Next Meeting:  Tue., July 2 @ 1:30 PM

Program:  Hummingbirds presented by Carolyn A McMaster

From our July 2 speaker Carolyn McMaster:

“I was brought up in the Mediterranean climate on the interior of the Coast of South Africa.  We had a 3 acre yard about half consisting of rainforest complete with monkey ropes hanging from the trees and of course a resident troop of monkeys.  The other half was a terraced slope with a large circular lawn surrounded by 13 King Palms.  The top terrace was an old rose garden.  In my teens and early twenties I began to be involved in rehabilitating the garden to its previous Show Garden status.  My interest was peaked by the reading of a study of the influence of companion planting on the soil and the improved growth of plants surrounded by certain other plants.  This was also influenced of course by my love of English Gardens.  The first large chapter book that I read was of course, the Secret Garden, at age 8.

After immigrating as a Registered Nurse in 1999 I finally bought a property consisting of 1/2 acre of non-existent yard in Ranch Murieta.  I am currently working on my own Secret Garden consisting of various Garden Rooms and areas of interest complete with my own set of terraced roses.

I graduated the UC Davis extension Master Gardener class of 2013 and my interest is Garden Design and planning.  Companion Planting for Soil Health as well as for Pollinators, especially my fast winged Hummingbird friends.   Roses, especially old and fragranced ones, have long been a passion.

I have two wonderful girls 12 and 7  and a husband who is rehabilitating 2 Vineyards.  One in Amador County and one in FairPlay.

I hope to start a Gardening Class as an extra curricular class for my older daughter’s Charter School in El Dorado County.  One day I would like to fulfill my lifelong aim of becoming a Rosarian.

PS:  I still work full time at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael as a Post-Partum Nurse.”


All are welcome to  join us at our meeting which begins at 1:30 PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.

At our June Meeting MLRS had a “Biggest Little Rose Show”

Save the Date:  MLRS Annual Rose Festival Oct 12 & 13

This year’s Rose Festival and Show will be held in October and feature a Halloween theme.  No tricks – lots of roses, rose arrangements and rose photography on display.


District Conference is Coming!

Thank you! Annual Rose Auction was big success!

This year’s auction features a gorgeous line-up of roses! Check out slideshow of this year’s beauties.  See Rose Auction page for more info including descriptions.

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The Mother Lode Rose Society is a friendly group!  Join us to learn more about rose growing in our neck of the woods.

Mother Lode Rose Society membership for 2019 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.