Control recommendations.
Probably worth a winter review. And a new edition of this Survey should be out soon.

1/22/10 New book: in the Books Section: Roses for New England: A Guide for Sustainable Roses, by Angie and Mike Chute.

1/19/10 Several revisions- including making some photo slide shows of Virtual Gardens compatible (play nice) with some newer browsers. AND- please revise your penciled-in calendars: our April meeting will be on the 11th, the week AFTER Easter.

1/13/10 The Full Information on the upcoming Yankee District Spring Rose Convention can be found in the Calendar section (March 26-28). Be sure to click on the links for the additional information and reservation form!

1/10/10 For all CRS Consulting Rosarians: don't forget to submit your annual CR Report. This is different from, and not to be confused with, the ARS Roses in Review survey, which all interested rosarians are encouraged to complete. Deadline for CR Report is 1 Feb., and should be sent to Dave Long. Form is available as a link from our "Call a CR Page".
Timely Tips for Winter Rose Gardening- Dec.- March.



12/26/09- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
New Virtual Rose Garden (Judy Paniccia and Bob Stryker) in the Photo Section
Timely Tips for a CT Rose Garden- in the Rose Culture Section

12/7/09 New Virtual Garden (Karen Navarre) photos in the Photo Section.

11/11/09- New member Virtual Garden visit. Photos of Janice Champagne's Garden in the Photo Section/Virtual Rose Gardens

11/09 What to do in a CT Rose Garden in the Rose Culture Section.

9/24/09 New Rose of the Month, Membership Chair is revised to Marina Wittig. In consideration of the increased value to members by CRS, dues for the next year are adjusted to $20. Congratulations to ART EMMONS on selection as the CRS Bronze Medal winner! (Photo in the About CRS Section (Bronze Medal winner List)

9/13/09 Congratulations to these members on having attended the Consulting Rosarian School and passing the Examination following, facilitating their NEW appointments as ARS Consulting Rosarians!!
Becky Martorelli
Judy Paniccia
Cindy Ehrenreich

Thank you to Dave Long (Yankee District CR Chair) and John Mattia for preparing and conducting that CR School!

8/31/09 New Programs for 2009/2010 Season added to the Calendar Section.
Timely Tips for CT Rose Gardener in the Rose Culture Section.

8/4/09 Updates.

8/1/09 Timely Tips for Connecticut Rose Gardening for August is in the Rose Culture Section.
A new Rose of the Month (Cinco de Mayo {yes, I know it should have been May, not August...} in the Rose Culture Section.
Information on the Yankee District CR School is at a link at the top of the page in the Rose Culture Section.
Information on the Yankee District fall Rose Show on Cape Cod is added. See the link in the Calendar Section for September 12, 2009. And direct: Yankee District Fall Rose Show 2009. (check the bottom of the page for Special Pink Information).
Links are also on the Calendar for the CR School and to the Yankee District web site.
New Dr. Rose question in the Rose Culture Section.
Congratulations to the following for their recent elections in ARS:
Pres- Jeff Wyckoff
VP- Jolene Adams
Region 0 Director- Clarence Rhodes
Yankee District Dir.- Oz Osborn

6/30/09 Rose Show Photos posted in the Rose Show Section, link here.
6/2009 Rose Show Opening Ceremony for the CRS 2009 Rose Show: Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell will cut the ribbon and be our Guest of Honor! http://www.ct.gov/governorrell/site/default.asp.
New Timely Tips for Rose Gardening in June2009.
And! Additional Rose Exhibiting Pointers have been added to the Rose Show Section.
6/9/09 New article on Rose Show Preparation in the Rose Show Section.
5/26/09 New Rose of the Month in the Rose Culture Section!
5/24/09 Full Rose Show 2009 Schedule and Classes provided in the Rose Show Section. Note: there are a couple of new classes/awards!
Revised the photo pages for past shows: you may want to review them as a basis for grooming hints, etc. for this year's show.
Don't forget to sign up for the Rose Show Luncheon (at the Pond House). Reservation form is in the Rose Show section.
Alert! Nor'East Miniature Roses is among the links (in the Links Section), but they have announced that this is the last year that they will ship roses retail. They will be wholesale only. There is a current (As of this date!) 50% off sale of their existing 2009 stock of retail miniatures.
Note: A fair number of roses are just in bloom in RI and warmer parts of CT. Looks to be a bit early this year.
New Home Page photo.
5/14/09 Calendar updates- Marci's and Becky's Wine and Roses. Lobster-Fest on Cape in Sept. See Calendar section.
4/6/09 Rose Culture additions- check out the Consulting Rosarian Annual Survey of Rose Culture Methods and Techniques plus their Most Recommended Garden and Exhibition Roses for 2009. Note: this survey is biased a bit for large gardens, and most Consulting Rosarians in the district have evolved robust gardens over time. The survey link can be found about 1/2 way down the Rose Culture page.
3/31/2009 New Rose of the Month for April (Pascali), Timely Tips for April (Rose Culture Section). Additions and revisions to the Calendar Section. New information about the 2009 Consulting Rosarian School (Calendar Section). Updated photos in Mirjana Toyn's Virtual Garden (Photo Section).
2/23/09 New Rose of the Month. Various updates.
2/19/09 Ed Caffegan's Rose Garden added to the Virtual Rose Garden Tour- Photo Section.
Dr. Rose responds to a vole question in the Rose Culture section.
2/6/08 Mirjana Toyn's Garden tour photos became de-hyperlinked. This has been corrected. See the Rose Photo Section, Virtual Rose Garden Tours 2008. Or go here. It has been cold! so, added a photo of Electric Blanket to Zac Lau's Rose of the Month for Nov. 2008.
New Rose of the Month for Feb 2009: Sandy & Dave Long's Altissimo
1/27/09 New Rose of the Month (Rose Culture Section). Refined the Calendar section, provided info on the CT Garden and Flower Show, added Nor' East Miniature Roses New Roses link in the Rose Culture Section. Timely Tips for A CT Garden in the Rose Culture Section.
1/15/09 Yankee District CR School Application Procedures can be found here, or Rose Culture Section main page link.
1/14/09 Information and Rules for the February meeting CRS Calendar Photo Competition are in the Calendar Section.
Don't forget to check out How to Become a Consulting Rosarian!
1/10/09 New link to a British site: How to Bud Roses.
New flurry of Dr. Rose questions and Answers in the Rose Culture Section/ Dr. Rose Hospital.
Note: the Holiday Festive Luncheon has been postponed a week, due to flurries (Calendar Section).
1/6/09 Calendar refinements. New Home Page photo.



1/1/09 Happy New Year!!!
12/30/08 The Project Rose for next year is Regina Lee.
12/26/08 New Garden Page to bring back the Gardening Spirit after this snowy start of official winter. Mirjana Toyn's garden in Guilford is the first to be featured. In the Photo Section, Virtual Rose Garden Tours. See the Calendar Section for info on the Annual Holiday Luncheon. Some of the mail-order vendors are taking orders for new roses for the spring- and the catalogs will be arriving soon! Get excited!
12/19/08 New featured Rose of the Month for Dec. 2008 (Rose Culture Section). Additional info on the Holiday Luncheon- in the Calendar Section.
12/1/08 Sadly, with the passing of Donna Fuss, Elizabeth Park, our meeting Home Base, lost its Rose Lady and primary Rose Presenter. Many of Connecticut Rose Society members were made aware of CRS' existence due to Donna's Rose Garden Tours at the park in West Hartford. The good news is that Friends of Elizabeth Park has asked our President, Marci Martin, to take over that position. And she has accepted! Part of the responsibilities are ordering new roses, coordinating volunteer assistance with maintaining the garden's roses, and providing the educational programs (talks in the rose garden, etc.). Having such an expert selected to follow in Donna's path is certainly Great News. Good skill and fair winds are wished to Marci in this challenging endeavor!
11/28/08 Andy Vanable's Article from CRS Newsletter Connecticut Rose (Where the Wild Ones Are) with new accompanying photos that do not have detail in print form. In the Newsletter Section.
11/12/08 New Rose of the Month for November 2008- Electric Blanket, in the Rose Culture Section.
11/12/08 Links to some New 2009 Roses and Products in the Rose Culture Section.
Updated old hyperlinks.
11/10/08 Holiday rose-related gift ideas: Holiday Gift Ideas 2008.
Newsletter section updated with new editor links. Hyperlinks in the Links section updated. Calendar updated.
11/3/08 New/Revised Officers and Committee Chairpersons, as of November 2008. Thank you for those who have Stepped Up to the Plate to meet the needs of CRS!!!
10/27/08 Revised Calendar and program items. New Home Page photo.
10/22/08 Main (Index) page revised. New Donna Fuss dedicated page.
Yankee District Convention is in March 2009, in NH. See the new flyer!!!
10/13/08 June and Dave Berg have long been very generous with information, roses for donation and door prizes, and NOW they are offering their MASSIVE Collection of ARS Rose Annual magazines for auction at the CRS November meeting (when we have our normal rose auction). These extend back to 1938! See this link for more details!
Timely Tips for the October CT Rose Gardener in the Rose Culture section.
10/10/08 Over the past week I have added info on the Home Page concerning Donna Fuss' untimely death.
Calendar has been updated.
9/15/08 See the Yankee District Website for info and photos from the YD Fall Show. Some of our CRS members did quite well- especially the Bergs and Ciaks. Thanks to all that brought roses to the Six-Pack Rose Show on 9/14/08. Many very nice exhibits!
9/13/08 See the Berg's Moore Trophy Winner on the Home Page! Read the material listed for 9/2/08.
9/2/08 Alarm!! Rose Midge Update. Stronger measures than has been the thought to be needed are apparently necessary to thwart midge in the CT Garden. Several additional articles are added to the Midge Update Page.
Added Timely Tip for September.
8/29/08 Added items to the Calendar. New Main Page photo.
8/3/08 Added the List of Programs for the upcoming 2008/2009 season to the Calendar/Meeting section.
7/22/08 Rose Show Tally Results are posted. See the Link in the Rose Show Section.
7/13/08 Added Photos for the 2008 CRS Rose Show in the Rose Show section.
7/5/08 General Updates in recognition of July- Rose Culture, etc. Some Rose Show Photos in the Rose Show Section.
6/26/08 Queen and other photos from the Rose Show 2008. Other photos coming soon!!!
5/31/08 Be sure to save the date: July 19, 2008, for the summer CRS Garden Tour and Pot Luck- Marina & Tim Wittig's home in Broadbrook, CT.
5/22/08 The 2008 CRS Rose Show Schedule of Classes and times , as well as all the information, is available in the Rose Show Section.
We are still looking for volunteers for Judge's Clerks (gives an excellent opportunity to see how the judges select the best roses!), and folks to assist with setup (the day before). If able to assist, please contact Rose Show Chairman Mike Gilbert! renegilbert@cox.net, 860-649-5175.

5/16/08 Various improvements
4/6/08 See the new Article "This Quarter in the Rose Garden" by Dave & Sandy Long, in the Rose Culture section.
3/28/08 Congratulations to President Marci Martin on selection as the 2007 Yankee District Outstanding Consulting Rosarian!!
3/20/08 Updated CRS Calendar. Note on the address label on your April Meeting Reminder Card: last line shows when you need to renew. April is normal renew month- send check!!!
3/9/08 New Rose of the Month for March 2008. Think Rose Culture. Do not think of pruning or rose garden work (see the Rose Culture section). Added a How to Select A Camera For Garden Photography (and other photos) in the Photo Section.
The Webmaster looks forward to seeing you at the Yankee District Rose Convention on 3/14-3/16/08!
2/27/08 Completely revamped and reorganized much of the web site. Significantly tightened the structure- especially in the Photography Section. Expanded several of the Links and hyperlinks on the left side (and bottom) of each page. Reorganized the site map based on recommendations of the Continuing Improvement Team.
The Rose Culture Section will be revised in the next 27 days.
2/24/08 See the Photo Section for Gill Smit's photos, two of which were selectees in the American Rose Society Photo Contest.
2/11/08 Description of a brand (big) new book: The English Roses: Classic Favorites and New Selections. In the Books Section.
2/10/08 Added the Yankee District Roses In Review survey of ARS Yankee District Members. Evaluated the newer roses as part of the National Survey. The data presented here is more applicable to our climatic conditions that the full ARS results. In the Rose Culture Section.
2/9/08 Added How To Photograph Gardens (a link) in the Photography Section.
2/3/08 Calendar updates.
1/19/08 Enlightenment. An article about the several elements of controlling light for improved close-up photography (as in a single rose bloom). In the Photo Section.

1/14/08 For new Signs of Burma Shave., see the Rose Photography section. Intended for the mature audience..., but safe for all.
An article about New Rose Releases for 2008, by the Ehrenreichs in the Rose Culture section.
1/10/08 It is Winter! What you can DO related to your Rose Hobby. < follow this link!!
New Home page photo, by Dave Long.
1/6/08 Added the Yankee District Spring Convention (Mystic, CT- hosted by the CT Rose Society) information to the Calendar section. See the Links in March 2008. Sign up soon so that memory issues don't get you (CRS).
Updated other important Links.
1/3/08 Dave Berg reports that Rosemania.com and Nor'East Miniature Roses have updated their websites with new 2008 introductions. See the Rose Culture section for a link to information from Wendy White, of Mass., and Nor'East- concerning their new roses (and note: Dave Berg's Oxbow is coming!!!!)
1/1/08 Happy New Year!!!
Lots of New Year Additions!!:
And just after the world was rocked to discover the psyche of rose exhibitors in "Otherwise Normal People...", there is yet another book for the deeply involved rose-lover: "Rose Haiku for Flower Lovers and Gardeners". See the Books Section for more information, and...
For a taste (whiff? ) go to: http://www.geraldengland.co.uk/revs/ba023.htm.
And CRS members have offerings of Haiku, too, thank you... See the Rose Photography Section (Haiku "paints a picture in the reader's mind...").
For the Timely Tips for January in the CT Rose Garden see the Rose Culture Section.
New Rose of the Month for Jan 08- Pristine in the Rose Culture Section.

KatKam 5/15/11  





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