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.