ARS logoMother Lode Rose Society  was delighted to feature American Rose Society National Vice-President Bob Martin at our September 6th meeting.  Thank you for all who attended and participated in BBQ hosted by the Hoppers in Bob’s honor.  It was a huge success!


Upcoming:  Annual Mother Lode Rose Festival and Show.

September 24 & 25, 2016.

Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA

2014 Queen of Show Love & Peace
2014 Queen of Show Love & Peace

Hundreds of roses, rose arrangements and rosy photographs plus art on display.  Show set-up is Friday Sep 23 at 4 PM (your help is appreciated!)  This year’s theme is “Let’s Go to the Movies” with fun categories for roses named after movie stars, movies and more.  Entries accepted Saturday Sep 24 from 7 AM – 10 AM.  Judging begins shortly afterwards, and show open to the public on Saturday Sep 24 from 1 PM – 4 PM and again on Sunday Sep 25 from 1 PM – 4 PM.   Show is free and open to all.

On Saturday there will be a delicious lunch and tickets are only $5.  Please reserve your lunch ticket by Monday Sep 19.  Contact Juliene Hiatt (209)245-4016 for lunch tickets.  For entry schedule contact Show Co-Chair Dorothy Wall (209) 296-5824 or see schedule posted online at Rose Festival page.  Entering arrangements?  Contact Dorothy by Thursday Sep 22 to reserve your space.   See Rose Festival page for info. 

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Next Meeting:  Tue., Oct. 4,  2016  at 1:30 PM

Speaker:  Diane Benton presents “Bees in the Garden.”

The Oct meeting also features  The Biggest Little Rose Show in the Mother Lode.

Diane Benton and Jerry Van Heeringen
Diane Benton and Jerry Van Heeringen

Diane Benton and Jerry Van Heeringen are hobby beekeepers in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. They are members of the Gold Country Rose Society in Auburn and the ARS.  One of their interests is attending the World Federation of Rose Society Conferences around the world every three years.  In fact, after last years meeting in Lyon, France, they were able to travel to Paris and were invited by a local beekeeper to view his hives on top of the Paris Opera House.

3576599436_2cc7933502They have been keeping bees since 2008 and currently have 12 beehives on their property in Grass Valley. Both are members of the Nevada County Beekeeping Association where Jerry is this year’s President. Join Diane and Jerry for a fun & lively discussion, show and tell, and slide show about beekeeping.  Learn all about the “bee dance” and why you should never keep your beehives in a field with black cows!


imagesBesides our educational program on Bees in the Garden, the October 4th meeting will feature The Biggest Little Rose Show in the Mother Lode, complete with ribbons and cash prizes!  Categories include Horticulture, Novice categories (for all beginners) Challenge Classes, Fragrance, Arrangements, Photography and even a  “Catch All” category.  For schedule and information see Biggest Little Rose Show page.

Meeting is free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  The Mother Lode Rose Society meets on Oct., 4 at 1:30 PM at the Amador Senior  Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA.

Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii District Conference of the American Rose Society will be held September 30 – October 2 at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame.  Conference offers a wide variety of activities:  Speakers, District Rose Show, Consulting Rosarian Seminar and Garden Tours!  See NCNH District page on our website for more info including hotel.

Our local treasure – the Plymouth Pioneer Cemetery Heritage Rose project – has been added to the line-up of upcoming Heritage Rose Foundation Fall 2016 Conference held Sep 30 – Oct 2 at The Huntington.  Beverly Rose Hopper will be presenting a short program on Plymouth as part of segment on “Preserving Roses in Historic Places” and is honored to join line-up of distinguished speakers.  The conference theme is “No Rose is Safe:  Preserving Roses in a Changing World.” See Heritage Rose Foundation page for more info or http://www.heritagerosefoundation.org/

Tom Carruth at East Bay Rose Society on Sep 21.  Lecture on “Fragrance in Roses” 1 CR continuing education credit.  For info on lecture, directions, etc click here.

fertilizer-clipart-gardening-clip-artFeed Me!  For rose fertilizing tips including basics and more advanced nutrition plus “Secrets Revealed” check out Rose Culture pages.


Renew Membership or Join Mother Lode Rose Society!
Join or renew at next meeting, or send check to MLRS, PO Box 7, Plymouth, CA  95669.  See Membership page for more info including discounts for MLRS members.

Membership form 2016


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