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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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!

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.

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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