First, I want to thank all of our members who participated in the rose pruning events at JoAnn Dillenbeck’s home and at Chatsworth Park along with the Chatsworth Historical Society. What a surprise to have Marie Dugan show up at JoAnn’s home to lend her support and keep us company. Thank you, JoAnn, for allowing our members to come to your home and exercise their pruning skills. This was a win-win for all. We have approached Lee Marks, the director of Wilkinson Senior Center for the City of LA, and asked Lee if we may start a small Memorial Rose Garden at the center that we will plan, plant, and maintain. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this rose garden will happen. If so, we can invite the public and perhaps some of our newer members to come to our garden at Wilkinson Senior Center to practice the best way to prune their own roses.
We have booked informative speakers for our meetings and have planned fun activities for you this Spring. Steve Bening, with Star Roses and Plants, will be speaking at our February meeting. In March, David Bassani and Loren Zeldin will give talks about roses and irises. Our “Rose Exhibition” and members only luncheon is on April 8th, we are looking forward to this new adventure. Our trip to the Arboretum for the Southwest District Convention is Saturday, April 22nd . We are so fortunate to be holding our May meeting at Marie Thomas’s home for a “Tea at Bonnie & Marie’s.” Bonnie, Marie’s daughter, believes that Marie would like to have us at her home once again. We will be holding our Annual Rose Auction and Potluck in June, so start thinking about the rose bushes, plants, or garden related items you can bring to our auction. The board and I are looking forward to these times we share together as members of the SFVRS and as rose loving friends.
We are starting a new tradition! In the past, we have held “little rose shows” in an attempt to help our members prepare for showing roses at our annual Rose Shows. Sharing the roses that we grow and love is so personal. Competing doesn’t always allow you, our members, to feel free to bring in your roses to talk about. But now, we are asking you to bring in your roses, in any type of container you choose for a show-n-tell, so that other members can see a new and different type of rose they might want to purchase for their garden. This is what the Ventura County Rose Society does, and the result is that their members bring in roses in abundance.
I leave the gardening tips to David Bassani with his “D the G,” however, I have some thoughts I would like to share with you about your gardens and gardening in general. Time got away from me this year and I find myself behind in pruning my own roses, and I have a lot of rose bushes. I’ll step outside and realize just how much pruning, weeding, fertilizing, and general maintenance I have left to do. Then it came to me just how much pressure I was putting on myself. I love to garden, so why am I making gardening such a chore? I could be outside in my yards all day long -- who needs housework. It was then that I decided to give myself a break. So what if the pruning and maintenance was a little behind schedule. I need to take the time to enjoy what I love playing at the most or why am I doing it. This year gardening in my yard will be a little behind the years past, however, I plan to enjoy every minute I am outside among my friends -- my roses. It has been said that we should “stop and smell the roses.” I plan to do that and hope you will do the same.
As always, thank you, the members of this great rose society, for your dedication and continuing support of our San Fernando Valley Rose Society. You are some of the finest rosarians and friends I know.