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:

Rose Pruning Clinic
Saturday January 17, 2015
9:00 AM to approximately Noon
Mission Viejo Library Rose Garden
Civic Center Drive off of Marguerite near corner of La Paz

Please join the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain in it's annual Rose Pruning Clinic at the Mission Viejo Library Rose Garden. American Rose Society Rosarians will be present to instruct, demonstrate and assist in the pruning of all the roses in the Library Rose Garden. Members of the public are invited to participate and learn how to prune all varieties of roses including hybrid teas, floribunda, grandifloras, miniature, climbing and David Austin Roses. Please bring your pruning shears, loppers, gloves, hat and wear appropriate clothing so that you may "learn by doing." Rosarians will be present to answer all your questions regarding roses of all types. Please join us for coffee, donuts and learn how to take care of your roses. Any questions please call 949-581-8548.

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Previous Events

Old Fashioned Christmas Nostalgic Potluck Dinner
Sunday December 14, 2014
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mission Viejo Swim and Racquet Club
26221 Tierra Circle Mission Viejo
Members and their guests welcome

Please join us for our annual Christmas Event filled with good food, music, games, awards and the installation of officers. Please sign up before November 30th by calling or emailing Sandy Sweetland at 949-837-0434 or This is a wonderful time to dust off your favorite recipe and share fun with your rose nut friends. Please let Sandy know what dish you are bringing and how many guests will be in your party. Please bring your own wine or spirits.

Directions to Holiday Party at 26221 Tierra Circle, Mission Viejo Take the 5 FWY to La Paz and exit east. Go through two lights and take your first left on Mosquero Lane. The parking lot is on the left side of Mosquero just past Tierra Circle.

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November General Meeting
November 13, 2014
Bob Martin
ARS Master Rosarian, Accredited Horticulture & Arrangements Judge

Bob Martin has been growing roses for over 40 years. He is well known as a humorous and effective speaker and rose evangelist, having spoken at 21 American Rose Society national conventions. Most recently, Bob has announced that he is a candidate for Vice President of the American Rose Society at its triennial election to be held in 2015. He is a prolific writer, having authored over 600 articles on roses. Bob is the recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. He is also a hybridizer with eleven registered varieties, including 'Butter Cream.' We are delighted to welcome Bob back to the Rose Society. He will, as always regale us with his wonderful presentation, "The Future of Roses."

This is a program not to be missed if you are interested in what has happened and what will happen to roses in the future. "The Future of Roses" is an educational program on the future of roses, from the blue rose and the "Polka Dot" rose, through "Glow in the Dark" roses, genetic transformation, and recent advances in rose hybridizing leading to the introduction of new forms of roses, disease-resistant roses, and perhaps even roses with unusual foiliage. Please come and bring a friend. We promise you will be entertained by this wonderful evening of ROSES!!

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October General Meeting
October 9, 2014
Rene & Patty Caro, owners Abundant Earth Farms

Rene & Patty Caro owners of Abundant Earth Farms will give us the entire scoop on what makes worm castings the best organic fertilizer ever! They will explain the ins & outs of worms and how this magnificent creature has become "the" buzz word in organic gardening. They will tell us how they became converts and ultimately started their worm business. Come and understand how with just a few sprinkles of worm poop your garden can become the most beautiful one on the street. Bring a friend and share this informative fun lecture. You won't be disappointed!

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