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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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Betty Prior

Not complicated or fragile. Hardy and enduring. Well, in a word, sensible. Thomas C. Cooper writes: “the rose ‘Betty Prior’ is rumored to be the favorite of the Queen of England, and if this is true, I imagine the appeal for her is similar to that of another English institution …
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Blanc Double de Coubert

I am fortunate to have many roses blooming in my garden right now and this is one of them. At present this rose is in a pot, but eventually it will find a home of its own on the hill, in the white bed. I photographed this in the evening …
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Double Delight

If someone asked me what my favorite rose is, while I might pause for a brief moment to consider, I undoubtedly would come up with ‘Double Delight.’ Not that I am particularly partial to hybrid teas, but this rose has so much going for it that it remains one of …
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Past Events

January 2020

MRS Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration

January 14, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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July 2020

From My Fair Lady to American Beauty: Flowers In Film

July 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map

We are delighted to present the Bay Area's own Jan Wahl, in her presentation; 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…

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Gertrude Jekyll’s Lost Garden

July 18, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am PDT

Claude Graves presents "Gertrude Jekyll's Lost Garden" Gertrude Jekyll was the world’s premier garden designer during the early 1900s. Come along to London on a virtual visit to a restored Jekyll garden and hear the improbable story of the discovery and amazing re-construction of a long-lost historic garden. This feat is even more incredible when you consider it was accomplished single-handedly by one woman who had no previous gardening experience. Her restored garden is now internationally recognized as the most…

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August 2020

A Faraway World of Roses—France and England in 2019

August 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Via Zoom CA United States

From the South of France, land of old Tea roses, to the streets of London, a few magical experiences of roses, and implications for the future of roses and gardens with Gregg Lowery. Although Gregg is no stranger to those of us in the rose world, he says about himself:  "I have been a passionate gardener and collector of plants for the past 40 years. My collection of historic roses formed the basis of a nursery I developed and managed…

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ARS 2020 NATIONAL CONVENTION – CANCELLED

August 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm PDT

"Roses of the Wild West"

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September 2020

Simple Steps to improve your Smartphone Photography

September 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Via Zoom CA United States + Google Map

This presentation will concentrate on simple steps to improve your Smartphone photography.  By applying several basic principles of photography along with some new camera skills, your photos will go from an ordinary snapshot to one you will want to share and maybe even enter in a rose show. In addition, we will discuss apps for post-processing and add-on camera gear. The program will also feature a review of rose photos where we can discuss how the photo was taken and more.…

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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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