Rosefest: A Big Success

The rain held off and from start to finish Rosefest was a big success. More than 150 visitors came and there was much to see and do.

AS PROMISED IT WAS A DAY OF ROSES!

The rose garden and rose show gave our guests an opportunity to see some amazing roses.

Free Roses! Everyone was so appreciative of the roses that Proven Winners donated. These roses were given out to the first 48 guest to arrive. A great way to start a rosy day.

Roses for sale and as door prizes!

ROSY EDUCATION

Our speakers, Diane Sommers and Dr. Raymond Cloyd had so much to teach us.

Diane spoke about the classifications of roses, and how those decisions are made and what we might expect in the future. She also invited everyone to visit American’s Rose Garden in Shreveport, LA.

Dr. Cloyd gave us the latest information on one of our worst rose pests – Japanese Beetles. While we wish they would not come, we are now better prepared for their arrival.

The demonstrations were very popular! Eloisa Garza had so many yummy and beautiful rosy treats to tell us about and share! Humberto DeLuca has been very successful at starting roses from cuttings and shared his tips and tricks!

ROSE SHOW AWARDS

Horticulture

HYBRID TEAS / GRANDIFLORAS

Queen/Moonstone/John and Donna Hefner

King/Marlon’s Day/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Moonstone/John and Donna Hefner

FLORIBUNDA SPRAY

Queen/St. John/John and Donna Hefner

King/ Nichole/Dan Keil

Princess/Dancing Pink/John and Donna Hefner

MODERN SHRUBS

Queen/Falstaff/Dan Keil

King/Quietness/Trudy Struck

Princess/teasing Georgia/Teresa Downham

OLD GARDEN ROSES

Dowager Queen/Gloire des Rosomanes/Linda Kimmel

MINIATURES

Queen/Swirly Pop/John and Donna Hefner

King/Joy/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Memphis King/John and Donna Hefner

MINIFLORAS

Queen/Lady E’owyn/John and Donna Hefner

King/First Choice/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Strawberry Kisses/John and Donna Hefner

ARRANGEMENTS

CLASS 1 / Traditional / Our Birthright / Rose: Rise Up Amberness
Teresa Byington / Royalty Silver Certificate

CLASS 3 / Roses & Dried Material / Memorial Day / Roses: Mr. Caleb and Sweet Spirit
Linda Kimmel / Duchess Bronze Certificate

CLASS 4 / Rose & Rose Plant Material / Roses: Rise Up Ringo & Honey Nectar
Linda Kimmel / Princess

CLASS 7 / East Asian with Tall Container / Rose: South Africa
Linda Kimmel / East Asian Gold Certificate

CLASS 10 / Novice / Life Lessons / Rose: James Galway
Trudy Struck / Best Novice

CLASS 14 / Mini East Asian / Low Container / The Wuhan Market / Rose Swizzle & Bees Knees
Linda Kimmel / East Asian Gold Certificate


Queen of Show…

Moonstone / John and Donna Hefner

Congratulations everyone! Great work!



THANK YOU!

Thanks to all our volunteers. We could not have done it without you. And thank you to all who attended! It was great to have you!

WHAT’S NEXT?

After a short break we will be planning our next meetings. All members will receive newsletters and eblasts to update you on when and where the next meetings/events will be. If you are not a member, check our website for updates or become a member! Go to this link to find out how and join today! LINK HERE.

Rosefest Update

Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means it’s Time to BloomRosefest is coming soon!

Saturday, June 11, 9 am – 3 pm

HAMILTON CO 4H FAIRGROUNDS (Link)
2003 E PLEASANT STREET
NOBLESVILLE, IN


FREE ROSES

Our Welcome Team will be ready to open the doors at 9 am and get you checked in – so that you are eligible for one of the 40 beautiful Proven Winners roses to be given as gifts to the first 40 guests. For additional information about the rose show, speakers, demonstrations, etc. Read on here for the details… https://indianapolisrosesociety.com/rosefest-2022/

BE A PART OF THE TEAM!

There are positions still available where you can serve and on the job training is provided. Checkout the list of positions here … https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EAAAE29A1FCC70-rosefest

ROSE SHOW SCHEDULE

For those bringing roses to show (and anyone can!) take a look at the rose show schedule here…

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

Fertilizing Your Roses

by John Hefner

The master at work!

NOTE: John Hefner, leader in the Indianapolis Rose Society, is one of the foremost authorities on growing and showing roses. Advice from him is advice that you can take to the garden and to the Rose Show table. Thank you John for sharing your considerable knowledge with us. He and his wife, Donna, are two of the most decorated rosarians in the American Rose Society. Their mix of rose growing knowledge and creativity is hard to beat! (EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on the current fertilizer sale, read on HERE. We are also having a rose arangement workshop on May 3. Contact Linda Kimmel if you have questions about that. EMAIL LINK )


Roses need fertilizer for sustained growth and vigor.

When discussing fertilization, there are numerous programs depending on the desired results. It may be as simple as buying and using a fertilizer labeled “Rose Food” and follow directions on the package. It also can be a complicated program using many different types of various products involving chemical, organic, granular and water soluble formulations. – John Hefner

For any fertilization program to be effective, the rosarian must know…

  • Garden’s soil type
  • pH
  • Quality of drainage
  • And, the amount of humus in the rose beds

BASIC INFO…

Fertilizer will not be effective if the pH is not correct. Roses need a pH of 5.8 – 6.5.

I would recommend a pH check during the growing season for desired results. The more chemical fertilizer  that is used, the more the pH may vary. Note: pH meters are available at many garden centers locally and online. John Hefner

Basic forms of fertilizer…

  • Granular, which needs to be scratched into the soil.
  • Powered which is designed to be dissolved in water for liquid feeding.
  • Timed release is a pelletized form designed to release over time. This type is especially effective for use in container growing.
  • Organic products are nutrients that occur by nature.

PLANT NEEDS…

Nitrogen is the most needed element.

  • Nitrogen stimulates growth and dark green healthy foliage.
  • Some forms of nitrogen are fast acting, others are slower.
  • The first number on a fertilizer label is the nitrogen content.

Phosphorus and Potassium – The second and third numbers in a fertilizer label.

  • Both are needed to stimulate growth but since phosphorus moves very slowly through the soil it is recommended that when planting, it can be added to the planting hole. Super phosphate and bone meal are good sources of phosphorus.

Micronutrients needed for optimum growth are iron and magnesium.

  • Iron can be added by applications of an iron supplement that is sold in numerous garden shops.
  • Magnesium is recommended by the addition of Epson salts, which intensifies flower color and increased basal canes. Some fertilizers also have additional micro-nutrients in their formulations.

FEEDING TIPS…

Feed often but don’t over fertilize. The general rules are little and often and error on the side of less is more. Fertilizers will not be effective and may burn roots if not watered in thoroughly. Always water before and after applying fertilizer.

Pick a Fertilization Plan – Since rose feeding is a personal thing you may want to choose from some of the following options.

Lazy and Cheap – Buy a timed release formulation and apply early in the spring at pruning time and again in the middle of summer and water well. This may provide for enough nutrients for the entire season, however, you may not have superior plants and blooms. Old Garden Roses and one time bloomers can benefit from this program.

Conventional Program – Apply a high nitrogen fertilizer at pruning time, urea 46% nitrogen or many lawn fertilizers will be effective. If using lawn fertilizers, make sure they do not contain weed killers in the formulation. Always water well after application as the high nitrogen content will burn roots. After growth is established to about 12 inches, apply a water soluble formulation 20-20-20 or similar rose formulas. Examples are Peters, Schultz, and Mills Easy Feed etc. Use one tablespoon per gallon and apply one-two gallons per plant for large roses and one-half the amount for miniatures and mini floras. One advantage of using water soluble fertilizers is that many contain trace elements essential for vigorous growth. At this time, the use of Epsom salts is desirable as it can be dissolved in water at the same rate of soluble fertilizer. Epson salts may also be used as a dry application and watered in well. One-half cup per plant spread around the base of the plant is desired.

After the soil has warmed, usually early to mid-May, an organic fertilizer can be applied. Organic fertilizers are ones that that occur naturally such as alfalfa, fish meal, blood meal, cottonseed meal, composted manure and others. Our rose society makes and sells a very effective organic fertilizer. Suggested rate is two cups per plant for large roses and one cup for smaller plants.

After the first bloom cycle, usually June 1-15, the plant will need an additional feeding. You may choose to apply a 12-12-12 formulation at one-half cup per plant or apply a faster acting water soluble application. If using water soluble fertilizers, the suggestion is to use at two week intervals.

Since roses tend to take some rest during the heat of the summer late –June to July – water becomes more important than fertilizer.

In late July, you may want to add an additional application of organic fertilizer. Also at this time you may continue with an addition of granular fertilizer (rose formulations or 12-12-12) or two week intervals of water soluble. Fertilization should stop by early September so that plants will not be rapidly growing going into winter.

Hefner Garden Roses

GENERAL COMMENTS….

  • Chemical fertilizer will burn if not watered before and after use.
  • Most important times to feed roses – at pruning and after the first bloom cycle.
  • Most plants will do well with one application of fertilizer per bloom cycle (30-45 days).
  • Do not over fertilize miniatures.
  • A combination of chemical and organic programs is desirable.
  • Organic fertilizers are slower acting but contribute organic matter and micro-organisms.
  • Plants will tell you if they are thriving. They will also tell you when they are struggling. Make observations.
  • Fertilization programs vary from rosarian to rosarian and will also vary from year to year. Find what is successful for you to achieve the desired results.

When in doubt, contact a Consulting Rosarian from your local rose society. See the consulting rosarian contact list HERE.

McFarland Memorial Award
John and Donna Hefner

🌹MAY MEETING IN PERSON!

TUES, MAY 10, 6:30 pm

NEW ROSES AND COMPANION PLANTS FOR ROSES
Natalie Carmoli
 

Location:
Sullivan Munce
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN

Live and in-person we welcome Natalie Carmoli, public relations specialist for Proven Winners ColorChoiceshrubs, to find out what it takes for a rose to become a Proven Winners ColorChoice selection. Natalie will discuss what makes a good partner plant, and she’ll share some of her favorite shrubs and perennials to pair with roses. Finally, you’ll get a sneak peek into what’s coming next in new Proven Winners rose cultivars. 





REMINDER… THE DAVID AUSTIN PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED… ZOOM MEETING APRIL 26!

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: Rebecca Koratyem

ZOOM MEETING, TUES, APRIL 26, 6:30 pm

ABOUT THE MEETING

ZOOM ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100. (Note: Last meeting had 80 attending via Zoom.)

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85280196460?pwd=blN3OEppQ21xclgwU1VRMDFaR2NkZz09


Additional details HERE.

ROSE SOCIETY UPDATES: APRIL 1, 2022

ROSE DELIVERY COMING SOON

Roses will be delivered mid April. We will have only 2 days advanced notice for the delivery. So be on the lookout for a notification to pick up! There are a few roses still for sale, for all the details, read on HERE.


ORGANIC FERTILIZER SALE

We are busy making the very popular Indianapolis Rose Society Organic Fertilizer!

TIME TO PLACE ORDERS NOW! (Available around April 26)
Contact: Humberto DeLuca @ rhdeluca@gmail.com to place your order.

COST: Pay by cash, check or Venmo to @humberto-deluca

$25 / 20 lb bag
$15 / 10 lb bag

For details on how to use and reviews … read on HERE.


RE-SCHEDULED! DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: REBECCA KORAYTEM

TUES, APR 26, 6:30 pm (EST) / ZOOM

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: Rebecca Koraytem (for more information about the program, read on HERE.

We will not be doing RSVPs for this program. ZOOM ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100. (Note: Last meeting had 80 attending via Zoom.)

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85280196460?pwd=blN3OEppQ21xclgwU1VRMDFaR2NkZz09

 


 

ROSE ARRANGEMENT WORKSHOP: TUES, MAY 3, 6pm EST

Sullivan Munce Center / 225 West Hawthorne Street / Zionsville, IN 46077
Presenter: Bill Carlson

To help prepare us for entering the Rose Arrangement section at Rosefest in June, William (Bill)
Carlson, a master rose arranger, will present a hands-on arrangement workshop. Regardless of your skill level, this workshop is for you!

Reservations are required to ascertain that we have enough roses and plant material for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget reservations are required.

If have questions or want to sign up, contact Linda HERE.

Download additional workshop details here.


ROSEFEST: SAT, JUNE 11, 9 am – 3 pm

The Indianapolis Rose Society, Illinois Indiana ARS Rose District, and the Hamilton County Master Gardeners invite you to a day filled with beautiful roses…

  • Rose growing demonstrations
  • Rose garden tour
  • Free roses to first 40 guests
  • An ARS accredited rose show
  • Excellent speakers

LOCATION…

HAMILTON CO 4H FAIRGROUNDS
2003 E PLEASANT STREET
NOBLESVILLE

For additional details on speakers, etc. Read on HERE.

 

ROSE SALE UPDATE!

The Indianapolis Rose Society annual rose sale is on and the roses will be here soon!

🌹In addition to information from the grower, peppered throughout the list of roses you will see reviews from rose society members who are growing these roses.🌹

As in the past, the roses are available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis. Some roses from the original list are sold out, but you will see, we still have some beauties just waiting to be added to your garden – while supply lasts!

ORDERING…

To place orders or to get more information, contact us here.

ROSE PRICES…

IRS MEMBERS:
David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

NON MEMBERS:
David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

PAYMENT: Roses must be pre-paid. Contact us to make payment arrangements HERE.

PICKUP: Pickup will be mid April. You will be contacted when we have a firm date from the delivery service.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Prices on roses is just one of the benefits of annual $20 membership. If you’d like to become a member fill out the form HERE.



HERE ARE THE ROSES LISTED BY CATEGORY

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES…

David Austin English Roses are primarily crosses between modern roses for color palette and old garden roses for form and fragrance. Truly the best of both worlds.

VANESSA BELL (SOLD OUT!)

Summer long display of mid-sized semi-double flowers, one of the most free-flowering David Austin bred roses. Pale lemon to primrose, pink tinged buds, flowers fading to clear cream with age, adds soft charming luminosity to the moonlit evening garden, medium bushy upright shrub, with a green tea, lemon honey fragrance, possible hedge. Winner of David Austin’s Best for Flowering Award.

🌹FROM MEMBER TERESA BYINGTON…

This picture is Vanessa Bell growing in my garden last summer. I have grown this rose for 3 years. She is an outstanding rose. In fact, I liked it so much that I ordered another one! She is a medium sized shrub filled with blooms throughout the season and fragrance. To me the color is just the perfect yellow to go with all the other roses in my garden. Works well in a vase too. You will love this one!

Vanessa Bell

CROWN PRINCESS MARGARETA (SOLD OUT)

Bears quite large, apricot-orange flowers, in the form of neatly arranged, many petalled rosettes. They have a strong, fruity fragrance. It forms a 5 ft tall, slightly arching shrub with plentiful glossy foliage, ideal as a short climber or back of the  garden, strong repeat bloom, enjoys companions, excellent resistance to disease.  Zone 4 hardy, Will tolerate partial sun.

🌹FROM MEMBER PAT PIERLE

Crown Princess Margareta is my “show stopper”. She is the first to bloom every season and the neighbors anxiously await her show! She even tolerates the afternoon shade! Below is a picture of this rose from my garden…

Crown Princess Margareta

EMILY BRONTE (SOLD OUT)

Soft pink and apricot flowers, 106 petals, intense tea scent, strong upright habit.

An exceptionally beautiful rose; the distinctive blooms are very neat and rather flat. Each bloom is a lovely soft pink, with a subtle apricot hue, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot and surrounding a button eye, which unfurls to reveal deep-set stamens. The strong Tea fragrance becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a bushy shrub with strong, healthy, upright growth.

Emily Bronte

HARLOW CARR

Perfectly shaped fragrant, fully double, shallow flowers are pure pink, 120 petals, strong old rose fragrance, upright habit, vigorous. Bronze foliage turns green over time, excellent repeat bloomer.  Bushy and sturdy bearing roses  almost to ground level

David Austin Best for Fragrance Award

🌹FROM MEMBER TRUDY STRUCK:

Harlow Carr – This David Austin rose blooms constantly throughout the growing season. It is a beautiful shade of pink and very fragrant. It grows in my garden on a tall tripod type trellis. It is a favorite of my granddaughter since her name is Harlow.

🌹FROM MEMBER SALLY PARSONS

Harlow Carr – I’ve had this rose for 4 years and it does very well for me. She is wildly fragrant!

Harlow Carr

LICHFIELD ANGEL

Profuse very full double 4” blooms begin as deeply cupped creamy apricot buds, open to neatly cupped rosettes, and then to domed creamy white flowers, 100 petals, light clove musk fragrance.  Repeat flowering, medium semi-glossy dark green foliage,  excellent cut flowers, very few thorns.  Awards of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.

Lichfield Angel

PRINCESS ANNE

Born in large fragrant clusters over a long season, blooms open as rich cherry-red fading to deep pink as they mature with a hint of yellow on the reverse side.  85 substantial but narrow heart shaped petals, medium strong tea rose fragrance, upright bushy habit, thick shiny leaves.  Particularly healthy and very disease resistance.  Good choice for hedge or back of border.  Can tolerate partial shade

David Austin Best for Health Award and David Austin Best for Flowering Award

Princess Anne

GRANDIFLORAS…

“Grandiflora” is a term coined in 1954 to describe a new rose developed from a cross between hybrid tea and floribunda roses. Grandifloras tend to carry their flowers in clusters on top of tall stems. The flower size is a bit larger than floribunda. Grandifloras are one of the taller roses in the modern rose class, so they work well in the back of the border or as a screen. ‘Queen Elizabeth’ was the very first entry in the grandiflora class. (From Illinois Education Website.)

SOUTH AFRICA

4-5″ double flowers are copper gold, almost cantaloupe,17-25 petals, moderately fragrant, rich green, upright habit. A  no-spray disease resistant rose developed by Kordes. Very hardy, heavy bloomer, softly spicy fragrance, ARS Member’s Choice Award, Gold Standard Award and others.

🌹FROM MEMBER JOHN HEFNER:

South Africa: I have grown this Grandiflora for three years and it continues to be a reliable provider of cantaloupe color blooms both as one bloom per stem and small sprays. It is reliably hardy and disease-free. I once had a  visitor to our garden describe a rose as being happy. This variety will be sure to put a smile on your face.

South Africa

FLORIBUNDAS…

Floribundas are a cross between a polyantha and a tea rose.  Typically, floribundas are smaller shrubs reaching only 3 – 4 feet tall and are very floriferous. They can be single or double blooms and come in a wide range of colors. 

MOONLIGHT IN PARIS (SOLD OUT)

5″ flowers are warm pastel tones of peach and pink open to shades of creamy white, bloom in flushes throughout season, intense rose and fruit fragrance, deep glossy green leaves. Good cut flower, strong disease resistance.

🌹FROM MEMBER TERESA BYINGTON

I first saw ‘Moonlight in Paris’ in Past ARS President, Bob Martin’s stunning California garden. At that time it was called ‘Garden and Home.’ I knew I had to have it. I bought 2 at last years IRS rose sale. The first year I grew them in containers as shown in the picture below. Last year I planted them in the garden and they did very well. This is a stunning rose with a medium fragrance. I highly recommend it. Sometimes you see this rose listed as a floribunda and sometimes it is listed as a shrub. NOTE: It was originally named for the 50th Anniversary of a popular South African gardening magazine Garden and Home. Not sure why the name was changed but that happens more than we think.

Growing in pots in Teresa’s garden.

ARTIC BLUE (SOLD OUT!)

3-4″ Unique lilac pink double flowers fade to lavender blue with a cream reverse. Large clusters, constantly bloom, Good resistance to diseases. Good cutting flower bred by Christian Bedard. Heat and drought tolerant.

BOLERO ROMANTICA

3″ Pure white with a lovely pink center and slight blush at the open, very full with 100+ petals, Very strong traditional rose with tropical fruit fragrance.  Heavy blooming compact bush, beautiful disease resistant foliage, wonderful rose for cutting!

CAMILLE PISSARRO (SOLD OUT!)

Disease resistant foliage showcasing sunny striations of color in enchanting clusters of blooms. Various combinations of yellow, red, pink, and white in 3-4 inch vivid blooms, dark glossy green foliage and a fruity fragrance.

Container friendly or mulch for winter, may be tender below zero, Zone 6-9.

Camille Pissarro

HYBRID TEA ROSES…

Hybrid Teas are one of the most recognized roses and a popular cut flower. Most have long stems with one bloom per stem. They are known for their high-centered blooms.

BEVERLY

Beautiful light pink, 4” double full blooms, 45 petals, mostly singular, dark on the inside, lighter on  the outside, irresistible one of a kind citrus fruity fragrance. Blackspot & mildew resistant, A lovely rose voted best hybrid tea and most fragrant rose in the 2013 Biltmore trials, and Golden Rose at The Hauge in 2013.

🌹FROM MEMBER CAROLYN LLOYD:

Beverly for me is an outstanding hybrid tea and of course pink is my favorite color. I also gravitate to pinks. It smells wonderful and is very disease resistant aka low maintenance. I love this rose and highly recommend it!

DEE-LISH

Upright habit, 4″ non-fading deep pink, 50-55 petals, large, cup shaped, old fashioned double blooms, strong verbena and citrus fragrance.  Blooms are borne singly with sturdy stems ideal for cutting, strong disease resistance.  ADR Award in the German Rose Trial.

FOREVER YOURS (SOLD OUT!)

Classic hybrid tea – 4-5″ large fire engine red blooms with long vase life for superb arrangements, 20-25 petals, dark green foliage, moderate fragrance.  Compact and well branched, shows well in containers or garden.

JULIE ANDREWS

Hybrid Tea – 4-5″ Flowers are intense fuchsia pink with a yellow base, compact upright bushy habit, 30 petals, dark green foliage, strong anise rose fragrance.  “Named the “Most Beautiful Rose of the Century” at the International New Rose Competition in France” Excellent repeat.

🌹From Member Norma Bledsoe…

Julie Andrews… Very pretty pink with yellow undertones. Prolific bloomer and repeats quickly. Very winter hardy and strong fragrance.  I love the color and with the name Julie Andrews I knew it had to be a good rose.

Julie Andrews

POPE JOHN PAUL II

Its 5-inch blooms are pure, clean white and emit a wonderful fresh citrus fragrance. It truly is one of the most fragrant roses of all time. The blossoms unfurl from elegantly pointed, ovoid buds to reveal up to 50 petals, each standing atop a sturdy 16- to 20-inch stem. Arising in flushes from late spring to late fall, they stand out boldly against the glossy, dark green, disease-resistant foliage.

Pope John Paul II

STILETTO (SOLD OUT!)

A new introduction, Traditional HT, exhibition type, non-fading deep pink color and very strong old rose fragrance, in abundant and nearly continuous waves,

Dark green glossy foliage, excellent repeat, vigorous and good cutting rose.

Stiletto

SHRUB ROSES…

Shrub roses are a class of hardy, easy-care plants that work well as individual specimens or in a mixed planting. Most are very floriferous and bloom throughout the summer with a variety of bloom shapes and varying levels of fragrance with very little care.

PEARLESCENT

Shrub Rose – Pure white double flowers, 25-30 slightly ruffled petals are tinged pink in cool weather, dark green foliage, strong citrus scent. Flowers almost continually spring to frost. Highly resistant to blackspot and powdery mildew

From Bill Radler, creator of the ever-blooming, ever-so-tough Knock Out Rose series.

Pearlescent

MUSIC BOX (SOLD OUT)

2″ Double flowers have creamy yellow centers surrounded by pink blended petals, 30-35 petals, medium glossy.

🌹FROM MEMBER JIM SCHULTZ

Music Box is my new favorite as a “grower and shower”. Very few Japanese Beetles, compared to others. Has been very healthy and most generous continual bloomer. Blooms start out yellow and fade to dusty rose pink. Nice tea fragrance. Late last fall I clipped it from 5.5’ down to 3’. I use no insecticides or fungicides or give it winter protection. I grow in amended heavy clay.

SUNRISE SUNSET

Semi double fuschia pink petals blending to orange/apricot near center.  Not very tall, at about 3 feet, lovely as a foreground rose.  It blooms a lot.  Exceptional citrus fruity strong fragrance, nearly thornless, long lasting cut flowers, very hardy, easy to grow, minimal disease.

🌹From Member Pat Pierle:

Sunrise Sunset is a beautiful rose. Blooms every day all summer long. I have three and they are disease free! Below is a picture from my garden…


MINIATURE ROSES…

Miniature roses are true roses that have been selectively bred to stay small in size. Most miniature roses have smaller flowers than standard rose bushes, but they come in the same variety of types and colors as their larger counterparts.

LIFE’S LITTLE PLEASURES

Miniature Rose – 2-3″ Very double blooms of lavender pink, fade to lavender, holding their color to the end.  Excellent bud and flower form by Christian Bedard, blooms in clusters atop a well-rounded compact shrub, 70 petals, moderate fruity fragrance.

🌹FROM MEMBER LINDA KIMMEL

Life’s Little Pleasures is listed as a miniature rose but the bush gets rather large. Classification is based on the size of bloom, not the bush. The bush size fits more nicely as a miniflora or floribunda. The buds are wine red and open with perfect hybrid tea form. As the bloom ages it lightens to mauve. The blooms are heavily petaled. Fully open, it resembles an old garden rose. When I hear that a miniature rose is fragrant, I roll my eyes in doubt. However, this rose is intensely fragrant!

Life’s Little Pleasures

CLIMBING ROSES…

Climbing roses are any of numerous rather strong-growing garden roses that produce long flexible canes by which they cling to and scramble over trellis, fences or any available support. Long known for ability to created drama and charm in a garden.

SKY’S THE LIMIT (SOLD OUT!)

Exceptionally disease resistant yellow climber from Tom Carruth. Very free flowering with heavy clusters of medium sized ruffled, sunny, buttery yellow 5″, 17-25 petal count blossoms.  Pleasant fruity fragrance. Hardy and healthy floriferous climber for zones 5-9.

Sky’s the Limit

PEARLY GATES (SOLD OUT!)

4-5″ Pure perfect pastel pink, 35 petals, big gorgeous well-formed blooms from peachy pink hybrid tea form buds, clean dark green foliage, very full, continuous blooms on new and old wood all the way to the ground, sweet spicy fragrance  Zones 5-10.

Pearly Gates

OVERALL REVIEW…

I’ve been buying roses from the Indpls. Rose Society for ten years now.  They are always extremely healthy, great foliage, and the highest of quality.  They are worth every penny you spend on them.  It doesn’t matter what the variety.-  Nick Stanley- Growing 300 + roses for over 25 years now.

If you are ready to place an order or need more information, contact us here.


COMING SOON:

ROSE ARRANGEMENT WORKSHOP
Presenter: William Carlson

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
6:00 PM EST
Sullivan Munce Center / 225 West Hawthorne Street / Zionsville, IN 46077

To help prepare us for entering the Rose Arrangement section at Rosefest in June, William (Bill)
Carlson, a master rose arranger, will present a hands-on arrangement workshop. Reservations are
required to ascertain that we have enough roses and plant material for everyone.

Reservations Required! We look forward to seeing you there!

Details on the workshop … DOWNLOAD HERE. If have questions, contact Linda HERE.


ORGANIC FERTILIZER SALE: Soon the rose society will be making our “famous” organic fertilizer. More info on how to purchase coming soon.

Happy Garden Planning!

“Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

RESCHEDULED: DAVID AUSTIN ROSES

TUES, APR 26, 6:30 pm (EST) / ZOOM MEETING

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: Rebecca Koraytem

ABOUT THE MEETING

ZOOM ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100. (Note: Last meeting had 80 attending via Zoom.)

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85280196460?pwd=blN3OEppQ21xclgwU1VRMDFaR2NkZz09


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

David Austin Roses are loved not only for their charm, grace and beauty, but they are all fragrant and bred for disease resistance. Join us as we welcome David Austin Roses US Sales Executive Rebecca Koraytem. In this Zoom PowerPoint presentation, Rebecca will share her insight on the DAR breeding program, highlighting new varieties, touching on the 5 fragrance profiles and key attributes to look for when choosing your new David Austin Rose. She’ll be there to answer your design questions and make her suggestions.

ABOUT REBECCA KORAYTEM

A sought-after speaker and educator, Rebecca Koraytem is the U. S. Sales Executive for David Austin Roses Ltd., providing technical and retail support to customers in the United States and Canada.  Prior to joining David Austin Roses, Rebecca served as garden editor for Southern Living magazine for 15 years.  Rebecca holds a MS and BS in Horticulture from Clemson University.

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!

Membership is open to anyone interested in roses.

We have members who are just starting to learn about roses as well as members who grow from one to 400 roses and are excellent at mentoring.

For $20 per year, members receive advanced knowledge of in-person and zoom programs, access to members-only recordings of zoom programs, discounts on roses via our annual rose sale, automatic inclusion in district events, 4 months free membership in the American Rose Society, invitations to member garden tours and access to a wealth of information from current members!

MEMBERSHIP $20

Download application HERE.

CLIMBING ROSES PROGRAM

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR FEBRUARY PROGRAM!

TUES, FEB 8 / 6:30 PM (ZOOM MEETING)

NOTES:

  • ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100.
  • PROGRAM RECORDING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
  • MASTER GARDENERS WILL RECEIVE ONE EDUCATION HOUR FOR ATTENDING.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM FROM BILL…

The talk will start with an overview of the climbers in our garden. I will show the different climbers in season, next to photos of them in winter, so you can see how they are supported. How to prune and fasten them to supports and structures will be talked about. I’ll cover the climbers I recommend and discuss some that were not as successful in our garden. Disease resistance, hardiness and how well they bloom will be covered, as well as fertilizing and dead heading during the growing season. There will be photos of the blooms and I’ll discuss which ones do well for exhibiting. I be happy to answer any questions I missed when we’re done.

ABOUT BILL AND KATHY…

Bill and his wife Kathy live in Levittown, PA, which is about 15 miles northeast of Philadelphia, on a 1/4-acre suburban lot with approximately 1,000 bushes, and 750 different varieties of all types. They started with 10 roses in 1989 and the garden has grown almost every year. Bill joined the ARS in 1996 and the Philadelphia Rose Society in 1997. Their garden is usually open several times a year for rose societies and local garden clubs.

They enjoy exhibiting in Local, District and National Rose Shows and Photography Contests and attending conventions. Bill won Best in Show in the 2012 ARS Digital Photography Contest and we have won 5 ARS National Trophies. Kathy and I are both board members of the Philadelphia Rose Society. I am also on the board of the West Jersey Rose Society. Bill is a Past President, current Vice President, and also editor of The Rose, newsletter of the Philadelphia Rose society. Currently Bill is the Penn-Jersey Photography and Trophy Chair and holds a couple ARS positions. Bill was awarded the Silver Honor Medal by the Penn-Jersey District in 2007. In 2009 the Philadelphia and Jersey Shore Rose Societies awarded Bill the Bronze Honor Medal and he was elevated to Master Rosarian. He was the guest Editor for the 2019 ARS American Rose magazine annual. Kathy and Bill received the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Award in 2020. You can follow Bill on Facebook and see pictures of their lovely roses.

ZOOM MEETING:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82367866954?pwd=UjhVQ2ZXcXplQ0YyaksxekVHRXREZz09

Meeting ID: 823 6786 6954
Passcode: 410938

NOTES:

  • ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100.
  • PROGRAM RECORDING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
  • MASTER GARDENERS WILL RECEIVE ONE EDUCATION HOUR FOR ATTENDING.

RSVP FOR CLIMBING ROSES

RSVP is not REQUIRED but we would sure appreciate your doing so as it helps us in planning!

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, email us here!

 


THE KOZEMCHAK GARDEN…

Indeed there is a lot to learn about roses from Bill! Look at those climbers!

Bill and Kathy at the Milwaukee National Convention.

THE DIRT ON SOIL with GAYE HAMMOND

CALLING ALL GARDENERS / SAVE THE DATE

TUES, JAN 11 / ZOOM MEETING

***ZOOM DETAILS: HERE.

THE DIRT ON SOIL with GAYE HAMMOND

Whether you are a society member, master gardener or backyard gardener at any level, the more you know about soil, the more successful you will be. As an avid researcher, Gaye takes us on a deep dive into the importance of good soil, moves into soil testing and pH, gives us up-to-the-minute research-based information on fertilizers and ends with the importance of mulch – and it’s not just for “pretty!” Her new research will be worth your time!

FOR MORE INFO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD MEETING FLYER HERE. Feel free to distribute and invite your friends.

ZOOM DETAILS:
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Meeting ID: 892 3879 8311
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MARK YOU CALENDARS…

FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

2022 ROSE SALE AND MORE!

Monday, November 22 the Indianapolis Rose Society annual rose sale officially begins.
As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis. We all know how difficult it was to find roses this year, so don’t delay!

To place orders or to get more information, contact us here.

ROSE PRICES…

IRS MEMBERS:
David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

NON MEMBERS:
David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

PAYMENT: Roses must be pre-paid. Contact us to make payment arrangements HERE.

PICKUP: Pickup will be sometime in April. Exact day/time/location to be determined at a later date.

MEMBERSHIP

Prices on roses is just one of the benefits of annual $20 membership. If you’d like to become a member fill out the form HERE.

CALLING ALL GARDENERS / SAVE THE DATE

TUES, JAN 11 / ZOOM MEETING

ZOOM DETAILS: Contact Humberto for Zoom details HERE

THE DIRT ON SOIL… with GAYE HAMMOND

Whether you are a society member, master gardener or backyard gardener at any level, the more you know about soil, the more successful you will be.

FOR MORE INFO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD MEETING FLYER HERE.
Feel free to distribute and invite your friends.

TUES, FEB 8 / 6:30 pm (ZOOM MEETING)
GROWING
CLIMBING ROSES: Bill Kozemchak


TUES, MAR 8 / 6:30 pm
COMPANION PLANTS FOR ROSES: Natalie Carmoli

IN-PERSON MTG / ZOOM SPEAKER
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 West Hawthorne St / Zionsville


 

Check back to the website as additional programs are being finalized. If you are a member, you will also receive email updates.

NOVEMBER MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 / 6 pm
PRE-SALE 2022 ROSES

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St
Zionsville, IN

Those who attend this meeting will have the opportunity to be the first to buy roses from our 2022 rose sale.

Teresa Downham and Trudy Struck will give a presentation on the roses from our list so you will be more than ready to pick the ones to best fit your garden. Supplies are limited and we always run out — so this is your chance!

ROSE PRICES…

Roses sold at the meeting will be available at the same price as last year even though our supplier has increased their prices to us. Note: Last year David Austin roses were going for $55 – $60 at garden centers.

IRS MEMBERS:
David Austin: $30
All Other Roses: $25

NON MEMBERS:
David Austin: $35
All Other Roses: $30

Roses that are left after the meeting will go on sale on November 22 for these prices.

IRS MEMBERS:
David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

NON MEMBERS:
David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, contact us here.

COMING IN OCTOBER

CANCELLED! GARDEN TOUR & BEE PROGRAM

SAT, OCT 9 / 1-4 PM

  • Tour the garden/farm and visit the bee hives
  • Program: Caring for honey bees and the importance of pollinators in the garden
  • Light snacks
  • For additional details and directions, contact Eloisa HERE.

POP BOTTLE ROSE SHOW

OCT 12 / 6:30 PM

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / 225 Hawthorn Street, Zionsville

We are finally back “home” at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center!

FOR THE SHOW…

Bring your blooms in any type of container you wish. No Rose blooms? Bring your favorite fall blooming flower. There will be prizes!

PROGRAM…

Linda Kimmel, Teresa Downham and Trudy Struck will recap the recent ARS National Convention!

THERE’S MORE…

To see what’s going on for the remainder of the year, read on here.

What’s Coming Next…

We can all agree that 2021 has not been the year we planned but we have had many opportunities to learn and grow and be together — sometimes in person and sometimes virtually. When a door is closed, a window opens. And, the virtual option proved to be a wonderful window by bringing us incredible speakers from around the world…

JANUARY: Gaye Hammond (Past President of the Houston Rose Society) from Houston, Texas regaled us with beautiful garden designs.

FEBRUARY: Carrie Bergs (Past President of the Greater Milwaukee Rose Society) from Wisconsin joined us virtually to share her love for growing old garden roses she calls her “Pink Ladies.” We all had new roses on our list after that!

MARCH: Marilyn Wellan (Past President of the American Rose Society) from Louisiana, shared with us the progress of the Great Garden Restoration going on at the American Rose Center in Shreveport, LA.

APRIL: Diane Sommers, (soon to be president of the American Rose Society) from Wisconsin, joined us to share how to preserve fresh roses. Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date.

The Zoom recordings for Gaye’s and Carrie’s programs can be found HERE.

WHAT’S NEXT…

We have much more to come! Mark your calendars.

SAT, SEPT 18 / 2-4 PM

Host: John and Donna Hefner
Garden Tour: An opportunity to tour their amazing garden
Program: Tips on Exhibiting Roses
Presenters: John Hefner and Mark Nolen


CANCELLED! SAT, OCT 9 / 1-4 PM

Host: Eloisa Garza

  • Tour the garden/farm and visit the bee hives
  • Program: Caring for honey bees and the importance of pollinators in the garden
  • Light snacks
  • For additional details and directions, contact Eloisa HERE.


TUES, OCT 12 / 6:30 PM

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 Hawthorn Street, Zionsville

POP BOTTLE ROSE SHOW — Put Mark & John’s tips on exhibiting roses to use!
Bring your blooms in any type of container you wish.
No Rose blooms? Bring your favorite fall blooming flower.


TUES, NOV 9 / 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 Hawthorn Street, Zionsville

TBD Save the date!


TUES, DEC 7 / 6:30 PM

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 Hawthorn Street, Zionsville

  • Holiday party at Sullivan Munce Center.
  • Potluck.
  • Installation of Officers
  • Details of party to be determined

If you have questions about these events, please contact us HERE.

We look forward to seeing you!

COMING IN APRIL!

Our next meeting is coming soon. Diane Sommers, Vice President of the American Rose Society will be with us! We will also have a time of Q and A – so bring your questions.

TUES, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

PROGRAM: DRY WRAPPING ROSES.

Have you ever admired a rose in your garden and wished that it could have waited a few days or weeks to bloom? Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date. This technique is simple to do with many different varieties. The arrangement pictured here won the 2016 ARS National Arrangement Trophy with the rose “Joy”, where many of the blooms were cut two to three weeks earlier.  In this program we will discuss the steps to successful Drywrapping.

SPEAKER: DIANE SOMMERS

Diane currently serves as the Vice President of the American Rose Society. Diane will be installed as President at the Cream City Roses Convention in Wisconsin in September and you are invited to attend. Details here.

About Diane’s garden…

Diane’s garden is a collage of color and rose varieties, currently holding about 150 varieties. She likes to have a lot of color and bloom all summer long, so she has been adding more floribundas and shrub roses lately, while still maintaining a good selection of hybrid teas for exhibiting. Six years ago, she moved into a new home and the rose garden had to start over.  Starting over is a lot more work than she ever imagined and there are many days she wishes she had the soil and roses from years ago! She is fortunate to have a lot of room and plans on adding 20 – 30 roses each year. Other plans for the garden are learning about other plants to enhance the gardens, and controlling the darn deer.

ROSE SALE UPDATE

Rose are coming in early May. Details on pickup will be coming soon. Check the newsletter and email blasts!

One thing we need now are volunteers to help with getting the roses organized for pick up! If you can help for even a couple of hours, please contact Kim Chmielewski here

We look forward seeing you in April. Members, you will receive the Zoom link in the newsletter via your email. Guests, you are very welcome to join. For the Zoom link, please contact Teresa via email here.

America’s Rose Garden

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

The snow is melting, the birds are singing and soon we will be back to working on our own masterpieces!

Yes, spring is just around the corner making us more excited than ever to be together to talk roses on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm EST!

Our very special guest, Marilyn Wellan, serves as the Restoration Project Coordinator and will share with us the latest details on the Great Garden Restoration of America’s Rose Garden in Shreveport, Louisiana! Marilyn is a charming, gracious and knowledgeable lover of the rose and will inspire us all!

Our meetings are open to the public and always include a time of Q & A. So bring your questions as we kick off our spring season! Please contact Humberto DeLuca for Zoom sign-in link here. See you soon! (More details below.)

 

MEETING DETAILS…

TUES, MAR 9, 6:30 PM EST  / ZOOM
(Please note that the above time is EST and adjust to fit your time zone!)

SPEAKER: MARILYN WELLAN

Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.

PROGRAM: GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S ROSE GARDEN

In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional garden information here.

The Shanley Delvecchio Pavilion and reflecting pool provide a beautiful entrance to the garden.

 

 

Don’t Fear – Spring is Near!

by John Hefner, February 2021

Since Ground Hog Day, we have been experiencing a colder than average weather pattern. The cold weather pattern is due to a negative reading of the Arctic Oscillation. When the Arctic Oscillation is positive, the jet stream stays north which keeps the frigid temperatures in Canada. Our recent colder than average temperatures are due to the Arctic Oscillation moving further south. In laymen’s terms, the weather is colder than we like and we would like for our Canadian neighbors to keep the frigid air. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for below average temperatures for the remainder of February plus our first significant snow fall which could bring us up to 10 inches of snow. Remember that January was much warmer than average, so we probably should not complain about a few cold snowy days. I did read that the Midwest spring weather prediction is well above normal. This is a bit of encouraging and good news!

How does all the weather-related information affect our roses? If good cultural practices have been established, a cold weather pattern should not be a real concern. We may need to review some recommended practices that hopefully were put into place last growing season will contribute to good winter survival.

SUGGESTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. Healthy plants free of disease will winter well.

2. Established plants have an advantage over newly planted ones due to a more established root system.

3. If winter protection is not used, plan to plant the bud union below ground level, approximately two inches or more.

4. Old Garden and most Shrubs roses generally have more winter hardiness.

5. Most Hybrid Teas need some form of winter protection such as mounding the plant with mulch or leaves.

6. Many Miniatures and Mini Floras are grown on their own roots which provide some additional winter hardiness. More tender varieties need extra protection and maybe a location from prevailing winter winds.

7. Experienced growers and consulting rosarians are always available to assist in varieties recommended for our location.

Even though we may not like snow, it does however provide insulation. If we have significant snow cover and if you so desire, you can shovel snow on your plants to provide additional protection.

So, what are the present concerns and how they relate to our rose plants?

It is more desirable to have consistent low temperatures rather than fluctuating temperatures. Roses will endure a few below zero temperatures, however, my concern would be temperatures that would reach a low of 10 below zero or lower. Many experienced rose growers have stated that more plants are lost in March than January. This is due to changes in temperatures that sometimes signal the plant to start growing and then additional freezing weather arrives.

In closing, we should all be reminded that our beloved rose plants are tough, and they will endure many challenges just as the people who grow them.

Don’t Fear – Spring is Near!

ROSES: GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST!

Rose Sale Chairman, Kim Chmielewski, tells us that roses are flying off the shelves! Here is the list of roses still available.

CURRENT ROSE INVENTORY . . .

Roses at $25 each:

  • 2 Arctic Blue Floribunda
  • 1 Quicksilver lavender Climber
  • 1 Perfume Factory magenta plum Hybrid Tea
  • 1 Petit Pink OSO Happy Shrub Rose
  • 1 Savannah Sunbelt salmon pink Hybrid Tea
  • 4 Stiletto deep pink Hybrid Tea
  • 3 Scentuous fragrant pink Shrub Rose
  • 3 Watercolors Home Run pink/yellow/gold Shrub Rose
  • 5 White Out white Knockout Rose

David Austins at $30 each:

  • 3 Carding Mill, shades of pink/yellow/apricot
  • 4 The Lady Gardener, apricot smaller 2.5 x 3.5
  • 3  Golden Celebration ,deep golden yellow
  • 2 Tess of the d’Urbervilles, crimson red short Climber

ORDERING

Download our newsletter with the link below to find images of roses and additional details on ordering and pickup.

2020 Dec-2021 Jan Indianapolis RS Newsletter.pdf

Editor’s note: All look beautiful, but I can speak from experience to a few of these. I have SCENTUOUS, SAVANNAH, PETIT PINK and THE LADY GARDENER and HIGHLY recommend them. DON’T WAIT!

 

COMING SOON! JOIN US!

Last night Carrie Bergs was our speaker and there were 35 in attendance! It was a wonderful program on Old Garden Roses she calls her Pink Ladies. Even though we were on Zoom, I could “feel” the lists being made! “I want this one and this one and this one!” 😉📝🌹 Thank you Carrie! The program was fabulous.

Below are the programs coming up. Our meetings are open to the public so you are invited! Please contact Humberto for the program links HERE.

TUES, MAR 9, 6:30 PM  / ZOOM

SPEAKER: MARILYN WELLAN
Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.

PROGRAM: GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S ROSE GARDEN

In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional information here.

TUES, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

SPEAKER: DIANE SOMMERS
Diane currently serves as the Vice President of the American Rose Society. Diane will be installed as President at the Cream City Roses Convention in Wisconsin in September and you are invited to attend. Details here.

About Diane’s garden…

Diane’s garden is a collage of color and rose varieties, currently holding about 150 varieties. She likes to have a lot of color and bloom all summer long, so she has been adding more floribundas and shrub roses lately, while still maintaining a good selection of hybrid teas for exhibiting. Six years ago, she moved into a new home and the rose garden had to start over.  Starting over is a lot more work than she ever imagined and there are many days she wishes she had the soil and roses from years ago! She is fortunate to have a lot of room and plans on adding 20 – 30 roses each year. Other plans for the garden are learning about other plants to enhance the gardens, and controlling the darn deer.

PROGRAM: DRY WRAPPING ROSES.

Have you ever admired a rose in your garden and wished that it could have waited a few days or weeks to bloom? Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date. This technique is simple to do with many different varieties.  The arrangement pictured here won the 2016 ARS National Arrangement Trophy with the rose “Joy”, where many of the blooms were cut two to three weeks earlier.  In this program we will discuss the steps to successful Drywrapping.

 

MEMBERSHIP!

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!

Membership is open to anyone interested in roses. 

Once you are a member, you will receive regular emails that include the latest rose news, info on rose care and products as well as what is happening!

Membership is open to anyone interested in roses.
Membership: $20

Download application HERE.

 

 


Our meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome!

Check back to our website as our board is busy working on additional plans for 2021!

Be well and safe and we will see you online!

 

Rose Sale 2021

The Indianapolis Rose Society is gearing up for their annual rose sale. The order is placed and we think we have some of the best of the best coming.

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis.

ORDERING

  • Pre-order is encouraged so you get the ones you want. Contact Kim Chmielewski to place your order chmiel5@yahoo.com

COST

IRS MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $30
  • All Other Roses: $25

NON MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $35
  • All Other Roses: $30

HERE ARE THE ROSES!

Download our newsletter on the link below to find a list of roses for sale with additional details on ordering and pickup.

2020 Dec-2021 Jan Indianapolis RS Newsletter.pdf

2021 PROGRAMS & EVENTS

We believe that roses are for all seasons – especially now.
It’s not just their beauty, they are well known for their health benefits too.
Something we think about a lot more these days.

We are looking forward to 2021 with all the promise that a new year and a new season can bring! While we hope that soon the cancellations and limitations of 2020 will be moving behind us, we are making plans that can be enjoyed virtually … or in-person when we can safely do so. Regardless of how we meet, we are committed to bringing great opportunities for learning more about gardening with roses and wonderful friendship.

Our meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in January. As always, our events are open to the public and you are invited to attend! If you would like to attend and need the

 

UPCOMING 2021 MEETINGS . . .

 

TUES, JAN 12, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

Watch YouTube recording of this meeting HERE.

SPEAKER: GAYE HAMMOND
Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society and an international lecturer and writer. She is involved in a number of rose trials around the country. She is also a contributing author to A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast and The Sustainable Rose Garden. Don’t miss this dynamic speaker!

PROGRAM: COLOR AND THE WOW FACTOR: From Drab to Dramatic in the Rose Garden 
The use of color can make or break a landscape. Like an artist creates a masterpiece on canvas, the use of color in the landscape is one of the most important design elements to create the “WOW” factor that we strive for. Color can be used to lighten up a dark shady corner or calm an overly bright one. Come learn the tips, tricks and trends employed by landscape designers in using color in the landscape to make a property pop!

Gaye’s Handouts:

COLOR CHART

Color and the WOW Factor

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

 

TUES, FEB 9, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

Watch YOUTUBE recording of this meeting… HERE

SPEAKER: CARRIE BERGS
Carrie is the Blogger and Web Administrator of the ARS North Central District and Past President of the Greater Milwaukee Rose Society. She and her husband Joe grow about 20 different varieties of OGR’s in their Wisconsin rose garden of 350 roses. Joe and Carrie are also award winning rose exhibitors. Their garden will be featured on tour during the 2021 ARS National Convention next September in Milwaukee. Convention details here.

PROGRAM: MY PINK LADIES 
Carrie will share her favorite and hardiest OGR’s, you will hear the stories of these gorgeous, fragrant roses as well as how they grow them, prune them, winter protect them and exhibit them.

TUES, MAR 9, 6:30 PM  / ZOOM MEETING

SPEAKER: MARILYN WELLAN

Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.

PROGRAM: GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S ROSE GARDEN

In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional information here.


TUES, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM / ZOOM MEETING

SPEAKER: DIANE SOMMERS
Diane currently serves as the Vice President of the American Rose Society. Diane will be installed as President at the Cream City Roses Convention in Wisconsin in September and you are invited to attend. Details here.

About Diane’s garden…

Diane’s garden is a collage of color and rose varieties, currently holding about 150 varieties. She likes to have a lot of color and bloom all summer long, so she has been adding more floribundas and shrub roses lately, while still maintaining a good selection of hybrid teas for exhibiting. Six years ago, she moved into a new home and the rose garden had to start over.  Starting over is a lot more work than she ever imagined and there are many days she wishes she had the soil and roses from years ago! She is fortunate to have a lot of room and plans on adding 20 – 30 roses each year. Other plans for the garden are learning about other plants to enhance the gardens, and controlling the darn deer.

PROGRAM: DRY WRAPPING ROSES.

Have you ever admired a rose in your garden and wished that it could have waited a few days or weeks to bloom? Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date. This technique is simple to do with many different varieties.  The arrangement pictured here won the 2016 ARS National Arrangement Trophy with the rose “Joy”, where many of the blooms were cut two to three weeks earlier.  In this program we will discuss the steps to successful Drywrapping.

 


Check back as we are busy working on additional plans for 2021!

Members will receive updates via our newsletters and eblasts. If you would like to become a member, read on here.
If you have questions or concerns about Zoom meetings, we would be glad to help!
We look forward to having you join us!

 

2021 IRS BOARD:

Eloisa Garza: President
Trudy Struck: 1st Vice President
Teresa Downham: 2nd Vice President
Marilyn Ferguson: Secretary
Humberto DeLuca: Treasurer
Linda Kimmel: Newsletter Editor
Teresa Byington: Immediate Past President and Webmaster/Social Media

AUGUST VIRTUAL MEETING

Mark your Calendars for a Virtual Meeting

August 18, 2020 (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm

WINE AND ROSES:

  • Pair your favorite wine with your favorite rose(s). Be prepared to tell us why!
  • Bring pictures or cut blooms to share.

There will also be a Q AND A session.

Our host for the evening is Teresa Byington, let her know if you have questions here.

Check your email for the link to the meeting.

Summer Rose Care and Budding Workshop

Sunday July 12 John and Donna Hefner’s garden was host to a budding and a summer rose care seminar.

The Man of the Hour – John Hefner!

BIG TIP

The tip for the evening was under pruning. This information was recently shared in the the latest edition of The America Rose by President Bob Martin. This practice removes any non productive growth and removes lower foliage that is also subjected to spider mites. This practice opens the plant for additional light and air circulation.

BUDDING SEMINAR

The other subject area was a budding  seminar that focused on bud grafting to multiflora root stock. Two attendees were given a budded plant for next years rose enjoyment.

THE HEFNER GARDEN
The Hefner garden was short on rose blooms as the plants were recycling, however the daylilies served as the garden focal point for the evening displaying an array of interesting colors.

Thanks to John and Donna for hosting!

JUNE MEETING INFO

The IRS June meeting is on — online! 

 

COVID-19 hit us all with a bang and removing all opportunities for our getting together in the same place. Immediately we began to look at online options to keep us connected.

May 12 was our first online meeting with 20 in attendance. We used a program called GO TO MEETING.

We have decided that for our JUNE MEETING will be use ZOOM.

Members, you will receive an email giving you the link to use to log in to our meeting. If you don’t receive our emails or have additional questions, contact us HERE.

Guests, you are welcome to participate too. And, if you would like to join our society, you will find information HERE. Once you are a member, you will automatically receive this kind of information. To receive the June link, email us HERE.

 

JUNE MEETING DETAILS:

Tuesday, June 9 / 6:30 pm – 8 pm

PROGRAM: SHOW AND TELL

As it will be rose season, we will have a “show and tell” meeting. Vase up one or two of your pretty roses or take a picture. We will take turns introducing ourselves and talking about the rose we are “showing.”

Q & A

Bring your rose questions and comments and we will have everyone offer their help or suggestions.

 

HERE’S WHAT THEY SAID…

After the May meeting we asked some of the attenders what they thought of our first online meeting…

John Hefner: “I thought the online meeting was valuable and timely as we had interactions concerning the recent weather related issues.. I would encourage more participation as this would allow our members that have questions to receive information regarding problems or just to share experiences during this unprecedented time.”

Trudy Struck: “The online meeting was delightful and informative! So good to see everyone and hear what’s going on in everyone’s gardens.” 

Teresa Byington: “Many said it was so much easier to do than they thought it would be and a lot of fun.”

 

WHAT’S GOING ON…

While we are all practicing “Shelter in Place” most of us are finding shelter and comfort in our gardens. Since we can’t be together, I asked rose society members to send pictures of what’s going on in their garden world this week. Of course most everyone is pruning roses, but there’s a lot more going on too!

Take a look . . .

Note: If you and your garden are not in this post, please send pictures as we plan to post more pictures next week.

JOHN AND DONNA HEFNER

Cleaning up rose beds and pruning roses. John said he can never remember spring pruning rose plants at this height.

Editor’s Note: These beds looks perfect!!

They are also trying out something new — a small green house they bought on sale last fall. The green house is a temporary home to approximately 45 pots. Donna says John is really enjoying having the green house.

Also enjoying their beautiful Star Magnolia.

LINDA KIMMEL

Linda recently joined the North Central Spring District meeting in WI where Lois Ann Helgeson, Bruce and Maggie Barr gave a hands-on arrangement workshop. Linda came home and is practicing! This arrangement is connecting two containers in an Oriental Freestyle. She encourages all of us to practice using supermarket flowers.

She is enjoying this little beauty. She purchased from Barbara Stauch’s garden club plant sale 30-years ago. Barbara recommended it. Plant is about 3-inches high, blooms early, spreads but not out of control, foliage dies after blooming, and you can’t even find a trace of it, but returns with bright yellow flowers the next year. Anyone know the name?

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She was also busy this week organizing our society rose delivery. Look at those beauties. THANK YOU Linda and Keith!

CAROLYN LLOYD

Carolyn has been busy with getting her new rose beds ready. First up was to remove the sod! She has her David Austin bareroot roses soaking before planting. And, look how good the mulch looks as the project comes to a close.

To top everything, she is growing indoor tomatoes with her Aerogarden! WIN!

At day’s end there is a nice bottle of wine for all her hard work. Well deserved!

SALLY PARSONS

In March Sally is busy working in her greenhouse (built by husband) and getting her raised beds ready for planting as well as trimming back her roses. Click on one picture to see the gallery!

What a lovely greenhouse!

TERESA BYINGTON

I’ve been busy planting veggie and flower seeds. I think of them as companions for my roses and so that counts, right? There are Calendulas, Zinnias, Nigellas, Hollyhocks, Sweet Peas and our favorite tomatoes – Steak Sandwich. (To name a few.😳)

Due to the cancelled district conference, I’ve also been potting up bareroot roses that were to be used as our district fundraiser. They are lined up on my driveway waiting for their time to shine! If you need roses, let me know HERE. . A bargain at $15 each – Pink Brick House (3)  / White Veranda / (4) / Bright & Shiny (1). See them here.

Thanks to Eloisa for finding enough pots for the roses. (They were supposed to be sold as bareroots at the conference!

Hope you have enjoyed taking a behind the scenes look at what going on in these rose friends spring world!

COMING SOON – MORE GARDEN STORIES

I hope to hear from you! Please send pictures and stories from your garden to TeresaByington@gmail.com.

2020 Event Schedule

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our schedule is changing and as well as details on rose sale pickups. We will keep you updated.

Members and those on our mailing list, you will be receiving eBlasts to keep you up to date so check your email! Some Events have been planned for online. Check your email.

 

Won’t you come in to the garden, I’d like my roses to see you. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The holiday’s are over and winter is winding down, so, it’s that time. Time to get back to gardening! We have so many great events planned: Practical opportunities for learn the basics during our “Round Table Q and A” time during each meeting. And a few road trips!

Our theme for this garden year is ROSES TAKE YOU PLACES. Whether it’s the gardens you visit or the stories of the roses themselves – where they come from and their family tree, roses do indeed take you places!

We have a road trip planned to the beautiful home and garden of Joe and Carrie Bergs in Wisconsin. For that trip we also have a tour of Steve Singer Roses in Kenosha. Steve will give us a tour of his hybridizing process and his rose fields as well as give tips on rose hybridization. There may be a few more surprises for this trip too. Stay tuned.

And, two very special district events that you can read about here … https://illinoisindianadistrict.org/

You just might meet a few “FAMOUS” rose people along the way!

Our meetings are open to the public, so grab a friend and join us.

TUES, MARCH 10: Season Kickoff
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street

  • Garden Design: John Chapin
  • Details on the roses in our rose sale: Linda Kimmel
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments.)

CANCELLED // SAT, MARCH 21: District Conference and CR School<]

Details: Click here.

ONLINE: TUES, APRIL 14: Fertilizer Basics
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street

  • Program by Humberto DeLuca
  • Fertilizer Sale
  • Rose Sale (Pick up roses starting at 5:45)
  • Pruning Demo (Sullivan Munce Roses
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments)
CANCELLED // TUES, MAY 12: Friends in the Rose Garden
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street
  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments)

CANCELLED // SAT, JUNE 6: District Rose Show in Illinois
Special Guest Speaker Ping Lim – World Renouned Hybridizer of the Easy Elegance Roses and True Bloom Roses
Find all the details here…

JUNE: Budding Workshop TBD

CANCELLED //JULY 18 – 19: Bergs Summer Picnic (Wisconsin)
Joe and Carrie Bergs will host the 5th Annual Greater Milawukee Rose Society Summer Picnic at their home beginning at 1 p.m. Enjoy catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, touring the gardens and playing lawn games.

We will also have a tour of Steve Singer Roses in Kenosha. Steve will give us a tour of his hybridizing process and his rose fields as well as give tips on rose hybridization. Contact Teresa Byington about Car Pooling and Hotels.
Additional trip details HERE.

CANCELLED // SAT, AUGUST 15 / 6 pm: Garden Party 
Host: Trudy Struck
Pitch-in
More details to come!

CANCELLED // SEPT 10 – 12: Master Gardener State Conference
Locations: Hamilton Co Fairgrounds
Details on classes and speakers coming soon.

CANCELLED // TUES, SEPT 8:ROSE SHOW: Learn as You Grow Rose Show
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street
All guests and society members are encouraged to participate.
If you have questions, contact Linda Kimmel.

Postponed  MEETING // TUES, OCT 13: NEW ROSES COMING IN 2021!
Program: Teresa Byington

AWARDS BANQUET
TBD

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MASTER GARDENER FAIRS

Opportunities to volunteer a few hours to represent Indianapolis Rose Society to the garden community.
Contact Linda Kimmel if you have questions.
Boone County Master Gardener Fair
Saturday, April 4 CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
Hendrick Co Gardening for All Ages
Saturday, April 25   CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
Johnson County Master Gardener Fair
Saturday, May 16

2020 Board Members

Eloisa Garza, President
Trudy Struck: 1st VP
Teresa Downham: 2nd VP
Marilyn Ferguson, Secretary
Humberto DeLuca: Treasurer
Linda Kimmel, Editor
Teresa Byington, Immediate Past President

2020 ROSE SALE

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our schedule is changing and as well as details on rose sale pickups. We will keep you updated.

Members and those on our mailing list, you will be receiving eBlasts to keep you up to date so check your email!

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A new year is here and we are already thinking about spring and what roses we will plant.

The Indianapolis Rose Society is gearing up for their annual rose sale. The order is placed and we think we have some of the best of the best coming.

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis and pre-orders are encouraged.

ORDERING

  • Pre-order is encouraged so you get the ones you want. Contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net to place your order.
  • Pre-order Payment will be due at the March meeting – Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 – 6:30 pm 
(at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center  / 225 W. Hawthorne Street / Zionsville. Our regular meeting location.) Our meeting will start at 6:30,

PICK UP!

Tuesday, April 7, 6 – 6:30 pm. (Our regular meeting night.) Meeting will start about 6:45 pm  All roses that have not been pre-ordered will be available first come / first serve.

The roses will need to be picked up at the April meeting. If you are not able to pick them up, please have someone come for you. With our limited space, we will NOT be able to hold the roses for you.

COST

Our prices are intentionally priced lower than usually found, as a service to our members and friends. In particular, David Austin roses sell for $40 and up.

The quality of our roses are at the very top!

IRS MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $30
  • All Other Roses: $25

NON MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $35
  • All Other Roses: $30

If you have questions, contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net.

 

HERE ARE THE ROSES!

We have ordered 5 of each variety

Above All (Climber – grows 10 – 14′ tall)

Burst of Joy (grandiflora with light tea fragrance)

Bright & Shiny (A new beauty from Knock Out hybridizer Bill Radler)

Crimson Bouquet (grandiflora with sweet fragrance) ONLY 1 LEFT

Francis Meilland (Fragrant and good for exhibitors)

Frida Kahlo (This rose is currently winning all kinds of awards.) ONLY 1 LEFT

Julie Andrews (masses of bloom and powerful perfume)

Love at First Sight (good form and light fragrance)

Life’s Little Pleasures – mini (That color! Moderate tea fragrance and good disease resistance.)

Moonlight in Paris (old fashion look and light fragrance)

Moonstone ( Beautiful form, great for exhibitors) ONLY 1 LEFT

Oso Easy Peasy (Beautiful landscape rose and great for beginners)

Pinkerbelle (Hybrid tea with spicy fragrance and great disease resistance) ONLY 1 LEFT

Pretty Polly (Lavender) (New shurb rose from our great garden friend Dr. David Zlesak!)

Pretty Polly (Pink) (New shurb rose from our great garden friend Dr. David Zlesak!)

Purple Pavement (Wonderful fragrance and beautiful fall hips!)

Ring of Fire (The picture does not do this one justice! Great for exhibitors)

Scentuous (English style cupped blooms with powerful fragrance) SOLD OUT!

Shirley’s Bouquet (Fragrant hybrid tea with good disease resistance)

The McCartney Rose (Offered as a birthday gift to Sir Paul from his record company. Sweet fragrance)
ONLY 1 LEFT

 

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES

Note: Theses go fast! Get ready to swoon!

Abraham Darby (Climbing) SOLD OUT

Bathsheba SOLD OUT

Darcey Bussell

Gentle Herminone

Gertrude Jekyll

Munstead Wood ONLY 1 LEFT

Princess Alexandra of Kent SOLD OUT!

Queen of Sweden

Strawberry Hill (Climbing)

The Poet’s Wife SOLD OUT

 

YOU…

If you are new to roses or new to our society. We invited you to join us for our regular meetings beginning March 10. Each year we typically have 6-7  meetings with programs at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville, and two meetings off site as garden tours, etc. We finish our year with a a holiday party and awards night.

Our society is filled with members who are new to roses and those who have been growing for 40+ years and they are some of the most talented in the nation. Some of our members have a couple of roses and some have 300 +. Come join us!

AWARDS AND NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION

What a fun night. Rose friends. Great food. Fun Surprises. Awards. New Officers. And a magician!

A highlight of our year is the annual awards night and new officer installation. This year we returned to lovely and historical Serenity Restaurant in Zionsville where the food and hospitality are outstanding. Our entertainment was Craig Stone, magician. We are all still trying to figure out how he does what he does.

Joe was a good sport and became a part of the program. We were all thrilled that in the end he didn’t disappear or something. Seriously this show was excellent!

AWARDS OF MERIT

After dinner it was time to honor those who serve our society so well. Out going President, Teresa Byington, gave out 5 Awards of Merit.

Eloisa Garza: Rose Sale
Linda Kimmel: Rose Sale
Mark Nolen: “Ask the Masters” Program
John Hefner: “Ask the Masters” Program
Janet Kuebler: Door Prizes

BRONZE MEDAL OF HONOR

Teresa Downham was the recipient of the Bronze Medal – the highest local society honor. Though she was shocked – no one else was. She has truly served above and beyond!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Our society is blessed with so many outstanding members!

NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION

John and Donna Hefer installed the incoming board with a clever (and delicious) candy bar theme. They never run out of creative ideas!

  • Eloisa Garza, President
  • Teresa Downham, 1st VP
  • Trudy Struck, 2nd VP
  • Marilyn Ferguson, Secretary
  • Linda Kimmel, Newsletter Editor
  • Humerbto DeLuca, Treasurer
  • Teresa Byington, Immediate Past President

The evening ended with Teresa Byington receiving a gift of appreciation – a beautiful orchid from the collection of Keith Oltean and Linda Kimmel. Look at this orchid and there are about 40 in their collection. Amazing!

HERE’S TO 2020

What an outstanding team we have leading us in 2020! They are excited and ready to go! Stay tuned for the list of 2020 programs. A full list of programs will be on the website as plans are finalized.

Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month March – November at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center — ​225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN. Exceptions to the schedule will be noted on the program list. If you have questions, contact us here.

Our meetings are open to the public, so come and bring a friend.

A Fun Night…

Exhibiting Winning Roses: What Does It Take? by John Hefner

For rose exhibitors, the ultimate goal is to grow, prune, cut quality roses plus travel and exhibit at a national show.  Of course, your desire and plans are always determined by the show location and time of year that will allow you to present quality roses in your exhibit. The time your roses must endure traveling in a cooler plus overnight storage in your hotel room the night before the show must always be taken into your final equation.

On October 4, 2019 during our road travel to the national conference and rose show held in Franklin, Tennessee, the one-hour traffic delay on Interstate 65 which detoured us through the construction laden downtown at Louisville, Kentucky was not in our original plan and I wondered how this delay would eventually effect our roses.  Plus, for this rose show, a new and never tested method of providing water and packing roses would be used.  How far can a rose exhibitor push their comfort boundaries in order to exhibit roses on the national level?

GOALS!

Our first goal was to present an entry in the F. Harmon Saville Memorial Challenge Bowl –

  • An entry of eighteen (18) exhibition type miniature roses, six (6) or more varieties, displayed in a low bowl.
  • Container to be provided by the exhibitor and should not exceed four (4) inches in diameter.
  • Floral foam is permitted.
  • Width of entry allow: 18 inches.

The requirements in itself are indeed a “challenge” but isn’t that what challenge classes are supposed to be?  The combined effort to grow, prune, cut, condition and travel with exhibition roses requires knowledge, experience and sometime a little luck.

Varieties we used in our Seville entry were Arcanum, Ayden Renee, Daddy Frank, Memphis King, Renegade, Soroptimist International, and Swirly Pop. 

Since exhibiting roses is not an exact science, I suggest that you always have a Plan B.  Our second desire and goal was to have an entry in the Dee Bennett Memorial Trophy, an entry of twelve (12) miniature roses, at exhibition stage, without side buds.  One variety or any combination of varieties, displayed in a clear container provided by the exhibitor.  The exhibitor may use floral foam for support.

Varieties used in the Bennett were Bees Knees, Chessie’s Favorite, Daddy Frank, Erin Alonson, Hugs n’ Kisses, Renegade, Soroptimist International. We were proud that Hugs n’ Kisses a rose we introduced and named for our grandchildren was also included in our exhibit.

GATHERING SUPPLIES…

With our tape measure in hand, Donna and I made several shopping excursions to local stores on numerous days to find, select and purchase the required show containers that had the proper dimensions. This task soon had us wondering if we would indeed find the correct style to compliment our potential roses.  In the end, we did purchase five various containers in which we felt comfortable and ones that would not dominate over the roses.

As the days before the show date approached, the hope is always for your roses to repeat from the planned pruning schedule, however, weather cooperation and your experience allows you to cut blooms at the required degree of openness.

HERE WE GO…

And with my first pruning cut made 55 days before the October 5, 2019 rose show date, our challenge began.

The September 2019 weather conditions for mid-state Indiana was extreme heat with temperatures reaching 90 degrees plus each day.  This was not ideal fall growing weather for roses to develop tight centers plus lack of rain meant roses would require water. Mother Nature eventually cooperated, even though it was abnormally hot, the plants and developing stems responded for our required specimens.

Changes in strategy is required due to the opening characteristics of each bloom, color combinations required, similar size and degree of openness.

On arrival at the show site, the hope is always that the blooms have traveled well and are ready for competition.  Since staging is always a factor in challenge classes, many thoughts come to mind as how to stage an entry with multiple blooms, using bloom colors to highlight the entry.  We practiced during the month of August but did not always experience the desired overall arrangement we were trying to obtain.  We researched photos that had been published in various rose publications. 

GAME DAY…

On the morning of the rose show, we woke at 2:00 am and began our journey through the hotel’s quiet hallways and empty elevators with three extra-large coolers full of roses, buckets, grooming kit, bowls etc. only to arrive at the prep room and found no vases available – all had been reserved by other exhibitors. We had one hundred miniature and miniflora roses – no vases.  Would this be the day when we look for Plan C?  However, most of our potential roses would be placed in classes requiring multiple blooms or one container. With due diligence from the rose show chairman and 2 hours later, additional vases were transported to the prep area for eager exhibitors to use.

During the time we prepped our roses, the chosen specimens were segregated for consideration for the two desired national challenge classes. These roses which had traveled in plastic water vials with pointed anchor picks were strategically placed in flat Styrofoam.  This gave us an advantage to move the roses without disturbing the blooms.  With the educational instructional assistance from our successful exhibiting friend, Satish Prabhu, South Carolina, the Seville and Bennett entries were carefully staged and our “attention getting” colored blooms that Donna and I had chosen made the entries come to life.

Satish’s verbal instructions always included careful attention to detail which became a learning experience for these two seasoned exhibitors.  It was an outstanding one-on-one educational learning experience for us from a very talented rosarian and exhibitor.

After these two national entries were completed, we selected roses to be entered in the J. Benjamin Williams Miniflora Rose Trophy (10 Minifloras), American Box (9 Minifloras), Artist Palette (5 Miniatures), Miniature Spray & Single Bloom of the Same Variety, Rose Bowl, and single blooms classes.  We truly were blessed to have additional exhibits displayed on the awards table.

FARM KIDS…

As Indiana “farm kids” Donna and I are both 10 year 4-H members.  We both exhibited livestock and various other categories that were available in the 1950s-1960s era. We grew up competing against our neighbors and close friends.

We first began exhibiting roses on the national level in 1979 at the national convention hosted by the Milwaukee Rose Society where we were awarded King of Show. We were new, unexperienced but eager to learn. I knew the accomplished exhibitors and continuously discussed roses and ask questions, then more questions.  I have learned over the years that accomplished exhibitors are always eager to help others learn about all aspects to growing and showing roses.

There really are no “tricks to the trade,” it is work – diligently working your garden and getting to know your plants.  You need to learn everything about the roses you grow and enjoy, when to cut, how they react to shading or refrigeration, how they will travel, plus in Indiana, how to get your roses to survive the brutal winter temperatures and wind. Winter snow is welcomed as it will help insulate your plants.

WHAT IT TAKES…

Exhibiting is work! Success does not come easily!  It is hard work, detailed work, diligent work.

It is spending unlimited, long hours in the garden you LOVE.

It is setting goals and doing anything and everything to obtain that goal.

It is a continual learning experience in your own garden as no two gardens are alike.

It is hours of walking the rose garden, protecting blooms, cutting at the appropriate time, and carefully conditioning and grooming.

This work plus pre-exhibiting details resulted in us successfully entering two winning National Challenge Class trophies.

MAKING MEMORIES…

After the national rose show, our two winning national rose entries spent two additional days in our hotel room then were carefully transported in buckets back to our Indiana home and all blooms were dried to make a potpourri for us to forever hold their memories near and dear to our hearts. 

These are memories that will indeed last forever!

A STRONG FINISH

Rose Friends,

If you were at the August meeting you know we are finishing 2019 strong. So many members brought in “Show and Tell” from their gardens… things ranged from what’s going right, what needs some help and our ASK THE MASTERS Team of Mark Nolen and John Hefner gave  us so many “professional” tips on growing roses in our area, and how to battle the pests that want to come along for the beautiful ride!

Sally Parsons took us through her experiment of using beneficial nematodes to battle midge and thrips. We will be checking back in with her next year! Sally also brought a vase of the most fragrant David Austin roses ever! Harlow Carr emerged as everyone’s favorite. Hope we can get some of those for our rose sale next year.

Teri Russell brought the “cutting” that she started at Rosefest when Connie Hartwood did her demonstration. New Dawn was no longer a cutting … it was 12″ tall and a strong plant. We celebrated with Teri!

John Hefner interviewed a team of our newer society leaders or what they had learned and what they still wanted to know. Out of that conversation we gained some insight into programs we might consider in the future.

Thanks to all who participated. It was a wonderful night!

Below you will read of the great things that are coming up!

See you there.
Teresa Byington
President

THE FINISH STRONG THEME CONTINUES . . .

DAVID AUSTIN: THE MAN AND HIS ROSES
TUES, SEPT 10, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville

SPEAKER: Trudy Struck (who is part of the team that manages the care for the Master Gardener’s rose garden in Noblesville!
Trudy’s program will give you insight into David Austin the man as well as showcase his beautiful creations.

We will finish the Sept meeting with the popular…
ASK THE MASTERS:
John and Mark will share tips for putting the garden to bed for winter and answer your questions!

CHILI COOK-OFF / COSTUME PARTY

TUES, OCT 8, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville

Our host for this special evening will be Humberto DeLuca. It promises to be FUN!

Those in the Chili Competition are:

  • Keith Oltean
  • Greg Byington
  • John Hefner
  • Mark Nolen
  • Humberto DeLuca

Everyone will have the opportunity to taste test and vote!

We will need more than chili to eat! Click here for the online form to sign up for side dishes!

Costume Party: You can come dressed as a rose or something else if you prefer. Roses go back to the beginning of time – that a lot of names! THIS COULD BE INTERESTING!

We will vote on costumes too!

Winners will receive Dammann’s Garden Center Gift Certificates!

HOLIDAY PARTY!

SAT, DEC 7, 6 pm

Annual Awards & New Board Installation
Location: Magic Dinner at Serenity Restaurant
135 S Main St, Zionsville, IN 46077
(Two blocks from where we have our meetings!)

If you haven’t been to Serentiy it is a magical place or maybe I should say haunted. Yes, it is a beautiful house with a history and we will hear about it while we are there! Read more here.

Our entertainment will be a magic show.

COST: $22 per person
Price includes a three-course dinner, non alcoholic drink and show plus tax and gratuity.

You may also buy wine at $5 a “pour”.

This is a special evening for our society and a good time to get to know people better. Who knows you might just receive an award!

For the Christmas dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Byington here.

We are excited to see you at each of these events as we end our growing year strong!

Rose friendships and rose education is a winning combination.

Our meetings are open to the public.

So please invite other to join you!

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2020 Note:

Linda Kimmel and Teresa Byington are beginning to do research for the 2020 rose sale. While the annual Rose Sale is a money maker for our society, it is also a service to our members — giving them the opportunity to buy beautiful roses at a discount! To quote John Hefner, “the roses we get for the sale are outstanding!” This year we had a very successful partnership with Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg saving us money on delivery (they allowed us to have our roses delivered with their delivery)and their care and storage of our roses between delivery and sale was over the top. We can’t thank them enough and look forward to the same partnership this year!

Pre-sale will begin in February. Delivery to society meeting will be in April. We always sell out quickly, so be on the look out for the announcements early 2020!

 

Rose Cuttings by Connie Hilker

The Klassy Way to Root Roses (Presented by Connie Hilker, adapted from a method by Diana Klassy.)

Connie was our guest speaker for the 2019 ROSEFEST. She taught us and inspired us!

This is one of many ways to propagate roses and other plants from cuttings. It is simple to learn, and it uses materials that you may already have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Half-gallon milk jug
  • Clear 2-liter soda bottle
  • Food-quality potting media
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pruners
  • Sharp knife
  • Patience!

This method uses the bottom of the milk jug as a pot, and the top of the soda bottle to form a greenhouse.

Cut large drainage holes in the bottom of the milk jug.
Fill the milk jug with moist potting media. Water thoroughly and let drain.

The best rose cutting is a stem with a dead flower on it, with four to six sets of leaves. If possible, get the heel wood where the cutting emerges from the main cane. If you cannot get a heel, cut below a leaf bud. Remove all but the top two or three sets of leaves.

With the sharp knife, score the end of the cutting on two or three sides … cutting only through the outer layer.

Dip scored cutting into rooting hormone. (dampen cutting if using powdered hormone) Make a hole in the potting media, insert the cutting, water thoroughly.
Cover the cutting with the soda bottle top.

Place your container in a protected location … outside, place it the shade (under a bush is a good place); inside, in a window with bright indirect light. No direct sunshine at this point, or the container will overheat and your cutting will die. There should be no need to water your cutting … condensation inside the soda bottle is a good indication that the cutting has sufficient moisture.

Cuttings can produce roots in as soon as four weeks, or as many as eight, ten, or more weeks. Since roots are visible through the translucent milk jug, there is no need to pull cuttings to check their progress. Remove any leaves that fall … the cutting can still root without leaves. As long as the stem is green, the cutting is alive.

When the cutting is showing strong roots, and starts to sprout new leaves, begin to harden off your new rose by removing the screw top of the soda bottle. After a week or two, remove the soda bottle completely and begin to gradually move your rose to a sunnier environment.

A Saturday Steeped in Roses by Linda Kimmel

JUDGING SEMINAR

The morning of June 8 (Saturday) started off with a Horticulture Judging Seminar in the beautiful home and garden of Mark and Cathy Nolen.  Attendees came from near and far, including Ed Yesan from Collinsville, IL, Cheryl Pettus, Champaign, IL, Howard Carmen and Paula Williams from the countryside of Louisville, Ky. We were very happy to see Renee LaFollette back up and around, as well as Barbara Stauch.

Mark Nolen and John Hefner kick-started the morning with programs on judging rose horticulture, including topics concerning exhibition stage versus exhibition form, judging challenge classes and much more. Members practiced point scoring of several roses selected from the Nolen’s garden. After a beautiful lunch prepared by Cathy Nolen, Linda Kimmel leads the group in a lively game of Old Garden Rose Jeopardy. Mark polished off the afternoon with our final program including ethics. I think everyone went home with renewed enthusiasm and knowledge for judging roses. Thank you, Mark and Cathy Nolen, for hosting the Horticulture Judging seminar, sharing your beautiful home and garden, and for being such gracious host.

GARDEN PARTY

But the party does not stop on the south side of Indianapolis, it just moved to Brownsburg. After a lot of rain, Mother Nature provided a beautiful evening at the home of Teresa and Greg Byington for a pitch-in and self-guided garden tour. We are thankful for the 40 wonderful people that attended, of which four to six were new members.

 

A trellis loaded with ‘Peggy Martin’ blooms and others covered in ‘New Dawn’ rose and Etoile Violette clematis provided backdrops for Prom-like photo opps. ‘Mother of Pearl’ rose emerged as the Queen of the Prom with spectacular peachy-apricot blooms that were simply stunning. As she strolled down the red carpet, ‘Mother of Pearl’ was photographed like frenzied paparazzi at the Oscars.

There was food galore on the tables, lovely serenity views of a gorgeous rose garden and wonderful friends with great conversation. A perfect ending to a perfect day. Thank you, Greg and Teresa, for sharing your wonderful garden and home.

One thing that strikes me while at the Byington home, you can feel the love. You can feel the love that Teresa has for her roses and garden. You can feel the love that Greg and Teresa have for each other and their family. You can feel the love they share with their friends.

 

Rosefest: Learning and Growing!

Rosefest was a big success! Thanks to all who braved rain, storms, flood warnings and a tornado warning to join us.

Rose Preservationist, Connie Hilker, who chairs the Heritage and Preservation Committee of the American Rose Society, inspired us and encouraged us to get busy and be a part of the solution of sharing roses and their stories. DOWNLOAD CONNIE’S PROPAGATION NOTES HERE.

 

People of all ages were working like bees to learn Connie’s proven technique of rose propagation and left with their own cuttings from Peggy Martin or New Dawn from the beautiful Master Gardener Rose Garden. 

 

Teresa Byington, IRS president and grower of more than 200 roses from Hybrid Teas to Old Garden Roses and everything in between, shared her top 10 Easy Breezy Roses to an enthusiastic group who are eager to add more roses to their garden. One eager young man of 10 asked, “what is a ‘breezy’ rose.” It was fun! 

Andrew Fritz, Urban Agriculture Conservationist for the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, gave a presentation on Backyard Composting. He shared tips on what to compost, different types of compost bins and how to keep critters out!

Members brought roses from their gardens to exhibit and guests voted on their favorites. 

 

We saw relationship building, note taking, idea sharing and enthusiasm for the Queen of Flowers making Rosefest a huge success for our society!

Thanks to Teresa Downham, Carolyn Lloyd, and Trudy Struck, for their work on the Hamilton County Master Gardener Rose Garden. It is the perfect place to have Rosefest!

 

 

2019 Rosefest

TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR ANNUAL ROSEFEST!

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 9 am – 3 pm

HAMILTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

2003 PLEASANT STREET, NOBLESVILLE, IN

FREE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Whether you are just getting started with roses or have been growing for years, this is a day of rosy fun, information and inspiration!

  • SPEAKERS (See below)
  • HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS
  • ROSE SHOW DISPLAY
  • TOUR HCMGA ROSE GARDEN
  • ROSES & ROSE RELATED PRODUCTS

Qualified for Master Garden education hours and Consulting Rosarian credit.

DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE HERE.

DOWNLOAD CONNIE’S PROPAGATION NOTES HERE.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are happy to announce that Rose Preservationist, CONNIE HILKER, will be our Main Speaker for Rosefest and will lead a workshop on propagation.

Connie Hilker chairs the Heritage and Preservation Committee of the American Rose Society. A lifelong gardener with over 600 varieties of roses in her personal collection, she manages the documentation, preservation, and restoration of the historic rose collection at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, and is the rose consultant at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Connie is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation, and Old Garden Rose Chair for the American Rose Society Colonial District. She can often be found collecting roses from cemeteries and old home sites, teaching classes on rose history, care, and propagation, or tending to the roses in her garden.

Connie’s overall message is that ‘roses are not rocket science’ and she strives to show that anyone with a basic knowledge of gardening can choose appropriate roses and grow them well.

 

Here is Connie with American Rose Society President, Bob Martin, who named Connie chairman of the Heritage and Rose Preservation for the ARS.

 

BACKYARD COMPOSTING: ANDREW FRITZ

Andrew Fritz is the Urban Agriculture Conservationist for the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Andrew provides technical assistance to small farmers, backyard gardeners, and community gardens to help protect soil and water health issues, pest management, and more. Andrew’s position with the SWCD also helps to develop initiatives to address food insecurity in Hamilton County. Andrew has an educational background in geography, geology, and telecommunications with a graduate degree in landscape architecture. Among all things in the garden and in life, the process of decomposition is his favorite.

10 EASY BREEZY ROSES: TERESA BYINGTON

Teresa loves to dig in the dirt and gets plenty of opportunities to do just that as she cares for her large cottage garden that consists of about 200 roses and a host of their companions. She is a master gardener and a member of the Indianapolis Rose Society where she serves as President. Teresa is also a member of the American Rose Society where she currently serves as editor of the ARS newsletter, Roses & You and as Director of the Illinois & Indiana District. In addition, she serves as a juror at the Biltmore International Rose Trials and co-host of the Rose Chat Podcast.

JOIN US APRIL 9!


 

PROGRAM

Some of the rose topics that we get the most questions about are planting, pruning and growing roses in containers. John Hefner is going to make masters out of all those who come! We are open to the public so come and bring a friend.

ROSE SALE

At this meeting, it is also time to PICK UP THE ROSES you have ordered or bring your checkbook for the ones still available. Pick up Roses from 6:00 – 6:45.

If you want to preorder, contact Linda Kimmel HERE.


ASK THE MASTERS

Tool Talk– Our “Masters” will bring their favorite tools to talk about and will be available to answer your questions.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

TUES, APR 9 / 6:30 pm (see rose sale time below)

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville

SPRING ROSE CARE
PROGRAM: 
Planting, Pruning & Growing Rose in Containers: John Hefner
John Hefner is one of the leading rosarians in the country – winning most every award we have! We have so much to learn from him.

 

Rosefest 2019

TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR ANNUAL ROSEFEST!

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 9 am – 3 pm

HAMILTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

2003 PLEASANT STREET, NOBLESVILLE, IN

FREE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Whether you are just getting started with roses or have been growing for years, this is a day of rosy fun, information and inspiration!

  • SPEAKERS
  • HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS
  • ROSE SHOW DISPLAY
  • TOUR HCMGA ROSE GARDEN
  • ROSES & ROSE RELATED PRODUCTS

Qualified for Master Garden education hours and Consulting Rosarian credit.

DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE HERE.

DOWNLOAD CONNIE’S PROPAGATION NOTES HERE.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are happy to announce that Rose Preservationist, CONNIE HILKER, will be our Main Speaker for Rosefest and will lead a workshop on propagation.

Connie Hilker chairs the Heritage and Preservation Committee of the American Rose Society. A lifelong gardener with over 600 varieties of roses in her personal collection, she manages the documentation, preservation, and restoration of the historic rose collection at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, and is the rose consultant at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Connie is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation, and Old Garden Rose Chair for the American Rose Society Colonial District. She can often be found collecting roses from cemeteries and old home sites, teaching classes on rose history, care, and propagation, or tending to the roses in her garden.

Connie’s overall message is that ‘roses are not rocket science’ and she strives to show that anyone with a basic knowledge of gardening can choose appropriate roses and grow them well.

 

Here is Connie with American Rose Society President, Bob Martin, who named Connie chairman of the Heritage and Rose Preservation for the ARS.

 

BACKYARD COMPOSTING: ANDREW FRITZ

Andrew Fritz is the Urban Agriculture Conservationist for the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Andrew provides technical assistance to small farmers, backyard gardeners, and community gardens to help protect soil and water health issues, pest management, and more. Andrew’s position with the SWCD also helps to develop initiatives to address food insecurity in Hamilton County. Andrew has an educational background in geography, geology, and telecommunications with a graduate degree in landscape architecture. Among all things in the garden and in life, the process of decomposition is his favorite.

10 EASY BREEZY ROSES: TERESA BYINGTON

Teresa loves to dig in the dirt and gets plenty of opportunities to do just that as she cares for her large cottage garden that consists of about 200 roses and a host of their companions. She is a master gardener and a member of the Indianapolis Rose Society where she serves as President. Teresa is also a member of the American Rose Society where she currently serves as editor of the ARS newsletter, Roses & You and as Director of the Illinois & Indiana District. In addition, she serves as a juror at the Biltmore International Rose Trials and co-host of the Rose Chat Podcast.

 

FOR MORE INFO, DOWNLOAD THE 2019 ROSEFEST FLYER HERE.

 

 

 

WAKING UP THE GARDEN: March 12, 6:30 pm

Our rose season is coming soon and it is time to WAKE UP THE GARDEN.

Join us! And bring a friend.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 / 6:30 pm 
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville, IN

SPEAKERS: Teresa Downham, Trudy Struck, Carolyn Lloyd

Program: Come hear about the Hamilton County Master Gardener Rose Garden and the great work being done there by the ones who oversee it today!

ASK THE MASTERS: Weather Issues and Roses
Spring gives us some strange weather! Our Consulting Rosarians will be available to discuss weather issues and answer your questions!

ROSE SALE: Opportunity to Pre-Order and Pre-Pay
See rose list HERE.

 

THE HCMG ROSE GARDEN…

Our members and guests have the pleasure of having our Annual Rosefest just inside the door from this amazing rose garden. Most every type of rose is growing there from the very old to the most modern. You’ll love hearing all about this garden, it’s beginnings and how they keep it so beautiful. See you Tues, March 12. Our meetings are open to the public so bring friends.

Take a look at the garden…

ILLINOIS INDIANA DISTRICT SPRING MEETING, MAR 30

Details for the Spring District Educational Conference and Photography show are HERE.

Master Gardener education hours and Consulting Rosarian credit are available.

2019 Programs and Conferences

In 2019 we are dedicated to a year of Rose Education and Inspiration. The inspiration part is so easy as beautiful roses are so inspiring. This year we have programs on starting a rose bed, tips on floral arranging, David Austin Roses, dealing with the pests  & diseases and so much more!

Our group is made up of rose growers at every level. Our “Masters” are dedicated to helping anyone regardless of where you are in your rose growing hobby.

Our District Meetings are additional opportunities for education. Many of our programs are approved for Master Gardener Education and Consulting Rosarian Credit.

Come join for inspiration, education and SO MUCH FUN!

Our meetings are open to the public, so share this information with your friends!

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 / 6:30 pm 
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville, IN
WAKING UP THE GARDEN

SPEAKERS: Teresa Downham, Trudy Struck, Carolyn Lloyd
Program: Come hear about the Hamilton County Master Gardener Rose Garden and the great work being done there by the ones who oversee it today! 
ASK THE MASTERS: Weather Issues and Roses
Our Consulting Rosarians will be available to discuss weather issues and answer your questions!
ROSE SALE: Opportunity to Pre-Order and Pre-Pay
See rose list HERE.

 

SAT, MAR 30, ILLINOIS INDIANA DISTRICT CONFERENCE
TIME: 9 – 4
LOCATION: Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
5588 N. State Road 25, Logansport, IN

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Mark Windham / Plant Pathology / University of Tennessee

Dr. Windham will give three 20-min sessions on diseases, insects and pesticide safety.  (Qualified for CR Credit)

  • Curtis Aumiller / ARS Chairman of Photography

Curtis will share tips and tricks of rose photography and help us better prepare for entering photography in rose shows.

Additional details including registration information HERE.

 

TUES, APR 9 / 6:30 pm (see rose sale time below)
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
SPRING ROSE CARE
PROGRAM: 
Planting, Pruning & Growing Roses in Containers: John Hefner
John Hefner is one of the leading rosarians in the country – winning most every award we have! We have so much to learn from him.
ROSE SALE: Pick up Roses  6:00 – 6:45
ASK THE MASTERS: Tool Talk–Our “masters” will bring their favorite tools to talk about and will be available to answer your questions.

 

TUES, MAY 14 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
PROGRAM: Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

    • Linda Kimmel: Tips for ARS rose show arrangements
    • Janet Kuebler: Tips for home flower arrangements

ROSEFEST: Final updates on Rosefest
MARK NOLEN: Bringing Roses to Rosefest

 

SAT, JUNE 15, ROSEFEST
Chairman: Teresa Downham
Details coming soon.

 

SAT, JUNE 8,  6:00 pm
GARDEN PARTY
LOCATION: Byington’s Garden
PITCH-IN PICNIC
PLEASE RSVP: teresabyington@gmail.com

 

TUES, AUG 13, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
PROGRAM: NEW MEMBER PANEL DISCUSSION
ASK THE MASTERS: Pests & Diseases – Consulting Rosarians will be available to answer your questions.

 

SAT, SEPT 7, 9 – 4
FALL DISTRICT CONFERENCE & ROSE SHOW

      • Hosted by Stephen Decatur Rose Society
      • NOTE: The rose show will feature The Tiedeman National Trophy

LOCATION: Richland Community College in Decatur, IL
SPEAKER: Dr. David Zlesak
Additional details to come.
District website HERE.

 

TUES, SEPT 10, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
PROGRAM: David Austin and His Roses by Trudy Struck
ASK THE MASTERS: Putting the Garden to Bed

 

TUES, OCT 8, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
Chili Cookoff / Costume Party
Chili will be provided.
Costume Party: Come dress as a rose name.
Prizes!

 

SAT, DEC 7, 6 pm
HOLIDAY PARTY
Annual Awards & New Board Installation
Location: TBD

We look forward to having you with us for each and every meeting!

There’s something for everyone! Some of our meetings are lecture style and some are hands-on workshops.

2019 Annual Rose Sale

A new year is here and we are already thinking about spring and what roses we will plant.

The Indianapolis Rose Society is gearing up for their annual rose sale. The order is placed and we think we have some of the best of the best coming.

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis and pre-orders are encouraged.

ORDERING

  • Pre-order is encouraged so you get the ones you want.
  • Pre-order Payment will be due at the March meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 6:30 pm 
(at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. Our regular meeting location.)

PICK UP!

Tuesday, April 9, 6 – 6:30 pm. (Our regular meeting night.) Meeting will start about 6:45 pm  All roses that have not been pre-ordered will be available first come / first served

The roses will need to be picked up at the April meeting. If you are not able to pick them up, please have someone come for you. With our limited space, we will NOT be able to hold the roses for you.

COST

Our prices are intentionally priced lower than usually found, as a service to our members and friends. In particular, David Austin roses sell for $40 and up.

IRS MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $25
  • All Other Roses: $20

NON MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $30
  • All Other Roses: $25


PLACING PRE-ORDERS:

If you are ready to PRE-ORDER, contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net.

 

HERE ARE THE ROSES…

Arctic Blue Floribunda

Beverly Hybrid Tea

Celestial Night Floribunda

Climbing Honeymoon

Climbing Lady in Red

Climbing Quicksilver

Fired Up Floribunda

Frida Kahlo Floribunda

Lotty’s Love Rugosa

Miss Congeniality Grandiflora

Parade Day Grandiflora

Ring of Fire Hybrid Tea

Savannah Hybrid Tea

Shockwave Floribunda

Sparkles & Shine Floribunda

Sunny Sky Hybrid Tea

SOLD OUT! David Austin Imogen SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Olivia Rose Austin SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Princess Alexandra of Kent SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Queen of Sweden SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Wollerton Old Hall (short climber) SOLD OUT!

Celebrating in a Winter Wonderland

Our year-end celebration was held in John and Donna Hefner’s winter wonderland.

The Hefner’s enjoy decorating for the holidays and have seven theme trees placed throughout their home. It is a festive sight to behold for all to enjoy. We were greeted by a beautiful 10 foot poinsettia tree located beside the fireplace. Various other theme decorated trees include fragrance, snowman, seamstress, Charlie Brown and two red/lime green trees which are strategically located throughout their home. Department 56 village pieces and accessories were located throughout their home adding an additional sense of nostalgia and enchantment. Everyone enjoyed the Italian Fontanini nativity, animals and people as well as the special holiday decorations handmade by Donna that included needlepoint, cross-stitched and quilted art work.

THANK YOU TO THE HEFNER’S!

2019 BOARD INSTALLATION

During the evening our 2019 board was installed. Immediate Past President, Linda Kimmel did the honors.

Teresa Byington, President
Humberto DeLuca, 1st Vice President
Eloisa Garza, 2nd Vice President
Carolyn Lloyd, Secretary
Donna Hefner, Treasurer
Teresa Downham, Newsletter Editor
Congrats to the board! We know we are in good hands!

Linda, also handed out special appreciation awards from our president, Teresa Byington, as she was out of town for her mother-in-law’s funeral.

 

AWARD OF MERIT

VP Humberto DeLuca, presented the ARS Award of Merit to two members who have served our society above and beyond! Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!

 
 
Teresa Downham receiving her AWARD OF MERIT!

Keith Oltean receiving his AWARD OF MERIT!


COMING SOON!

Our board is already busy planning for 2019. Stay tuned for information on our annual rose sale and our meeting restart on Tuesday, March 12 / 6:30 pm at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. We can’t wait to be together again! 

Sullivan Munce
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-4900

https://www.sullivanmunce.org

If you have any questions about our society, please contact us HERE.


Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy!

WHERE ROSES AND EDUCATION MEET

SCHOOL DAYS / Reading, Writing and Roses, our Illinois Indiana Conference and Rose Show, has come and gone but what a weekend we had. Teresa Byington and Linda Kimmel served as co-chairmen of the event with a large cast of others who helped make it all happen. Thank you to each of you! To see the list of chairmen, click here.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: 

Friday night was our Rosy Social Hour where we had the chance to meet new friends and catch up with long time friends while munching on rose flavored treats and drinking Rosé. (Thanks to Teresa Byington and Eloisa Garza for the fun treats.)


THE SCHOOL BELL RANG EARLY!

ROSE SHOW:
Saturday started early at 6 am. The cars and trucks filled with roses came into our room. Fortunately we had a cargo door since is was raining cats and dogs. Even with all the people and all the activity — the room was filled with calm as the creative juices started flowing. I wish we could have a video of the whole process.

We had masters. We had novices. We had watchers. We had helpers.

All at their tasks — helping the rose be her very best self.

HORTICULTURE:

Our room was filled with beautiful roses! Below are two masters at work! Thank you John Hefner for serving as Rose Show Chairman with all of those duties and along with your beautiful partner creating rose perfection and winning 8 out of the BIG 9 awards. Oh my. I wish every novice in the world of exhibiting could observe their artistic gifts. Donna was not only working hard on the roses, she handled our finances and many of our decorations. Yes they are rose super heroes.

ARRANGEMENTS:

There were tables of beautiful arrangements by William Carlson, Mary Ann Hext, Linda Kimmel, Renee LaFollette and Andy Plasz. Adding to the fun, three of our novices, Teresa Downham, Carolyn Lloyd and Trudy Struck did a group arrangement.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Below is a gallery of pictures from our day. Click on any picture to enlarge them.

CONFERENCE:

Our speakers were truly some of the best in the business.
  1. Bob Martin (ARS Incoming President presented a fun, comprehensive look at growing roses — in a Dr. Suess style. This was super fun — he had everyones attention. )
  2. Ron Daniels (Nashville Rose Society President – PROGRAM 1: Gave us product ideas and techniques for using them. PROGRAM 2: Tips for successful container growing. He made is sound easy. Now for us to take his tips and try them ourselves!
  3. Dr. Andy Plasz (This award winning rose educator, presented an excellent program on managing disease and chemical resistance that gave us so many options!— both organic and synthetic!)
  4. Jeff Sommers and Corkey Thacker (A dynamic duo of rose show and exhibiting information – the Q & A session was fantastic. We just needed more time!)
We send a huge thanks to all of them for coming and sharing their expertise with us.

WINNING THE SILVER:

Dr. Andy Plasz, one of the most gifted educators in all of “rosedom,” was awarded the silver medal. A much deserved award!

SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT:

Larry Jones was presented a special award by Roger Brueckman, Incoming Regional Director, for his years of excellent service to the IL IN District as Horticulture Judge Chair. Larry is retiring from this position and leaves big shoes to fill. Thank you Larry.

WHAT’S NEXT?

We are busy planning for our spring conference to be held in March. We hope to see you there! Details coming soon.

SCHOOL DAYS: ILL- IND DISTRICT CONFERENCE & ROSE SHOW

The Indianapolis Rose Society invites you to attend “School Days”, the Illinois-Indiana District Conference and Rose Show. A day filled with beautiful roses and interesting programs that will help you take your rose growing experience to the next level.

Our speakers are truly some of the “best in the business” from around the country. Mark your calendar now!

SATURDAY /  SEPT 8  / 9 am – 4

Open to the Public

LOCATION: Boone Country 4H Fairgrounds

Address: 1300 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052

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REGISTRATION FORM CLICK HERE
 

SEND FORM TO: Renee LaFollette / 5793 Hall Road Plainfield, IN 46168

QUESTIONS: teresabyington@gmail.com   or  reneelafollette@att.net


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS…

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

ROSE SHOW SCHEDULE

DOWNLOAD HERE. 

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KEYNOTE
:


Bob Martin: (California), Incoming American Rose Society President
Program: Oh, the Roses You’ll Grow – a fun, comprehensive look at growing roses.

Bob’s extreme knowledge of the rose coupled with this wit and charm will make this session a fun filled learning experience. You can follow Bob and his rose adventures on Facebook here. Do follow him … he and his wife Dona have one of the most beautiful rose garden anywhere! You will enjoy the pictures and appreciate the rose advice!

 

SPEAKERS:


Ron Daniels: (Tennessee) Nashville Rose Society President

As President of the Nashville Rose Society –a vibrant rose society that is growing by leaps and bounds — Ron has been instrumental is starting the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden in Nashville. Ron spends his “extra” time in his own amazing garden and traveling around speaking to rose societies and master gardeners! Read about the Cheekwood study garden here. Follow Ron on Facebook here.

Ron will give two programs:

  • Facts on Fertilizers
  • Growing Roses in Containers

 

Dr. Andy Plasz: (Illinois)
Program: Rotation of Chemicals to Reduce Disease Resistance

Andy is the retried Director and Global Head of Analytical Chemistry Research for Abbott Laboratories. Few people in the world of rose education are as decorated as Andy Plasz. He is an informative and inspiring teacher and has much to share with us. Here he is pictured with Bob Martin wearing their Klima medals. The American Rose Society’s national Marion Klima Medal is for rose education! 

Corky Thacker and Jeff Sommers: (Ohio)
Program: What Makes a Winning Horticulture Rose Show Entry?

Beginning exhibitors are often unsure of why their roses didn’t win their classes, or even what the awards marked on their entry tags mean. This program provides guidance, including selecting show candidates from your garden, understanding a show schedule, ARS rules, judging criteria with photos, and awards.

Jeff has been an ARS Accredited Horticulture and Arrangement Judge since 1990 and 2001, respectively, and earned the Outstanding Judge Award in 2016.

Corky earned her ARS Horticulture Judge Accreditation in 2013, is an Apprentice Arrangement Judge and an ARS award-winning photographer. Her original rose garden was featured in This Old House magazine in July 2013. Jeff is an ARS Master Rosarian and Corky is a Certified Consulting Rosarian; both are active in the Forest City and Cleveland Rose Societies.

They met at Buckeye District rose shows, married in 2015 and grow more than 350 roses at their urban home in Cleveland’s West Side.

ATTENTION MASTER GARDENERS & CONSULTING ROSARIANS…

Programs are eligible for Master Gardeners education credits and Consulting Rosarian credits.

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS

Holiday Inn Express / Whitestown/Zionsville Area
6064 South Main Street / Whitestown, IN 46075
317 769 0932
For more information, click here.

Hampton Inn / Whitestown/Zionsville Area
6005 S Main Street / Whitestown, IN 46075
317 768 2330
For more information, click here.

 

Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

TUES, AUGUST 14, 6:30 pm

Location: Sullivan Munce ​/ 225 West Hawthorne Street  / Zionsville, IN 46077

Linda Kimmel, immediate past president of the Indianapolis Rose Society, will share with us the charm and grace of climbing roses—which ones to grow and how to care for them!

PROGRAM: Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

There are few plants that can rival the gorgeous climbing roses in the garden, creating ambiance of nostalgia and breath-taking beauty. Stephen Scanniello, Curator of the Rockefeller Rose Garden, New York, refers to climbing roses as the “acrobats and aerialists” of the garden. Climbing roses can be used in countless ways, such as cascading over fences, trellis’ or walls, softening hard landscapes, concealing ugly structures or small buildings, accentuating windows or entryways. They can provide a back drop for other garden plants or make a stunning focal point, creating breath-taking picturesque effects. Climbing roses are versatile. And if you choose healthy, disease resistant and winter hardy varieties, they can last a lifetime with reasonable or even minimal care.

What climbing roses are right for your garden?; What care do they need?; Pruning when and how?; How to winterize?

Come to the meeting and get your questions answered about Creating your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses.

Round Table Discussion: Overwintering Roses in Containers
**Panel: John Hefner, Linda Kimmel, Teresa Byington
Bring your tips, your stories and your questions about overwintering roses in containers.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Propagation Workshop

We are in the second half of our year but we are not slowing down. From the look at the schedule (read here), we are heating up! So much fun to have and so much to learn!

COMING NEXT…

TUES, JULY 10: PROPAGATION BY CUTTINGS
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
225 W Hawthorne Street

Humberto DeLuca & Masiel Milligan, will show us techniques for taking rose cuttings.

Round Table Discussion: How to care for roses in extreme heat.
Panel: Mark Nolen, Teresa Downham, John Hefner

We will end our evening with the ever popular Round Table Discussion. All of us are dealing with extreme heat, so let’s talk about it! Mark, Teresa and John will facilitate, but we all need to contribute for the greatest learning!

Remember, our meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited. Bring your friends, and your notepad and let’s go to propagation school!

YOU CAN HELP!

Please share this imagine on your social media pages and help us spread the word.

Rosefest 2018

SAT / May 26 / 9:00 – 3 pm

FREE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hamilton Co. Fairground / 2003 Pleasant Street / Noblesville, IN

HIGHLIGHTS … (Complete Schedule Below)

  • Guest Speaker
  • HCMGA Rose Garden Tour 
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Educational Displays
  • Roses and Rose Products for Sale

SPECIAL GUEST: MIKE SHOUP

PROGRAM: HISTORICAL ROSES / ROSE RUSTLERS / MODERN ROSES / ROSE FRAGRANCE

Few people in the world of roses have Mike’s unique knowledge of roses. His expertise ranges from old garden and found roses to the most modern hybrids. And, Mike has rose stories to tell!

Mike Shoup has always had an interest in plants. With this in mind, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Trinity University and his Master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A & M University.  In 1976, a year after graduation he started Containerized Plants, Inc. which grew and sold woody plants and hardy, old-fashioned perennials, Texas natives and most importantly neglected Old Garden Roses.

THE ANTIQUE ROSE EMPORIUM…

In 1984 he opened the Antique Rose Emporium which specialized in the re-introduction and distribution of these historic roses. His work has been recognized in Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines and in many trade journals as well.

BOOKS…
He has written three books, Roses in the Southern Garden, published in 2000 and in 1991 published Landscaping with Antique Roses, co-authored with Liz Druitt and most recently in 2011, Empress of the Garden. (Find these book on Amazon here.)

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

9:00 – 10:30 Enjoy the 4th Annual HCMGA Tea in the Rose Garden

9:30  – 10:00 Workshops

  • Bees and Roses by Eloisa Garza
    • Honeybees are a very unique and beautiful individuals that provides a wonderful nectar for us to enjoy and who provides food for our tables through the pollination process.
  • Pests and Diseases: Linda Kimmel
    • Linda will help you identify common pests and diseases that find roses particularly attractive and ways to control them.

10:15 – 10:45 Workshops
Repeat above workshops

10:45 – 11:30: Browse displays, shop, grab lunch

11:30 – 12: 45:  SPEAKER: MIKE SHOUP (see info below)

1:00 – 2:00:  Workshop/Demonstration in the rose garden.
John Hefner will lead a program on pruning, planting and soil testing
BRING A SAMPLE OF YOUR SOIL (in a solo cup) and we will test your soil pH for free.

2:00: Q & A Panel with Consulting Rosarians (inside)
Bring your questions! I wonder if you can stump the panel! 🤓 (Doubt it.)

The Indianapolis Rose Society and the Hamilton Country Master Gardener Association have enjoyed planning this wonderful day of roses for you and look forward to seeing you and your friends.

“Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.”

APRIL 10: SOIL HEALTH

 

 

Regardless of what we are growing, good soil is a vital part of what we do. NOTE: Master Gardeners, this has been approved for education hours!

At our April meeting we will discuss principles of soil health!

TUES, APRIL 10, 6:30 pm: SOIL HEALTH
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville

Speaker:  Kevin Allison, Marion County  Soil Health Specialist
Kevin Allison, Marion County SWCD Soil Health Specialist, will lead a discussion on using the principles of soil health to organically improve soil: Minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping the soil covered, and providing a continuous living root.

Kevin will explore how amendments, diverse mulching and cover crops can be integrated into flower production and preparing new beds.

There will be time for Q & A with Kevin!

ROSE SALE TOO…

Also at the April Meeting, we will have roses for sale!

One of the perks of being a part of a rose society is access to beautiful roses! This year we have a great lineup of beautiful roses for sale.

COST…

$18 for members

$20 non members

$25 for David Austins

AVAILABILITY

The roses will be available at our April meeting … on a first come / first served basis.

To see picture of the beautiful roses we will have, CLICK HERE.

 

ROSES FOR SALE!!

Updated: April 15…

One of the perks of being a part of a rose society is access to beautiful roses! This year we have a great lineup of beautiful roses for sale.

To pre order, please send an email  to Donna Hefner at jdhefner63@gmail.com and give her your order.

LIMITED PICK UP CHOICES…
Your roses will be held for you and available at the  May Meeting. If you cannot pick them up … after the May meeting these roses will go back into the “pool” or you can make special arrangements with Donna to pick up at her house.

Some are SOLD OUT … so see list below

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COST…

$18 for members

$20 non members

$25 for David Austins

AVAILABILITY

The roses will be available at our next meeting … on a first come / first served basis.

 

THE ROSES…

At Last  SOLD OUT!

Lady in Red Climber SOLD OUT!

Quicksilver Climber SOLD OUT!

Olivia Rose Austin (David Austin)  SOLD OUT!

Dick Clark

Easy on the Eyes

Ketchup & Mustard SOLD OUT!

Cutie Pie Mini

Hot & Sassy Mini

Sparkle & Shine


Oh My

Ring of Fire SOLD OUT!


Shockwave   SOLD OUT!

Top Gun  SOLD OUT!

Music Box

Screaming Neon

All the Rage

Easy Spirit

We look forward to seeing you on May 8  as we learn more about Texas A & M Earth Kind Roses AND deciding which roses we are going to take home to enhance our gardens! 🌹

 

Will the Real Seven Sisters Please Stand Up

-Linda Kimmel
Indianapolis Rose Society

There is some confusion about the Seven Sisters Rose, as there are several different roses by the same name. helpmefind.com has six different varieties listed. Can we get some clarity?

A Bit of History…

‘Seven Sisters’ is believed to be an old Chinese garden rose which was introduced from Japan to England by Charles Greville in the early 1800s. John Loudon (England), a most influential horticultural nurseryman and journalist of his time, wrote (1844): “The variety of the color produced by the buds at first opening was not less astonishing than their number. White, light blush, deeper blush, light red, darker red, scarlet and purple flowers, all appear in the same corymb, and the production of these seven colors at once is said to the be the reason why this rose is known as the Seven Sisters Rose.”

According to Charles Quest-Ritson, author of “Climbing Roses of the World”, writes “the clone currently in cultivation was likely grown from seeds imported from Japan and acquired by Phillipe Noisette, a London market gardener. Brent Dickerson, author of “The Old Garden Rose Advisor”, writes about R. multiflora ‘Polyantha’, also grown from seeds imported from Japan that “It is evidently quite variable, and the small number of seeding it has given us have sometimes differed from the type so much that none of the characteristics of the original are preserved.” So, is it safe to assume that seedlings of the ‘Seven Sisters’ roses, also R. multiflora, acquired from Japan may have varied in breeding lines and traits? Once the ‘Seven Sisters’ rose was introduced (1815), it took a few years for it to gain in popularity, but eventually in the mid-century, rose sales started to take off. As the public demand exceeded the supply, nurseries started selling knock-off versions of ‘Seven Sisters’, creating even more confusion.

Characteristics (common to the real ‘Seven Sisters’)

‘Seven Sisters’ is a medium pink blend Hybrid Multiflora, once-blooming in the spring or early summer, born in large clusters, with individual flowers being less than 2-inches. Height can reach 10 to 20-ft and can get 10-ft wide. Hardy from zones 4b to 9b but tends to be shorter and smaller in colder zones. ‘Seven Sisters’ is not picky, it will grow well in dry or wet, acid or alkaline soil. Prefers full sun but can tolerate some light shade. Being hardy and disease resistant, as well as easy to propagate, ‘Seven Sisters’ is an ideal rose to grow and share with your friends and rose enthusiast. After all these years, ‘Seven Sisters’ is still an intensely popular rose in the landscape.

‘Seven Sisters’ is the ARS approved registration name. Alternative cultivar names may include: ‘Grevillei’, Grevilli major’, ‘Oizimei’, ‘Rosier Multiflore a Grandes Feuilles’, Rosa thoryi, Rose multiflora f. platyphylla. Most American rose nurseries sell this version as the real ‘Seven Sisters’, so ladies, please standup.

Alias Seven Sisters includes (but not limited to): ‘Red Seven Sisters’ (not registered) and Félicité-Perpétue (HSem).

‘Seven Sisters’ is comfortable on an old farm fence or a formal rose bed. Regardless of where ‘Seven Sisters’ is planted, it will bring you happiness for years. Photo reprinted with permission from Jonquil Junction (Arkansas).

Labeled ‘Seven Sisters’, most likely the “Red” version.  ‘Red Seven Sisters’ is a found rose, hybrid multiflora, once-blooming, hardy zone 6b to 8. Growth habit is similar. Reprinted with permission by Rich Baer, photo taken at a Llama farm in Washington State.

‘Seven Sisters’ Félicité-Perpétue (Hybrid Sempervirens) was hybridized by Antoine Jacques (French breeder) in 1827. This ‘Seven Sisters’ is white or near white with a blush of pink. Its growth, habit, bloom and form are similar to her medium pink counterpart. Hardy between 6b and 10b.Reprinted with permission by Lee Tomlinson, photo taken at San Jose Historic Rose Garden.

2018 Calendar of Events

FROM THE PRESIDENT:

Glad you stopped by to see what’s going on this year!

We are looking forward to a full schedule for 2018 as we learn TIPS, TRICKS & HACKS FOR GROWING ROSES.

Our group is made up of people of all ages and stages of growing roses. Some have a few roses and some have hundreds. Some are just getting started and some have been growing roses for 40 years or more. A perfect place to learn and grow. And, you’ll meet the best people!

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the evening at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in charming downtown Zionsville! That is except for special events and they are usually on the weekend. (Schedule below.) Our meetings are open to the public, so invite a friend to join you!

Our time together includes friends, fun, food and loads of ROSE TALK! Door Prizes Too!

Teresa Byington
President

2018 PROGRAMS . . .

TUES, MARCH 13, 6:30 pm
GETTING OUR GARDEN OFF TO A GOOD START
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Special Guest: Diane Sommers, ARS District 5 Director, Master Rosarian and VP Candidate for ARS
Program: Let’s Grow Together
Diane will share her tips for getting our gardens off to a good start and her vision for the American Rose Society.
 For more about Diane, read on here.

TUES, APRIL 10, 6:30 pm: SOIL HEALTH
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Speaker:  Kevin Allison, Marion County  Soil Health Specialist
Kevin Allison, Marion County SWCD Soil Health Specialist, will lead a discussion on using the principles of soil health to organically improve soil: Minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping the soil covered, and providing a continuous living root.
Kevin will explore how amendments, diverse mulching and cover crops can be integrated into flower production and preparing new beds.
**Q & A with Kevin

TUES, MAY 8, 6:30 pm: EARTH-KIND ROSES
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Speaker: Carol Tumbas, Rose Expert & Former President of Indianapolis Rose Society
The Earth-Kind testing program is responsible for so many sustainable plants for our gardens.
**Round-Table Discussion: What pests are bugging you?
**Panel: Carol Tumbas, Linda Kimmel, John Hefner

SAT, MAY 26, 9 – 3: ROSEFEST: ROSES OLD AND NEW
Hamilton Co. 4-H Fairgrounds, Noblesville
Focus on Early Bloomers: Old Garden Roses, Rugosas, as well as the new modern roses etc.
Speaker: Mike Shoup / Author and Owner Antique Rose Emporium
In addition:  There will be Garden Tour, Rose Show, Educational Displays, Workshops, Roses and Rose Products for sale
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBIC!

THURS – SAT, JUNE 7 – 9
STATE MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE

4-H Fairground in Danville, IN
Carol Tumbas, rose expert and former President of Indianapolis Rose Society, will give a program entitled The Incredible Edible Rose
**The Indianapolis Rose Society will have an information booth and will sell roses.

TUES, JUNE 12, 6:00 pm: ICE CREAM SOCIAL & GARDEN PARTY
Location: Marilyn and Dick Ferguson’s  beautiful garden
**More details to come.

TUES, JULY 10: PROPAGATION WORKSHOP / CUTTINGS
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Humberto DeLuca & Masiel Milligan,  will show us techniques for taking rose cuttings
**Round Table Discussion: How to care for roses in extreme heat.
**Panel: Mark Nolen, Teresa Downham, John Hefner

SAT, JULY 21, 5 pm: PROPAGATION / BUDDING WORKSHOP
Location: Mark & Cathy Nolen’s amazing rose garden
Mark Nolen and John Hefner will show us techniques for bud grafting roses.
**Bring a salad, dessert or appetizer to share
**RSVP to Mark at Markbnolen@comcast.net.

TUES, AUGUST 14, 6:30 pm: CLIMBING ROSES
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Linda Kimmel, immediate past president of the Indianapolis Rose Society, will share with us the charm and grace of climbing roses—which ones to grow and how to care for them!
**Round Table Discussion: Overwintering roses in pots
**Panel: John Hefner, Linda Kimmel, Teresa Byington

SAT, SEPT 8: DISTRICT MEETING & ROSE SHOW
Hosted by Indianapolis Rose Society
Boone Co. 4-H Fairgrounds
KEYNOTE: Bob Martin, American Rose Society Vice President
**Details are coming together and will be available soon.

OCTOBER TBD: FALL GARDEN PARTY
Teresa Downham’s garden
Costume party (dress as a rose name) and Chili Cookoff.

SAT, DEC 1, 6 pm: HOLIDAY PARTY  / AWARDS BANQUET
Join us for a holiday party in the Hefners’ holiday wonderland.
We will also give out 2018 awards and install our 2019 board.
A ‘not to miss’ event — Food, Fun, Outstanding Decor, Awards!
**RSVP to John and Donna at jdhefner63@gmail.com
**More details to come.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! There is so much to learn and do and it will be more fun if you are there.

We are open to the public so invite a friend!

If you have any questions, contact us HERE.

 

A Great Way to End Our Growing Season…

A wonderful night at the beautiful Serenity Restaurant in Zionsville where the food and the company was amazing. It was a night for awards, stories, friends and 2018 board installation.

Outgoing President Linda Kimmel gave out several awards.

Certificates of Service went to Eloisa Garza, Humberto DeLuca, Donna and John Hefner, Mark Nolen, Carol Tumbas, Teresa Downham and Keith Oltean for their excellent service.

The ARS Award of Merit was given to incoming President, Teresa Byington.

Marilyn Ferguson was shocked to receive the ARS Bronze Medal. Although no was else in the room was one bit surprised. A much deserved award indeed!

 

The 2018 Board was installed by the clever words and the gift of an excellent pen from John Hefner.

President: Teresa Byington
1st VP: Humberto DeLuca
2nd VP: Eloisa Garza
Secretary: Carolyn Lloyd
Treasurer: Donna Hefner
Newsletter Editor: Teresa Downham

 

This team is enthusiastic and ready to go. They are already busy making plans for next year so stay tuned.

After a long winter’s nap, we will be back at it and ready to go the 2nd Tuesday of March at 6:30 pm at Sullivan Munce in beautiful downtown Zionsville. Mark your calendars. We’ll be growing great roses, sharing rose information and growing great friendships!

A big thank you to Linda Kimmel for her leadership as President the past two years.

 

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp joined us and gave a program on Garden Party Planning. Our evening ended with garden Q and A with Jo Ellen. And, no matter the subject, we couldn’t stump her! She is a fount of garden knowledge. We were so glad to have her with us.

 

Awards Banquet & New Board Installation

FRI, NOV 10,  6:30 pm
Serenity Restaurant
135 South Main Street, Zionsville
$20 per person

Mark your calendar for this fun event. We will celebrate the outgoing year’s highlights, give out awards and install our new board for 2018.

PLEASE RSVP…. Contact Teresa Byington here.

PROGRAM: PARTY IN THE GARDEN by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

PARTY IN THE GARDEN
Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, graduation celebration or other special event in the garden, planning is of the essence. Jo Ellen will present some ideas, tips and other bits of info to make the event successful but not stressful.

About Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp  hoosiergardener.com
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, an award-winning journalist, has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989. She is a regular contributor to Indiana Gardening Magazine and is the editor of Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She is vice president of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, a director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, member of the Cultural Landscape Committee of Indiana Landmarks and an Advanced Master Gardener. She speaks throughout the country. She and Tom Tyler co-authored the best-selling The Indiana Gardener’s Guide, and she wrote The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens. Jo Ellen trials about 100 plants a year and has been working for nearly 20 years at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where for two years, she was the buyer of perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs.

BANQUET DINNER MENU

$20 per person

Soup or salad

Entrees: (You choose one)

  • Chicken Breast Alfredo
  • Coho salmon with cucumber sauce
  • Portobello with butternut squash and

cream spinach

Wild Rice with Almonds & Kale

Roasted multi color potatoes

Scones

Choice of Carmel Apple cake
or chocolate ganache

Coffee, tea, lemonade

Wine: $5 per glass

Let Teresa know your preference.


More about Serenity...
This 1868 home was one of the first in Zionsville. Enter through the antique doors and you are stepping back in time.  Experience wonderful antiques, aged rugs, period lighting and sensational food.

For more information, go to Serenity website here.

 

 

 

 

Chili Dinner Coming Tuesday!

OCTOBER MEETING
We are back at Sullivan Munce!

TUES, OCT 10, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

HALLOWEEN PARTY & CHILI COOKOFF PITCH-IN: We have several members who have signed up to bring chili and the fixins! Gonna be delicious! 🌶

COSTUMES: Dress as a rose contest.  Prizes for Winners!
Grab your rose catalog or look online for rose names. There are some great options. Seriously, do you think someone will come as Dolly Parton or Pope John Paul II? Those are names of roses, so it could be. 😱

PROGRAM: Teresa Byington: 2018 Rose Introductions — Find out what new roses are being released for 2018!

Please share this page with those you’d like to invite.  Meetings are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there … and sampling all the chili!

🌶🌶🌶

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
AWARDS BANQUET & NEW BOARD INSTALLATION

FRI, NOV 10,  6:30 pm
Serenity Restaurant
135 South Main Street, Zionsville
$20 per person

Mark your calendar for this fun event. We will celebrate the outgoing year’s highlights, give out awards and install our new board for 2018.

PLEASE RSVP…. Contact Teresa Byington here.

More about Serenity...
This 1868 home was one of the first in Zionsville. Enter through the antique doors and you are stepping back in time.  Experience wonderful antiques, aged rugs, period lighting and sensational food.

For more information, go to Serenity website here.