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Distant Drums

Dr. Griffith Buck was a professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University and was an excellent hybridizer of modern roses. His main goal in hybridizing was to breed roses that were able to survive the harsh winter temperatures of -26F without protection. Of course, along with that were disease resistance, …
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Get your Soil Ready for Planting

Want fabulous plants? You need healthy soil. While garden soil will never be glamorous, it is the foundation for our gardens. What you can see going on with your roses above the ground is largely determined by what goes on beneath your feet that is all but invisible to you. …
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Westerland

The colors of ‘Westerland’ are those of a sunset – lovely apricot-orange with a touch of pink. The perfumed blooms are generally more than three inches wide, double, ruffled, with 20 petals that are slightly serrated. Officially classified as a shrub rose ‘Westerland’ is often sold as a climber. In our …
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Baby Love

‘Baby Love’ was bred in the United Kingdom by Len Scrivens in 1992 from a cross of an orange blend miniature called ‘Sweet Magic’ and a seedling that was a cross of an unnamed seedling and the light red species, ‘R. davidii elongate’. Modern Roses 12 lists nine registered roses …
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James Mason

Peter Beales introduced this gallica in 1982, just before James Mason’s death in 1984. James Mason, a well-known British actor, was an avid rosarian and a lover of cats. He and his wife, Pamela, wrote a book about their cats and James illustrated it. Due to his keen interest in …
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Past Events

October 2021

Zooming for Roses

October 31, 2021 - November 1, 2021
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map
Free

NCNH Fall District Conference via Zoom Check back for detailed conference information.

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November 2021

New Roses for 2022

November 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map
Free

The Marin Rose Society is delighted to present one of our favorite speakers, Jolene Adams, in a program that couldn't be more timely; "New Roses for 2022".  Jolene has researched what will be available in nurseries starting in November and through bare-root season.  Expect to see a few old friends as well as some new varieties.  Bring your checklist and be ready to plan your 2022 garden!: Date: November 9, 2021 Time: 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom…

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January 2022

David Austin & the Romance of English Roses

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map

Join us to learn the history of David Austin Roses and what makes them truly romantic as well as the family lines of these roses, varied forms and growth habits, shade tolerance, fragrance, growing tips, and their varied uses in the garden. Our guest speaker is Suzanne Horn, who has quickly become a favorite speaker here at the MRS.  Not only is she a Consulting Rosarian, a successful exhibitor and an ARS Horticultural Judge, but she is an expert in…

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February 2022

Bugs: Destructives, Beneficials, and Benigns

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map

Our speaker will be Joe Truskot, ARS Master Rosarian, and president of the Monterey Bay Rose Society. Joe has been growing roses in his garden in Salinas since 1993 with experience cultivating more than 300 different varieties and cultivars including hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures, old garden and species roses, and several forms of climbing roses. He was Consulting Rosarian of the year for NCNH in 2016 and is a frequent lecturer at rose societies and garden clubs.  As the host of…

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March 2022

Flowers in Film: The Sequel

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map

We are delighted to present the Bay Area’s own Jan Wahl, in her presentation; "FLOWERS IN FILM, THE SEQUEL”.  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 be sure to…

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April 2022

Time to Share Roses at our In-Person Meeting

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Free

This will be our first in-person event for 2022 and all members and friends are welcome. (At this time no masks will be required for the meeting but bring one to wear in case there are any children in the building. Masks are optional for members if you wish to wear one.) We will be having our first monthly rose show. Bring some roses! Bring your roses in your own vases. We will have a CR/Member panel to discuss “Rose…

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May 2022

Celebration of Roses

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
Bon Air Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Greenbrae, CA 94904 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Come join us at the Marin Rose Society’s “Celebration of Roses,” an opportunity to share your garden roses in a magnificent display for all to enjoy!  This uplifting community celebration of roses will feature a non-juried show with cash prizes where winners will be determined by Marin Rose Society members and the public. There will be an ARS Photography Show, an educational component, and FREE rose plants for children to learn how to care for roses.  The Bon Air Center…

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Easy and Simple Spring Rose Arrangements

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Free

This will be a fun instructional session in which our speaker, Barbara Gordon, will demonstrate around 5 different arrangements that members will be able to make in their home with their own roses. A friend of the Marin Rose Society, Barbara grows around 400 roses in her Mountain View garden with fruit trees, camellias and other flowers as complements.  Barbara is a ARS Consulting Rosarian, ARS Rose and Arrangement Judge, Camellia Judge, and a National Garden Club judge.  Barbara was…

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July 2022

Suitable for Framing

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Come and learn about tricks and hints on making a rose photo worth enough to hang up on the wall.  Of course, that would usually mean it could do well in our photo contests as well! Our speaker is Lou Evans.  In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Lou is an NCNH District ARS judge, so he’ll bring that background to the presentation. This should be a great session! Mountain View Room, Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill…

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September 2022

Chemical Safety in the Garden

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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The Marin Rose Society is delighted to present Jolene Adams, who will do a hands-on presentation of the most updated information on chemical safety in the garden.  This is invaluable information for any gardener, and Consulting Rosarians will get 1 CR Credit! This is the first time we have presented this program since the pandemic so don’t miss this great opportunity. Jolene Adams needs no introduction as her accomplishments in this field are too numerous to mention. She has been a…

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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.

Roses FYI

Pruning And Training Your Climbing Rose
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The Difference Between Own Root and Grafted Roses
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Growing Roses In Containers
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Leaves turning yellow? Your plants may be showing signs of chlorosis; learn more about how to treat this nutrient deficiency.
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Get some “how to” tips for creating a simple flower arrangement using your roses
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Learn more about the Marin Rose Society with A Celebration
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Pruning And Training Your Climbing Rose
The Difference Between Own Root and Grafted Roses
Growing Roses In Containers
YouTube video
Leaves turning yellow? Your plants may be showing signs of chlorosis; learn more about how to treat this nutrient deficiency.
YouTube video
Get some “how to” tips for creating a simple flower arrangement using your roses
Learn more about the Marin Rose Society with A Celebration
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