Special Event:  Annual Pruning of the Senior Center Rose Garden

Sat., Jan. 28 at 10 AM  (weather permitting, rain date Feb. 4)

MLRS Consulting Rosarian Steve Jones demonstrates how to prune a rose.

Hands-on Demo.  Bring gloves and shears.  This is wonderful opportunity to learn how to prune roses from our experts who will take the mystery out of pruning.   Location is outdoors in the Senior Center Rose Garden – Amador County’s only public rose garden.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.


Next Meeting:  Tue., Feb. 7,  2017 at 1:30 PM,  Amador Senior Center Auditorium

Topic:  “Prune-ology 101” demonstrated by Patrick Marshall, Elsina Dean, Barbara Fletcher and Beverly Rose Hopper

Member’s Minute:  “How to Sharpen your Shears” by Debra Kinnick

how-to-care-for-roses-3Learn how to prune various types of roses using traditional and not-so-traditional pruning methods from our panel of experts.  Our rosy line up includes:

Patrick Marshall on Climbers

Elsina Dean on Floribundas

Barbara Fletcher on Miniatures

Beverly Rose Hopper on Hybrid Teas

For the Member’s Minute, Debra Kinnick will be demonstrating How to Sharpen your Shears with a handy sharpening tool.  Members are invited to bring their shears to try it out.

The Feb., 7 meeting at 1:30 PM is held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Meeting is free and all are invited.  Bring a friend!

Newsflash:  The Feb 7 meeting will be held in Room 3 rather than the auditorium as the floors in the auditorium are being refurbished.

Check out the following articles and the tutorial video on Pruning by MLRS Members.  Click on title for link.

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

“No Longer a Rose Virgin” by Susie Jones

“Making the Cut” by Beverly Rose Hopper

Watch “Pruning Roses for Maximum Display” instructional video by Beverly Rose Hopper

Special Event:  Annual Rose Auction, Sat., Feb., 25 at 10 AM

Save the date for the Annual Rose Auction.  A selection of beautiful bare-root roses including some of the exciting new introductions for 2017 will be in this year’s auction.  Martin Hopper will serve as Auctioneer.  Event held in Room 3 at the Amador Senior Center. The Rose Auction is our annual fundraiser, and a portion of the proceeds helps to support the Amador Senior Center Rose Garden.  Here’s a sneak peak slideshow of some of this year’s roses.

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At our January meeting, a panel of MLRS members shared some of their favorite roses for the Mother Lode.  For rose list and where available for purchase online, click here Where to Buy.

Martin & Beverly Rose Hopper, MLRS Co-Presidents
Martin & Beverly Rose Hopper, MLRS Co-Presidents

Congratulations to Martin and Beverly Rose Hopper who were installed as incoming Co-Presidents for 2017.  The Hoppers will be sharing duties, Beverly will be running Board Meetings while Martin will chair General Membership Meetings and work together along with the incoming Officers and Committee Chairs for 2017.  The MLRS Officers and Board for 2017:  Co-Presidents Martin & Beverly Rose Hopper, Vice President Penny Dominici, Treasurer Juliene Hiatt, Secretary Barbara Fletcher, Board Members at Large Nancy Horst Jones, Katherine Dexter and Elsina Dean and Past President Michael Daugherty.  Rounding out the team are the amazing members serving as Committee Chairs and of course all of our members!  Thank you for being part of our Team.

2017 MLRS Officers & Board after the passing of the torches raise their torches in team tribute. Thank you to Judy Frederick for a memorable Installation of Officers.


Mother Lode Rose Society membership for 2017 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