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CRS will have a new HOME location for meetings next year: Plainville Congregational Church!!

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Not a bad idea to give your garden one more disease spraying before closing.

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Our New Meeting Location in Plainville is working out well! Y'all come!

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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.





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.








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