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.

Location:
Norman P Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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

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Coming Events:

September General Meeting
Monday September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Karen Lynn, North American Ohara Teachers Association
Ikebana, the Traditional Floral Art of Japan

Karen Lynn, of Laguna Hills, is a member of the North American Ohara Teachers Association and is a teacher of the Ohara School of Ikebana. The North American Ohara Teachers Association (NAOTA) was founded in January 2001 to shares ideas, techniques, and related information on Ikebana and Japanese art. Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than six hundred years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of dead. What distinguish ikebana from simpler decorative approaches is its asymmetrical form and the use of "empty" space as an essential feature of the composition. JOIN US TO LEARN ABOUT THIS UNIQUE & EXPRESSIVE FORM OF FLORAL DISPLAY!!!

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October General Meeting
Monday October 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Kathy Monge, ARS Master Rosarian
Vermiculture, The Cultivation of Earthworms

Kathy Monge is a long time member of the Orange County Rose Society and has been a Master Rosarian since 2015. She will address the benefits of raising earthworms and using worm castings in your garden. COME LEARN ABOUT THESE AMAZING CREATURES & YOU MAY TAKE HOME SOME FREE VERMI!!!

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November General Meeting
Monday November 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Gwen Hyman, UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners
Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

UCCE Master Gardeners, like Gwen, are trained to help residents of Orange County become better gardeners through home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and integrated pest management using University of California research-based information.

Gwen will tell us how to experience nature in our own backyard, patio, or balcony by creating a garden that attracts beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects, melodious songbirds, and even a curious lizard or two. We will learn which plants provide habitat for our native wildlife, how to plant and care for any size garden or container, and what to expect throughout the seasons of the year. ONCE YOU CREATE YOUR OWN WILDLIFE HABITAT, JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY COMMUNING WITH NATURE!!!

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Previous Events

May General Meeting
Monday May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Tom Cooney, Master Rosarian for the American Rose Society
Growing Beautiful Roses

Tom Cooney has been a Master Rosarian for the American Rose Society for 10 years. He is also a Past President of the Orange County Rose Society and a member of Santa Clarita, California Coastal, Pacific, and San Diego Rose Societies. Tom has been growing roses for over 40 years and is an accomplished Rose Exhibitor. He and his wife Miriam, who is a Consulting Rosarian and certified Rose Judge with ARS, grow over 350 roses in their garden. Among their roses are Hybrid Teas, Floribunda’s, Shrubs, Old Garden Roses, as well as Miniatures and Mini Floras. Tom will provide an evening full of information on the things necessary to grow healthy, productive roses from the basics to how to handle insect & disease problems. THIS WILL BE A GREAT MEETING FOR ALL LEVELS OF ROSARIANS, beginners to advanced...and those thinking about planting roses!!!

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April General Meeting
Monday April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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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March General Meeting
Monday March 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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. Since 2005, Christian 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. We welcome this very knowledgeable speaker to RSSM!

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