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Date: 26 May, 2012
General Meeting

Amy's Restaurant, 28537 Center Street, Strathroy.

President Ken Barks called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.

1. President Ken Barks welcomed members to the Early Blooming Roses Show.

2. 'Real Men Prune Roses' video.
Various methods were demonstrated such as pruning to an outward facing bud, thinning-out of canes, and removal of deadwood on the 55 minute video. Severe pruning was shown in the Fall but the video seemed to take place in the American South, possibly Missouri. There was a discussion by members about their pruning experiences and timing for the different techniques.

3. Minutes of Annual General Meeting of 12 November, 2011.
Motion: To approve the Minutes of 12 November 2011 as distributed. Moved: Bill Lovelock. Seconded: Liz Taylor. Carried.

4. Upcoming Events.
(a) Bus Trip to Pickering Roses Ltd. Harry McGee will contact Joel Schraven for a date in July to visit the rose fields. A Wednesday would be preferred. Liz Taylor and Elisabeth Bond will arrange for the bus. We may stop at a private garden. Ed Ozog's was suggested.
(b) Bus trip to the Isabella Preston Garden at the University of Guelph. There are few roses there. More to come from possibly Australia and Germany. Could visit in the future when garden mature.
(c) Ontario Horticultural Association Annual Convention. 20 August 2012 at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
(d) September General Meeting. Canadale Nurseries Ltd., just south of St.Thomas in Central Elgin, was mentioned.
(e) Rose breeder Brad Jalbert of British Columbia will visit Harry McGee during the first week in September.
(f) November Annual General Meeting. Degroot's Nursery in Sarnia was suggested. A more central location was desired.
Motion: To hold the September meeting at Degroot's Nursery in Sarnia. Moved: Bill Lovelock. Seconded: Liz Taylor. Carried.

5. Treasurer's Report for 26 May 2012.
The bank balance was the same as the Executive Meeting of 3 March 2012, $1,646.86, plus $25.00. Motion: to accept the Treasurer's Report for 26 May 2012. Moved: Harry McGee. Seconded: Liz Taylor. Carried.

6. Correspondence.
The Lambeth Horticultural Society's Annual Rose and Flower Show Schedule. The date of their show, 23 June 2012, conflicts with the St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society's Annual Rose and Flower Show. Members were not pleased with having to choose one show to enter.

7. National-Roses-Canada.
The federation is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of rose breeder Isabella Preston's arrival in Canada with the establishment of a heritage garden containing her introduced plants at the University of Guelph.

8. New Business.
The society's website needs updating. The current Board of Directors needs to be listed.

9. Termination at 3:40 p.m.

2012 Early Blooming Roses Show
by Harry McGee
The following are the different species and varieties of roses identified at the show:
Agnes M Kathleen Harrop C Alberta M Lillian Austin A
Amy Robsart M Louis Riel M Assiniboine M Louise Odier O
Betty Bland M Madame Hardy M Blanc Double de Coubert W Marie Bugnet M
Canary Bird M Metis M, O Cardinal de Richelieu O Morden Centennial A
Carmenetta M Morden Snowbeauty W Charles Albanel O Poppius M
Charles de Mills B Prairie Dawn B Chianti B Prairie Peace M
Circus C Prairie Youth M Duchess of Portland C Quadra M
Eddie’s Jewel M Reine des Violettes O F.J. Grootendorst M, O Rosa alba crawfordii M
Fantin Latour W Rosa acicularis M, W Frau Dagmar Hartop O Rosa blanda M
Frontenac M, O Rosa harisonii M Geranium M Rosa hugonis M
Gros Choux de Hollande C Scabrosa W Hansa O Sceptered Isle W
Harison’s Yellow B, W Seager Wheeler M Hazeldean M Sir Thomas Lipton M
Helen Bland M Souvenir du Docteur Jamain C Henry Hudson O Stanwell Perpetual M
Ilse Krohn Superior C Suzanne B, M Indigo C Teasing Georgia O
Jens Munk M, O Thérèse Bugnet O “Jeremiah” M Tuscany O John Cabot O
Will Alderman B, C, M, O Kakwa M Winnipeg Parks B
These are the roses that will bloom early and entirely avoid the depredations of the horrible Japanese beetles that show up in July normally (but hit in June this year). There are more than those that appear above, e.g. Rosa canina, Rosa nutkana, 'Doorenbos Selection', which were blooming but did not have a suitable flower to enter. The code following the rose names denotes the contributors who entered the roses. B, signifies a rose from the garden of Julie and Ken Barks (7); A, Anne Walker (2); C, Richard Cartwright (8); M, Harry McGee (39); O, Marian and John Obeda (16); W, Alan Whitfield (7).