Meetings & Events

The purpose of this society is to study, educate, and encourage the culture of roses in
every practicable way and to exhibit, as desired, properly conditioned roses of the highest quality.

Monthly Meetings
RSSM holds meetings every 2nd Thursday from
September through May, excluding December.

Santa Margarita Water District Building
{Just south of Oso Parkway}
26111 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Doors open: 6:30pm
Meeting: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Coming Events:

Annual Christmas Party
Sunday December 13, 2015, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Silver Snowflakes Christmas Potluck Dinner, Celebrating our 25th Anniversary
Mission Viejo Swim and Racquet Club
26221 Tierra Circle, Mission Viejo

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party Pot Luck event. Dust off those wonderful Christmas recipes and share an evening of fun and frivolity with our best member friends. Please bring a garden item over $5.00 to exchange.Lest we forget the awards! RSVP before November 30th at 949-837-0434 or or sign-up at our November meeting!

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January General Meeting
January 14, 2016
Steve Bening, Star Roses
New Rose Introductions for 2016

We are so happy to bring back our old friend and Rose Expert Steve Bening for an evening of plant introductions. Steve Bening has been working with Star for over 17 years and has been one of the permanent judges for "The International Rose Trials headed by Dr. Tommy Cairns." Steve will share with us the ins and outs of the best roses currently on the market. Please bring a friend and enjoy this evening of Roses.

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February General Meeting
February 11, 2016
American Rose Society Panel of Rosarians
Open discussion of anything and everything you might want to know about Roses

Please join us for this open discussion led by our panel of American Rose Society Rosarians. But come prepared with your questions...nothing is too simple, stupid or ridiculous to ask. We will endeavor to answer all questions of all matters having to do with ROSES with at least one answer but probably more like six! Now is the time to spring forth with those pestering issues that have been lurking in your noggin. Bring a friend and share in the fun.

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Previous Events

November General Meeting
November 12, 2015
Paula Henson, Partner and Consultant of Urban Water Group
Owner and Educator of Terra Bella Water

The Rose Society is excited to have the renowned water conservation advocate and landscape designer Paula Henson at our November meeting. Paula's gardens have been featured at the L.A. Garden Show, Beverly Hills Design Showcase and on HGTV. She is a certified instructor Watershed Wise Landcape Professional(EPA WaterSense partner), Project W.E.T. facilitator, and is certified by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. She has served on the Board of Governors of the L.A. County Arboreta and Botanic Gardens.

As a passionate water conservation educator, Paula will inform, delight and inspire us to use our resources carefully and wisely. She will be talking about landscape water use and reduction. Included will be a brief history of California Water, How we use water and how much we use, How we should be using it, Ways to reduce irrigation water need and the Future Water scenarios. This is a "not to be missed" opportunity to really delve into water and how we can conserve and enjoy our gardens. Please bring a friend and learn more about this valuable asset.

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October General Meeting
October 8, 2015
Michael Whishaw, Garden Designer and owner of Your Garden Design

Michael Whishaw began learning about gardening at a very young age, from his Rose Enthusiast Mother, in England. His interest in gardening blossomed into his current design business. We are thrilled to have Michael back. Despite our drought situation, we can still garden, albeit with less water. Michael will discuss how we can continue to compliment our roses with less thirsty plants and how to more effectively care for all our plants. Please join us as we explore alternative companion plantings and learn from each other as to how we can better tend our gardens Come, bring your questions and your own knowledge to this informal discussion. Together we will find a way to water less and have more beautiful plants. Please bring a friend and enjoy this entertaining evening.

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September General Meeting
September 10, 2015
Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products
"Soil As A Living Organism"

The Rose Society is delighted to welcome back the renowned gardening educator and expert Gisele Schoniger. Gisele has over 34 years of Garden Industry experience. She holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly. Has owned an interiorscape company, worked for the State Department of Agriculture, practiced as a horticulture therapist with seniors and launched an outstanding sales career by helping establish top-selling organic gardening products. She has been a featured speaker at the California Landscape Contractors Association. Her talks are informative, entertaining and upbeat.

Gisele will present "Soil As A Living Organism." Soil is a complex ecosystem, which supports all like on earth. But what is "good" soil and how do you know if you have it? Learn the basics of how to build and care for healthy soil in your landscape using natural and organic materials. Not only will you be rewarded with abundance of crops and beautiful landscapes, but also the feeling of making a difference in the garden at large, this beautiful earth we all share. Please join us for this wonderful inspiring presentation and bring a friend.

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