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Irresistible

This month I’ll venture off into a land I’ve not had much experience with, miniature roses. Although I planted lots of them for my mother, (oh yes, watered, pruned and fertilized too), they were HER roses, and did very well there. However for me, not so great. But there are…
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Get Creative with your Roses

Fall is here and with it comes longer nights and cooler temperatures.  This season can produce some of the best roses of the year; the plants are larger than in spring, fewer pests about and shorter days can produce some amazingly colored blossoms.  If you have some gorgeous blooms, how…
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Rose Care for October

As I write this, it is hard to believe that fall officially starts tomorrow. But the calendar doesn’t lie, and if we have a normal fall, the rains should start in mid-October. Don’t let a few early showers fool you. If an inch of rain has not fallen during the…
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Is it Mosaic Virus?

Those leaves with the striking green and yellow marbled patterns festooning one of your rose plants may look like Mother Nature as artist, but don’t be fooled. More than likely, it’s the result of rose mosaic virus.  You may see yellow, white, or brownish lines, bands, rings, wavy lines, vein…
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Gold Medal

‘Gold Medal’ is one of my favorite roses, being a fan of yellow anyway. Hybridized by Christensen in 1982, it has withstood the test of time. Also known by the name ‘Golden Medal’, it has parents of ‘Yellow Prize’ X ‘Shirley Langhorn’, ‘Granada’ X ‘Garden Party’. It won the New…
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Past Events

October 2019

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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Free

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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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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