Yeehaw!   Annual Rose Festival “Wild West Roses” Sep 22 & 23

Howdy pardner!  This year’s theme for the Annual Rose Festival Sep 22 – 23, 2018 is Wild West Roses, which is sure to be a rootin’ tootin’ good time.   Fair Festival Chair RayMona Cunha is rounding up plans for a memorable Rose Festival.  All welcome to participate, from tenderfoots to ol’ pros.  Hundreds of rosy items from cut roses, rose arrangements, rose photography, rosy art and rose crafts will be on display.  The Rose Festival is held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA.

Set-up for this year’s Festival will be on Friday Sep 21 @ 4 PM.  All MLRS members are encouraged to help; in addition vets from Veterans Village will be on hand to assist.

Entries are Sat., Sep. 22 from 7 – 10 AMGit there bright and early with yer bootiful roses!  Special categories for Novice aka Tenderfoots (first Rose Show? Never fear this is class for you, come early for help with entries.)  Also special category for Small Garden if yer rose corral contains 20 or less rosebushes.  Of course plenty of other categories including the usual standards plus a few new ones such as Bucket O’Roses. See Rose Show Schedule 2018 page for complete details.

Judging will commence on Saturday Sep 22 about 10:15 AM, and the Rose Festival will be Open to the Public is FREE Saturday Sep 22 from 1 – 4 PM and Sunday Sep 23 from 12noon-4 PM. 

On Saturday Sep 22 there will be a chuckwagon lunch:  Barbecued tri-tip, mac & cheese, cornbread, and berry cobbler.  Tickets are only $10 includes lemonade and wine.  Lunch tickets are limited, so get them in advance from Juliene Hiatt 209-245-4016 email julienehiatt@hotmail.com

Exhibitors, judges and visitors are encouraged to come in western attire.  There will be a contest on Saturday for Best Dressed.

For more info contact RayMona Cunha, Rose Festival Chair 209-256-3517 or email raymonac@sbcglobal.net

Next Monthly Meeting Tuesday October 2 @ 1:30 PM

Featured speaker:  Darrell g.h. Schramm “History of Roses in California and Early Rose Nurseries”

Darrell g.h. Schramm, our featured speaker for October

Old garden rose expert, historian and author Darrell g.h. Schramm will share stories of the early days of roses in California.

Few people know the name of the oldest surviving California rose, just as few know the oldest nursery still in operation in California.  Darrell Schramm will be speaking about some of the early nurseries and nurserymen and of the ten surviving roses raised during the first 75 years of statehood.

Darrell g.h. Schramm is a retired professor from University of San Francisco, and has written for at least a dozen horticultural and rose publications.  He grows about 225 roses in his Vallejo garden.  He is also author of “Rainbow:  A History of the Rose in California.”  Copies will be available at the meeting.

The October 2 meeting will also feature The Biggest Little Rose Show in the Mother Lode.  Our monthly Little Rose Show will be expanded for October meeting, and will include ribbons and cash prizes.  See Biggest Little Rose Show page for details.

At our July meeting we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of MLRS.  Tales of the early years were shared, including a hilarious rendition of “The Great Epsom Salt Wars.”  Members and guests also enjoyed pizza and a delicious salad potluck and cake.  Thank you to all and Congratulations!

Be a Garden Angel – next workday Fri  @ 9 AM

Join in the fun and help make Amador a more beautiful place.  Mother Lode Rose Society garden workdays (no more than two hours) 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.