President’s Message

San Fernando Valley Rose Society

President’s Message

September, 2017

Hello Rose Lovers,


I want to welcome you back after our Summer hiatus. Let me start off by reporting that our RoseAuction, in June, was a success. The auction brought in a nice amount of money thanks to your donations and participation. We fund our society with your membership dues and by events such as our annual auction. Your continued support is what keeps us going.

Our Rose Exhibition in April was a great success considering that we have never held an exhibition of members’ roses before. The roses you brought in were beautiful, and the auditorium was filled as is it were an actual rose show. David’s talk on rose care was wonderful and well received. Here are the results of the feed-back regarding your favorite roses in a few categories.
For Hybrid Tea roses: Table Mountain, Camara, Rina Hugo, Moonstone, Secret, Chris Evert, and Black Magic were favorites.
Betty Boop, Vavoom, Fired Up, and Easy Does It were the favorite Floribundas.
For Shrub roses, the favorites were, Prospero and Lady of Shallot.
For fragrance roses: Neil Diamond, Elle, Neptune, French Lace, and Mister Lincoln were favored.


This summer is flying by fast and the weather is a little unusual. Roses are blooming well, and even though some of us have Chilli Thrips, the thrips are not invading as heavily as in past years. We’re lucky living in California because we can look forward to one or two more bloom cycles of roses. The fall bloom is almost as lovely as the Spring bloom. There are still plenty of roses to be bought at our favorite nurseries, and you just might find some deals this time of year. Most nurseries lower their prices on rose bushes at the end of the growing year.

We have a great guest speaker line-up for you this fall and into the Spring of 2018. Our first guest speaker, to start off the Fall season, is Mr. Tom Cooney. Tom Cooney is the 7 term Past President of the Orange County Rose Society. As well, Mr. Cooney has been a Master Rosarian for 10 years and a Consulting Rosarian for 20 years. Tom was recently named the Outstanding Consulting Rosarian for the Pacific Southwest District of the American Rose Society. Tom and his wife have been growing roses for over 40 years. I am personally looking forward to Tom’s presentation.

Rina Hugo

Our speaker in October is a returning guest, Mr. Paul Vander Werf, who will speak about vermicomposting. Paul has called himself “the Worm Whisperer of the Wild West.” Paul is the guest who brought bags of worm castings for us to purchase, and I’ve asked Paul if he will bring worm castings this time as well. As you all know, worms are so important to our soil structure. In November our guest speaker is Mr. Jimmy D’Angelo. Mr. D’Angelo is the branch manager for Gothic Landscape, in their maintenance division. Jimmy is going to speak about his job in commercial landscape maintenance.

Our guest speaker for February of next year is our friend Tom Perkins. Tom will be speaking about soil structure and how to amend our soil to produce better plants. Tom is the new representative for FLEX RAKE, and I have asked Tom to bring Flex Rake tools and explain their use. Another friend is returning to speak with us in March of 2018, and that guest is Hetty Shertleff. Aside from rose flower arranging, a few of us have had the pleasure of watching Hetty arrange for the Iris Society. without question, Hetty is a superior floral arranger, one of the best. We’re in for a treat!


Keep up the good work. Last year we did away with our “little rose shows,” and we chose to have our members bring in their homegrown roses to share with everyone at our regular monthly meetings. We’re going to continue this format. Bring in your roses/plants to our monthly meetings, in whatever containers you like, and share your experience about your roses with everyone. Also, please bring in items for our donations table. One person’s discard may be another’s treasure.



Your Board of Directors has an interesting and informative year planned for you, from the Fall of 2017 and moving into the Spring of 2018. The board needs your involvement in decisions such as planning our events for the Spring, whether we host another rose Exhibition or Annual Rose Show. As well, we need your help in deciding the destination for our annual society trek/tour. One suggestion is to visit the Huntington Library again, or perhaps visit the Banning Museum and Park. Janet Sklar and I took a tour of this museum several years ago and we had a lovely time. We’ll attempt to secure a free city bus, once again, and travel in style. Where ever we tour, as long as we are a group of friends together, we’ll have a great experience. Remember to “stop and smell your roses.”



Warm regards,
Irene Pashalides
President, SFVRS