From Caroline Fredette, PNW District Director 2018-19
(Reprinted from the Fall issue of the Northwest Rosarian)
Our Annual Fall Conference is only weeks away on October 25 - 27, 2019.
Due to popular demand, we are returning to the Heathman Lodge located in Vancouver, Washington
and also back to our ‘normal” weekend.
We have a special room rate of $134. Call the Heathman Lodge 360-254-3100 and ask for
the Pacific Northwest District or the American Rose Society group rate, and you will be set.
I have some wonderful speakers lined up:
~ ARS Past-President Marilyn Wellan, from Louisiana, is our
keynote speaker on Saturday. She will update us about the Great Garden Restoration
Project and the progress that has been made at America’s Rose Garden in
~ Mike Peterson will speak about Chemical Safety.
~ Dr. Gary Ritchie, our resident scientist, will speak about “Dormancy: In Roses?”
He will also have copies of his most recent book “The Rose Doctor: A Key for
Diagnosing Problems in the Rose Garden”. You will have ample opportunity to
purchase an autographed copy.
~ Rich Baer will present “50 Ways to Love Your Cover”. He has had 50 of his
photographs on the cover of the “American Rose”, the magazine of the American Rose
Society. This is a huge accomplishment.
~ John & Caroline Fredette will tell us about their tour of “The Gardens of Nashville”.
~ A Rose Arrangement Seminar is scheduled for Friday evening.
~ On Sunday there will be a Consulting Rosarian audit and school for those who want to become CRs.
~ There will be a Horticulture Judging audit on Sunday as well.
Our Fall Conference isn’t just for American Rose Society members but for anyone
who loves roses! I would like to meet more of you. Why not attend a wonderful
Weekend of Roses and stay at the beautiful Heathman Lodge?
Please remember to bring items for the Silent Auction!
You can bring them to the Conference on Saturday morning
PNWD Raffle at the Fall Conference
Each year every Rose Society donates a gift basket for the Raffle at the Fall Conference. This year the Tacoma Rose Society’s basket has a theme “It’s all about the Chocolate!” The TRS Board is sponsoring the basket and Keith Ripley will handle the assembly and transport to the meeting. If you would like to donate some chocolate, coffee or wine for the basket, please bring it to the September meeting and
give it to Keith. The total cost of the basket’s contents is supposed to be about $50.