Events of 2012

WJRS February Meeting, Wednesday, February 15
“Rose Garden Visits Outside of the Philadelphia/South Jersey Area”
How have roses around the country fared during these past two unusual weather years? Our members have visited rose gardens up north and down south and shared their photos with us on the big screen.  Plus there were pictures of our local members’ gardens as well as those of fellow ARS members from around the country.  Brenna Bosch presented a PowerPoint photo show with comments from Bill Kozemchak, Tom Mayhew and others.


E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden, Syracuse, NY
photo by Bill Kozemchak

WJRS March Meeting, Wednesday, March 21 - Two Workshops: “THE ARRANGERS CHOICE: HOW TO CREATE DESIGNS FOR THE ROSE SHOW” and “SPRINGTIME CAME EARLY - HOW TO PRUNE AND STIMULATE YOUR ROSES”
Sue Gebelein and Iliana Okum presented a hands-on workshop showing us fun ways to create a design for the Rose Show.
Master Consulting Rosarian Bill Kozemchak talked about his special pruning techniques and pruning changes due to the odd weather patterns we have had this year.


Felco F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruner
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West Jersey Rose Society Public Lecture Series:  Growing and Caring for Roses
March 25, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Bordentown Public Library, 18 East Union Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Bill Kozemchak, Master Consulting Rosarian

West Jersey Rose Society Public Lecture Series:  Growing and Caring for Roses
March 28, Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Monroe Township Free Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue, Williamstown, NJ 08094
Brenna Bosch, Consulting Rosarian

WJRS April Meeting, Wednesday, April 18 - Annual Meeting and special guest speaker, Nicole Juday, "Made in China - How One Rose Started A Revolution." http://nicolejuday.com Also bring your potted cuttings for a Members’ Plant Exchange.

Consulting Rosarian School, Saturday, May 5, 9 am - 5 pm
Lumberton, NJ. Contact Gus Banks at 609-267-3809 or email at jrsyrose@verizon.com

Rose Days:

West Jersey Rose Society Public Lecture Series:  Growing and Caring for Roses
May 13, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Cinnaminson Public Library, 1619 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ
Gus Banks, Master Consulting Rosarian

WJRS May meeting, Wednesday, May 16 -“Tips and Tricks for Preserving and Transporting Your Best Blooms to the Rose Show”
Our panel of trophy winning Rose Show exhibitors (Suni Bolar, June Hament & Tom Mayhew) shared what they do the week before the show. Topics included protecting blooms on the bush, last minute feeding, when to cut blooms, keeping blooms fresh until the rose show, transporting rose blooms safely, and creating your “battle plan” for the morning of the show.

 

59th Annual West Jersey Rose Society Rose Show, Saturday May 26, 2012, Moorestown Mall.  Click here for more information and Rose Show Results.

WJRS June Meeting, Wednesday, June 20
“Love at First Sight: America’s Affair with the Rose”

This short film from the non-profit organization All-America Rose Selections (AARS) describes the rose hybridizing process, includes interviews with some of the world’s top breeders and explains the AARS program including Test Gardens and how winning roses are selected.

The Andrew M. Stellwag, Sr. Memorial Rose Garden, photo by Stellwag’s

Following the film, we discussed the AARS’s program today and in the future. Join the WJRS as we plan a Rose Garden visit in July to Stellwag’s Hidden Acres Farm in Delran, a local AARS Test Garden.

WJRS Annual Banquet - Wednesday, July 18, Marco’s Restaurant. Click here for more information.

WJRS August Meeting, Wednesday, August 15
“SURVIVING HEAT STRESS ON ROSES AND PREPARING FOR A GREAT FALL BLOOM”

A panel of experienced rose growers and exhibitors discussed how to help your roses survive the heat stress of summer, how to prune and deadhead in preparation for the fall rose shows and how to make your garden look great this fall. Tips on the last fertilizing application and continuing a good watering program were also presented.

WJRS member, Tom Mayhew’s Rose Garden
Iliana Okum and Cora Williams also led an arrangement workshop for those interested in exhibiting in the fall rose shows.

Penn-Jersey District Convention & Rose Show, September 14-16, 2012
Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA, hosted by the York Area Rose Society

WJRS September Meeting, Wednesday, September 19
“BUTTERFLIES!”

Our guest speaker was Butterfly Expert, Rick Mikula, owner and operator of Hole-In-Hand Butterfly Farm of Hazelton, PA.  Mr. Mikula is an internationally renowned lecturer, author, columnist, butterfly habitat consultant and ‘live butterfly display’ designer. He discussed the importance of butterflies in our rose gardens and how to encourage more butterflies to stop by and visit the garden.

Rick Mikula
Be sure to visit Rick’s fascinating web site at www.butterflyrick.com

WJRS October Meeting, Wednesday, October 17
"Informal In-House Rose Show"
For guidelines and instructions, click here.

WJRS November Meeting - no meeting

WJRS December Meeting, December 19, Holiday Party

 

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