Member Profile: Nick Stanley

My Rose Adventure

Nick and Anne Stanley

When your father and grand father were both florists and/or growers, you already have a heritage to follow.

I didn’t really start down that path till around 1997. A friend of ours was growing 30-35 roses down in the Center Grove area and I started observing her in the care she took of her roses.

The next spring I built a raised bed on the north side of our house and started with 16 roses. The north side is not the ideal location but it was all that I had available. I had a friend show me how to construct the raised beds out of treated 4 X 6’s, I brought in some good top soil, and away I went.

 

A year later 3.5 acres across the street became available. I started the development on that property by building six, 27’ X 6’ raised beds holding 18 roses in each.

Around this time, I joined the Indianapolis Rose Society and they started showing me how to care for and graft new roses. John Hefner and Mark Nolen were tremendous mentors to me.

I then had the rose house built followed by the 16’ X 32’ barn. One of the smarter things I purchased was a golf cart that made trips back to the rose house much easier. Shortly after that I built five more raised beds on the west side of the rose house. It was also about this time that I installed irrigation for the rose beds and grass area around the rose house.

My next project was cutting back the thicket along the Buck Creek directly south of the rose house. We cut down 25-30 trees, and probably 75-100 shrubs. This is where the gazebo now stands.

 

Shortly afterwards we thinned out the “thicket” behind the rose house and developed walking paths and beds for hostas and other shade plants. A few years later I bought a small Kubota tractor with a frontend loader, and a used Dixie Chopper to cut grass. That required a garage and more beds around the building. The tractor was one of my smartest purchases.

It seems like one project leads to another over the years. I could not have done all of this without the assistance of Francisco Posadas the past 18 years. I’m now trying to cut back beds to help me and my ageing body as I get older. I’ve spent endless hours over the years, but it was truly a labor of love. Now, to sit back with my wife Anne and enjoy it all.

Coming August 8 … Fun, Food and Door Prizes

We start back to our regular meeting schedule Tuesday, August, 8 at 6:30 pm in lovely Zionsville at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Details below…

TUES, AUG 8 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center 
/ 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

SPEAKERS:

Diane Brueckman: Former Curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Roger Brueckman: Current Illinois Indiana District Director for the American Rose Society

PROGRAM: Classification of Roses and an update on “District” happenings

Our meetings are open to the public so bring a friend!

In additional to great information, there will rose talk, fun, friendship, food and DOOR PRIZES!

Wine and Roses

John and Donna Hefner’s garden is an enchanting space filled with lilies, hostas, other perennials and a magnificent display of roses. Large, gorgeous roses.

Last weekend they shared that space with our society. The evening was perfect … the company was wonderful, the food delicious. Wine and fellowship flowed.

A huge thanks to John and Donna for the lovely evening.

 

 


NEXT MEETING

TUES, AUG 8 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center 
/ 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

SPEAKERS:
Diane Brueckman: Former Curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Roge Brueckman: Current Illinois Indiana District Director
PROGRAM: Classification of Roses

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


DISTRICT MEETING COMING IN SEPTEMBER

The Central & Illinois-Indiana Rose Society Districts are teaming up to bring us an exciting day of roses–Arching the Mississippi. There will be a huge display of locally grown roses, a behind the scenes tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, followed by lunch and seminars.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

TOM CARRUTH AND CHRITIAN BEDARD… two powerhouses in the world of roses!

Tom Carruth is a giant in the rose world as one of America’s leading hybridizers — having hybridized over 100 rose varieties. Among them are Julia Child, Scentimental, Cinco de Mayo, Hot Cocoa, Wild Blue Yonder, Strike it Rich, Betty Boop and Top Gun. Tom currently is the Curator of the Rose Collection at the Huntington Library & Botanical Garden.2017 Ill-Ana Fall Newsletter

Christian Bedard – Passionate about his rose research and breeding work, Christian began his career at Weeks Roses in 2000 working with Tom Carruth as Licensing Project Manager and Research Assistant and now, with Tom’s recent retirement, he is currently the Research Director & Licensing Manager for Weeks Roses.

Click here for an complete list of the day’s events and registration information and registration information.

COMING THIS FALL: ARCHING THE MISSISSIPPI

Photo & Design by Ed Mehler

The Central & Illinois-Indiana Rose Society Districts are teaming up to bring us an exciting day of roses–Arching the Mississippi. There will be a huge display of locally grown roses, a behind the scenes tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, followed by lunch and seminars.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

TOM CARRUTH AND CHRISTIAN BEDARD… two powerhouses in the world of roses!

Tom Carruth is a giant in the rose world as one of America’s leading hybridizers — having hybridized over 100 rose varieties. Among them are Julia Child, Scentimental, Cinco de Mayo, Hot Cocoa, Wild Blue Yonder, Strike it Rich, Betty Boop and Top Gun. Tom currently is the Curator of the Rose Collection at the Huntington Library & Botanical Garden.2017 Ill-Ana Fall Newsletter

Christian Bedard – Passionate about his rose research and breeding work, Christian began his career at Weeks Roses in 2000 working with Tom Carruth as Licensing Project Manager and Research Assistant and now, with Tom’s recent retirement, he is currently the Research Director & Licensing Manager for Weeks Roses.

Latest newsletter.

 

 

Time for The Second Half

Rosefest has come and gone and it was a huge success. I hope you were able to be a part of this special day. Even with weather issues and an earlier than expected first bloom cycle, the room was filled with roses, rose arrangements and rose information.

Our special guest, Pat Shanley, American Rose Society President, brought us up to date on what’s new in the world of roses, in particular easy care varieties and what is going on in the American Rose Society. She was inspiring! Good News! There is much to celebrate and look forward to!

Winning the award for coming the farthest was our friends from the Greater Cincinnati Rose Association! So good to have Karen, Sue and Sandy with us.

We’ve heard great feedback about our round table workshops and feel sure we will do those again! We also added several new members to our society and look forward to having the new members join us for the July event in John and Donna’s lovely garden!


NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE SECOND HALF OF OUR YEAR…

SAT, JULY 8 / 5 pm
WINE AND ROSES IN THE GARDEN
John & Donna Hefner Home
Details @ jdhefner@sbcglobal.net
This event is open to members and their guests only. Please RSVP! Bring a hardy appetizer and your favorite wine!


TUES, AUG 8 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center 
/ 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKERS:
Diane Brueckman: Former Curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Roger Brueckman: Current Illinois Indiana District Director
PROGRAM: Classification of Roses


SAT, SEPT 30, 4:30 pm
GARDEN PARTY at Humberto DeLuca’s Home
11111 Echo Grove Lane, Indianapolis
RSVP to rhdeluca@gmail.com
This event is open to members and their guests only. Please RSVP!


TUES, OCT 10, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center  /  225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
HALLOWEEN PARTY & CHILI COOKOFF PITCH-IN
Dress as a rose contest: Prizes for Winners
PROGRAM: 2018 Rose Releases — Teresa Byington


FRI, NOV 10,  6:30 pm
AWARDS BANQUET & NEW BOARD INSTALLATION
Location TBD
Mark your calendar for this fun event. Where we will celebrate the outgoing year’s highlights and install our new board for 2018.


Pictures from Rosefest!

Rosefest is Coming Sat, June 10!

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SAT / JUNE 10 / 9:30 – 3 pm

FREE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

A day filled with beautiful roses in the garden and on display. Workshops to help you take your rose gardening experience to the next level. Yes, even in Indiana, you can have the rose garden of your dreams! And, a delightful and knowledgeable speaker who will teach and inspire us all!


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SPEAKER:
Pat Shanley
American Rose Society President
Chairman, American Garden Rose Selections

PROGRAM:
Sustainable Rose Growing

Pat Shanley’s first experience growing roses wasn’t rosy. She was frustrated to find her roses needed to be chemically treated to survive. Seeking help, she sought out advice from her local rose society. And the rest is rose history.

Since that fateful day, she has slowly risen to the top of the national rose scene. She has held numerous esteemed positions in the rose world and has much to teach us about growing roses sustainably.


ACTIVITIES

  • Tour the lovely HCMGA Rose Garden and enjoy the 3rd Annual Tea in the Rose Garden  Tea in the Rose Garden will be from 9:30 – 11:30
  • Rose Display: See hundreds of IRS member grown roses Roses will be on display from 9:30 am – 3 pm. (Public is invited to bring roses to display also!) Voting will be done by guests to the show. Prizes will be awarded at 2 pm.
  • Workshops  Small group workshops will repeat throughout the morning and early afternoon. (see workshop description below)

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

9:30: ROSE DISPLAY OPENS (Public will vote on entries)

10:00 & 10:30: WORKSHOP ROTATION

11:00: SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Pat Shanley, President of the American Rose Society
Progam: Growing Roses Sustainably
Pat’s book, The Sustainable Rose Garden, will be available.

1:00 & 1:30: REPEAT WORKSHOP ROTATION

2:00: Awards announced

WORKSHOPS:

  • Flower Arranging
  • The Incredible Edible Rose
  • Soil Prep, Planting & Fertilizing
  • Rose Types / Choosing the Right Rose for Your Garden
  • Pruning Roses
  • What’s Best Against My Pest

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Small group workshops will repeat through the morning and early afternoon.

FLOWER ARRANGING: 
Teresa Byington, former florist, garden blogger, co-host of Rose Chat Podcast, Master Gardener and VP of Indianapolis Rose Society will share tips and tricks of floral design using roses, companion plants and greenery–most of which can be grown in your backyard!

THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE ROSE
Eloisa Garza, our society secretary, Master Gardener and beekeeper extraordinaire, will share tips and history on cooking and flavoring with roses. Did you know that the rose is an herb? Bring your questions and your taste buds for sampling!

SOIL PREP, PLANTING & FERTILIZERS:
Mark Nolen, Past President of Indianapolis Rose Society, ARS Horticulture Judge and Master Rosarian, has been growing roses for 50 years. He grows more than 300 roses and is a winner of numerous awards. Mark has much to teach us about preparing the soil, planting and fertilizer use. Maybe award winning roses are in your future. Mark can help!

ROSE TYPES / CHOOSING THE RIGHT ROSE FOR MY GARDEN
Linda Kimmel, Indianapolis Rose Society President, writer for Indiana Gardening magazine and ARS Horticulture and Arrangements Judge will share rose types and a bit of the rose’s rich history. Did you know that roses have been around for millions of years. Just like the dinosaurs, there is fossil proof!

PRUNING ROSES:
John Hefner
 has been given almost every award the rose world has to offer. He is a world renowned rose grower. He has even created new roses that made their way to market! Regardless of the type of rose bush you have (and they are many). He will teach  you how to prune for maximum health and bloom of your rose.

WHAT’S BEST AGAINST MY ROSE PEST: Humberto DeLuca, Indianapolis Rose Society Vice President grows a variety of roses from David Austins to Hybrid Teas, Shrubs and Climbers in combination with hostas and companion plants. In every rose gardeners life come the undesirables – pests we want to “discourage.” Humberto will help you identify your problem and offer solutions to what’s bugging your plants!


There will be gorgeous roses and helpful rose products for sale! 


Please like and share all the messages about ROSEFEST you see on this site and any of our social media sites. We don’t want anyone who loves gardening and roses to miss out!

We are also on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Garden Design with Roses

Lifelong Hoosier Girl, Carrie Petty, is a well know garden blogger inspired by gardening lifestyle! All things decorating, family, cooking, DIY, faith and flowers! She adores teaching people, “HOW TO GROW A BEAUTIFUL LIFE!”

We are excited to have Carrie join us Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm to talk about creating garden designs with roses. And, we all want to know more about “growing a beautiful life!” This would be an excellent time to invite a friend to join you! Remember we are open to the public, so spread the news!

As with most of our regular meetings, we will meet in the lovely Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in downtown Zionsville (225 W Hawthorne).

See you there!

For more about Carrie, check out her website/blog here.

Find her on Facebook and Instagram too.

 

ROSEFEST COMING JUNE 10

This will be our last meeting before Rosefest. John Hefner will talk to us about the Rose Display so bring your questions! And, there will be beautiful roses for sale!

We are looking for more volunteers, so be sure to sign up!

Rosefest details here.