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Rose Care for June

As summer approaches it’s time to get into the garden maintenance mode – deadheading, weeding and watering. keeping after pests and fertilizing.  You can follow the same routine through September, barring any unusual weather.  Speaking of weather, late spring can bring us conditions that may cause some strange symptoms in…
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Keeping Roses Healthy in a Drought

Drought – it’s a scary thing, especially when your only source of water comes from seasonal rains and they don’t materialize.  We had record rainfall in the winters of 2017 and 2019 but his past season was relatively dry. While we have adequate water to get us through this season,…
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Sally Holmes

Several years ago, I converted a small storage area outside my office into an enclosed patio. Sloat Nursery had the perfect fountain on sale and Sunnyside offered two oversized clay pots. But with northern exposure and a ten-foot fence, the lack of direct sunlight was a major concern. I chose…
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What Bug is That?

Spring is here and time for roses to put on their spectacular annual show. To our delight, plants are bursting with a bounty of gorgeous blooms and abundant lush foliage. It’s also the season for lots of insects to make their appearance in the garden. If you see a bug…
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Rose Care for May

Spring has arrived and it is my favorite time of the year. The wonderful shiny leaves in all shades of green, maroon and burgundy and rose buds galore. What is really exciting is the sticks that we planted a few months ago (new bare-root roses} are now healthy plants ready…
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Past Events

November 2019

Keeping Varmints at Bay

November 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
Marin County Library, Room 427, 3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA

Do you look out the window and find your roses beheaded? Are your carefully cultivated fruits and vegetables partially eaten? Or, have your plants disappeared in entirety? It is likely deer, gophers, or rats are appreciating your garden. Join us for information and techniques to help you cope and control these garden pests.

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December 2019

Rose Pruning and Basic Rose Care

December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive
Corte Madera, CA

Come join us and learn about pruning roses and basic rose care. This program covers why we prune roses, when to prune, and how to water and feed your roses. Get answers to all your rose care questions. There is an opportunity for audience participation, please bring your hand pruning shears. Our speaker, Paula Jaffe, grows over 100 roses in Tiburon. She is a Marin Master Gardener, a Consulting Rosarian, and Treasurer for the Marin Rose Society. Her awards include…

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January 2020

Rose Pruning

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Habitat Garden at Falkirk, 1408 Mission Ave.
San Rafael, CA United States
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$9.99

This is the perfect time to get out in the garden and hard prune your roses. Marin Master Gardener and Rosarian Don Chapman will give a brief talk about necessary tools, what and why to prune and much more (maybe even how to propagate). Most importantly, he will demonstrate how, where, how far, and why to prune. Participants will break into small groups and prune a rose under supervision and instruction. Dress warmly and bring hand pruners and gloves (rose…

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Rose Pruning and Basic Care

January 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Larkspur City Hall, First Floor, 400 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA United States
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Do you have questions about pruning roses, and basic rose care? Why do we prune roses? When should we prune roses? How should we water and feed our roses? These questions, and many others, will be answered in this program. There is an opportunity for audience participation - please bring your hand pruning shears and gloves. Paula Jaffe grows over 100 roses in Tiburon. She is a Marin Master Gardener, an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, and an officer of…

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MRS Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904
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The MRS Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration!  This is a chance to see winter pruning, cleanup and shaping techniques led by our own members!  Paula Jaffe, Richard Holtz, Vivien Bronshvag and Sandy Simon will provide live demonstrations on a variety of roses.  We welcome members and guests to bring their own potted roses as "demonstrators" after which they can either go home with their owners, ready for a strong spring showing...OR we can add them to our raffle table to help…

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February 2020

Things to consider when setting up an Irrigation System for Roses

February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904
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Tom Bressen will share “Things to consider when setting up an Irrigation System for Roses” which should be helpful for gardeners with existing systems OR those that are setting up a drip system for the first time.  There should be lots of GREAT practical knowledge for rose growers of all levels of experience.  Tom should know!  He is the founder of the Urban Farmer Stores throughout the Bay Area!   Marin Rose Society Talk Notes  

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March 2020

Garden Design Principles

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904 United States
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Author and gardener Dane Rose will speak about "Garden Design Principles".  "How do we decide what to do with our garden overall or a specific area? Design principles help sort through all the options to bring us the highest amount of personal value for the lowest cost in time, money and natural resources. Come join us for a presentation on deciding what to do. Signed copies of the only two books written specifically about gardening in Marin will be available.…

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NCNH District Spring Business Meeting – CANCELLED

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
North Bay Rose Society, 333Amador Street
Vallejo, CA United States

MEETING CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Coffee and light refreshments from 9:00 a.m. Meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share for lunch. There is NO oven in the facility. Consulting Rosarian seminar at 1:00 p.m. by Rebecca Shaw on "Speaking in Public" (one point).  

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April 2020

MRS Panel: Preparing roses for the Rose Show – CANCELLED

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904 United States
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May 2020

From My Fair Lady to American Beauty: Flowers In Film – CANCELLED

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904 United States
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Jan Wahl presents “From My Fair Lady to American Beauty:  Flowers In Film.”  We’ll celebrate flowers in film, look at the way they have been used in many movies and characters.  We will also journey through movies that have had an impact on our lives. Jan Wahl is one of the best-known movie reviewers in the USA and lives right here in Marin County.  This session will be VERY popular so mark your calendars!

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Care Basics

Need help with planting, pruning, pests or disease? We’ve got lots of information on all phases of rose care plus what to do in the garden each month.

How To

If you like to learn by watching, we’ve got short videos on a variety of topics like pruning your roses, growing new roses from cuttings, taking photographs and more.

Resources

Have a rose question?  Looking for a place to see or buy roses? Check out our list of Consulting Rosarians, public rose gardens and on-line sources to buy roses.

About Us

We’ve been an active organization of rose lovers for more than forty years.  Learn more about who we are and how you can participate.

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