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Date: 20 September 2003
Quarterly Meeting


The meeting started at 1:19 p.m. at Metcalfe Gardens retirement home, St.Thomas.
1. Welcome. President Steve Elkerton welcomed 34 members and guests including Mark Disero (Brantford), Larry Lougheed (Toronto), Jane McCall (Rodney), Marion McKenzie (St.Thomas), Ed Ozog (Brantford), and Pauline Paterson (Rodney).

2. Approval of the 1 March Meeting Minutes as distributed. Moved: Paula Martin. Seconded: John Smith. Motion carried.

3. Treasurer's Report.
Bank Balance 1 March 2003 $1,388.08
Total Receipts $4,408.64
Total Expenditures $2,151.03
Balance 20 September 2003 $2,257.61
Motion: To accept Allan Whitfield's report. Moved: Bill Lovelock. Seconded: Fred Kristoff. Motion carried.

4. Report on Activities
a. National-Roses-Canada. Harry McGee reported that Doug Bradford retired as president of the Saskatchewan Rose Society and so had to resign as treasurer of the N.R.C. He has been replaced by Arnold Pittao of Lloydminster. The Website is functioning. There has been an offer to translate French language articles from the Journal into English. Several subscribers were interested. A video recording of Larry Lougheed's talk will be offered to sister societies.
b. The Bus Tour. Fred Kristoff recounted this year's trip. In 2004, there is the possibility of going west. Steve asked the Roses Forum on the Internet about information on Windsor-Detroit area gardens (Tom Taylor's with 600 to 1,000 bushes and the Edsel Ford Estate at Gross Pointe Shores), Michigan Miniature Roses Nursery (miniature roses, between Detroit and Ann Arbour), and Great Lakes Nursery (Buck, Explorer, hardy, own-root roses). There could be combined purchases already inspected. This would be a day trip. Catalogues would be obtained in advance.
c. Bulk Orders. April delivery at Harry McGee's was successful. Catalogues were on display (Pickering, Cocker's from Scotland, Palatine at Niagara-on-the-Lake). The Pickering order will be sent 22 Sept to avoid sold-out problems. Fred Kristoff will take orders for spring pick-up at Palatine.

5. New Business
a. Nominating Committee for the 2004 Board of Directors. It will consist of Steve Elkerton, Jennifer Grant, Fred Kristoff, and Harry McGee.
b. E-mail Delivery of Minutes and Bulletins. Steve requested sending them to those who would agree to receive them this way, saving the society printing and mailing costs. A third of those present agreed to receive them so.

6. Show and Tell
a. Rose Hardiness Reports. A copy of the reports is on our Website http://www3.sympatico.ca/wm.saundersrose and another will be given to the society's library. The project was suggested by an Ottawa rosarian, Rick Sauder. They are tables listing names of mainly climbers, shrubs and species roses from three local gardens, those of Paula Martin, Marian & John Obeda and Harry McGee. They list cane damage during last winter and perceived recovery by May.
b. New Books. Steve has imported from England for $14.00, a used copy of Roses by Wilhelm Kordes. Harry let Steve open a new copy of The Rose, An Illustrated History (Peter Harkness, 2003). There was also Climbing Roses of the World by Charles Quest-Ritson.
c. Joan Pierson's Trips. She was surprised by the extensive greenhouse rose business in Iceland. The geothermal heat provides almost costless heating. She saw rose gardens on the island of Rhodes. In Turkey, a manure-processing programme supplies natural fertilizer. Ms.Pierson especially recommended the gardens at the El Am bra palace in Spain (she has slides).
d. The Rayner Rose Garden. The garden was under 'new' management. Our Aleksandra Szywala was assigned elsewhere in the city for the summer. Consequently, the garden was in deplorable condition: beds blackspot ridden; climbers unpruned; rose beds replanted with annuals. Fortunately, Aleksandra has been reassigned.
e. Disease Resistance in the Garden. Steve had good luck with 'Westerland' and 'Knock-Out' (a single-flowered, cerise-red shrub rose). The next issue of the Journal will have a report of this year's experience by Ray Hopkins of Stoney Creek. Last year, crown gall affected one plant in Fred's garden but he pruned it and did not remove it. This year, the whole bed of ten bushes was affected and will have to be replaced.

7. Larry Lougheed's Presentation.
Mr.Lougheed has been hybridizing since 1985. As a result of his work, he has a Large-Flowered rose 'Unity' ('Pristine', Warriner, 1978, x 'Peter Frankenfeld', Kordes, 1966) which was registered in his mother's name, 'Viola Lougheed'. Mr.Lougheed remembers seeing the old ramblers 'Paul's Scarlet Climber' and 'Dorothy Perkins' in his mother's garden. 'Unity' was only available from a few Canadian Tire stores in southwestern Ontario this year. Fred Kristoff recommends this rose.
Hand-pollination has to be done in the last two weeks of June to allow three to four months for hip ripening. Pollen is collected in glass baby food jars and allowed to remain overnight. The hand-pollination is done with surgically clean hands the next day. The flower heads are carefully labeled and protected by paper caps. Harvested seed is mixed with peat moss in clear plastic bags and put into refrigeration (frost-free refrigerators cannot be used). Individual seeds are extracted at the right time for sowing. 'Baron Edmond de Rothschild' (Meilland, 1968) is a good source of pollen but is hard to get now. Another of his hybrids will be available next year. A 'Joseph's Coat' (Climber, Armstrong, 1964) hybrid was also on display. Mr.Lougheed's speech was recorded by Richard Cartwright (VHS-C format), Basil Kelly (8mm.), and Fred Kristoff (8mm.).

8. Termination. Occurred at 3:30 p.m.

Confirmation of Next Meeting. On 1 November 2003, the Annual Meeting will take place at Trinity Church Hall, Lambeth (at the SW corner of the junction of Hwy.#2 and #4) at 1:00 p.m. Alice and George Herbert will present an amazing multi-screen slide show on gardens. Park at Lambeth United Church.

The aforementioned minutes are, to the best of our knowledge, an accurate account of the meeting of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society.

Richard Cartwright, Secretary

Approved by Steve Elkerton, President

Distribution: all members, patrons, citation holders, and honorary members.

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