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Date: 12 March, 2011
General Meeting

Knights of Columbus Hall, St.Thomas.

President Roland Craig called the meeting to order at 1:14 p.m.

1. President Roland Craig welcomed members and guests.

2. There was a moment of silence in honour of the late Sadie Brooks and Jack McIntyre. Ms.Brooks was a member of the rose society from London who grew prize-winning roses. Mr.McIntyre was a nationally-known rose promoter who was behind the 'Canadian Centennial' rose from 1967.

3. Minutes of 13 November, 2010.
Motion: To approve the Minutes as distributed. Moved: Richard Cartwright. Seconded: Bill Lovelock. Carried.

4. Insurance.
Roland Craig found out from an insurance broker that it would cost the society $1,000.00 a year for insurance coverage. The society will continue with the present arrangement.

5. Dorchester Rose Nursery.
Steve Elkerton has put a list of varieties available from this nursery on the society's website. The plants are of good quality, almost as good as those from Palatine Nursery. The cost is $10.00 per rose.

6. Early Blooming Roses Show and Poker Garden Tour.
It is scheduled for 28 May at 1:00 p.m. at Ken and Julie Bark's home, 164 Margaret Street, Ingersoll. Ken handed-out a map and details about the Poker Garden Tour. He will have a garden tour sign posted at a local car lot. Ken explained how the Poker Tour worked. 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 Rose Garden Tour. The Rosefest at Sarnia in September will be the last stop on the tour. Contact Ken at (519) 485-1515 to have your rose garden put on the tour. It has to be open on a weekend from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Elisabeth Bond volunteered her garden for 18 June at 263 Oxford Street, Ingersoll. Harry McGee's garden will be on the tour. Date to be announced.

7. Correspondence.
a. Ross Roses in Australia E-mailed Roland about their rose offerings. They will send him a CD-Rom of their newest introductions.
b. Harry has an Australian friend who knows Ruston and her children are involved in the Australian rose organization. He sent her the latest publication by National-Roses-Canada.

8. National-Roses-Canada.
Harry recently received an order from a woman in Germany for his garden design book and back issues of the Rosebank Letter and the Journal of National-Roses-Canada. She will eventually send the magazines to Rosarium Sangerhausen. Dr. Felicitas Svejda is to visit there soon. The Fraser-Pacific Rose Society of Cocquitlam, British Columbia has re-joined the federation. Harry is working to form new societies across Canada.

9. Seedy Saturday.
Harry and Roland volunteered to man a free table at the London-Middlesex Master Gardeners Seedy Saturday, 19 March at the Carling Heights Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street, London. There will be vendors for seeds and plants and speakers.

10. Speaker.
Harry introduced Richard Cartwright who gave a slide show of the various Antique and Shrub roses that he has grown. Images of the following roses were shown:
'Agathé' ( pre-1800, Gallica, R.gallica x R.pendulina)
'Alexander MacKenzie' (Svejda, Canada, 1985, 'Queen Elizabeth' x 'D15')
'American Beauty' ('Madame Ferdinand Jamain', Ledechaux, France, 1875, Hybrid Perpetual)
'Amy Robsart' (Penzance, England, 1894, R.eglanteria x Hybrid Perpetual or Bourbon)
'Applejack' (Buck, United States, 1973, 'Goldbusch' x ['Josef Rothmund' x R. laxa 'Retzius'])
'Blanc Double de Coubert' (Cochet-Cochet, France, 1892, Hybrid Rugosa)
'Canary Bird' (found in England after 1907, R.hugonis x R.xanthina)
'Captain Samuel Holland' (Svejda, introduced by Ogilvie, Canada, 1992, 'L48' crossed with 'Felix Leclerc')
'Conrad Ferdinand Meyer' (Muller, Germany, 1899, ['Gloire de Dijon' x 'Duc de Rohan'] x Hybrid Rugosa 'Maginifica')
'Dr.Huey' (Thomas, United States,1920, 'Ethel' x 'Gruss an Teplitz')
'Eos' (Ruys, Netherlands, 1950, R.moyesii x 'Magnifica')
'Golden Wings' (Shephard, United States, 1956, 'Soeur Therese' x [R.pimpinellifolia x 'Ormiston Roy'])
'Gross Choux de Hollande' (Bourbon, origin unknown)
'John Cabot' (Svejda, Canada, 1978, R.kordesii Wulff x 'D14')
'Mrs. John Laing' (Bennet, England, 1887, 'Francois Michelin' x seedling)
'Nevada' (Dot, Spain, 1927, 'La Giralda' x R.moyeseii hybrid)
'Old Red Velvet Moss' (Moss)
'The Portland Rose' (pre-1800, Portland, possibly red China x 'Autumn Damask')
'Prairie Dawn' (Harp, Canada, 1959, 'Prairie Youth' x ['Ross Rambler' x ('Dr. W. Van Fleet' x R.pimpinellifolia altaica)])
'Soleil d'Or' (Pernet-Ducher, France, 1900, ['Antoine Ducher' x R.foetida persiana] x Large Flowered rose)
'Sombreuil' (Robert, France, 1850, Climbing Tea, seedling of 'Gigantesque') >br> 'Westerland' (Kordes, Germany, 1969, 'Frederich Werlein' x 'Circus')
'White Bath' (Shailer, England, 1788, Moss)
'William Baffin' (Svejda, Canada, 1983, 'L48' open pollinated)

11. Annual General Meeting.
Saturday, 12 November, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

12. Sarnia Rosefest.
Saturday, 10 September, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Degroot's Nursery. The show schedule will be sent to members.

13. Wine and Roses.
Degroot's Nursery wanted to move the event to late June. That is an inconvenient time for the society. We will not be able to participate.

14. Bus Trip.
Liz Taylor has gotten quotes from different bus companies. There was support for going ahead. A decision about details will be made when we have more information.

15. Society Membership.
Roland handed-out 'Ideas for Growing Society Membership' by Jeff Blackadder who is the Director for District 2 of the Ontario Horticultural Association.

16. Home and Garden Show at the Western Fair, London.
It will be held on 8, 9, and 10 April. Roland will be doing a talk about roses.

17. Termination at 3:15 p.m.