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 Monday from
September through May, excluding December.

Norman P Murray Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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

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Coming Events:

February General Meeting
Monday February 13, 2017
Steve Bening, Star Roses & Plants
What's new in 2017 & Steve's favorites

We are welcoming back Steve Bening, Territory Manager with Star Roses & Plants. Steve represents the Sales Team in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and in Japan. Star Roses and Plants has been a pioneer in the field of plant development and introduction for more than 100 years. Founded in 1897, Star Roses and Plants has evolved from a wholesale container nursery to a leading genetics company involved directly in breeding roses, perennials and woody plants, and introducing plants from other breeders around the world. Steve always puts on a beautiful show featuring new introductions for 2017 and his personal recommendations!

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March General Meeting
Monday March 13, 2017
Christian Bedard, Weeks Roses
Rose Care & Culture

Christian is Research Director & Licensing Manager at Weeks Roses where he is responsible for research and breeding work. He has produced 3 Award of Excellence winning roses and numerous hybrids. Under Christian’s direction, each year about 40-45,000 flowers are hand-pollinated at Weeks Roses Research in Pomona, CA to produce around 250,000 seeds. Since 2005, Christian has produced 3 Award of Excellence winning roses and numerous hybrids. We welcome this very knowledgeable speaker to RSSM!

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April General Meeting
Monday April 10, 2017
Phil Rogers, Corona Tools
Garden Tools 2017

Phil Rogers is Marketing Manager-Consumer at Corona Tools and is an expert in explaining which of the Corona Tools will best serve our needs. Phil will bring several Corona tools, tell us how to use our garden tools, and explain how to care for our tools to make them last longer. He will also share the history of tools as well as tell us about the new tools available from Corona. Join us to see first-hand what Corona is introducing into the market as well as old stand-by's like the Corona pruner!

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Previous Events

Speaker line up for January-April 2017
****Note the change in January & February speakers***
Happy New Year to all of our RSSM members and sponsors!!!

Get ready for lots of fun as we learn what's new & what's "tried-and-true" in the world of roses:

January 9th: RSSM Consulting Rosarian Panel; February 13th: Steve Bening, Star Roses & Plants; March 13th: Christian Bedard, Weeks Roses; April 10th: Phil Rogers, Corona Tools

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January General Meeting
Monday January 9, 2017
Annual RSSM Rosarian Panel
Rose Advise from our Own Experts

Please join us for the opportunity to learn from & ask questions of four of our RSSM members who are ARS Consulting Rosarians. CRs are trained to provide important information on all aspects of rose culture. CRs are also required to keep up on new knowledge as well as up-to-date information on basic rose culture including pesticide safety. They willingly and enthusiastically share their time and talent with both new and old rosarians. The message of CRs is always positive and helpful. Each Consulting Rosarian (Maxine Casper, Terri Epperson, Deanna Flintzer, and Dawn Saunders) will begin the discussion with a specific topic, then the panel will take questions form our members & guests. ****Bring your questions for our Rosarians to the meeting!!!***

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November General Meeting
November 10, 2016
Matt Rayl, Serrano Creek Soil Amendments
Compost and Your Soil

Matt Rayl, the owner of Serrano Creek Soil Amendments, will share his knowledge and update us on how to best enrich our soil during the drought. "The simple secret to a lush and healthy garden does not come from a chemical plant, but instead from applying organic soil amendments. Over the eons, plants have evolved to thrive when supplied with organic material that sustains the soils which they live in. Improved soil fertility is the long term answer. Or to put it more simply- feed your soil, not your plants."

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