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Date: 6 March 2006
The March Meeting

Aylmer Legion Hall, 211 John Street North, Aylmer, 1:07 p.m.

1. Welcome to Guests and Members. Over 40 people attended and introduced themselves. There were a surprising number of new rose growers from Aylmer, Ingersol, Malahide, and St.Thomas.

2. Fred Kristoff introduced the speaker, Elgin County Master Gardener, Diane Vaughan. Her topic was 'David Austin: The Man and His Roses'.

Diane told the story of David Austin beginning with his childhood on a farm in Shropshire, England which he inherited at age 21. He began to grow roses to serve the new post-war nurseries which were opening up in his area. Today, his nursery has over 500 cultivars and produces over 1.2 million plants per year.

After 12 years of hybridizing, the rose 'Constance Spry' was the result which combined the virtues of scent and form from the old roses with the repeat-flowering trait from the modern roses. 'Cianti' followed in 1967 and by 1973, he was able to introduce 'Mary Rose' and 'Graham Thomas' at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Through the efforts of George Pagowski, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington became the first North American public garden to grow Austin roses.

The Austin roses have been named after celebrities, charitable sponsors, English shires, family members, gardeners, and Shakespearean characters. The most fragrant cultivar is 'Evelyn', named by the firm Crabtree & Evelyn. Diane recommended the following Austin roses: 'Abraham Darby', 'Charlotte', 'Cottage Rose', 'Crocus Rose', 'Gertrude Jekyll', 'Golden Celebration', 'L. D. Braithwaite', 'Mary Rose', 'The Mayflower', 'Sharifa Asma', 'Shropshire Lad', and 'Windchester Cathedral'.

Questions and answers followed. Steve Elkerton thanked Ms.Vaughan on behalf of the society and presented her with a copy of 'The Encyclopedia of Roses' by Quest-Ritson.

3. Approval of Mintues of Annual Meeting of 5 November 2005 as distributed. Motion: Steve Elkerton. Seconded: Bill Lovelock. Carried.

4. Treasurer's Report.
Alan Whitfield gave a verbal report.
Balance 4 November 2006 $1,703.49
Balance 4 March 2006 $1,652.54
Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report. Moved: Liz Taylor. Seconded: Sarah Kelly. Carried.

5. Correspondence.
A copy of the Pickering Nursery catalogue had been sent to the president-elect.

5. Rose Orders
(a) J.C.Bakker & Sons Ltd.- There was no interest in ordering roses as a fundraiser for next year. Problems of delivery, storage, and potting-up.
(b) Palatine- Order deadline of 15 March. Basil Kelly, Roland Craig, and Fred Kristoff would be picking-up orders in April.
(c) Select Roses-
(d) The Heather Farm and Classic Miniature Roses- Bas was handling both miniature rose orders.
(e) Hortico Nurseries Ltd.- Summer Sale- Steve Elkerton would be going there in July for hard-to-find varieties.

6. Bus Trip. Jennifer Grant would be asked to arrange the bus and route. Fred and Ruth would handle registration. It will be held on Wednesday, 28 June with visits to the private and public rose gardens in the Windsor area. Members will bring their own bag lunch. Dinner will be provided in the evening. The price will be between $55 and $60.

7. September Meeting. This will be held on Saturday, 9 September at 1:00 p.m. in Woodstock. Joe Moda is handling the details. Irena Code of Lambeth will present 'Practical Arranging with Roses and Your Garden Plants'.

8. Annual Meeting. It is scheduled for Saturday, 4 November at 1:00 p.m., Trinity Anglican Church, Lambeth. Harry and Jennifer may speak on garden design.

9. New Brochure. A folding pamphlet with growing tips was mailed out.

10. Rose Judging Course. Harry is preparing a curriculum possibly for Spring 2007. There is a shortage of rose judges for Southwestern Ontario because no judging school has been held in the area. Our society's course will include visits to the Lambeth and St.Thomas flower shows where Harry is judging.

12. National-Roses-Canada Report. Harry announced that the federation of rose societies has formed two committees, one on cataloguing Canadian heritage roses and another making plant patents economically reasonable. The John Cabot Rose Society has been formed in Newfoundland. Motion: To donate to the planting of the 'Spirit of Canada' (the official rose of the N-R-C) and 'Wasaming' roses at the proposed R.C.M.P. memorial in Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Moved: Marian Obeda. Seconded: Diane Vaughan. Carried.

13. Any Other Business. Lambeth Flower Show is on Wednesday, 21 of June with the St.Thomas Flower Show the following Saturday, 24 June. Stan Krasnicki donated a DVD copy 'Quest for the Rose' and the coffee table book 'Heritage of the Rose' by David Austin. Diane Vaughan is the first person to borrow the Austin book.

14. Thank You to Fred Kristoff for Meeting Arrangements.

15. Termination at 3:37 p.m.

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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