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

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.

Our schedule is below. We look forward to seeing you!

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!

Rose friends fine tuning rose propagation!

 

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.)

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

Details: Click here.

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)
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)

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

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.

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

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

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.

TUES, OCT 13: NEW ROSES COMING IN 2021! 
Fall Pitch-In: Bring something yummy to share. (And the recipe too if you can!)
Program: Teresa Byington

AWARDS BANQUET
DEC 5 / 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

————

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.

 

 

 

September Meeting: Garden Party at DeLuca’s

We will not meet at Sullivan Munce this month. Instead we will be at Humberto and Robin DeLuca’s! Please bring folding chairs and a hearty appetizer or salad to share. RSVP here to help them plan!

SAT, SEPT 30, 4:30 pm
GARDEN PARTY at DeLuca’s Home
11111 Echo Grove Lane, Indianapolis

The DeLuca’s garden underwent partial redesign this year with the conversion of one large bed from part sun to full sun. It now has a mix of foundation plants (Japanese maples, dwarf junipers) and roses. Besides climbers, minis, grandifloras and a few tea roses, they have a large number of shade plants, including hostas.

 


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 AND 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? It could be. 😱

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

 

District Meeting Coming September 16

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.

 

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 be 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

Serenity Restaurant
135 South Main Street, 
Zionsville
$20 per person

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

PLEASE RSVP…. we will have a sign up sheet at our October meeting!

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

 


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.

APRIL MEETING: FERTILIZERS AND SOIL AMENDMENTS

We are excited for our next meeting. The program will be on Fertilizers and Soil Amendments, presented by our panel of experts, John Hefner, Mark Nolen and Humberto DeLuca.

What kind? How often? Organic? Inorganic? Too much? Too Little?
Bring all your questions! This panel will have the answers!


TIME / PLACE:
Tuesday, April 11,  6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville


We look forward to seeing you!

NOTE: Rose in this graphic is the award winning Easy Does It Floribunda

  • Recommended Growing Zones: 5 – 10
  • 3-4″ Height
  • Bushy Growth Habit
  • Fruity Fragrance
  • Disease Resistant

Please help us spread the word. Share this article with your friends on email and your social networks!

If you have questions, leave us a comment below or contact us at indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.

 

John and Donna Hefner Have Done It Again!

Long time leaders of the Indianapolis Rose Society and winners of almost every rose award available have been outstanding once again!

They have two new roses being introduced this year!

HUGS & KISSES


Comments from Richard at For Love of Roses: This great looking miniature rose is a sport of Mobile Jubilee that John Hefner found some time ago. We believe it is as good if not better than its look-a-like Breath of Spring. We recently applied for registration when John named the rose ‘Hugs & Kisses’ after the love he and Donna share with their grandchildren. It will be available in mid to late April on our website. Find this rose on the For Love of Roses website here.

BY DESIGN


Comments from Richard at For Love of Roses: This is another sport of Mobile Jubilee that was found by the outstanding rose exhibitor John Hefner. John and his wife Donna debated on several different names for this gorgeous miniature seedling finally deciding to on naming the rose ‘By Design’. In our biased opinion it is the perfect name for this beautiful rose. We are currently building inventory and anticipate having the rose being available sometime this coming Spring. Find this rose on the For Love of Roses website here.

These two beauties join the other two Hefner hybrids …
Miniature “Regine.” Regine won the 1990 ARS Award of Excellence.
Hybrid Tea “Classic Touch”

CONGRATULATIONS! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

Thank you both for making the world a more beautiful place with your friendship,
your leadership and with your beautiful roses.

Please leave a comment below to help us celebrate the Hefners!

ROSEFEST COMING 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


2017 Event Schedule

messages-image3878672272The 2017 theme is BACK TO THE BASICS: 
Planting, Pruning, Playing and More! 

And, we are going to be doing some of all of that! Yes, this is going to be a exciting growing year filled with local and national speakers, member garden tours, wine and roses event, ROSEFEST and MORE. Mark your calendar and don’t miss a minute!

Our meetings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so everyone is invited. Exception — some home garden tours are for members  and their guests only. Our members have some fabulous gardens — a great reason to join the society so you can see them!


TUES, MARCH 14, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark  Windham 
(Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology / UT)
PROGRAM: Soil Prep, Planting & Rose Rosette Update

TUES, APRIL 11,  6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center
 /225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
PROGRAM: Fertilizers and Soil Amendments Panel
John Hefner, Mark Nolen, Humberto DeLuca

TUE, MAY 9, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center /
225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKER: Carrie Petty (Master Gardener & Home Show Speaker)
PROGRAM: Garden Design with Roses
SAT, JUNE 10,  9:30 – 3 pm

ROSEFEST / FREE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SAT, JUNE 10
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN
DETAILS HERE.

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!

TUES, AUG 8 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center 
/ 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKERS:
Diane: Former Curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Roger: 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

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
Location TBD

SAT, DEC 2, 6 pm, CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
HOST: Rene LaFollette
RSVP: Reneelafollette@att.net

We look forward to seeing you there!


Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ROSES FOR SALE!

Time for the Indianapolis Rose Society Annual Rose Sale!

Planting season will be here before you know it! Here are the roses the Indianapolis Rose Society will have for sale. Place you order now to get the ones you want.

Most of these varieties are not available locally — and definitely not at this low price!

Price: $18

First Come / First Serve / Limited Quantity

Contact Carol asap at cswtumbas@yahoo.com to have your favorites held!

Big thanks to our President Linda Kimmel for finding a new source for us and getting us a better price! (And for volunteering to pick the roses up!)

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 Jasmina / Climber / Fragrant
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 White Dawn / Climber
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Zephirine Drouhin / Climbing Bourbon / Fragrant
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Happy Go Lucky / Grandifloria / Fragrant / Full Old Fashioned Cupped Blooms
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 Moje Hammarberg / Rugosa / Hardy / Disease Resistant / Fragrant
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Peachy Keen / Easy Care Landscape Shrub
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Tahitian Treasure / Grandiflora / Disease Resistant
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Traviata / Disease Resistant Hybrid Tea
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Golden Fairy Tale / Tall Floribunda / Disease Resistant
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 Pretty Lady Rose / Fragrant Hybrid Tea
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Icecap / Easy Care Shrub
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 Quietness / Dr. Buck / Easy Care / Fragrant
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Polar Express / Shrub / Fragrant / Disease Resistant
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Watercolors / Easy Care Shrub
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 Popcorn Drift / Easy Care Shrub
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 Gaye Hammond / Shrub / Hardy / Disease Resistant
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  Dick Clark / Grandiflora

Don’t forget… Contact Carol at cswtumbas@yahoo.com to have your favorites held!


COMING MARCH 14!!

See you Tuesday, March 14  for our kickoff to the 2017 growing year. Dr. Mark Windham will get us started off right! Read more about that evening here.

 

From the President

“The flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today” (Indian proverb). We could say, the rose society of tomorrow is grown today. For the past two years, our board of directors has focused on growing our rose society and membership. I must say, 2016 was phenomenal! We received 17 new memberships last year and now our goal is to continue growing and retaining new and old members. Our mission is education, “dedicated exclusively to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses.”  We are rising to the challenge to offer something for everyone. The ever-popular round table discussion group will be back. And, our 2017 theme is “Back to the Basics”. Come learn, share and enjoy. We are going to have a GREAT 2017 year.

Our 2017 Kickoff…

TUES, MARCH 14, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark  Windham 
(Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology / UT Knoxville)
PROGRAM: Soil Prep, Planting & Rose Rosette Update

Come join us! All our meetings are open to the public!

Linda Kimmel
President

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He’s Back by Popular Demand!

Spring is just around the corner and visions of roses are dancing in our heads! Our society theme for this year is BACK TO THE BASICS! And, we are starting off with a BANG…

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 / 6:30 pm

SPEAKER:

Dr. Mark Windham, Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology at the University of Tennessee, will be back with us to kickoff the new year! He was with us last year and spoke to a packed house!

PROGRAM:
Don’t miss this entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. The delightful Dr. Windham will talk to us about soil preparation and getting our roses off to a good start. He will also give us an update on Rose Rosette Disease! If anyone can make soil and a rose rosette update fun and interesting, he can! Remember last year when he had us in “stitches” over Rose Rosette?? And, we thought that was impossible! 🙂

LOCATION:  
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne Street
Zionsivlle, IN.
http://www.sullivanmunce.org

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MORE STUFF:

Our full 2017 schedule will be released in about a week or so when everything is confirmed!

I can tell you that Rosefest 2017, the Wine and Roses Party, member garden tours, the ever popular fun door prizes and much more is coming your way!!

And, there will be yummy snacks! Marilyn and her crew are so good at what they do!

Help us spread the word!

All our meetings are open to the public and this one will be of particular interest to all gardeners. Everyone is welcome!

See you on March 14th.

2016 Year in Review

2016 was an outstanding year for our society. So many opportunities to learn, grow  and just enjoy the many facets of roses. And, best of all, opportunities to spend time with wonderful rose friends!

Let’s take a walk down memory lane… Click on any of the pictures to activate the gallery feature–making the pictures much larger to enjoy! There were so many things that we “forgot” to take pictures of, but we vow to do better next year! And, if you have a smart phone or camera — bring them to events and take pictures!