Special Event:  Annual Rose Auction

Sat., Feb. 25 at 10 AM, Amador Senior Center,  Room 3.

Join us for special opportunity to obtain beautiful bare-root roses at our annual fundraiser – the Rose Auction.  This year’s line up of roses features many new introductions for 2017 and several exclusive “pre-release” varieties for 2018.

Check out the slideshow of some of the roses in this year’s auction including All My Loving, Violet’s Pride, Children’s Hope, Grape Jelly, Bloody Mary, Moonlight Romantica and more!

WR_LogoRosestarRoses-g170A portion of proceeds from auction help support the Amador Senior Center Rose Garden, proudly maintained by the Mother Lode Rose Society.  Thank you to our generous sponsors Weeks and Star Roses for donating roses for this year’s auction.

Martin Hopper will serve again this year’s Auctioneer.  The Rose Auction is always a fun time for all.  The Rose Auction is Sat., Feb. 25 at 10 AM, and held at Amador Senior Center Room 3, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA.  The Auction is open to the public.  Bring a friend!

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Upcoming Meeting:

Tue., Mar. 7 @ 1:30 PM “Hit Me with your Best Shot”

Garden Photography by Ellie Longanecker.

black-and-white-camera-clip-art-google-search-art-inspirationOur March meeting will feature simple tips for better garden photography, for all types of digital cameras from fancy set-ups to simple point & shoot and also photography using your  iPhone or Android.  Master Rosarian, American Rose Society Horticultural and Arrangement Judge Ellie Longanecker will share her secrets for award winning photography.  Tips will include lighting, cropping and inexpensive accessories that help create better photographs. For full details see March 2017 Program page.

Bonus:   March Member’s Minute –  “Rosy References” by Beverly Rose Hopper

Thank you to all who participated in Prune-ology 101 at our last meeting on Feb., 7.  Thank you to Katherine Dexter, Barbara Fletcher and Hilde Langlet for demonstrating pruning tips and Debra Kinnick for demonstrating How To Sharpen Shears for our Member’s Minute.

Our Annual Pruning and Hands-on Pruning Demo of the Amador Senior Center Rose Garden on Jan., 28 was also a huge success.   Thank you to MLRS members and members of the public who came for expert instruction, such as provided by Master Rosarian Steve Jones.

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For more info, check out the following articles and the tutorial video on Pruning by MLRS Members.  Click on title below for link to articles and video.

“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

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