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.