The rosiest event of the year is coming in September!

imagesThe Mother Lode Rose Festival and Show is Sat., Sep. 26 – Sun., Sep 27.  The 26th Annual Show theme is “Let’s Go to the Movies” and in addition to all your favorite categories such as Best Hybrid Tea, Old Garden Rose, Miniature, Most Fragrant, etc., this year there are special classes (and prizes) for entries named after celebrities, movie stars or movies.  Plus the Arrangement Division, which features a variety of styles.  Art and Photography Divisions are also back by popular demand.  The complete Rose Show Festival schedule is now posted – See Rose Show Schedule page.

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At the Rose Festival, upon completion of the judging on Saturday, join us for a festive “Let’s Go to the Movies” lunch.  It’s always a fun chat roses and enjoy a yummy lunch, and it’s only $5 per person!  To help us plan, please make RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE.  See Lunch Rose Festival page for menu and reservations.

For more info on the Rose Festival, be sure to attend our next meeting on Sep., 1 at 1:30 PM, and/or contact the Festival Co-Chair Dorothy Wall (209) 296-5824 or Beverly Rose Hopper (209) 296-2608 or email brhopper@gmail.com


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Next Monthly Meeting

Tue., September 1 2015 at 1:30 PM

Dry-Wrapping Roses and Grooming for the Rose Show

Debra Kinnick with her Sunstruck which won Princess
Debra Kinnick with her Sunstruck which won Princess

Presented by Debra Kinnick

Mother Lode Rose Society member and our unofficial “Rose Ambassador” will be demonstrating an intriguing technique of saving roses for the show without water.  Known as dry-wrapping, roses can be cut, wrapped in plastic and preserved up to two weeks in the refrigerator, and then re-hydrated for later use.

Debra will also be demonstrating easy techniques to get your roses ready for the Rose Show.  The Mother Lode Rose Festival & Rose Show is Sep. 26 – 27, and will be held at the Amador Senior Center.  Learn how you can win ribbons and trophies with your roses.

Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA

The Northern-California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the American Rose Society will hold the 2015 Fall Conference and Festival of Roses in Chico Oct., 2 – 4, hosted by the Butte Rose Society.  This annual event attracts rose aficionados from all over, and will feature special speakers, garden tours and Rose Show.  See NCNH District page for schedule of events and registration form.  Registration deadline is Sep., 12. 


Sad news:  The Mother Lode Rose Society has lost a beloved Charter Member and Past President –  with heavy hearts we report the passing of Muriel Humenick P1040414on July 15.  Muriel was active in roses for over 50 years,  and was renown for her vast knowledge of roses, and an early leader in the interest of old garden roses.  Her nursery Rose Acres in El Dorado carried many rare and unusual roses.  She participated in countless educational programs through the years and probably did more pruning demonstrations than anyone else we know.  She served as President of four rose societies in the Northern-California-Nevada District (a record.)  Muriel was a recipient of numerous awards including the distinguished Silver Honor Medal, Outstanding Judge, Master Rosarian, Outstanding Consulting Rosarian and Bronze Medal.  She was one of a kind, and will be missed.