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:

May General Meeting
May 14, 2015
Randy Ritchie, President
Malibu Compost

We are thrilled to welcome back Randy Ritchie, President of Malibu Compost. Randy has become the mover and shaker of the gardening world over the last few years. He started a wonderful business on the Central Coast rescuing old dairy cows and using their poop to make his world class compost. Randy will teach us with his flair, about truly "going organic." We will learn the ins and outs of what makes compost and compost tea the crucial ingredient for a healthy happy garden. Randy will also teach us how to have the biggest, most beautiful blooms ever while taking care of the environment.

Join us for this informative fun filled evening and bring a friend. Who knew learning about compost could be so fun!

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Previous Events

April General Meeting
April 9, 2015
Rose Show Preparation
Jean Hunner, Deanna Flintzer & Bonnie Andrew
Meeting Location will be the Cafeteria/Lunch Room of the Water District

Come One, Come All, bring your favorite blooms and learn hands on how to prepare your roses for our first Rose Show of the season. This is a wonderful time to learn how to ruffle, fix, shine up, cut properly and generally spiff up your roses for the exhibition table. Roses are essential, so are your clippers, gloves, and the names of the roses you bring. We promise when this evening is done you too may become the next Rose Exhibitor extraordinaire! Bring a friend, but more importantly bring your roses so that you can participate in this great institution of exhibition going back to long before the time of Mrs. Miniver!

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March General Meeting
March 12, 2015
Suzanne Horn
Awarded Winning Rose Exhibitor, ARS Judge, Master Rosarian and Author

We are delighted to welcome back Suzanne Horn as our speaker for the March Meeting. Suzanne is not only an extraordinary Rose Exhibitor with more awards than you can shake a stick at...but she is also an ARS Accredited Horticultural Judge, a Judge's Chair, a Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian, on the board of the American Rose Exhibitors Society, and former President of the Pacific Rose Society. She has taught at numerous conferences and is also a writer for numerous publications on roses.

Suzanne presently grows over 500 exhibition roses, most of them in pots with 55 of them being English Roses. To say she is in love with the romance of English Roses would be an understatement. Her topic will cover the history of David Austin Roses and what makes them truly romantic. She will discuss their growth habits, shade tolerance, fragrance, growing tips and their varied uses in the garden. Please join us for this special event, you will be romanced into a finer knowledge of what these lovely beauties have to offer. Please bring a friend and share this evening.

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February General Meeting
Thursday February 12, 2015
Diana & Walt Kilmer
American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians
"Pruning to Blooming"

The Rose Society is thrilled to welcome back after a long hiatus, Diana & Walt Kilmer for what will be an exciting evening of Roses. Diana & Walt Kilmer have received the ARS Outstanding Consulting Rosarian of the year award for PSWD. For years they have been active participants in PSWD, Temecula Valley Rose Society and Mountain View Rose Society. They also have authored the very popular column "Rose Doctors to the Rescue." They grow about 375 roses in their garden in Temecula where they did all their own landscaping of raised beds on a slope. They have for many years, run the Consulting Rosarian schools in Southern California. As well Diana's family rose lineage goes all the way back to her great-great-great grandfather who started the Dickson Nursery in Belfast in 1835,

Diana & Walt will give their presentation on 'Pruning to Blooming" which will cover all areas of rose culture tips on how to get those beauties up and producing the lovely blooms they should. As organic rose gardeners, Diana & Walt have exhibited for years and bring a wealth of knowledge in this area. Please join us for what will be a highlight of our speaker series year and bring a friend. They will be delighted that you did!

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