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June 2014
Date: 17 June, 2014

8 AM Pickup Lambeth United Church
8:30 AM Pickup Woodstock Quality Inn
10:15 to 12:00 Palatine's Rose Nursery, 2108 Four Mile Creek Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
12:30-1:45 Lunch at Chateau Des Charmes Winery, 1025 York Road, St. David's. ON
2:00-3:00 Tour of Winery & Wine Tasting
3:30-4:30 Mori Gardens & Design Center, 1709 Old Stone Road, Niagara-on-the -Lake.

The travel time on the return trip from Mori Gardens to Woodstock is 1 1/2 hours then onto Lambeth United Church is 45 minutes. We will be travelling on Badder Bus Lines with a WC & AC.

Purchases may be made at Palatine Roses, the Winery & at Mori Gardens. Please bring your own labeled container for your purchases.

Payment of $60.00 for Members and $70.00 for Non-Members.
If you wish, please bring your own 'coffee break' for the morning ride. Water and light snacks will be available on the bus.
Your own personal insurance will be your coverage for the day trip.

Please phone Anne Walker at 519-631-9313 to let her know that you are planning to attend. If possible, we ask that you contact Anne by July 2nd of your intention. Or contact Anne via her email

Your cheque for either $60.00 or $70.00 to the William Saunders Rose Society may be mailed to:
Anne Walker, Treasurer WSR Society, 63 Confederation Drive, St. Thomas ON N5P 3P3.

Spring News

We have managed to survive a Canadian winter! However, many of us, who have live charmed lives over the last 20 years and not protected our climbing roses (unlike our esteemed Treasurer and President of National-Roses-Canda, Harry McGee) lost every climbing, rose-cane to the ground. We thought global warming was fact. Nature proved us wrong, and we are ruing the day. Nevertheless, everything is bouncing back, and blooms should reward us for our patience soon.

Events for 2014

Early Blooming Roses Exhibition
Saturday, 24 May 2014
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
63 Confederation Drive, St.Thomas
Everyone is invited to attend and enter roses Light Refreshments Bring a lawn chair

'Wine and Roses' Bus Trip Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Visit Palatine Rose Nursery near Niagara-on-the-Lake
Tour of Chateau de Charmes Winery
$60.00 for members
$70.00 for non-members
Lunch Included

Fall Roses Show
Saturday, 6 September 2014
1:00 p.m.
Degroot's Nursery
1840 London Road, Sarnia

Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 8 November 2014
St.Thomas Public Library, St.Thomas

For more information, contact Elisabeth Bond at (519) 485-1848 Or Anne Walker at (519) 631-9313

9 March, 2013

Hello fellow rose enthusiasts and gardeners:

Spring is just around the corner. I'm sure that you are all awaiting it's arrival as much as I am. Soon we will be outdoors to enjoying our gardens.

I hope that you have been able to get out to some of the garden festivals and shows that explode onto the scene in March. The Board is trying to have our 2013 Wm. Saunders Rose Society Events List available at each event. We hope to have a good turn out for our Open Garden Event at Rosehaven on Saturday, June 29th and for the bus trip to Pickering Roses/Toronto Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, July 3rd. Be sure to invite all your family and friends.

As this year's W.S.R.S. President, I am excited about the upcoming year. I look forward to working with this year's board members Richard Cartwright, Roland Craig, Harry McGee, Liz Taylor, and Alan Whitfield and welcome Anne Walker to the Board.

I look forward to seeing you at some or all of our events and meetings.

Happy Spring

Elisabeth Bond

March General Meeting
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Room of the St.Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street, St.Thomas. Parking is available across the street at the City Hall parking lot.

Early Blooming Roses Exhibition
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Rosebank, 41 Outer Drive in Lambeth.

Rose Garden Open House
Saturday, June 29th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. at Rose Haven, 8733 Reilly Drive, Mt.Brydges. There will be refreshments, door prizes, music, roses and garden-related items for sale. Also information about caring for roses and demonstrations.

Bus Trip to Pickering Nurseries
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. This is a great opportunity to visit the rose fields at Port Hope. See how roses are budded and grown in the field. There will be a stop on the way back for a visit to the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The $60.00 price includes dinner. Contact Elisabeth Bond at (519) 485-1848 to book a seat.

Annual Rose and Flower Shows:
Lambeth Horticultural Society's 38th Annual Rose and Flower Show

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 starting at 1:00 p.m. at Lambeth United Church at the corner of Main Street and Colonel Talbot Rd in Lambeth. The $5.00 entry fee includes a tearoom, baked goods and the opportunity to win door prizes. This year's theme is 'Back to the Farm' with design classes reflecting rural life. For details check our website
St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society Annual Rose and Flower Show
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Monsignor Morrison Catholic School, 10 South Edgeware Road, St Thomas. Floral designs will be based on the theme is 'Full Steam Ahead', honouring the city's long railway heritage. You can view the show schedule at

Celebrate Simonet
by Harry McGee

The winter solstice is past, and the days are lengthening. This is the year that we referred to last summer when we said to ourselves as gardeners do, ?h well, it will be better next year? This is the year!

It is also another year of opportunity for the ongoing saga that is National-Roses-Canada. The federation and its member rose societies are a vital part of the Canadian horticultural horizon. Two years ago, we celebrated the federation? tenth anniversary. Last year we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Isabella Preston? arrival in Canada, and by the end of the year we had secured an institutionally maintained garden at Guelph University dedicated to her rose hybrids ? those that can be found. By the end of the year, we read in this journal what an Austrian rose man had to say in praise of Miss Preston? roses and her ?atricia Macoun?in particular. We had raised the world? consciousness level of her roses.

What will we promote this year? In 1903, one of our most significant rose hybridizers was born in Vimpelles, France. At 16, he came with his big sis to Edmonton. She wanted to marry a Canadian soldier returned home after WWI. Robert Simonet wanted adventure in a big new land that didn? get shot up and bombed every few years by its neighbours.

Bob Simonet came here unschooled but he learned English and while working in local greenhouses by summer, and stoking hospital furnaces by winter, he studied library books on genetics. He applied what he learned and believe it or not, became wealthy as a plant propagator, having found some secret processes for producing stable double petunias. When he turned to roses, he bred some hardy specimens which he gave to Felicitas Svejda when she visited him in Edmonton. She used them as stud roses and as a result, their blood runs in some of her great triumphs such as ?ohn Cabot?

Bob Simonet left some of his roses to friends when he died at 86 having lost all memory to Alzheimer?. Some have been collected at the Devonian Botanic Garden west of Edmonton. If you remember, I visited that garden last July while it was receiving a heavy watering by Mother Nature, and I spoke to the rose friends gathered there about Robert Simonet and other rose luminaries who lived and worked in the area.

I think we should celebrate in 2013 the 110th birthday of this remarkable gentleman who was the very model of the self-made man. He was unaffected by wealth, humble, and generous to all comers. This year, I will give a little extra fertilizer to my Simonet-bred rose introduced by others as ?r. F.L. Skinner? And I will propose to the board of N-R-C to approve working with and supporting our colleagues at the Devonian Botanic Gardens (a ward of the U of Alberta) in replicating the kind of thing that happened in 2012 at the U of Guelph ? dedicate a distinct retrospective garden of Robert Simonet roses ? and maybe an adjunct consisting of descendants of those roses.

I wish all readers a rosy and prosperous new year.
Permission to reprint has been given by National-Roses-Canada.

September 17, 2011

We have been offered Kordes?Freelander roses that Palatine has been told they cannot sell retail, only wholesale. However, we can order this fall for pick up in the spring by Roland Craig or Ken Barks. Available are:

Terra Pompon, Queen of Hearts, Toscana Freelander, First Gold Free, Golden Free, Mondiale, Magma, Bonanza Free, Safari, Nicole Free, Party Dress, Red Taifun, Taifun, Peach Taifun, Red Queen, Lovely Antique, Caramel Antique, Corrie Free, Sweet Antique, Yellow Shake, Laguna Free, Spicy Antique, Eliza Free, White Orkan, Samba Free, Countess Sonja, Old Fashon Pompon, Masquerade Free, Red Frutilia, Big Frutilia, Mandy Free, Red Giant Free

Prices will be determined depending on orders, but will not be any more than 2012. Check last years 2011 Palatine Catalogue for colours, etc.

Remember this is a one last chance to buy these on an individual basis, and we would need a minimum of 10 per variety to order otherwise. The sooner we order the better the selection. Order through Roland Craig 519-264 1406, or Ken Barks 519-485-1515

August Bulletin

Fellow Rose Lovers, I hope all your Roses are perking up after the rain we have had. I know my own ones are. It has not been an easy task keeping on top of the weeds in the heat. I have tried to do a little each day.

The Poker garden tours have been going along quite well, although they could have had a few more people. The last one will be at Degroots in Sarnia on Sep 10, along with our Fall Show, and I hope to show you some pictures of New Releases and Seedlings from Australia, compliments of Ross Roses in Queensland.

Our friend Bill Lovelock from Sarnia is moving and has about 20 roses to give to new homes. Phone him at 519-332-0588 or email him at You could pick them up at the Sept meeting. A list of them: Grim Brothers (shrub), Nicole (freelander), Beverly (fl), Earthquake (mini cl), Tineke (florist rose), Dolly Pardon (ht), Cherry Freelander, Solero (shrub), Pop Warner (ht), William Shakespeare 2000 (Austin), Chihully (fl), Yorkshire Bank (ht), Hocus Pocus (florist rose), Red Intuition (ht), Masquerade (freelander), Nicole (fl), Daybreaker (fl), George Burns (fl), Sheila? Perfume (fl), South Africa (Gfl), Baracole (ht), Grande Amore (Gfl), Veterans Honor (ht), Rock & Roll (fl), Magma Freelander, Dainty Bess (ht cl), Soroptimist International (mini).

On a trip to Scotland in July, I visited the Cocker Family in Aberdeen, where I was shown around the Rose Fields by Ann Cocker--- very impressive, however I did not have my camera with me--- sorry. I also judged the Old Hamstocks Show, and for a Small Village to get these numbers: 351 Adult Entries and just over 200 Juniors, was impressive. It took me close to 3 hours to complete. On my return to Mt Brdges, however, I collected 25 5 gallon pails of dead heads from my gardens, and I was only away 12 days.

The Bus trip to Niagara was a big success thanks to the hard work of Elisabeth Bond. Thank you, Liz. Those of you who missed it, even in the heat, would have seen some wonderful roses at Palatines, where Eva and Rene made us very welcome and still had plenty for sale--- buy 2 get 1 free. I came home with 7 which were planted the next day in 37 degree heat.

Get your thinking caps on as our Elections will be coming soon at the November meeting. Nominate someone for the Board of Directors.

That? my report from a very busy Summer, and I do hope you can join us at Degroots in Sept and bring Roses. We have classes for any Rose you have.

Happy Summer Roland Craig President WSRS.

Poker Garden Tour, Summer 2011

Here is an opportunity to visit manby members' gardens. A card will be drawn at each garden visited during the season. The best hand accumulated by the last stop, the Sarnia Rosefest in September, wins a prize. The Early Blooming Roses Show is the first stop on the Poker Garden Tour. The Rosefest at Sarnia in September will be the last stop on the tour.

All gardens will be open from 11:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m.

28 May, Ken and Julie Barks, 164 Margaret Street, Ingersoll

11 June, Ron Foster, 14 Lyford Court, St.Thomas

18 June Elisabeth Bond, 263 Oxford Street, Ingersoll

9 July, Alan Whitfield, 10 Torrington Crescent, London

23 July, Lloyd Megerle, 5033 Harper Street, London

6 August, Roland Craig, 8733 Reily Drive, Strathroy-Caradoc, Middlesex County

20 August, Harry McGee, 41 Outer Drive, Lambeth

10 September, Rosefest, Degroot's Nursery, 1840 London Road, Sarnia

The President's Report, May 2011

I hope all my fellow Rose lovers are managing to get some things done in your gardens. It's been slow going this year with the cool wet Spring Weather. It is spring, or did I miss a Season.

I brought 33 new Roses from Palatines in April. That makes 496 now I think. Allen and I had a total of between 70 & 80 in the truck. Mine are all planted with 8 more due any day from Pickering Nurseries. I was out unmounding, pruning and planting in the rain and even snow. It takes around 2 weeks to do all this at Rosehaven.

The Polker Tour will start at our Early Bloomers Show. I hope we have some blooms by May 28 at Ken & Julie Barks home, 164 Margaret St,Ingersol. Please try to come. A complete schedule will be in the minutes or at the show.

It also looks very promising for a Bus Tour to Niagara Parks and Palatines, tentatively for July 20th, starting from Lambeth. As drivers are only allowed a set time on the road now, our new board member, Elizabeth Bond, is working on price to include possibly a meal before returning home. Palatines have assured me there will be at least 10% discount or a special on. Details will be out no later than the Early Bloomers Show. We look for your support.

We had a sucessful day at Seedy Saturday in March, handing out flyers and talking Roses to the public. Thank you, Harry Magee and Bill Lovelock, for your help at the booth.

I received a CD from Ross Roses of Austrailia and hope to show it on screen at Degroots in September. It contains New Releases and Seedlings on test.

It's going to be a very busy summer for WSRS and me. Please help by showing your support in our ventures. It's your Society. Let's make it work.

Roland Craig, President

March, 2011

Fellow Rosarians:

Happy New Year Everyone. Soon the snow will be gone and it will be time to enjoy our roses again for another season. The new Board and I, with newcomer Elisabeth Bond, look forward to an exciting year in which we will need your support to make it a success.

Don't forget to renew your membership and send it to Alan Whitfield, 10 Torrington Crescent, London N6C 2V9 or any of the executive or just come to the next meeting when Richard Cartwright will speak to us on Antique and Shrub Roses on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 285 Wellington Street in St Thomas.

There will be a Membership and Promotional table at the London-Middlesex Master Gardeners' Seedy Saturday event at the Carling Heights Optimists Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street, London on Saturday, 19 March. There will be many speakers, seminars, and of course, venders from which you can purchase seeds, etc. Hope to see you there.

I will be going to Palatine Fruit & Roses Nursery near Niagara-on-the-Lake again on 13 April. If any of you want something to be picked up, please make all the payments in advance and advise them that I will be picking them up as they are extremely busy at that time. Also, our Port Burwell members Jean and Antoinette Chaleyssin have a list on our web site of Dorchester Rose Nurseries varieties at $10 each. Check it out. Their quality is of a high standard. However, you must order them through Jean at (519) 874-4371. He has an ?n?there. We should take advantage of this offer.

Coming up after the March meeting, we will again have an Early Bloomers Show which this year will be at Ken and Julie Barks home at 164 Margaret Street in Ingersoll on 28 May. Let's see if we can do better than the 120 entries in 2010. A summer Poker Run garden tour is being worked on and a possible Bus Trip with details to follow. There will be a meeting at Degroots Nursery in Sarnia. The date is to be confirmed.

That's It for now.

Happy Spring

- President Roland Craig

March General Meeting

Saturday, 12 March, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 285 Wellington Street (northeast corner of Third Avenue and Wellington Street) in St.Thomas. Richard Cartwright will give a slide show about 'Antique and Shrub Roses'. Parking is available behind the building, off of Third Avenue.

Sadie Brooks

1927 ?2010

On 15 December 2010, one of our long- standing members, Sadie Brooks, passed away. Ms.Brooks grew roses along the edge of the driveway and in the backyard of her house on Ross Street in London. She was a trophy winner at both the London and Lambeth Flower Shows.

At last year's Early Bloomers Rose Show at Harry McGee's house, I remember that Sadie was proud of the blooms from the dark red Hybrid Tea roses 'Christian Dior' (Meilland, France, 1958) and 'Camara' (Delbard, France, 1978) that were among the other roses that she had brought for display.

The Rose Man and the Prime Minister

by Richard W. Cartwright

On 25 December 2010, one of Canada's best known rose promoters, Jack McIntyre, past away in Kingston, Ontario. He was 95 years old.

His claim to fame will be his lasting impression on Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Mr.McIntyre became involved in the 'Plant a Rose For Peace' program. Plans were for the 'Peace' rose (Meilland, France, 1942) to be planted in different countries around the world.

Special beds of 'Peace' roses were going to be planted at the Prime Minister's residence, 22 Sussex Drive, and the Governor-General's home at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. When Mr.McIntyre met the Prime Minister, he was asked why he was wearing a red rose in his lapel. The reply was ? always wear a rose, it makes me feel good? And so, Mr.Trudeau took up the custom of having a red rose in his button hole.

In May of 2010, Mr.McIntyre met Justin Trudeau, son of the late Prime Minister and now a member of the federal parliament, when he was visiting Kingston. He took the opportunity to attach a rose to Mr.Trudeau's lapel.

- Permission to reprint has been given by National-Roses-Canada.

September News

Fellow Rosarians:

Like most folks, I have also placed an order with Palatine and Pickering nurseries for next spring - 33 rose bushes in all. Some that I would have liked to have are already SOLD OUT. So if you want some, order them soon. I will be going to Ren?and Eva Schmitz's nursery near Niagara-on-the-Lake on 13 April 2011.

Another great show at Degroot's nursery in September. Thank you everyone who brought entries. Our friend Steve Elkerton entertained us with some wonderful pictures of his trip to Japan.

On 13 November 2010 {note the date change}, we have someone from Lee Valley Tools coming to demonstrate ergonomic tools to help our aging bodies. It is also our annual elections time.

On a sadder note on behalf of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society, we send condolences to Allan Whitfield on the passing of his dear wife, Winifred. Allan himself has not been great since our last meeting but is on the mend. Now take care my friend.

That's all for now, hope to see you all at the meeting.

- President Roland Craig

November Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 13 November, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church Hall, 4307 Colonel Talbot Road,.Lambeth. A representative from Lee Valley Tools will demonstrate specially-designed gardening tools. Parking is available across the street.

People's Choice

The following were voted the best roses on display at the meeting of 11 September 2010:


Also known as 'Altus', DELmur, and 'Sublimely Single', this climber was introduced by G. Delbard in 1966. It produces large 12.5cm. (5in.), single blooms with a cupped to flat form. The flowers are described as medium red with about seven petals and prominent yellow stamens and grow in clusters. They have a mild clove scent. Continuously flowering. It can get to a height of 455cm. (15ft.). Shade tolerant. Very disease resistant. The parentage is given as T?or x seedling.

Festival Jubilee

Orange-coloured striped sport of 'Fred Loads' ('Dorothy Wheatcroft' x 'Orange Sensation', Loads, 1967), it can revert to its parent. The near single-petaled blooms are about 8cm. (3in.) across. Glossy foliage. Grows slightly shorter than 'Fred Loads'. Autumn re-bloom. Discovered by Ogilvie, United Kingdom. Introduced in 1986.

Heavenly Rosalind

Synonymous with 'AUSmash'. Bred by David Austin and introduced in 1995. A single-petaled rose with a moderate scent. The flowers are medium-sized with light pink inner petals and medium pink outer petals. Some blooms will appear later in the season. It gets to about 90cm. (3ft.) tall. Dull, dark green, leathery leaves. 'Shropshire Lass' (Austin, 1968) x 'Heritage' (Austin, 1984).

Hope for Humanity

A shrub rose which grows from 150 to 215cm. (5 to 7ft.). It was bred by Lynn M. Collicutt and Davidson as part of the Agriculture Canada Parkland Series and introduced in 1998. The blooms are semi-double, dark red, about 3.9cm. (1.5in.) in diameter and appear in clusters. There is a moderate fragrance. This cultivar can be used as a pillar rose. Disease resistant. ('Prairie Princess' x Morden Armorette') x ('Morden Cardinette' x K1). Named to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Red Cross.

Ice Girl

Alternative names include 'Ice-girl Panarosa' and 'KORmistiana'. One of the members of the Freelander Series of roses produced by W. Kordes & Son of Germany. These roses are great for cutting due to their long vase life. 'Ice Girl' has small, ivory white flowers with a strong scent. The blooms are double and full. The bushes get to about 120cm. (4ft.) tall. The foliage is semi-glossy and dark green. It was introduced in 2002.

Savoy Hotel

Also known as HARvintage. This bush produces light pink flowers with a darker reverse. The Large-Flowered roses are large, full with many petals, and of the high-centred exhibition shape. It gets to a height between 90 and 120cm. (3 to 4ft.) and is considered disease resistant. Continuous bloomer. Slight fragrance. The leaves are medium-sized, semi-glossy and dark green. An international medal winner. Harkness & Co. Ltd. of England introduced this variety in 1989. 'Silver Jubilee' (Large-Flowered Rose, Crocker, 1978) x 'Amber Queen' (Cluster-Flowered Rose, Harkness, 1983).

St. Cecilia

Other names include 'Ausmit'. An Austin English rose, the blooms are light, buff pink with a strong fragrance resembling myrrh. They are double, medium-sized, and have a cupped form. The blooms are good for cutting. The flowers appear occasionally later in the season. This cultivar was introduced in 1987. The plant gets to about 90cm. (3ft.) in height. 'Wife of Bath' (Austin, 1969) x seedling.

The Fairy This old favourite was introduced by Bentall of England in 1932. The small, double, pink flowers appear all through the growing season. The bush has an arching, compact habit. Height from 60 to 120cm. (2 to 4ft.). Shade tolerant. Very disease resistant. It is classified as a Polyantha. 'Paul Crampel' x 'Lady Gay' (Hybrid Wichuriana Rambler, Walsh, 1905).


Botanica's Roses.

September 2010 Buletin

Hi Folks,

Has it been hot enough for you?

All clubs have their ups and downs ?we are no exception.

I sadly received Sophie Borowski's resignation from the Board. Sophie was to take over as Treasurer this coming November, so we are looking for someone to step in.

Also, our old friend and past member Fred Kristoff has not had a good year so far due to illness. I think that he and Ruth have only been to one show so far. If you are in his neighbourhood in Aylmer, drop in and say, ?i. Get well soon, Fred?

To those in Aylmer who send out show schedules for the local fair, in the last two years, the schedules have been late or not sent out at all. People do not know what to bring or when. There were always quite a few rose classes. I for one used to attend.

On the lighter side, a welcome to Ed Jermyn of St.Thomas for winning the Wm. Saunders Rose Society Novice Award at the St.Thomas Flower Show. His garden was also on their horticultural society's garden tour. Very impressive.

I also had the honour with Harry McGee to entertain Peter and Bonita Cattell from Australia, and on my invitation, they stayed over and came to the St.Thomas Show. Bonita must have taken hundreds of pictures of the show as well as Harry's garden and mine.

What's on the Agenda at the September 11th Meeting at Degroots Nursery in Sarnia is Steve Elkerton speaking on two rose gardens he visited in Japan. Also, our 'Anything Goes' Fall Show will take place. Bring out your roses. It will feature prizes of $10.00 for the People's Over-all Choice and $5.00 for the People's Choice in each rose class, donated by Harry McGee. Rose classes and voting will be the same as last year.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place On November 13th at Lambeth Trinity Church, and staff from Lee Valley Tools will speak and show ergonomic tools to save our aging bodies.

That's it for now. Try to encourage interested folks to join us, and and those who used to come to our meetings to rejoin us.

- President Roland Craig

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 13 November, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, Lambeth. Demonstration of custom gardening tools from Lee Valley Tools.

by Harry McGee

It may have been a first; the first time earliest blooming roses were put on display long before Hybrid Tea roses were ready to appear on the show bench.

A very safe date of May 29 was picked to try this experiment. At 9:30 a.m., VP Ken Barks backed his pickup up the long driveway and we began to unload all the props he collected for the fest. The trumpet-shaped iron supports were lined up on the concrete and two sheets of 4' x 8' heavy plywood were fixed to them, end to end, and covered with plastic sheeting. The host produced five table cloths to dress up the surface. President Roland Craig arrived and set out a few vases of roses which a light breeze toppled. Lesson 1: no matter how fine the day, a display of flowers in vases must be an inside event. The tables were moved into the hastily cleared garage.

Out at the street end of the driveway, a marquee was erected to shade a welcome table, and signage was created on the spot. The gardens of Rosebank were filled with iris, camasia, peonies and shrub roses in full regalia. Even a tulip tree beside the show room was festooned with flowers.

By 10:30 a.m. the roses began to arrive. Bill Lovelock came in from Sarnia with a box of roses that included several miniature roses. Minis were not expected but the spring was so early and warm that roses were two to three weeks earlier than normal. He entered an incredible cluster of pink ?elix Leclerc?roses that dominated the 16' long table for the day. It came from a well established bush 10' high and just as wide; one he acquired when it was still known as U-11.

Ron Foster of St. Thomas contributed a number of early roses including a stunning spray of ?innipeg Parks? It came from a modest waist-high bush in his garden. A garden that features a 12' ?ohn Cabot? To my judge? eye, those two roses, ?elix?and ?innie?were unsurpassed on the bench.

Tom Cox arrived with a rose I had never laid eyes on before. It was a Rosa giraldii in cultivation as a species since 1897 according to the Combined Rose List. He had grown it from seed acquired in Italy. It was a fragile pink single. Peter Beales writing in Botanica? Roses attributes the rose to China. This fest has turned into a unique experience for the rose connoisseur.

While giraldii was a surprise entry, it was not the only species present. Rosae acicularis, blanda, foetida bicolour, glauca, harisonii, hugonis, and nutkana were present. Tell me when you last saw those species at a rose show? A wand of ?arison? Yellow?stood 23?high. The shortest wand of a species rose was ?ustrian Copper?at 14?

Speaking of wands, the tallest was measured at 33?and it belonged to ?anary Bird? ?eranium?was not far behind at 30? Hardly distinguishable from species, these cultivars were joined by ?ouis Riel?and the little ?oorenbos Selection? a deep red single with the stunning oddity of shading to black red toward the middle of bloom. Daughters of R.blanda were both present as ?etty Bland?(Skinner) and ?elen Bland?(Wright).

Early Canadian hybridizers were represented by ?gnes?(Saunders), ?rairie Dawn? ?rairie Youth?and ?etis?(all Godfrey and Harp), ?arie Bugnet?and ?h??e Bugnet?(Bugnet), ?ddie? Jewel?(Eddie), ?rinda? (Preston), ?asagaming? ?ill Alderman? ?rs. John McNabb? ?uzanne? Betty Bland? and ?kinner? Red?(all Skinner), ?azeldean? ?elen Bland? and ?eager Wheeler?(all Wright), ?akwa?Wallace), ?r. F. L. Skinner?(Simonet), ?urora?and ?rairie Peace?(Erskine), ?ssiniboine? ?orden Centennial?and ?orden Blush?(all Marshall).

The ten Antique roses that appeared on the bench were impressive. At least half of them were brought by Richard Cartwright. His most notable was ?espres ?Fleurs Jaune? Stephen Elkerton contributed ?oseraie de l?a? and Harry McGee, ?ose ?Parfum de l?a?? ?lanc Double de Coubert?was contributed by each of Ron Foster, Tom Cox and Alan Whitfield, showing how popular it is in Canadian gardens.

Eight Austin roses turned up principally from the major collections of Ron Foster and Roland Craig. However the deepest red Austins, ?he Dark Lady?and ?radescant? were contributed by Ken Barks and Richard Cartwright respectively.

Nine miniature varieties were on display, mostly from the garden of Bill Lovelock. And four Explorer cultivars came in. There were three climbers and one mini climber. A number of shrub roses appeared, the most recently introduced of which was ?arefree Sunshine?(2002) contributed by Stephen Elkerton.

What was entirely unexpected was a number of H.T.s that came along earlier than normal owing to the earliest spring in a long time. Sadie Brooks entered several including ?hristian Dior? ?elen Traubel? and ?amara? There was also a sprinkling of grandiflora/floribundas such as Bill Lovelock? ?herry Parfait? an eye-catching combination of red and ivory by Meilland (2001).

Some contributors brought in unidentified roses and since there were three rose judges present, an effort was made to name them. Also one seedling was entered, ?ikely from Rosa nitida or ?lchymist?. All in all, there were 120 entries! They came from eleven contributors. There were no defined classes nor much organization at all, as no one had much idea of what would appear. There was no judging; just a celebration of all the earliest roses that hitherto have never had any exposure to the public.

Liz Taylor disappeared into the host? kitchen at 3:00 p.m. and emerged with three big pitchers of lemonade and plates of cookies. Food is a traditional element of W.S.R.S. meetings. A few people came just to see the May rose show. One was a recent recruit from Ingersoll and she brought her father who coincidentally maintained the gardens of Rosebank until infirmity forced him to retire. Bernie Vermunt had a good reunion with his favourite plants.

There was a good feeling of camaraderie surrounding the event, showcasing roses that until today had never had a chance to be seen. Probably a first..

This day, the W.S.R.S. gave Canadians a novel view of roses, very early roses. It has now established a reputation for new ideas and new deeds. What will it be tomorrow?

- Permission to reprint has been given by National-Roses-Canada.

A Rare, Early Rose Show

Celebrating the first roses to bloom--- who ever heard of such a thing, in London, Ontario? Well, not exactly London, but Lambeth, just outside of town, at Rosebank, the private garden of Harry McGee.

So what's so strange? This is May! May 29th, we celebrated those roses that have usually come and gone by the time the hybrid teas and floribundas are shown in their high-centred beauty. In this show, we had token HTs, like Fryer's Belle Epoque, Helen Traubel and Folklore. I don't remember a floribunda. There were minis, like Jean Lajoie and Glowing Amber. There were token Austins, like Winchester Cathedral, Constance Spry and Tradescant. But the bulk of the roughly 80 cultivars were early blooming roses, the earliest of which are Father Hugo, Canary Bird and Rosa primula. There were a bevy of Rugosas: alba, Henry Hudson, Scabrosa, Therese Bugnet, Roseraie de l'Hay, Agnes, Parfum de l'Hay and Hansa. There were Canadian rarities, like Assiniboine, Will Alderman, Seager Wheeler and a bunch of other Skinner's. And then the standards, like Morden Sunrise, Wm. Baffin and a spectacular Felix Leclerc, a Sjevda only recently released, a brilliant mid-pink, disease-free top to bottom season long. There was a Russian rose, Rosa giraldii, grown from seed by Tom Cox, and other species like Rosa blanda.

Who would have thought it. Maybe such a show isn't a rarity elsewhere. It is here. There were over a hundred entries. Awesome!

May Bulletin

Rose lovers everywhere, finally May is here and all our unmounding and pruning should be done.

We are planting our newly acquired roses. My personal collection has increased to 453 this year with only four losses over the winter: 'Rio Samba', 'Sexy Rexy', 'Joseph's Coat' and 'Blue Girl' which I have potted up and placed in my Poly house. 'Blue Girl' is now showing a single shoot so never count them out. I have also started fertilising with 6-12-7 and compost.

Very soon ?May 29 - we will host another first for the W.S.R.S. with an early bloomers show at Rosebank Gardens, the home of Harry McGee, 41 Outer Drive in Lambeth. With our early spring there should be a good number of blooms. Please come and spend an afternoon with us and view the Rosebank Gardens.

If you have not already renewed your membership do it soon so that you do not miss a copy of this newsletter. Our Treasurer Alan Whitfield, (519) 681-8686, at 10 Torrington Crescent, London, would love to hear from you or contact Sophia Borowski, (519) 668-6738, at 520 Huntington Place, London.

Perhaps you could get your children or grandchildren involved in your gardens this year. It is important to pass on our skills and methods to the younger generation who are the Rosarians of the future.

At our September 11 meeting in Degroots Nursery in Sarnia, Steve Elkerton will talk and show pictures of his recent trip to Japan, and we will again have our Fall show.

Have a good and happy rose growing summer.

- President Roland Craig

Early Blooming Roses Show

Bring your rose blooms on Saturday, 29 May at 1:00 p.m. to the garden of Harry McGee, 41 Outer Drive, Lambeth.

Overlooked Roses

The following is based on an article written by Harry McGee for the January 2010 issue of the 'Journal of National-Roses-Canada'.

?ather Hugo?(Rosa hugonis)
Arguably the first rose to bloom in the spring, this ferny leafed rose grows over 2 m in height and just as wide. Depending how early and warm the spring is, it can bloom between 5 May and 25 May in SW Ontario. The 3 cm diameter flowers open along the cane, three to five at a time, edging slowly toward the tip. The bush is fairly dense, so that when in full bloom it appears smothered in primrose yellow flowers. It is native to north central China from where missionary Father Hugo Scallan sent its seeds to Europe about 1899.

?anary Bird?
Blooming a day later on average, this boisterous offspring of ?ather Hugo?and Rosa xanthina is slightly taller than its parent, has flowers slightly larger, brighter, and has a more appealing fragrance. Like the species, it produces spectacular wands of canary yellow just as the days are growing warm and the weather fine. It is a very happy rose.

This is an Alberta rose found by Robert Erskine. It stood out from the other provincial emblem roses it was growing among. It is a mutation of Rosa acicularis ?this one is red instead of pink. It is a strong grower about four feet high (1.2 m) and spreads underground aggressively. It is single and emits a wild rose perfume that makes life a pleasure. In 2009, it bloomed on the 21st of May.

Rosa acicularis
This species rose was selected by the province of Alberta as its provincial floral emblem. It is a pink single rose that is typically a metre tall and suckers moderately. It blooms more often than not at Pentecost. It prefers alkaline soil and will grow well in acidic soil if you give it a little horticultural lime.

Frank Skinner created this rose at Dropmore, Manitoba, from Rosa laxa and Rosa pimpinellifolia parentage. It is low growing (about two feet or 70 cm high), cast iron hardy and irrepressible for suckering. It produces lots of 27-petalled flowers that are pale pink and loosely formed. It blooms about 22 May and is recurrent. Historically, it found its way into many more advanced Canadian and American roses including one of the most successful roses of all time, Champlain.

Another rose by Frank Skinner, this one is named after a lake in Manitoba. It has Rosa rugosa and Rosa acicularis in its heritage. It stands about 6 feet (2 m) and produces large pink 36-petalled roses of good conformation. The first flush is plentiful but skimpy later in the year. The fragrance is not remarkable, but the rose is hardy and dependable.

?rairie Peace?
This rose was in bloom on the 24th of May in 2009. It is Robert Erskine? best rose. He named it because it has the same colouration as ?eace?but its conformation and parentage are entirely different. Its bloom is roughly 10 cm in diameter composed of 25 large wavy petals. It is a product of Mr Erskine? stable of pink roses and Percy Wright? ?azeldean? It suckers moderately and is hardy. It is recurrent in late summer.

?ddie? Jewel?
Opening in the last days of May, this colossus of a rosebush grows 8 feet (2.5 m) tall. Henry Eddie created it in British Columbia. It is a hybrid of Rosa moyesii and is a stunning sight when loaded with fiery red blossoms that are 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The flowers have nine petals. They may repeat but it is not assured. Likewise it may produce orange hips the size of crabapple.

Also opening at the end of May, this tall shrub stands 6 feet (2 m) high and the dense foliage is ferny. It is covered with cream coloured little flowers having 30 petals on average. It is remarkable for its perfume. Produced by John Wallace in Alberta, it was named after a little river originating in the Rockies near his acreage at Beaverlodge.

Canada? first rose, it will bloom at the end of May if the spring is early. Hybridized by William Saunders and named after his wife, it is an angular plant roughly 6 feet (2 m) tall. Having Rosa rugosa as a parent, the foliage is somewhat rugose. And having Rosa foetida persiana as the other parent, it produces big 67-petalled blossoms that are pale amber in colour. In very favourable growing conditions it will repeat?sparsely ?later in the summer.

If the spring is early, ?ssiniboine? ?eager Wheeler? ?ouis Riel? ?etis? and ?arison? Yellow?(Rosa harisonii) will also join the crowd in bloom. But that cannot be assured. The first four are all Canadian-bred roses, and all of the above are hardy.

Permission to reprint has been given by National-Roses-Canada.

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March 2010 Bulletin

Fellow Rose Lovers, the spring of 2010 is fast approaching when we will find out if all our winter protection was successful. New roses will arrive in April looking for new homes in our gardens. As your new President, and with your support, the new Board and I will work to make this another successful year.

It seems that our area is just outside the loop of excellent speakers. No one seems to want to travel long distances any more. However, we will keep working on it. At the March meeting, we will have Anita Rychlo of Annelid Cycle coming to speak to us on Composting and Organic fertilizers, all important for growing chemically free plants. Please join us on March 6, 2010 at the St. Thomas Public library at 1 pm. We will also discuss planting those new roses.

Hoping for your support,

Roland C Craig

The following is the first part of an article dealing with an often over-looked class of roses which first appeared in the January 2010 issue of the 'Journal of National-Roses-Canada'.

The Neglected Roses

?hy don? we celebrate the first roses of spring??Ken Barks asked this question of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society after he joined the Southwestern Ontario group in 2008. He and his wife Julie moved to Ingersoll from Peace River country a couple of years earlier and he had a number of ideas to try out. This year the Wm. Saunders Rose Society got a motion on the table and voted to have an early rose fest! We know of no other organization that has ever agreed to have a celebration of the roses that bloom in the spring. The time picked to hold this display was May 29.

It was not so long ago that most rose exhibitions were held to showcase what the industry inappropriately called Hybrid Tea roses. Fanatical devotees vied to get a ribbon or trophy for their most magnificent sixty-petal roses. ?eace?fit the bill and made a small fortune for the propagators. The zenith of the craze was probably reached with the advent of ?ordes?Perfecta?in 1957. Trouble was, these overblown beauties had to be medicated weekly to ward off fungus, and if that was not bad enough, the most successful prototypes gradually lost the gift of scent.

The roses of history were drenched in perfume but they lacked durable petals and modern colours. They were cold-shouldered by the progressive crowd to the point that heritage rose groups had to be formed to pay homage to the dowager roses.
br> Shrub roses were kept in their place in landscapes and off the show bench. All that snobbery changed when David Austin introduced some shrubs that knocked the socks off the exclusive Hybrid Tea cabal. As a matter of course, his English roses became an obsession for rose aficionados.

We see that rose expos have lightened up to be a lot more inclusive today than they were a few decades back. However the habit of timing rose shows to coincide with the bloom time of the first big Hybrid Tea roses has stuck. And this causes the world to miss seeing the wands of roses that bloom before the fat high-centred confections that the advertising world has taught the public to think of as the only kind of rose there is.

The Wm. Saunders Rose Society is about to break down the barriers and welcome the early-bird roses to come in from the cold. The little society that started to hold rose shows two years ago will welcome a display of roses that bloom for them in May, a month before the customary late June date. We are hoping for an early spring so that a lot of cultivars and species will be in bloom for the date.

Which roses will lead the parade this spring?

- Harry McGee
Permission to reprint has been given by National-Roses-Canada.

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2010 Officers and Board of Directors

President: Roland Craig (Mt.Brydges) 264-1406
V.P.: Ken Barks (Ingersoll) 485-1515
Secretary and Bulletin Editor:
Richard Cartwright (St.Thomas) 633-3939
Treasurer: Allan Whitfield (London) 681-8686
Asst. Treasurer: Sophia Borowski (London)668-6738
Directors: Tom Cox (Byron)
Ron Foster (St.Thomas) 633-2448
Harry McGee (Lambeth) 652-5728
Liz Taylor (London) 471-6511

The November 2009 Bulletin

Rose gardeners experienced excellent growing conditions in September with mild temperatures. Frost held-off until the second week of October when there was a slight dusting of snow. Some roses continued to bloom and send up new canes.

Our special October meeting in London was very well-attended with a crowd of abour fifty. Ren?Schmitz and his daughter from Palatine Fruit & Roses of Niagara-on-the-Lake brought the speaker, Thomas Proll, Manager of breeding and research for the leading German firm of W. Kordes S?ne. Mr.Proll was finishing his North American tour having stopped on both coasts addressing gardening groups from Georgia to Oregon. He learned first-hand the wide range of climates that roses are expected to grow in North America.

Mr.Proll's PowerPoint presentation showed the types of roses that Kordes has developed this past decade. Most of the varieties produce blooms that range from single to very double in petal count in an Old Garden Rose form.

There were also the latest results from this year's German rose trials. He was very proud of the the very high rankings achieved by the Kordes roses.

The meeting ended with a door prize draw for five beautiful bouquets of roses that were cut from Palatine Roses' own fields. I had been doubtful that the Schmitz's were going to be able to bring roses considering the cool, wet weather we had experienced at the beginning of October.

- President Richard W. Cartwright

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 1:00 the Ingersoll Public Library. A representative from All Treat Farms Limited will give a talk about composting.

Kordes Roses

The rose growing firm of W. Kordes' S?ne was founded in 1887 by Wilhelm Kordes I in Elmshorn near Hamburg, Germany. In 1918, the operation moved to Sparrieshoop, the present location.

The founder's son, Wilhelm II started the company tradition of rose breeding in 1920. Some of their most famous varieties have been 'Crimson Glory' (1935), 'Iceberg' (1958), 'Lilli Marleen' (1959), 'Westerland' (1969), 'Sunsprite' (1973), and 'Rosarium Utersen' (1977).

Since the late 1980's, rose breeding at Kordes has become more environmentally conscious. New breeding lines have been quickly developed. Three of their present rose collections, Fary Tale Roses, Vigorosa, and Climbing Max emphasize abundant flowers, stable colours, and disease restance.

More than 2 million garden rose bushes are grown and sold at Sparriesshoop each year. New rose development concentrates on disease restance to limit the need for spraying. In over 2 ha (5 acres) of greenhouses and 60 ha (150 acres) of fields, breeding and selection takes place. 60 ha of land are used to grow garden rose bushes.

More than 100,000 flowers using 3,000 different combinations are hand-pollinated every year. More than 500,000 seedlings are produced from the resulting seeds. Several thousand selections are then made.

The qualities examined for garden roses include disease restance, fragrance, flowering, and vigor. Testing will take a minimum of seven years. Every year, only five to seven new varieties are selected for each of these qualities.

Kordes enters roses in the ADR (Allegemeine Deutsche Rosenneuheitenpr?ung) program for testing disease restance. Independent judges evaluate new varieties at 11 trial stations throughout Germany.

Roses are examined for not only disease resistance (the most important criteria) but also winter hardiness, flower production, flower colour, flower form, fragrance, plant vigor, pest resistance, and growth habit. Sprays are not allowed during the three year trial. Kordes roses have received the ADR designation for 42 out of 102 varieties which have been designated since the year 2000.

Over 1500 varieties have been tested since the ADR program started over sixty years ago. Kordes has won more ADR certificates than other rose breeder.

The Fairytale Roses Collection feature very double blooms on strong growing bushes. 'Grim Brothers' (orange-apricot bi-colour), 'Lions' (apricot-pink), and 'Pomponella' (deep pink) have the ADR designation.

The Vigorosa Collection contains bush and groundcover roses that continually bloom producing single to very double petalled blooms. ?pricot' (apricot-pink), 'Fortuna' (single salmon), 'Innocencia' (semidouble white), 'Salmon' (salmon pink), 'Ruby' (crimson), 'Sweet' (semidouble pink), and 'Toscana' (red) varieties all received the ADR certificate.

The Cutting Garden Collection includes the Freelander roses. These varieties produce blooms which have an good to excellent vase life. 'Caramel Antique' has an old-fashioned flower form. 'Corrie' is pink with a high-centered form. 'Fantasia Mondiale' has fragrant, light pink blooms which will last from ten to twelve days after cutting.

The W. Kordes' Sohne website can be seen at

The September 2009 Bulletin

It has been another challenging summer. July was overcast and rainy. Then the heat and humidity in August brought with it blackspot, powdery mildew, and rust. Our September speaker will be addressing these problems along with the new provincial regulations on spraying.

Our special October meeting features rose breeder Thomas Proll on a rare North American tour. He chooses which roses Kordes of Germany, the world's most successful rose nursery, will introduce next.
- President Richard W. Cartwright


Our annual RoseFest will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Degroots Nursery, 1840 London Road, Sarnia. Sarnia-Lambton Master Gardener and Ontario Horticultural Association District 11 Director Jennifer Plaus will talk about 'Organic Pest and Disease Control'.

Due to the successful exposition of roses that occurred last September in Sarnia, we will again be asking everyone to bring their Fall blooms. Based on experience, a few changes are planned. (1) This time we will have a placement plan in your hand so everyone can place the roses they bring straight into the classes we created last year. That will spare us the work of moving everything around. (2) We will make a separate space for old-fashioned shapes (such as antique or Austin forms with confused or quartered or cupped shapes). (3) Eight nickels will be handed out to each attendee. Each will be on his/her honour to place a nickel beside one rose in each class that he/she considers the best entry. Only vote for one rose per class. There will then be the same number of nickels in total in each class. The rose accumulating the highest number of nickels will harvest a bonus of $10.00.

What stays the same? Anyone may enter Rosefest. Coax your friends from any distance to enter, especially those who have never shown off their roses before.

Come a half hour before 1:00 p.m. on the day of Rosefest. Bring as many roses as you wish. Bring as many exhibit type vases as you can muster (all identified with your name). We plan to have a greater supply of vases on hand to borrow. Look for the signs showing class number telling you where to place your roses. We will have pitchers of water to fill vases.

There will be no colour segregation of roses. (We discovered last year they look better when mixed.) Name your roses and conceal your own name on each one. Do not mutilate the roses you enter. (That is, do not disbud any rose just to make it look noble. Roses with sidebuds will have a class of their own.) It? okay to remove a faded rose from a tower, spray or cluster. Come to learn, and to enjoy.

Plan Of Rose Placement

Class 1: All single roses (those with five or six petals) whether they are noble (solitaires) or in sprays (like a parasol) or clusters (like grapes).
Class 2: All near-single roses (those with from seven to nineteen petals) same nobles, sprays or clusters.
Class 3: Multipetalled roses (20 or more petals) ?just those that are naturally solo on their stems, i.e. Noble.
Class 4: Multipetalled roses ?just those that have a lead bloom with sidebuds present as nature made them (the tower may have lead bloom present with buds tight or open, or lead bloom removed if faded).

October Meeting

We are very fortunate in inviting Thomas Proll, the head breeder of the rose nursery W. Kordes Sohne of Germany, to give a PowerPoint presentation on Saturday, 3 October, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. In the Wakefield Room at the Jalna Branch of the London Public Library, South London Community Centre, 1119 Jalna Boulevard, London.

If you are using Highway 401, exit north onto Wellington Road and travel to Bradley Avenue then turn west. Travel about one block on Bradley Avenue then turn south onto Jalna Boulevard. The South London Community Centre is in a park on the west side of the street.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 7 November, 2009 at 1:00 the Ingersoll Public Library.

Japanese Beetles

The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about 1.5 cm (0.6 inches) long and 1 cm (0.4 inches) wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head. It is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural enemies. But in the United States, it is a serious pest attacking about 200 species of plants, including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, and other plants.

These insects damage plants by skeletonizing the foliage, that is, consuming only the leaf material between the veins.

The larva are susceptible to a fatal disease called milky spore disease, caused by a bacterium called milky spore, Paenibacillus (formerly Bacillus) popilliae. The USDA developed this biological control and it is commercially available in powder form.

Research has shown that pheromone traps may attract more beetles than they catch, and so they have fallen out of favour. Natural repellents include catnip, chives, garlic, and tansy, as well as the remains of dead beetles. Additionally, when present in small numbers, the beetles may be manually controlled using a soap-water spray mixture. - Wikipedia

September 2009 Bulletin

Gardeners in this part of the province have experienced a long, cold winter and spring. After a slow start, rose bushes are now growing vigorously probably helped by plenty of moisture. Early-bloomers started the last week of May. Some of the tender roses are already showing colour in their buds.

New provincial regulations came into effect in April which have limted the range of chemical controls for home use. This will certainly further encourage the adoption of pest and disease resistant rose varieties.

- President Richard W. Cartwright

Rose Garden Tour and Picnic

Members along with their friends and family are invited to visit the property of Roland and Carol Craig on Saturday, 4 July 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Roland has created a rose garden featuring four hundred rose cultivars. It includes almost every David Austin rose which is available in Canada. The garden beds also feature sixty dahlias.

Their home, Rosehaven, is at 8733 Reily Drive in the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc. Take the Longwoods Road between Melbourne and Delaware, turn south at the Muncy Road and go about 1.4 km. then east onto Burwell Road and travel about 0.4 km., and east onto Reily Drive and go about 0.5 km. A barbeque and firepit will be available.

September Meeting

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Degroots Nursery, 1840 London Road, Sarnia.

Wm. Saunders Rose Society Award

The society sponsors an award at the regional shows for ?ighest Points for Roses, Any Type, Entered by a Novice? Winners receive $10.00 and a one year membership in the society.

Rose and Flower Shows

Wednesday, 24 June
'Lambeth Bicenntennial: 1809 ?2009'
Lambeth Horticultural Society, Lambeth United Church, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Information: (519) 680-3521

Saturday, 27 June
'I am a Canadian'
St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society, St.Thomas Community Christian School, 77 Fairview Avenue, St.Thomas, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Information: (519) 782-3291

Neem Oil

With the limited variety of fungicides and pesticides on the store shelves, gardeners are looking for alternatives. One of the most promising natural remedies is neem oil. It is a vegetable product extracted from the fruits and seeds of the Neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree native to the Indian subcontinent which has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most important of the commercially available products of neem for organic farming and medicines.

Neem oil is generally light to dark brown, bitter and has a rather strong odour that is said to combine the odours of peanut and garlic. It is hydrophobic in nature and in order to emulsify it in water for application purposes, it must be formulated with appropriate surfactants. Neem oil also contains steroids and triterpenoids of which Azadirachtin is the most well-known and studied.

Diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew and rust, can be controlled through the use of neem oil. It acts against insects by smothering and disrupts their ability to reproduce, and is absorbed into the plant.

Neem oil is often sold diluted as a leaf shine but concentrate is available. A small bottle of neem needs to be heated in hot water first, before measuring the amount. This is to ensure that the thick oil mixes better and pours out of the bottle easier.

Pure neem oil should be diluted at the rate of 5.2 millilitres per litre (1 teaspoon per quart or 4 teaspoons per gallon of water) and used as a foliar spray. It can be used as a soil drench at the rate of 1litre per square metre of soil (3 ounces per square foot). Adding ordinary liquid dishwashing soap greatly enhances its ability to cling to plant leaves. The dishwashing soap should be added at the rate of 3 millilitres per litre (1 tablespoon per gallon).

It can be mixed in an ordinary spray bottle for small applications. Mix neem, warm water, and the dish detergent. Shake the mixture and spray both sides of the leaves. Keep agitating the bottle once in a while as you are spraying. If any liquid is remaining, try watering the plant with this solution as it gets absorbed into the roots and through the plant.

With properly timed sprays, only three applications generally are needed to keep even highly susceptible roses disease and insect free.

Neem oil will kill beneficial insects such as bees. Avoid spraying when they are active in your garden. Before use, move ladybugs to another plant.

- Ciscoe Morris, King County Master Gardener; Gardening in Canada Forum; Wikipedia.

The March Bulletin

This past January has brought record amounts of snowfall to the region. Without severe or prolonged low temperatures (below -20?C), the snow cover has stayed longer than usual. There was no usual January thaw. Only in mid-February did the daytime highs get above freezing with any rain. We are now entering the dangerous time with periods of alternating freezing and thawing This will test new rose varieties for their degree of cold hardiness.

With municipal regulations limiting the use of chemical sprays, it has become more important to find disease resistant varieties. European nurseries have been working on the problem for years but we can now look to North American companies to market similar roses.

- President Richard W. Cartwright

Memberships Are Due

Individual $10.00
Family (same address) $15.00
Send your dues along with your name, address, telephone, FAX, and Email to:
Wm. Saunders Rose Society
10 Torrington Crescent
London ON
N6C 2V9

The Heather Farm and Classic Miniature Roses

View roses at The Heather Farm

March Meeting

Saturday, 7 March at 1:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, downstairs at the St.Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street, St.Thomas. The subject will be 'Gardens of the World'. Parking is available across the street, to the east of the Engineers Building (north of City Hall on Talbot Street).

London Civic Gardening Complex

The Friends of the Civic Gardening Complex are offering tours on Sunday, 19 April from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. A variety of gardening groups, including the Wm. Saunders Rose Society, will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. For more information, contact Stan Campion-Smith at (519) 680-3521.

Palatine Nursery

Members receive a 10% discount. Order before March 15 for spring pick-up or mail order. See Palatine Roses

Pickering Roses Nursery

Order by March 15 for spring delivery.
Their website is at Pickering Nursery

Wm. Saunders Rose Society Award

The society sponsors an award at the regional shows for ?ighest Points for Roses, Any Type, Entered by a Novice? Winners receive $10.00 and a one year membership in the society.

Black Spot Resistant Roses

The Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University has posted at their website ( an article about black spot tolerant rose cultivars. The fungus Diplocarpon rosae is the cause of one of the most important leaf problems for roses in Indiana. As we have noticed in Ontario, the disease spreads during hot, humid weather. The accompanied leaf drop lowers the plant's energy resources and interferes with flower production.

For prevention on susceptable varieties, repeated applications of fungicide is necessary. Resistant cultivars would repeat flower better and lessen the need for chemicals. These roses may still become infected but experience less damage. Unfortunately, the black spot fungus can adapt so that some varieties would lose their resistance.

The following is an excerpt of rose lists from evaluations done in Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, and Washington. Large-flowered roses: Alecs Red, Brides Dream, Canadian White Star, Chrysler Imperial, Dainty Bess, Duet, Electron*, Elina, Elizabeth Taylor, First Prize, Frederic Mistral, Granada, Helmut Schmidt*, Just Joey*, Keepsake*, Lady X, Las Vegas*, Marilyn Monroe, Marijke Koopman, Mikado, Miss All-American Beauty, Mister Lincoln, Olympiad, Otto Miller, Pascale, Peggy Rockefeller, Peter Frankenfeld*, Pink Peace, Polarstern*, Portrait, Precious Platinum*, Princess of Monaco, Pristine, Sheer Bliss, Silver Jubilee*, Smooth Lady, Sunbright, The McCartney Rose, Tiffany, Uncle Joe, and Voodoo*. Cluster-flowered and grandiflora: Angel Face, Betty Prior, Bonica*, Brass Band, Carousel, City of London, Class Act, Escapade, Europeana*, First Edition, French Lace, Goldilocks, Gruss an Aachen, Hot Cocoa, Iceberg*, Impatient*, Ivory Fashion, Lavaglut, Livin Easy, Love*, Matangi*, Montezuma, Nearly Wild, New Year*, Orangeade, Pink Parfait, Playboy*, Playgirl*, Pretty Lady, Prima Donna, Prominent, Queen Elizabeth, Razzle Dazzle, Regensburg*, Parade, Sexy Rexy*, Showbix*, Sonia, Sun Flare, Sunsprite, Tournament of Roses*, Trumpeter*, and Viva*. Shrub roses: Alba Meidiland, All That Jazz, Belinda's Dream, Carefree Beauty, Carefree Delight, Distant Drums, George Vancouver, Harrisons Yellow, Knock Out, Prairie Sunrise, Robusta, Sea Foam, Simon Fraser, The Fairy, Wanderin Wind, and Winter Sunset. Climbing roses: Dortmund*, Dublin Bay*, William Baffin. Miniature roses: Always a Lady, Beauty Secret, Black Jade, Cinderella, Green Ice, Gourmet Popcorn, Loving Touch, Magic Carrousel, Minnie Pearl, Rainbows End, Red Cascade, and Work of Art. Rugosa hybrid roses: Blanc double de Coubert, F. J. Groodendorst, Linda Campbell, Rugosa Alba, Rugosa Magnifica, Roseraie de l'Hay, and Therese Bugnet. An asterix denotes resistance also to powdery mildew and rust.

2009 Officers and Board of Directors

President and Bulletin Editor: Richard Cartwright

V.P.: Roland Craig

Secretary: Harry McGee

Treasurer: Allan Whitfield

Directors: Ken Barks, Sophia Borowski, Tom Cox, Bill Lovelock, Liz Taylor

Bulletin for the Annual General Meeting, November 2008

The September Quarterly Meeting in Sarnia exceeded expectations with a stunning educational rose display. It was quite a surprise as the roses kept coming and coming and more tables had to be set-up. It was a kaleidoscope of colour complemented by a rich variety of fragrances.

Importantly, members were able to study and compare 256 rose entries. This exhibit allowed one to finally see a variety that they might only know from photographs in books and nursery catalogues. Certain roses are considered to have an intense fragrance but everyone does not have the same sense of smell. The same can be said for colour. Rose lovers were allowed to judge these qualities for themselves.

The Peoples Choice went to Basil Kelly for a bloom of ?ouch of Class?(Kriloff, 1984), a coral-pink blend. He also received the second highest number of votes with the pale apricot-coloured ?arilyn Munroe?(Carruth, 2003).

Because of the outstanding success of this display, there are plans for one in the Fall of 2009.

- President Richard W. Cartwright

November Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, 1 November at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church at the southwest corner of the main crossroads in Lambeth. Parking is available at the lumberyard next door or across the street. Shirleyann English will give a floral demonstration of modern designs incorporating roses. Ms. English has the honour of being invited to compete in the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The Canadian Explorer Roses

A collection of articles written by Dr. Felicitas Svejda for the Journal of National Roses Canada was published this June. The Journal? editor, Harry McGee, has created a fifty-eight page, soft cover book. There are beautiful full colour photographs of each cultivar mentioned in the book. Some photographs have been provided by members of our own society. Included in the book are pedigree charts of each cultivar drawn by Dr.Svejda. The editor has provided short biographies of the explorers that the roses are named after.

Mr.McGee has helped to create is an important work which details the development of the Explorer Series of hardy Canadian roses. Because the information comes from the breeder herself, it clears up mistakes which have made their way into other books, nursery catalogues, and websites. With the existence of the world-wide internet, websites can quickly distribute the wrong information. Dr. Svedja tells us in her own words what actually happened.

Rosarians of today and tomorrow will have an accurate record of the accomplishments of one of Canada? most significant female rose breeders. To obtain a copy of the book, contact Harry McGee at (519) 652-5728.

Palatine Fruit & Roses Nursery

Members receive a 10% discount. Order before 15 March for spring pick-up or mail order delivery.

Pickering Roses Nursery

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The September Bulletin

This year, because of the calendar, the St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society hosted the oldest rose show in the area earlier than usual on June 21. Choosing that date caused a certain amount of stress on the organizing committee ?they worried whether there would be enough warm weather at the right time to bring the roses out. But there were plenty of entries, particularly by our own members who also picked-up several trophies. Hopefully in the coming weeks, this year? growing season will continue for a good autumn flush of roses in our gardens. - President Richard W. Cartwright

September Meeting

Our fall Quarterly Meeting will take place on Saturday, 6 September at 1:00 p.m. at De Groots Nursery, 1840 London Line in Sarnia. This meeting will include a display of members?roses. Everyone can bring as many nice blooms as they like, but this time come a quarter or half hour earlier than the usual 1:00 pm meeting time. Outside the meeting room will be a row of tables on which to leave each of your blooms in a small vase of your own. Make sure your name is hidden on the bottom of the vase. Then go into the meeting room for a regular meeting and a PowerPoint demo by Roland Craig about his rose experiences. When the meeting concludes, everyone will return to the roses and vote for their favourite. Once the votes are cast, the winner will receive a cash prize. Maybe it will be your rose! Maybe you have never put a rose on display before. And maybe you will be brave enough to do it again next year, and again and again.

Mayerthorpe Donation

Early this year, we contributed $100.00 to our federation, National-Roses-Canada, to buy roses to plant at the Mayerthorpe Memorial to the four Mounties who were killed by an outlaw three years ago. The monument was completed and the site officially opened on July 4th. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at the ceremony.

The N-R-C purchased over thirty hardy red roses with donations received and Paul Olsen of Edmonton ordered them and went to all kinds of trouble keeping them until they were needed. Then he planted them and they were blooming for the statue unveiling. He said the planning committee was very happy to have the donation of the roses. The Wm. Saunders Rose Society? Marian Obeda knew one of the fallen officers, Peter Schiemann, when he was a little boy in a London Sunday School. She was deeply moved at the news of his death and sponsored the motion three years ago to have the Society contribute to the fund managed by National-Roses-Canada.

Roses at the R.B.G.

The first All-Canadian Rose Show took place on June 21 and 22 in the atrium of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Roland Craig, Harry McGee, and Bill Lovelock represented the Wm. Saunders Rose Society and National-Roses-Canada with a rose display outside the atrium. On sale were potted roses donated by Pickering Nurseries of Port Hope, memberships, and rose books. The Wm. Saunders Rose Society received a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the roses.

November Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church (southwest corner at the main intersection) in Lambeth. Parking is available at the nearby lumberyard. London Garden Club member Shirleyann English will create innovative modern floral arrangements incorporating roses. Ms.English has the honour of representing Canada in the floral design section at the prestegious Chelsea Flower Show near London, England.
Tea and refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information, contact Richard at (519) 633-3939.