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Prevention is the Best Medicine

Roses dotted with rust or beaded with aphids, whiteflies on geraniums, fruit trees blackened by fireblight or twisted and deformed by peach leaf curl – all are examples of nasty pests that, with a little preventive action now, can be reduced or eliminated from the upcoming spring garden. That bit…
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How about a rose plant for Valentine’s Day?

Want to give a Valentine’s gift that keeps on giving?  Buy a rose plant!  While it may not look like much now, get it in the ground now and you can have roses April through November! Nurseries are brimming with a wide variety of roses in sizes, forms and flower…
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Rose Care for February

February is one of my favorite months in the garden. It is a time to look back and think about last year’s challenges and look forward to working towards a healthy, water wise, environmentally friendly garden. Most rose gardeners are working hard to finish up their pruning to meet the…
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Planting a Bare Root Rose

Immediately after bringing your new bare root rose home, soak it in water for a minimum of 1 to 6 hours.  It is safe to leave them in water for up to 6 days.  This is to rehydrate your rose and to help it come back to life in your…
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More New Introductions for 2020

Bareroot season is in full swing, and nurseries, big box stores and on-line suppliers have a great selection. It’s also when new varieties are being introduced so be ready to be dazzled by the gorgeous photos and provocative descriptions. Keep in mind that as these varieties are brand new to…
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Past Events

October 2019

Sierra Foothills Rose Society Rose Show

October 22, 2019
Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 205 Serpa Way
Folsom, California 95630 United States
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Butte Rose Society Rose Festival

October 26, 2019
C.A.R.D. Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave
Chico, California 95926 United States
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November 2019

Deadline for entries to the ARS American Rose Digital Photography contest

November 5, 2019
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MRS Annual Harvest Dinner

November 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St
San Rafael, California 94901 United States
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$40
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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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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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