2020 Event Schedule

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details: Click here.

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

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

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

JUNE: Budding Workshop TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWARDS BANQUET
TBD

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MASTER GARDENER FAIRS

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

2020 Board Members

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

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.

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!

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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!

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

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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! 


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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.

Looking forward to 2017!

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2017 is coming! And there is so much to be excited for!

  • 2017 National Garden Bureau Plant of the Year is the Rose! Details here.
  • 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is GREENERY a wonderful “gardeny” color! More here.
  • 2017 IRS Theme for the year is BACK TO THE BASICS. We will will cover all the basics and so much more during our meetings.
  • 2017 kick off Indianapolis Rose Society meeting speaker is Dr. Mark Windham. Back by popular demand! This time he’ll be talking about garden soil and getting our roses off to a good start as well as a Rose Rosette Update! MARK YOU CALENDAR for Tuesday, March 14 @ 6:30 pm.
  • In 2017 the society will have so many lovely roses to sell at a discounted rate!
  • In 2017 we will continue the popular end-of-meeting raffles! Prizes Prizes Prizes
  • In 2017 we will continue to meet at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in lovely downtown Zionsville. Address here. 
  • 2017 Rosefest has been scheduled for Sat, June 10 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds again in conjunction with the HCMGA Tea in the Rose Garden. Don’t miss this!
  • In 2017 we can’t wait to be back together!
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Programs, Prisons and pH!

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The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting Eloisa Garza. Eloisa is in charge of the gardening program at the Plainfield Correctional facility, where inmates are provided with satisfying work, marketable skills and an opportunity to grow fresh food. Also, John Hefner will present a session on fall care and overwintering roses.  All of our meetings are open to the public! Come and join us to hear about this wonderful gardening program!

EVENING AGENDA…

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 6:30 pm
  • Location: Sullivan Munce Center  /  205-225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
  • Welcome: Linda Kimmel, President
  • Program: Eloisa Garza / Prison Garden Program
  • Roundtable: John Hefner / Fall Care & Winterizing / pH Soil Testing
    Everyone who wants a soil test, See notes from John below!
  • Door Prizes/Raffle
 pH Soil Testing
To receive accurate results…
  • Bring soil that is moderately moist in a plastic or styrofoam container.
  • The container should be at least 4” in depth to accommodate the pH meter.
  • Do not use metal containers as they may affect the results.
  • Obtain samples from different locations within a bed and mix together within each sample.
  • Since pH readings may vary from each bed, samples should be taken from each bed location.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

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Carol Tumbas gave a wonderful program on cooking with roses and the history of rose fragrance. She also shared with us delicious treats with roses and rose flavoring in the recipes.

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Our members also brought roses from their gardens to share!

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Ruby, our rose society mascot and President Linda Kimmel, “got the memo” and were very color coorindated!

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VP Teresa Byington shared a picture of rose flavored ice cream she had recently made. You can find that recipe here.

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We look forward to seeing you on Sept 13!

The incredible, edible rose!

Join us for our next meeting!

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Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center
205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

PROGRAM:

Carol Tumbas will present a program on edible roses and rose fragrance. We hear there will be some yummy rose food to sample!

BRING CUT ROSES FROM YOUR GARDEN TO SHARE! 

ROUNDTABLE:

Humberto DeLuca will lead a discussion on pests and diseases we are dealing with and ways members are treating them. Bring your questions and your suggestions!

DOOR PRIZES AND RAFFLE:

We will end our evening with some fun door prizes. Be sure to get a ticket when you sign in!

We look forward to seeing you!


Have questions? Contact us at indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.

 

 

Rosefest was a great day!

From start to finish Rosefest was a great opportunity to share information about our favorite hobby. Not only did we share information we also displayed rose blooms and arrangements for the public to enjoy. The attendees chose their favorite blooms and arrangements in many classes as well as their favorite entry. Many members stated that the event was the best staged show ever. At the end of the day we had 6 new members and a ton of new rose friends!

Our location proved to be perfect. Inside the Hamilton Co. Exhibition Center  the rooms were exactly what we needed for our rose displays and lecture series. Just outside the door was the Hamilton County Master Gardener Association rose garden. The garden was in full bloom and a perfect compliment to a day of rose education and fun–especially the gorgeous Peggy Martin Rose which was very significant since Peggy was was one of our speaker! A big shout out to Monica Taylor and her team for giving our area a beautiful educational rose garden to enjoy.

There were three excellent programs on Earth-Kind® and easy-to-grow roses for our climate  (US Hardiness Zones 5 – 6) presented by noted experts, Peggy Martin from the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society, Gaye Hammond, from the Houston Rose Society and Indiana’s own, Carol Tumbas.

Quote from Gaye Hammond, our featured speaker on the Earth-Kind rose program.

“Congratulations to the Indianapolis Rose Society and the Hamilton County Master Gardeners for putting on one tremendous weekend of roses! Everything down to the tiniest detail was perfectly executed. All program attendees received their own seedling of the Peggy Martin Rose as part of their registration fee.  Thanks to John Hefner for moderating the educational programs. Volunteers from the Indianapolis Rose Society put on a fantastic floral display for the public to enjoy. Hundreds of roses of every kind, color and style filled the hall.  Rose society members stationed themselves around the hall and were busy all day answering questions posed by the almost 100 visitors. Thanks also to the American Rose Society for giving each of our new members a free ARS trial membership.”

Our board will be meeting in the next couple of weeks to assess this festival and begin making plans for next year. A huge thank you to all of you who participated! For those that were not able to be there, we missed you and look forward to having you join us next year!

If you have comments or suggestions please email them to indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.

Enjoy some of the pictures from our day of roses!

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COMING SOON!

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Our next event is a Wine and Roses Party at the home of Mark and Cathy Nolen.

SAT, JULY 9 / 6 pm  WINE AND ROSES GARDEN PARTY
RSVP ONLY
RSVP: 317-859-4142 or markbnolen@comcast.net

Pitch-in: Bring your favorite wine and a hearty appetizer.


For more event information, read on here.

For those on social media, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

June is National Rose Month

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The Rose is our National Flower

In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. Read more here.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that there was an extensive campaign launched to put the marigold in the place of esteem instead of the rose? Read all about that here.


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June is the perfect time to share our love of roses with those around us.

And, Rosefest is a great opportunity. Invite a friend to go!

Details here.

TGIF We’re Bloomin’

Our society is not only shouting TGIF — Thank God it’s Friday today, but also TGRB –Thank God Roses Are Blooming! We have been waiting and waiting and waiting. First through the cold, dark winter and most recently through the sometimes frosty and often rainy spring! But, here they come from our member’s gardens…

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To see these in person and so many more… hundreds more, join us at Rosefest…

Rosefest Details… 

June 11 / 9:30 am – 5 pm
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
2003 Pleasant Street / Noblesville, IN

$10 EVENT TICKETS AVAILABLECONTACT: Monica Taylor at IndyMonica@gmail.com or 317.514.7284


Schedule for the day…

  • Tea in the HCMGA Rose Garden: 9:30 -11:30 am (Free)
    • Sponsored by the Hamilton Country Master Gardener Association.
  • Rose Display in Exhibition Center opens at 10:30 am (Free)
    • Public is invited to judge the rose displays.
  • Lectures 12:30 – 4 pm ($10) (Tickets required)
    • $10 ticket – entrance to all three lectures! Limited seating for lectures. (Tickets will go fast… let us know if you want them, here or contact Monica @  IndyMonica@gmail.com.
  • Rose display winners announced at 4 pm.

Speakers… 

Take a look at this rose dream team…

Peggy Martin of New Orleans, LA
12:30 – 1:30 pm | Program: Old Garden Roses
Peggy is the VP of the Heritage Rose Foundation and owner of the original Peggy Martin Rose, the rose that survived Hurricane Katrina.

Carol Tumbas of Bloomington, IN
1:45 – 2:45 pm | Program: Hardy, Sustainable Shrub Roses
Carol is the former President of the Indianapolis Rose Society, a well respected rosarian and grower of more than 500 roses.

Gaye Hammond of Houston, TX
3 – 4 pm | Program: Earth-Kind Roses
Gaye is a noted expert of the Texas A & M Earth-Kind Program and lectures nationwide about growing roses in no spray conditions.


Additional Information

  • Roses and rose products will be available for purchase.
  • Roses and rose arrangements from member’s garden will be on display.
  • The public is invited to judge displays.
  • There will be educational resources on roses and rose culture.

Link for other details…
https://indianapolisrosesociety.com/2016/03/08/rosefest-2016-timeless-beauty-for-todays-gardens/

Rose Rosette Update!

Mark Your Calendar!

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Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm.

Mark2Dr. Mark Windham, Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology at UT Knoxville, will speak to our society about Rose Rosette and where we are with the research being done. Dr. Windham is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. In fact, those of us who have heard him are sure he could be a stand up comedian. Come enjoy a fun evening talking about a serious subject in the world of roses.

Our meetings are open to the pubic, so invite those you think might be interested.


We have several great events coming up…

Saturday, June 11 is our Rosefest 2016. This is going to be a day filled to the brim with roses. More on that here.  If you need tickets ($10), contact us via email at indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 9 at 6 pm is our Wine and Roses Party in the beautiful garden of Mark & Cathy Nolen. Details here.


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2016 Program Lineup!

 

We have a wonderful line up of meetings for 2016. See list below…

GUESTS: These meetings are open to the public so come and join the rosey fun.

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TUES, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program:

Herbs by  Joyce Durbin Miller

Report on Biltmore Rose Trial by Teresa Byington

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / 2016 Successes & Failures

Door Prizes/Raffle


 

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PAST 2016 MEETINGS:

SAT, SEPTEMBER 10
Fall District Meeting and Rose Show 
Richland Community College
Speakers:
Andy Plasz
Dr. Raymond Cloyd, entomologist from University of Kansas

 

TUES, SEPTEMBER 13, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Eloisa Garza / Prison Garden Program

Roundtable: John Hefner / Fall Care & Winterizing / pH Soil Testing

Everyone who wants a soil test, bring a cup of soil in a non-metal container.

Door Prizes/Raffle

 


 

TUES, AUGUST 9, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Carol Tumbas on Edible Roses and Rose Fragrance

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / Diseases this Season and How to Deal With Them

Door Prizes/Raffle: Humberto DeLuca


 

SAT, JULY 9 / 6 pm  WINE AND ROSES GARDEN PARTY
RSVP ONLY (See below)

Mark & Cathy Nolen’s home

7457 Donegal Lane

Indianapolis, IN 46217-5478

RSVP: 317-859-4142 markbnolen@comcast.net

Pitch-in: Bring your favorite wine and a hearty appetizer.



SAT, JUNE 11, 9:30 am-5pm

FIRST ANNUAL ROSEFEST!

Details here.

Hamilton County Fairgrounds

2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN



TUE, MAY 10, 6:30 – 8:45 pm  

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Dr. Mark Windham /Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology / University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
Rose Rosette Disease and Other Major Rose Issues

Rosefest Update

Door Prizes/Raffle



TUES, APRIL 12, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP
Roll Call: Your Favorite Rose Garden Book

Mini Program: Monica Taylor / Growing Roses in Containers

Mini Program: Teresa Byington / Rose Companions

Roundtable: John Hefner /  Chemicals & Midge Controls

Door Prizes/Raffle


TUES, MARCH 8, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll  Call: Teresa Byington, VP

2016 Program Highlights: Humberto DeLuca

Intro Board and Rosefest: Teresa Byington

Program: Mark Nolen / Spring Care & Pruning

Roundtable: John Hefner / 2015 Rose Experiences

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

First and So Fun

It was wonderful to see so many returning friends and new friends last week as the 2016 rose year began! The evening was packed with information, fun and food and we had to say goodbye way too soon.

Our new location at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center offered everything we needed and so much more. If you haven’t been there, check them out here. Better yet, come join us for the April meeting! Details below.

GETTING STARTED
President, Linda Kimmel welcomed us and shared the March/April Indiana Gardening Magazine where an article written by Linda about Vice President Teresa Byington’s garden was featured inside as well as on the cover. Well done Linda and Teresa. Thank you for keeping roses in the public view. 

Linda also reminded us of the Arrangements Judging School & Seminar coming up April 29 – May 1. Details here. Please share this information to those who might be interested!

ROSEFEST
VP Teresa Byington brought everyone up to date on where we are with planning for ROSEFEST 2016, reminding us that this is an event that will take all of us working together to showcase our roses and our organization to the public. Monica Taylor will be in charge of tickets, please contact her HERE. John and Donna Hefner are in charge of floral and educational display. Contact them HERE.

SPRING CARE
Mark Nolen gave a talk on opening the garden and removing winter protection as well as the ever popular pruning demonstration. Thanks Mark!

ROUNDTABLE
John Hefner led us in our roundtable discussion on problems we had in 2015 and how we might correct those situations in the new growing season. Big topics were MIDGE and BLACK SPOT.

PRIZES
2nd VP Humberto DeLuca ended our evening with a raffle to hand out out prizes.

Prizes…

Bob Blomberg’s GARDENER’S HOLLOW LEG
Listen to Bob tell his story about the creation of this helpful garden tool HERE.

Vinnie Suozzi RING WEEDER
Listen to Vinnie tell the fascinating story of his innovative tool HERE.

Thanks for the donations guys!

 


NEXT MEETING

TUES, APRIL 12, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome and Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP
Roll Call Topic: Your favorite rose garden book or magazine

Mini Program: Monica Taylor / Growing Roses in Containers

Mini Program: Teresa Byington / Rose Companions

Roundtable: John Hefner /  Chemicals & Midge Controls

Door Prizes/Raffle


 

COME JOIN US … IT WILL BE MORE FUN IF YOU ARE THERE!

2016 Programs

We have a wonderful line up of meetings for 2016. See list below…

GUESTS: These meetings are open to the public so come and join the rosey fun.

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TUES, MARCH 8, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll  Call: Teresa Byington, VP

2016 Program Highlights: Humberto DeLuca

Intro Board and Rosefest: Teresa Byington

Program: Mark Nolen / Spring Care & Pruning

Roundtable: John Hefner / 2015 Rose Experiences

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

TUES, APRIL 12, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP
Roll Call: Your Favorite Rose Garden Book

Mini Program: Monica Taylor / Growing Roses in Containers

Mini Program: Teresa Byington / Rose Companions

Roundtable: John Hefner /  Chemicals & Midge Controls

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

TUE, MAY 10, 6:30 pm  

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Dr. Mark Windham / University of Tennessee     

Rose Rosette Disease and Other Major Rose Issues

Roundtable: John Hefner / Fertilizer and Soil Amendments

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

SAT, JUNE 11, 9:30 am-5pm

FIRST ANNUAL ROSEFEST!

Details here.

Hamilton County Fairgrounds

2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN

 

SAT, JULY 9 / 6 pm  WINE AND ROSES GARDEN PARTY
RSVP only (see info below)

Mark & Cathy Nolen’s home

7457 Donegal Lane

Indianapolis, IN 46217-5478

RSVP: 317-859-4142 markbnolen@comcast.net

Pitch-in: Bring your favorite wine and a hearty appetizer.

 

TUES, AUGUST 9, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP

Mini Program: Carol Tumbas / Rose Fragrance

Mini Program: Edible Roses

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / Diseases this Season and How to Deal With Them

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP

Program: Eloisa Garza / Prison Garden Program

Roundtable: John Hefner / Fall Care & Winterizing / pH Soil Testing

Everyone who wants a soil test, bring a cup of soil in a non-metal container.

Door Prizes/Raffle

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP

Program: Diane Brueckman / The Future of Roses

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / 2016 Successes & Failures

Door Prizes/Raffle


Kicking Off the New Rose Year

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It is that time! Time to kick off the 2016 rose year!

Our officers have been working hard to put together a lineup of programs that will be perfect for the newbie and those who have been growing roses for years. We are even having a ROSE FESTIVAL and a WINE AND ROSES GARDEN TOUR! But, more on that in upcoming blog posts.


 

OUR 2016 OFFICERS

  • President Linda Kimmel
  • 1st Vice-President Teresa Byington
  • 2nd Vice-President Humberto DeLuca
  • Treasurer Donna Hefner 3
  • Secretary Monica Taylor
  • Newsletter Editor Renee LaFollette
  • Past President Carol Tumbas

FIRST MEETING

TUES, MARCH 8, 6:30 pm 

NEW LOCATION: Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

  • Welcome: Linda Kimmel, President
  • 2016 Program Highlights: Humberto DeLuca
  • Intro of Officers and Rosefest: Teresa Byington
  • Program: Mark Nolen / Spring Care & Pruning
  • Roundtable: John Hefner 2015 Roses Experiences
  • Door Prizes/Raffle

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This is a perfect time to come check us out and hear what we have planned!


 

COMING SOON!

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FRI-SUN, APRIL 29 – MAY 1

ARRANGEMENT WORKSHOP & SEMINAR
ARRANGEMENT JUDGING SCHOOL

La Quinta Inn, South / 5120 Victory Drive, Indianapolis

Download registration information here.

For more information, contact Linda here.

 

2015 Schedule

We start out with our spring district meeting and go all the way to Christmas with rosey fun!

All of our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! Whether you are new to growing roses or a long-term rosarian who would welcome the company of other rose lovers, you are welcome.

If you are a newbie and have some questions, we have a group of experienced rosarians who would love to help you with every area of rose culture — from planting and routine care, to exhibiting and everything in between.

If you are on social media, stop by our Facebook page and say hello.


 

2015  SCHEDULE...

SAT, MAR 14 / DISTRICT MEETING / PEORIA, IL

LOCATION: Barracks Cater Inn
SPEAKERS:
Mike Shoup—Antique Rose Emporium
Carol Shockley—Exciting Roses for 2015
Sonja Lallemand—Earth Kind Roses
Diane Bruckman—The Changing World of Roses

THURS, MAR 19 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Rugosas: Linda Kimmel
Linda, our Vice President, has a great deal of experience growing rugosas and recently published an article on rugosas in the Indiana Gardening magazine.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

THURS, ARPIL 9 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: John Hefner — Pest Control
Identification and Treatment of Common Bugs & Diseases
Our very own John Hefner, one of the most decorated rosarians in
the ARS, will talk to us about identifying and treating rose diseases.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

SAT, APRIL 11 / 9 am – 3 pm
Boone County Gardenfest (IRS Booth)
11:30 am / Program: Rugged Rugosas by Linda Kimmel

SAT, APRIL 25 / 9 am – 4 pm
Gardening for the Ages (IRS Booth)
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

SAT, MAY 2 / 9 am – 4 pm
Johnson Co. Garden Fair (IRS Booth)
9:30 am / Program: Rugged Rugosas by Linda Kimmel

THURS, MAY 14 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Bill Carlson — Flower Arranging for a Rose Show
Bill, ARS Arrangement Judge and outstanding designer, will give us some tips and hands-on experience for award winning arrangements!
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

MAY 26 – 30
World Rose Federation / Lyon, France

JUNE 11 – 14 
Combined ARS Spring and Miniature National Conventions
Columbus, Ohio
http://www.rose.org/about-ars/ars-national-convention/

SAT, JUNE 20, 4 PM
PROGRAM: Mark Nolen—Preparing Roses for a Rose Show
Mark, our past president and winner of numerous ARS rose show awards including last year’s Queen of Show, will take us through the steps he takes to get his roses ready for a rose show.
LOCATION: Mark and Cathy Nolen’s Garden

SAT, JUNE 27 / 5 pm
GARDEN TOUR / PITCH-IN: Nick & Anne Stanley
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”

THURS, JULY 16 / 6:30 pm
Jim Hering: The Award of Excellence Program
He is currently the chairman of the ARS Miniature/Miniflora Rose Committee which oversees the AOE trials.
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

THURS, AUGUST 20 / 6:30
PROGRAM: Invasive plants / Colletta Kosiba
Colletta is a Gold Master Gardener and Indiana Master Naturalist.
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

SEPT 10 – 13: FALL NATIONAL CONVENTION
LOCATION: Syracuse, New York
MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.rose.org/about-ars/ars-national-convention/

SEPT 26
DISTRICT MEETING / ROSE SHOW
LOCATION: La Quinta Inn
SPEAKERS:
Stephen Scanneillo, Curator of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
Bruce Monroe, Photography

THUR, OCT 08 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Lyon, France Trip — Carol Tumbas & Linda Kimmel
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

SAT, NOV 21 / 5:30 pm
PROGRAM: Mystery Theater / Awards Banquet / Officer Installation
LOCATION: Serenity in Zionsville
COST: $30 
Friends and family are welcome to attend!

SUN, DEC  / 5:00 pm
CHRISTMAS PARTY / PITCH-IN
LOCATION: Barbara Stauch’s Home
GIFT EXCHANGE: Bring a Dirty Santa gift

 


 

POP BOTTLE DISPLAYS

We love to see our fellow rose growers blooms throughout the season.

So, we have “Pop Bottle Displays” at our meetings during the growing season and hope you’ll bring some of your blooms to share. It would be great if you could add a label and come prepared to tell us a little about the roses you bring, but it’s not required. It’s a great way to learn from each other and we just love to see the blooms!

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STARTING OUT WITH A BANG!

Spring is just around the corner and we are excited to announce our first programs of 2015.

Our rosey season starts out with a bang in March. First up is the spring district meeting.

Details here…

SAT, MAR 14 / PEORIA, IL
LOCATION: Barracks Cater Inn

SPEAKERS:

  • Mike Shoup—Antique Rose Emporium
  • Carol Shockley—Exciting Roses for 2015
  • Sonja Lallemand—Earth Kind Roses
  • Diane Bruckman—The Changing World of Roses

Next  is our first Indianapolis Society meeting…

THURS, MAR 19 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Rugosas: Linda Kimmel

Linda, our Vice President, has a great deal of experience growing rugosas and recently published an article on rugosas in the Indiana Gardening magazine. If you want roses that are intensely fragrant, cold hardy and disease and pest resistant, you don’t want to miss this program.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening

Roseraie de la Hay Rugosa

Roseraie de la Hay Rugosa


All of our meetings are open to the public. Whether you are just beginning to think about growing roses or have been growing roses for years, we’d love to have you join us.

Happy New Year!

We are busy making plans for 2015 programs and garden tours and it looks to be an outstanding year!

We start our rosey year in March with a workshop for the public on “all things rose”… rose varieties, rose care, tips on how to be successful growing roses in Indiana and more!

Stay tuned … more details to follow!


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FYI:

All our meetings are open to the public and we are dedicated to rose education (and fun). We hope you will join us!

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