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See the Rose Culture Section for the annual Consulting Rosarian's Report of Best Rose Garden Practices

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Current News:

Winter Protection:  you are not trying to keep the plants from getting cold.  You are trying to avoid wild cycles of temperature that can be ery challenging to roses.

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Our Meeting Location for May only is Glastonbury Library 2 PM

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Previous 2015 Events


January 11, Sunday-   1-4 PM  CRS Holiday Party and Gift Swap   Location- Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416 

         Join CRS members, spouses and members’ guests for a fun get together. If you wish to participate in the Yankee Gift Swap, bring a wrapped gift (only people that bring a gift will receive a gift). Gift limit is $20. This is also a great opportunity to “re-gift” an item that just wasn’t your cup of tea!  Don’t get too attached to the gift you select as someone is likely to steal it from you, and then you can choose another!

The cost for the luncheon is $31 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Please make checks payable to CRS and mail them to Mirjana Toyn, 43 Park Street, Guilford, CT 06437 no later than January 5.
All are welcome, so bring your friends or family!


RIRS:    Jan 10, 2015               ANNUAL POTLUCK (12 NOON)

Ø    Location – Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

NERS: 17 Jan, 2015    12:00    After-Holiday Luncheon
            Sam's Bistro Reading, MA


Feb 1, 2015   Location: Glastonbury Library   1:30 PM-  2407 Main St., Glastonbury
CRS Member's Annual Calendar Photo Contest, PLUS a presentation by John Mattia on "Digitally Enhancing Floral Photography".
CRS Members only may submit up to 6 (six) 8 x 10 photos per member household. Each photo must have the member’s name and phone number and title of the picture on a label on the back. All photos entered must be electronically available, on a disk brought to the meeting, or they must be able to be emailed to the Calendar Editor, Mirjana Toyn at toynhouse2@aol.com.

Even if you don’t have photos to enter, you won’t want to miss this meeting where every CRS Member can vote for their favorite photos. The top vote-getter will be the cover and the next top 12 get a full page spread.

All the photos will be included in our 2016 Rose Calendar.

John Mattia will give an illustrative talk for amateur photographers, an introduction to digitally improving rose photos using basic photo-editing tools available in most digital correction programs.  He will demonstrate the techniques he uses to bring out color, brightness, and sharpness in the photos he takes using digital programs such as Photoshop Elements and onOne Software.

John, one of the founders of CRS, is a nationally renowned photographer whose rose and rose garden photos have been published in regional and national publications including the New York Times and the American Rose, the magazine of the American Rose Society.  He is also a nationally recognized rose exhibitor and rose lecturer, who has been growing and photographing roses for more than 45 years.  John has taken more than 10,000 rose photos in public and private rose gardens throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Invite all your photographer friends to attend.       

Directions to Library:

VIA I-91: EXIT 25, Rt. 3 PUTNAM BRIDGE, Glastonbury. Cross the Putnam Bridge and take the exit labeled MAIN ST. (It has no number.) At the end of the exit ramp, turn LEFT onto GLASTONBURY BLVD. At the next stop light, turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST. Go approximately ONE MILE. The library is on the RIGHT, immediately following the TD Bank Building.

VIA I-84: Take EXIT 55, Rt. 2. Take Rt. 2 to EXIT 8, HEBRON AVE. From Rt. 2 East, turn RIGHT onto HEBRON AVE. From Rt. 2 West, turn RIGHT onto OAK ST and then LEFT onto HEBRON AVE. Follow Hebron Ave. until it ends at Main St. Turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST. The library is immediately on the LEFT.

Parking (free) is available on Main Street and in the rear parking lot.


RIRS:     Feb 14, 2015  9:30AM    Botanical Center, Roger Williams Park             Consulting Rosarian Q&A.  Five tables with 1-2 Consulting Rosarians at each.  A different topic at each table.  Each session lasts 15 minutes, then move to another table, as desired. 
    Also-  this is the final preparation for the RI Flower Show.
    Sign-up lists for the June Rose Show.

February 19-22    Rhode Island Flower & Garden Show, Rhode Island Convention Center

NERS: 21 Feb. 2015  10:00     Representative from BioSafe

Feb. 19-22   2015- CT Flower Show

March 1, 2015 CANCELLED due to Weather!!   1:30 PM  Location: Weathersfield Library    515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield  Directions: (cut and paste if necessary for your browser)    http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/contact/directions.html
CRS Meeting-  This will be eligible for one (1) CR Points!
                Feature Presentation:  Mike Chute- Fabulous Favorites!
        Mike is Past President and Founding Member of the RIRS,  well as winning exhibitor, speaker and author.

Mike will showcase twenty-five exceptional roses including new introductions as well as a few old favorites. From soaring climbers to petite floribundas, he features long stemmed beauties, lush sprays and attractive landscape roses – the best roses he has ever grown. “Twenty-five Fabulous Roses” describes every variety in detail, explaining why each is a great garden rose, and how to grow it successfully. Mike invites you to challenge his choices and describe your favorites, sure to provoke a lively discussion.

Mike and Angie Chute will sign copies of their new book Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners as well as copies of their Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, the first book written for New England rose gardeners by New England rose gardeners.

Mike and Angie Chute are co-owners of RoseSolutions, a landscape consulting company specializing in roses. They are both certified American Rose Society Master Rosarians and University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners. Mike is an accredited ARS horticultural rose judge. They served as Guest Editors of the 2008 American Rose Society Annual, authored the chapter “Roses” in the University of Rhode Island Sustainable Gardening Manual; and were co-founders and past presidents of the Rhode Island Rose Society. Mike and Angie will be speaking at the Boston Flower & Garden Show on March 13th this year. Visit them at www.rosesolutions.net    1 CEU Credit will be given to attending CRs.

(Plus one more chance to order some beautiful David Austin roses at the special CRS Member price of $18!)

Directions to the Wethersfield Library: The Wethersfield Public Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, is located at the intersection of Church Street and the Silas Deane Highway (Rt. 99) in a white brick building which also contains the Town Hall. Parking is behind the building off Church Street.                                                                                                        
Via I-91 South
: Take Exit 28, Rts. 5/15 South. From Rts. 5/15, take the exit for Rt. 99, and turn right onto Rt. 99, Silas Deane Highway. At the fourth traffic light, turn right onto Church Street.                                                                                    
Via I-91 North: Take Exit 26 Marsh Street. Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Marsh Street which will become Church Street. At the first traffic light go straight across the Silas Deane Highway and turn left into the parking lot.         
Via Route 2
: Take the exit for Rt. 3 Putnam Bridge. At the third traffic light after you cross over I-91 turn right onto Rt. 99, Silas Deane Highway. At the third traffic light turn left onto Church Street.


March 11-15     Boston Flower Show       Seaport World Trade Center

RIRS    March 14    9:00 AM  Champlain Room, Weaver Library, East Providence    Annual Meeting.  Program: Jo-Ann Bouley- Creating a Cottage Garden with roses, perrennieals, herbs, etc.


NERS: 14 March 2015   10:00      Representative from Tick Tubes

March 20-22    Yankee District Convention    Brewster, MA  hosted this year by Lower Cape Rose Society
                                Schedule of Events- Here

RIRS    April 11 9:30 AM    Victorian Rose Garden, Roger Williams Park.  Grand Opening of the park garden: doing and discussing with other rosarians.

April 12, 2015   1:30 PM    CRS Meeting-  Location:The Galleria Design Center, 234 Middle Street, Middletown   Annual Rose Auction.  
                                Pick up pre-ordered David Austin English Roses.
                                    CR info on Spring Rose Garden Opening
                                                    Link to Map and Directions: 

Thanks to Marci Martin, Weeks Roses has donated 34 roses to CRS for our Auction! Roses include two brand new 2015 introductions, Above All, a continuously blooming climber with great winter hardiness inherited from ‘mom’ Westerland, and Top of the World, a climbing mini that reaches 8 ft. and is perfect for smaller gardens. Anna’s Promise, the first in a series inspired by Downton Abbey, will be here. All of the roses are disease resistant and very winter hardy – perfect for Connecticut. The Auction will be a rousing good time, when you might find a real bargain! 

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, although roses will still be accepted at the last minute if you bring them on the day of the Auction.

Consulting Rosarians will review opening the garden, spring pruning, planting techniques, watering, fertilizing, and all good rose culture practices. CRS Members: At this meeting, you must pick up the David Austin roses you have ordered and pre-paid.

Galleria Design Center at 234 Middle St., Middletown is easy to access and has plenty of parking:                       
From I-91 South
take Exit 20 for Middle Street toward Country Club Road; turn right onto Middle St.          
Coming north on I-91
,take Exit 20, take a left at the end of the ramp, then right at the stop sign. The Galleria will be on the right in both instances.


NERS: 18 April 2014    10:00    Representative from Coast of Maine (Plant Nutrition Company)

May 3, 2015  1:30 PM   CRS Meeting- Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury   Water-Wise Rose Gardening: Rose Garden Irrigation Methods and Water Conservation- Becky Martorelli and Dave Candler.   

This presentation will provide one (1) Continuing Education Credit for Consulting Rosarians.

Becky Martorelli and Dave Candler will give a power point presentation of all methods of watering and retaining soil moisture, as well as visually illustrating different types of soil structure and how to amend it. Both Becky and Dave currently use several methods of irrigation in their own gardens and have tested many others. They will give a hands-on demonstration of assembling one watering system and provide a handout of where all the different DIY irrigation systems can be purchased. (1 CR credit will likely be given.)

Directions to Glastonbury Library: Parking (free) is available on Main Street and in the rear parking lot.                    
VIA I-91: EXIT 25, Rt. 3 PUTNAM BRIDGE, Glastonbury. Cross the Putnam Bridge and take the exit labeled MAIN ST. (It has no number.) At the end of the exit ramp, turn LEFT onto GLASTONBURY BLVD. At the next stop light, turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST. Go approximately ONE MILE. The library is on the RIGHT, immediately following the TD Bank Building.
VIA I-84
: Take EXIT 55, Rt. 2. Take Rt. 2 to EXIT 8, HEBRON AVE.
From Rt. 2 East, turn RIGHT onto HEBRON AVE.
From Rt. 2 West, turn RIGHT onto OAK ST and then LEFT onto HEBRON AVE. Follow Hebron Ave. until it ends at Main St. Turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST. The library is immediately on the LEFT.

    Nominations presented for 2015-2017 Board of Directors


RIRS   May 9    9:30 AM   Garden Classrom, Botanical Center, Roger Williams Park. Information and Preparations for the RIRS June Rose Show.

NERS: May 16, 2015- !0:00    "Entering Roses in a Rose Show" presentation, and election of officers for 2016

June 7, 2015   1:30 PM    CRS Meeting at Woodland Gardens Nursery, 168 Woodland Street, Manchester-  Summertime Rose Garden Care and Exhibiting in the Rose Show

Summertime Rose Care presented by Master Rosarian Marci Martin!  This rosy event will include the introduction of "Maid Marion", a new English rose, that will be presented to an Ellington woman whose mother the rose is named after.

 American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarians will give hands-on demonstrations of planting, feeding, deadheading and caring for your roses now that summer is here. Award-winning exhibitors will demonstrate how to groom and present your roses for rose show exhibiting, so that you, too, can win awards.  Note:  Bring your CRS Membership Card-  Woodland Gardens offers a discount for CRS Members!

Bonus:  Elections of New Officers

Directions (Map)

Directions: on the Woodland Gardens Website

June 20    Rhode Island Rose Society Rose Show, Cold Spring Community Center, Wickford, RI

June 21    CRS Rose Show-- Pond House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT
        See the Rose Show section for the Schedule and more information.

NERS: 27-28 June    Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, MA  NERS Rose Show
                    27- 10-2 PM  Rose Questions Answered
                    28- 10-12 PM NERS Rose Show Judging, 12-4 Show Open to the Pubic

NERS: Aug. 15, 2015
A Floral workshop will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00-4:00 at the Methuen Senior Center 77 Lowell Street, Methuen MA

Nancy Redington, an American Rose Society Horticulture and Arrangement Judge, visiting from Pennsylvania will show you how to transform a Traditional arrangement into a Modern arrangement.

Our very own Craig Dorschel, an American Rose Society Horticulture and Arrangement Judge will introduce you to Oriental Design.

Beginners are welcome and will be accommodated.  Here is the flyer for more information.

Sept. 10-14  ARS National Convention and Rose Show    Syracuse, NY
                         Schedule info here   http://www.newyorkroses.org/schedule

RIRS:   September 19, at 9:30 AM  - Meeting to be held in the Roger Williams Park  Botanical Center Blockhouse Classroom (down the hall from the Garden Classroom), Program:Patsy Cunningham will present information on editing and "developing" your rose  photos for the RIRS Photo Calendar Contest in October. Also there will be a short class in making and using the special flower frames used in "Masterpieces of the Garden"

NERS:  Sept. 19    10:00 AM "Companion Planting"- Rep. from Pleasant View, Proven Winners

September 20, 2015   CRS Meeting-
                    Ice cream social - enjoy a dish of ice cream and socialize with your friends before and/or after the program.

                     Program - round table discussion "What roses grow well and what roses will just not do well in your garden. We all have those some roses grow and bloom nonstop while others are just plain duds. Share your experiences with your fellow members. Bring photos on disc or flash drives if you have them.

October 4, 2015   1:30 PM     CRS Meeting
                    Program - Our friends Angie and Mike Chute are back with a power point program on "Discovering Sustainable Roses". This program features some of the newer varieties as well as old favorites which are winter hardy, disease resistant and repeat bloomers.  One CR point can be accrued for this program.

Program Description for the Connecticut Rose Society Meeting October 4, 2015
Discovering Sustainable Roses Sustainable roses are sturdy, attractive plants that can hold their own in a pesticide-free landscape. This PowerPoint program features recently-introduced varieties as well as old favorites that are disease-resistant, winter hardy, easy-to-grow and re-bloom all season. Discovering Sustainable Roses delves into the core of sustainability, explains the different grades and types of roses, their growth habits and how to select the best sustainable varieties for your garden. We use the experience gained in our own sustainable rose garden as a practical model. (We also include lots of tips on basic rose gardening.) You’ll be amazed at the wide choices of color, size and fragrance of sustainable varieties that are available and will fit into any New England garden.
The Chutes will be available to sign copies of our book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening and their second book, Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners after the program.

  RIRS: October 10, at 9:30 AM - Roger Williams Park Botanical Center Garden Classroom.  Program: Annual Photo Contest and Consulting Rosarians Round Table.

October Events: 

              NERS:  Oct. 17: 12-4 Founders Day Luncheon- 75th Anniversary, Tewksbury Country Club
                                Guest Speaker: Peggy Martin

November Events:

November 8, 2015    Starts at 1:30, doors open at 1 PM   CRS Meeting
                    Program - Virtual garden tours, you are invited to bring up to four photos of your garden whether it is large, small or somewhere in between on disc or flash drive. One of our surveys indicated that the membership would like to see members gardens, since we can't go to all of your gardens let's bring the gardens to the meeting.
                    Closing the garden, one on one advice for getting ready for winter.
Send your photos of your GARDEN (not individual blooms) and send to the Dropbox discussed in recent email to members).  Email the webmaster if you have lost the email.

          RIRS:    November 14, at 9:30 AM -  Victorian Rose Garden, Roger Williams Park. (Use Elmwood Avenue entrance). Garden Closing for the winter. Chili will be served. Raffle of garden plants and items.

           NERS:  Nov. 21    10:00 AM     Installation of Officers and Holiday Arrangements




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.



9/15/2015    The ARS National Convention and combined 3 District Conventions was held in Syracuse, NY this past weekend.  Here are some of the highlights related to our members:
John Mattia was presented with the 2015 Guy Blake Hedrick Award (announced earlier)
Dave and Dorothy Ciak won the Yankee District Ben Williams Miniflora Trophy for 5 MF blooms.
Dave and Dorothy Ciak won King in the Miniflora horticultural section.
John Mattia won Queen and King in the Photography section.
Cindy Cindy Ehrenreich won Princess in the Photography section.

This is the Ciak's entry for the Ben Williams Miniflora Challenge Class

and their Miniflora King, Shawn Sease:

See (and join) our Facebook Group Page for more.   www.facebook.com/groups/ConnecticutRoseSociety

And see the Calendar Section for next weekend's meeting (hint: if you a "Winner" you should get sprinkles...)


8/17/15    Updated the List of Consulting Rosarians.

8/14/2015    For CRS: CRS Is Moving to a New Home for meetings! The Plainville Congregational Church, 130 West Main Street, Plainville, CT   (near I-84 exit 33)
Our September 2015 meeting will be the first at our new home in Plainville. The folks at Plainville Congregational Church are great and they truly want us to make full use of their outstanding facility. (see the Calendar/Meetings section for additional information).
    Added the August 2015 Newsletter to the Member's Only Section.  Added the CRS Planned Programs through the end of the year.

 8/11/15    What to do if inclement weather threatens a meeting?  Where to find out if cancelled????   Answer:  - "in case of inclement weather, check website";  Always check website for last minute cancellations. "     This is per Board of Directors.  Other methods will be used as well, but none are generally as time-sensitive and reliable.

8/5/2015    Additional photos from Elizabeth Park added to the Photography- Public Gardens section

7/22/15    Some photos from the CRS Wine and Dine Picnic hosted by Tom and Kathleen Fabian:





6/30/15    The 2015-2017 CRS Board of Directors and 2015 Bronze Medal Winner: Becky Martorelli !!!  posted in Ab out CRS Section

6/25/2015    Rose Show Results List is Posted in the Rose Show Page

6/24/15    The CRS Rose Show is complete.  A very well done event with opportunity to see some really great entries.  In addition we were pleased to honor Dave Berg, founding member of the Connecticut Rose Society, as our Guest of Honor. Here he is cutting the ribbon for entry into the show:
( Dave Berg, President Marijana Toyn, Mike Fuss)  Photo: Dave Candler

Dave Berg


And the Other Special Event:  The CRS Bronze Medal was presented to Well-Deserving Becky Martorelli:


President Marijana, Becky, Marci Martin


Photos of the winning exhibits and presenting of awards will be posted soon in the link on the Rose Show main page.

Next event in the region:  The New England Rose Society Rose Show in Tower Hill, MA (Near Worchester).  See the Calendar section for more info.


5/25/2015    NERS (New England RS) will be presenting a program on arranging roses on 15 Aug 2015 in Methuen, MA.  See Calendar for more info.

5/19/2015    Next meeting updates to Calendar section. Newsletternow available in the Members Only Section (if you are a CRS member, ask at the next meeting how to access thas section.

5/11/2015    From Craig, Yankee District Director:  Just a reminder to everyone the the Yankee District Mike Lowe trophy is a traveling trophy, which this year will be hosted at the New England Rose Society show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, on June 28. 
That is usually a very late date for OGRs, but (unless this present heat wave persists or repeats) the roses are so far behind schedule the we may be all right. 
Please remind your members of this trophy, and of course you are all very welcome to exhibit. There will also be two judged arrangement classes. Right now they are a standard traditional mass or line mass and a miniature traditional mass or line mass, but the latter may be subject to change. Stay tuned. 
A reminder that the Lowe Trophy is for one stem each of three different OGRs exhibited in a single container provided by the exhibitor. 
Whoever has the trophy, it would be nice if you could bring it up. 

5/7/2015    CRS will have a new Homebase for our meetings starting in September 2015.  We will be in the wonderful and spacious facilities of the PlainvilleCongrgational Church, Plainviolle, CT.  Well done to all the members of the Board for their heavy investment of time in researching possible sites and visiting to vet them out. Especially, but not limited, to Sandy Long, Mirjana Toyn, Dave Ciak, Marge and Earl Obst, Becky Martorelli, Marci Martin.

5/2015    Congratulations to CRS Authors!!  We have the distinction of having received the most awards for excellence for articles in our Newsletter!  Thank you to Newslette editor Dave Long for encouraging the writing of same and editing them. Here is tally: Awards of Merit from the American Rose Society for their writings which appeared in our own, Connecticut Rose,- Alex Bugaeff, Becky Martorelli (two awards), Carol Ann Rogers (two awards), and Mirjana Toyn (three awards).

 4/29/2015    The CRS Rose Show Schedule and list of Classes is posted in the Rose Show section.  Note_ there are some changes, including setup, addition of Photo Classes 31:  31A, 31B, 31C, 31N.  

 4/18/2015    Rose Show News:  a bit different from last year, this summer we will have a Photo Show!  However, there will not be an Arrangement Class in the judged show.  Gonna be a fun time.  And it will be at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park.  The Show Schedule will be promulgated as soon as available to Web.

4/15/15    Several changes in the past week- most recently the June Program has been revised- see the Calendar

Congratulations to Carol Ann Rogers on earning the Yankee District Outstanding Judge Award

Carol Ann Rogers


Congratulations to ALL CRS:  this is the 35th year for the Society!


4/1/2015    A new article on Photographing Roses has been added to the Photo section.

3/28/2015    Big changes to this website will also be announced on our Facebook website:  If you are a Facebook member, search for the group: "Connecticut Rose Society" to gain access to that Group.  That is the fastest way to get The Scoop for CRS.

The location of the Rose Show is now to be Pond House, Elizabeth Park.  See the Rose Show Section for the latest.

On the Rose Culture Page, What to do in March article has been revised and updated. Many of these items are applicable to April for 2015 due to the nasty snow...


3/1/2015    Meeting for TODAY, March 1, 2015 has been Cancelled due to SNOW

2/26/2015    Here are some photos from the CT Flower Show- note the display board that Becky made and the roses provided by Marci!!
CT Flower Show 2015


Looks like they were having a  great time!!   Photos by Nancy Lenoce.


2/24/2015    Added link to additional info on the ARS National Rose Show in September- Calendar Section.  Additional additions and deletions.

2/5/2015  Added Directions link to the Galleria Design Center- location of future meeting in Calendar.  Removed older material from the site.

Hot news!!  Our John Mattia has been named the ARS 2015 Winner of the Hedrick Award: This award is established in memory of Guy Blake Hedrick, Jr. to recognize outstanding rose exhibitors who display the highest levels of excellence, integrity, and respect for the ideals of showing roses typified by Mr. Hedrick during his long career as a rosarian. It is intended as a life-long achievement award for an exhibitor who has been a successful National, District, and local exhibitor, and also a model in sharing his/her knowledge in growing championship roses.

See the About CRS Section for additional info.

Here are some photos from the February Meeting


JP Mattia

Our Speaker, John Mattia


Attendees and Pres. VP

Congratulations to John Mattia for winning photo Awards at the ARS National Level last year and this year as well!


1/18/2015   Added additional info for coming programs to the Calendar Section


 See new photos from the Holiday Luncheon, below:

Holiday Luncheon 2

1/12/2015    Here are some of the images from the recent Holiday Luncheon!!  A nice time had by all.

Holiday Luncheon 2015



1/8/2015    Schedule of Events for the Yankee District Convention (March on Cape Cod) posted in the Calendar/Meetings section.

1/6/2015    New changes to the Calendar Section wrt CRS Meetings, including the Feb. 1 meeting times.

1/3/2015    Keep your eye on the Calendar Section, as the meeting locations for 2015 are a'changin'!
                        Also in the Calendar Section, additions and refinements have been added for Societies other than CRS in the Northeast- including Yankee Disttrict!




12/4/2014    Govenor of Lousiana joins American Rose Society


See  www.ROSE.org    for more information on the event, and on ARS.



11/17/2014    Updated the planned programs for 2015- see the Calendar/Meetings section.

10/4/2014    Added Marty Parsons as a CR Emeritus.  See Photo in the CR List in the Rose Culture Section.
        Updated the Calendar Section with meetings for 2015 for all of New England. 

9/27/2014    Added the David Austin CRS order form as a link from the Calendar Section.  Order at the next 2 meetings!!

9/9/2014    Yankee District Fall Convention and Rose Show was held on Cape Cod this past weekend.  Also known as The Lobsta Fest.  Photos are in the Rose Show Photo Section, link here.  See the Calendar Section for info on CRS next meeting at the Pond House Grille, in Glastonbury.

8/6/2014    Revised Board of Directors list.  Mike Fuss was elected to fill the remaining term of Bonnie Lombardi's Members at Large position, as she has resigned.

8/1/2014    Recent Events, What's New, Current News kiosks have been revised.  Updates.

7/30/2014    Dates of CRS meetings and events updated in the Calendar/Meetings section. Note:  We have moved most all meetings to the Pond House GRILL in Glastonbury for future.  Read future meeting notices carefully since the location names are so similar to those of the past.


 6/21    Added the Yankee District Lobster Rose Weekend to the Calendar.  Added Marci's Bronze Medal photo to the About CRS section.

6/19/2014    Well, we are all beside ourselvess with ROSES and Shows and ...

Beside ourselves


And now that the CRS Rose  Show is complete, the results are tabulated on this web site- See the Rose Show Section. Thanks to the tabulation team and sepecially Sandy Long for the timely results. 
    In addition, photos of the Headtable Winners are also available by slideshow from the same starting point.  Congratulation to all the winners!!!!   @-->--.

In addition, the 2014 Bronze Medal Award was presented to Marci Martin for her excellent service to the Society during the past year.
Hearty congratulations to Marci!

6/11/2014    See the photos of CRS folks at the Picnic and Pruning Day at Walnut Hill Rose Garden New Britain, CT 2014- in The Photo Section/Public Rose Gardens.  Photos submitted by MARCI MARTIN, not the name stamped on in the Photo Section.


Walnut Hill Picnic


6/1/2014    Updated the Calendar Section.  Updated the Membership page and Membership Form to reflest new annual dues rates and revised email addresses.

5/15/2014    We have been advised of a special talk "Chasing the Rose" to be presented at teh Bartlett Aboretum Wed. June 4 at 11AM, see the Calendar Section and the website:  http://bartlettarboretum.org/events.php?day=01&month=06  

5/9/2014    The CRS Rose Show Schedule is posted in the Rose Show Section.  Note times of opening the doors for grooming, the arrangements classes, and the luncheon provisions, in particular...

5/5/2014- Key!- there is a change for the June Meeting and Program.  Instead of meeting at another garden, we will be meeting at the  Friends of Walnut Hill Park Rose garden in New Britain.  See the Calendar/Meeting section for details!!

Did you make your Rose Garden Map yet?  Did you read the info herein and on last page of the American Rose magazine for prevention and thwarting of Midge?  If you have had midge, experience says that you must be aggressive to control.

What to do in the garden in May is in the Rose Culture section as well.

Rose show is coming up.  Note the change in times, and note that there will be Arrangement class that will be critiqued, not judged.  See the Calendar section and Rose Show Sections when material is available to the webmaster.


3/16/2014    Did you see and hear about the Pond House's fundraising for related organizations?  With regard CRS, there arere two presentations on March 19 titled:  Creative use of flowers and food for tablescapes and parties.  See this link for the full info and flyer.


3/6/2014    For those that were not completely impressed by Cindy and Irwin's garden already, as their presentation showed...  see the Photo Section, Virtual Rose Gardens, 2014, Ehrenreich's Garden for more than 30 additional photos.  And those were taken years ago by the webmaster in late June.


3/5/14    Here are the Eherenreich's!  They gave a wonderful presentation last Sunday talking of how to make your garden more interesting if you Plan Ahed and Add Interesting Items (sometimes other plants).
Cindy and Irwin



2/28/2014    See the calendar section for big news on the Pond House Fundraiser
Any CRs out there needing CR Continuing Education Credits?  See the Calendar section for locations in New England to attend presentations that provide this.
CRS Members...  reminder: there is usually a Brunch for members, as desired, prior to meetings.  Youse guys come!

 2/19/2014    Various updates

1/29/14    Updates to the Calendar and Meeting section.


Donate your roses to the April CRS Rose Auction on Sunday April 6th!

You may have spent the long, cold winter dreaming of beautiful new roses you want to add to your garden, but fear you have no space. You will be excited by “The Rose Man’s” gorgeous photos of rose garden designs and layouts that you will see at our March CRS meeting. He will inspire you to try something different in your garden. But what will you do with your existing roses that don’t fit the new plan?

Donate your roses to the April CRS Rose Auction on Sunday April 6th! The rose you no longer need may be just the rose someone else wants. Many visitors are enticed to the April CRS meeting and are delighted to be able to purchase a live, healthy rose bush (rather than a bare root rose that looks like a dead stick to them) at a bargain price. The auction is lots of fun and gives CRS income to fund our projects. So start planning now!

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, although roses arriving April 6 without notice will be accepted.


1/20/2014    Holiday Luncheon 2014 photos are in the Photo Section (2014 Holiday...)

1/3/2014    Calendar Section now includes link to the Photo Competition Rules for the contest at the Yankee District Convention in March.










  Playboy rose photo