Events of 2013

WJRS February Meeting, Wednesday, February 20  - “Companion Plants for Roses”
Mary McKnight, a professional landscape designer, Master Gardener and Board member of the Philadelphia Rose Society share ideas and photos using roses in different garden areas and non-rose plants to highlight your roses and provide color when your roses are not blooming.  Learn more about Mary McKnight and her company, Ideas in Bloom.

Mary McKnight’s Garden

WJRS March Meeting, Wednesday, March 20 - “The Rosarian’s Gardening Tools”
Master Rosarian and Horticultural Judge, Gus Banks will share valuable insights on the what, when, how, and why of proper tool use and maintenance to increase the success and health of your roses.

WJRS April Meeting, Wednesday, April 17 -  Annual Meeting and “Rose Show Arrangements & Rose Show Exhibiting” Attendees can choose one of two presentations:
A demonstration of rose arranging and how to use recycled containers for unusual arrangements, or a round table discussion on rose exhibiting resources both in print and on the internet

Rose Day, Magnolia Garden Village, Saturday May 11, Noon - 2 pm

Rose Day, Spotts Hardware and Garden Center, Sunday May 12, 1 pm - 3 pm

WJRS May Meeting, Wednesday, May 15 - “How to pick your best blooms for the Rose Show”
So you have a bush full of roses (lucky you!). How do you decide which is the best one to cut and bring to the rose show? 
Come play the WJRS game “Pick the Best One”. Stations of three roses will be set up around the room illustrating one aspect of the rose bloom that judges consider. Attendees will write down their “best one” guess on their scorecards.  Our veteran judges, Bill Kozemchak, Tom Mayhew and Gus Banks will reveal the answers and explain the reasoning for that choice. Once you know the key elements of a perfect bloom, it will make choosing blooms much easier.
The plant exchange/sale is on! Bring in plants to share: common or exotic, indoor or outdoor, started violet or rose cuttings, new starts from your garden; bulbs, etc. Place them in a container you don’t want back, tagged with the plant’s name.  We are asking a $2 donation to the WJRS for each new plant you take home.

Rose Day, Haines Farm and Garden Center, Sunday May 19, 11 am - 1 pm

WJRS Annual Rose Show, Saturday, May 25, Moorestown Mall. Thank you, all!

2013 WJRS Queen of Show - Kardinal, grown by Bill Kozemchak
photo by Tom Mayhew

Rose Day, Laurel Oak Garden Center, Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

WJRS June Meeting, Wednesday, June 19 - “All About Growing Roses”
Bring your questions to our round table Q & A session on any topic about growing your roses.
Wondering what bugs are the worst this season? Wondering when to cut back your roses for the District Show?  Wondering how to keep your roses looking good during the hot summer?
  Consulting rosarians and members will share their observations and best practices

WJRS July Meeting - no meeting

WJRS Annual Banquet, Wednesday, July 17

WJRS August Meeting, Wednesday August 21
“A Sampling of Rose You-Tube Videos”

Penn-Jersey District Convention, September 6-8, ML Hotel, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Hosted by the West Jersey Rose Society on September 6-8, 2013. The convention will be held at The Hotel ML, 915 Route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054,, 856-234-7300.  On Friday there will be an ARS Horticulture Judging School followed by dinner Friday evening.  Saturday, the 7th, will feature the District Rose Show. The Show will be open for entries 6 am - 10:30 am and open for pubic viewing at 1 pm.  There will be programs in the afternoon followed by dinner that evening. On Sunday there will be a morning breakfast followed by the District Business Meeting. An open garden tour will be available after the meeting. Click here for Registration form, Schedule of Events, Horticultural Division, Design Division and Photography Division Schedules.
Click here for 2013 Penn-Jersey District Rose Show Results

WJRS September Meeting, Wednesday  September 18
“Poison Ivy - ARGHHH!”
We are itching just thinking about this topic. The Poison Ivy Horticulturalist, Umar Mycka, spoke to us about that sneaky garden foe, poison ivy.  Mr. Mycka  has a wonderful website with spine-tingling photos of monster poison ivy -

WJRS October Meeting, Wednesday October16
“Informal In-House Rose Show”

 Members brought in autumn roses from their gardens to share with the group. This was an opportunity for members and friends to find out exactly what judges look for when judging a rose.

WJRS November Meeting, Wednesday November 20
“Winterizing your Garden”
Gus Banks will share his tips and tricks for keeping your roses safe and warm through a long, cold winter.

WJRS DecemberMeeting, Wednesday, December 18
“Holiday Party”
Celebrate our well-deserved break from rose tending and the winter holidays with friends and fellow rosarians. There will be lots of laughter - Rose  Pictionary with our game host, Gus Banks.
 Prizes for all participants!  Bring some holiday cookies to eat at the party. If you wish, bring another dozen on a separate plate for the cookie exchange.And we will have themed gift baskets to win!

Santa Claus miniature rose by Week


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