Special Event:  Annual Rose Auction

Sat Feb 20 from 10AM – 12noon Amador Senior Center Room 3

Unknown-1Over 100 wonderful bare root roses in this year’s auction.  Roses donated by Weeks and Star Roses, including varieties new for 2016.  Martin Hopper is auctioneer.  Fundraiser helps support Amador Senior Center Rose Garden.  See Rose Auction page for details, and slideshow of some of this year’s roses.

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Next Meeting Tue., Mar. 1 at 1:30 PM

Old Garden Roses Part 1: The Sacramento Historic Cemetery Rose Garden by Anita Clevenger

Anita Clevenger (on right)
Anita Clevenger (on right) with a volunteer in Sacramento Historic Cemetery Rose Garden

Our March meeting kicks off a special two part series on Old Garden Roses.  OGR’s are living history, often referred to as Heritage Roses, Heirloom Roses and Antique Roses.   We are delighted to have Anita Clevenger, Curator of the Sacramento Historic Cemetery Historic Rose Garden as our featured speaker for March.  Anita will be discussing the history of these heirloom roses, how they were carried across America by pioneers, and survived for generations.  She will also be sharing with us how the award winning collection of heritage roses at the Sacramento Historic Cemetery came to be, and the various educational programs that are offered.  For complete program description, see the March 2016 Program page.


Learn how easy it is to grow beautiful roses.  Our experts will show you how.

imagesIt’s still pruning season in the Mother Lode.  If you missed our Pruning Program or Hands-on-Pruning Demonstrations,  watch the video below “Pruning Roses for Maximum Display” for simple tips, and read the following articles on pruning philosophy, how-to-do- and pruning tools.

Pruning Roses for Maximum Display

Watch the following video featuring Beverly Rose Hopper (Vice President of Mother Lode Rose Society) for simple tips on pruning roses to produce more bloom.  Though some things have changed over the years, it conveys her basic philosophy of pruning lightly or pruning for maximum display.  Pruning roses for maximum display under her direction was key to the renovation of the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.


For articles by MLRS members on pruning, tools and philosophy of pruning roses, click on following links:

“Pruning is the Key to Healthy Roses” by Elsina Dean

“No Longer a Rose Virgin” by Susie Jones (humorous view of pruning from the view of the   “non-rosarian supporting spouse.”

“Making the Cut” by Beverly Rose Hopper

Renew Membership or Join Mother Lode Rose Society!
Join or renew at next meeting, or send check to MLRS, PO Box 7, Plymouth, CA  95669.  See Membership page for more info including discounts for MLRS members.

Membership form 2016

Michael Daugherty, MLRS President 2016
Michael Daugherty, MLRS President 2016

Congratulations to our new President Michael Daugherty!  The MLRS is looking forward to a very successful 2016 under his direction.  We appreciate the enthusiasm and support of our all members.  Thank you for making the Mother Lode a more beautiful place!


The Mother Lode Rose Society is very excited about our incoming slate of Officers, Board Members and Chairpersons for 2016.  For complete list see 2016 Board & Chairpersons page.

ARS logoJoin the American Rose Society.  Members receive “The American Rose” magazine, the handy reference “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and other valuable resources.  See www.rose.org for more info