February Meeting

For our February 2nd meeting we will have special guest speakers: Heidi Leavitt and her husband Terry from the Phoenix area. The Leavitts have been growing and showing roses for over 25 years. What started out as a hobby and love of roses has grown into a full-time business. They own Rose Ranch Designs, a landscape business that incorporates all aspects of roses, design, installation, maintenance, pruning, rose care and education. The Leavitts are top exhibitors in the Pacific Southwest District, both are Consulting Rosarians, American Rose Society horticulture judges and lovers of roses. Their personal garden includes 250 roses of all varieties and is ever changing. Their goals are to continue their education in rose growing and help improve their own garden and that of their clients and rose friends. They want everyone to get “rose fever.” They will discuss how to be successful rose gardeners in the desert. The meeting begins at 7pm on Tuesday, February 2nd at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. A social time complete with dessert starts at 6:30pm. We also will have our monthly “what to do in the garden” presentation and other great information. Hope to see you there!

January Meeting!

January’s Program: Pruning & Re-potting Demo! Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 7:00pm, social hour at 6:30pm The January meeting will be held as usual at Tucson Botanical Gardens. We will have our annual spring rose pruning demonstration presented by Lou Pavlovich. He will show how to properly prune your plants and the various tools needed to do the job properly. In addition, Lauren Kettenbach will demonstrate how to repot or transplant a root-bound rose plant. She will talk about what to look for and how to properly trim roots and rejuvenate your rose. This is the time of year that is best for repotting roses that have become root bound and are no longer growing as well as they should. Also remember we have another demonstration Saturday, January 16th at the Reid Park Rose Garden from 9am to noon. Hope to see you there!

November Program

Everyone can participate in our November program on November 3rd. We’re having a small rose show. So here’s the deal. We have 3 very special guests joining us to judge and discuss all the entries: Helen Baird, LeRoy Brady and Marylou Coffman are members of the Mesa East Valley Rose Society (MEVRS). We’ve asked them not only to explain how roses are judged, but also to discuss how each variety thrives in Arizona. As always, they will answer questions throughout. And since the MEVRS is hosting the PSWD convention November 20-22, they will tell us all about the convention.

More Information Here

October Meeting

October 6th 2015 Meeting - Very Special!

We are very fortunate to have a special speaker for our October meeting. Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D., recently published a book called “The Reason for Flowers.” Dr. Buchmann is with the departments of Entomology and EEB at theUniversity of Arizona. He did a study about all the uses of flowers in the natural and human world. The first part of the book is about the sex life of flowers and then he delves into all the ways flowers affect human life from eating them to literature and the arts.

I’m letting people know in advance about this presentation as Dr. Buchmann will not be bringing any books to sell at our meeting. However, if you are interested in purchasing a book in advance of the meeting, you can do so through Amazon.com ($10 off the regular bookstore price). He will be happy to sign books after his talk if you wish to have yours signed.

It’s quite an interesting book as Lou has read it already. Dr. Buchmann was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star discussing his research and writing the book.

I hope everyone makes an effort to attend the meeting on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens (social time starts at 6:30 p.m.). See you there!

Diane Pavlovich
Rose Society of Tucson

September Meeting

Our first program for the fall season will be one to greet one another after two hot months off and discuss how we can bring our roses back to their beautiful grandeur for the fall.

We’ll discuss all the things we need to do to bring our roses back to life after the hot, hot summer. One of the key things that we do in September is fall pruning. Terry Swartz and Lauren Kettenbach will demonstrate how to prune your roses so they can produce beautiful blooms beginning in November through the end of the year. (They will be pruning “Family Holiday” and “Nicole Carol Miller”.)

You won’t want to miss this program--fall is an exciting time of year. It’s fun to see the roses come back to life. Many of our members will testify that we often get even more beautiful roses in the fall than in the spring.

May Meeting

Special May 5, 2015 Program 6:30PM

Demonstration – How To Preserve Your Beautiful Roses

We will have a very special program at the May meeting. Shirley Dattilo and Sandy Miller will demonstrate, step by step, how to preserve roses. Preserving roses is lots of fun, plus it’s difficult to tell the dried rose from the fresh rose. Those of you who attended our rose show on April 11th saw the beautiful dried rose arrangements that were entered and received honors. Both Shirley and Sandy are recognized as masters of rose preservation in the American Rose Society. Shirley and Sandy will take us step-by-step through the process of preserving roses. One of the key ingredients used in the process is silica gel. Shirley will have a supply of silica gel available for members who want to get started preserving roses at home. In addition she will have her book, “Through the Years, the Preservation of Roses” for sale for $35.00. This lovely book describes the rose drying process in detail and includes photos of the process as well as breath-taking photos of her beautiful dried rose arrangements. Loads of other helpful information is contained in her book as well.

You won’t want to miss this fascinating demonstration.
You’ll leave the meeting with a real appreciation of dried roses and you’ll want to try this yourself. It’s fun and very rewarding. See you on Tuesday, May 5th at Tucson Botanical Gardens!

Liz Strong, Vice President

Rose Show Winners

April 7th Meeting

"Our April Meeting! Tues. April 7:
6:30 - 7:00 Social: Program starts at 7:00pm

April Program

Showing & Sharing Our Roses With Others

Bring Your Favorite or Your Best Rose to the Meeting

Bring just one of either your favorite rose or the best blooming rose in your garden to the meeting on Tuesday, April 7th. Bring it in any container with water—a bud vase or a glass.

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to share with others your favorite or your best blooming rose. And there will be no judging, just sharing. As you know, one of the key functions our rose society, as well as the American Rose Society, is to share the beauty of our roses with others.

We will have a panel which will discuss each rose on display and talk about showing roses at our annual rose show which is the following Saturday, April 11th. Since those of us who exhibit
roses, took that important step to exhibit for the very first time, I’m asking each panel member to share with us his or her first time exhibiting experience. This is a great opportunity to see beautiful roses, hear of first-time showing experiences, and get some great tips on exhibiting.

The panel will also discuss various elements of the show schedule--horticulture, arrangements and rose photography. Of special interest to new exhibitors is the section in the schedule just for Novice Exhibitors. Winners in Novice classifications are equally qualified for top trophy prizes.

We will have rose show schedules available as well as a supply of entry tags for the show. Of course, we’ll answer all the question you may have about exhibiting roses.

So come to the April meeting, bring a rose, and join the fun.

Liz Strong, Vice President"


Photo credits: Slide show photographs provided by Rose Society of Tucson members Danielle Fochs, Lisa Bunker, and Judy Singer. More photographs of Tucson-grown roses are viewable in our photo gallery.