Next Meeting:  Tue., Feb. 6 @ 1:30 PM

Featured Speaker:  Author & Botanist, Tom Liggett, with “Surprise” topic

Our featured speaker on Feb., 6 is Tom Liggett, founder of the world famous Heritage Rose Garden in San Jose. Tom describes himself as a “Visionary Plantsman” and indeed he’s passionate about roses, plants, and life in general. Tom is considered one of the world’s top rose experts, with a life full of adventures, and is also quite a Renaissance Man. Tom has requested his topic be kept a “surprise,” so make sure you attend to enjoy his presentation.

Check out Tom Liggett’s website http://www.TomLiggett.net for more info on our February speaker, including the following excerpt:

“Tom Liggett was born in a brothel and has been homeless. He didn’t let life’s challenges stop him from reaching his dreams. He has worked as a printer’s devil, chef, brothel cook, engineer, electrician, medical laboratory technician, nurseryman, farmer, tree cutter, lawn mower, boiler maker, and Apple computer employee number 114.

Tom graduated from the Aerospace School of Medicine and completed research projects for the surgeon general of the air force. He was briefly in the last class of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Stanford University.

Liggett has been internationally recognized as a horticulturalist. He founded the second-largest public rose garden in the world and served as chief rosarian for another large garden. Tom operates that last working farm in downtown San Jose. He grows food for his family and the neighborhood. Tom is accomplishing ongoing research projects on roses, long stem cut flowers other than roses, lettuce and melons.

Tom Liggett has been publishing his work since 1966. He is also an avid music lover. He has played in two bagpipe bands and a symphony orchestra. He is an award-winning amateur actor and orator.

Tom currently lives in San Jose, California.”

Be sure to join us for this special presentation.  Tom will also be autographing copies of his most recent books, “How to Prune, Train and Tie Rose Plants” and “The Pregnant Marjorette.”

All welcome.

Feb., 6 meeting @ 1:30 PM held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA.

MLRS Pruning Events & Rose Auction

Sat., Feb 10 Hands on Pruning Demo of Amador Senior Center Rose Garden @ 10 AM. 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson

Bonus:  Propagation Demo.  Learn how to “make” roses from cuttings!

Event Free.  All abilities welcome.  Bring gloves & shears for hands-on instruction. Learn our EASY pruning methods.   See Annual Rose Pruning page for more info including articles on How to Prune.  Rain date Sat. Feb 24.

Sat., Feb 17 Rose Auction @ 10 AM.  Our Annual Fundraiser.  Up to 100 bare-root roses will be auctioned off including many new introductions and 2019 pre-release varieties.  Room 3. See slideshow below for Sneak Peak of some of the roses in this year’s Auction. For more info including rose descriptions, see Rose Auction page.

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Flower Power!

MLRS Rose Festival Flower Power t-shirts

Flower Power T-shirts are now only $10 – only a few left.  Get yours now at our next meeting.  Also makes a fun gift!

Thank you to RayMona Cunha for organizing the shirts and to our MLRS models Sharon Wade and Juliene Hiatt.







Be a Garden Angel

Join in the fun and help make Amador a more beautiful place.  Mother Lode Rose Society garden workdays (no more than two hours) the first Friday every month weather permitting at 9:00 AM Amador Senior Center Rose Garden.  No experience needed, all welcome. Bring gloves & clippers.

Mother Lode Rose Society membership for 2018 only $20 individual or $25 per family.  Renewing ASAP insures you will be included in the MLRS Directory.  Make checks payable to MLRS and send to Mother Lode Rose Society, PO Box 7, Plymouth, CA 95669. For membership and renewal forms, see Membership page or click here.


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