Easy Going floribunda rose
Easy Going floribunda rose

We’re on summer break!

The Mother Lode Rose Society will officially reconvene in September, however there are still lots of rosy activities going on all summer long, including Amador County Fair (be sure to enter your roses!),  Garden Workdays and planning for the September Rose Festival and Rose Show.

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.

Update:  A Celebration of Life for Muriel Humenick will be held on Sat., Aug. 1 from 2 to 5 PM.   Finger foods or cookies would be appreciated and everyone is welcome to attend.  Location:  Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs, CA.


imagesThe Amador County Fair kicks off on July 23 at the Fairgrounds in Plymouth.   Rose entries are accepted on July 23 though be sure to register in advance.  This year’s theme is “Country Tunes & Midway Blooms.”  For info www.AmadorCountyFair.com

Learn about getting your garden ready for the show, exhibiting roses and hands-on experience with judges.  On Sat., Aug. 15 Baldo Villegas will  host a Exhibiting/Judging Workshop at his rose farm “Baldo Acres” in Orangevale from 9AM – 2 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity and highly recommended!  Be sure to bring something to share for the potluck. Picnic under the oak trees.

For address and to confirm attendance, must RSVP by Aug. 1 by email to Baldo at sactorose@yahoo.com

arslogoweb-2Are you a member of the American Rose Society?  Don’t forget to vote!  Deadline for 2015 Triennial Election is July 31.  The Mother Lode Rose Society has endorsed Bob Martin for National ARS Vice-President (members vote on Vice-President,  at end of term automatically become President.)  Information on candidates and ballot instructions are in the May/June issue of The American Rose Magazine.

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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