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  • 7 Sensible Steps to Take Before You Buy a New Rose
    Maybe they’ve tried to grow roses before, only to have them die with the first cold snap. Well, if you put the same amount of care and attention into buying a rose plant as you plan to put into taking care of it, you may be pleasantly surprised with the result.
  • 8 Advanced Garden Design Principles
    We start with two rules that start the process of laying out a landscape, then move on to scaling the garden’s elements and, finally, using the right plants.
  • 8 Great tips for more blooms on your roses
    Try these 8 great tips for more blooms on your roses each week. Expect that each type of bush will respond with a vigorous rush of new buds & larger blooms.
  • AGRS Roses
    The AARS selection was regarded as the most prestigious rose prize in the U.S. for 73 years, but AARS was discontinued after 2013 and replaced by the updated American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS) program which continues now in 2020.
  • Best NW Roses?
    There are new roses of each type, each year – and many in recent years have been very hearty in our Northwestern US climate.
  • Caring for roses in the Fall
    Here are the 8 Fall chores to focus on in Puget Sound rose gardens that help ensure a strong & healthy start in the Spring – whenever that occurs.
  • Floral Foam
    The fact that I can build designs the day before a show, and have them look just as fresh the next day, has given me a competitive edge at eight national rose shows. It isn’t magic it’s just good craftsmanship. Now you can learn the secrets, to do it too!
  • Glossary: Terms used in the world of Roses
    If rose lovers want to discuss roses it makes it much easier if we can agree to use the same terminology. The following is a list of basic botanical & common terms used to describe rose plant parts.
  • How to prepare for rose success with winter pruning
    This timely post is on how to prepare your roses for success with winter pruning, compared to the summer deadheading. It includes 1 video & 8 resource links,
  • How to prune your climbers for more blooms
    Most of the same procedures apply to climbing roses as floribundas, but there are a few growth differences. Here is a guide to pruning them for more blooms.
  • Intro to Arranging
    Is it possible for a plonker to become a designer or arranger & a real competitor? Absolutely!
  • Is there an invasive plant lurking in your garden?
    This post is a list of the most invasive weeds that we see in Western Washington & arranged by the NWCB class with pictures from their database.
  • Monet’s Fabulous Gardens at Giverny
    Monet’s garden was one of his biggest sources of inspiration, so he created and managed the expansions himself with precise instructions for his 7 gardeners.
  • Our QH newsletter Sept 2021
    Sept Zoom meeting 9/16; the last deadheading session at Pt. Defiance Sept. 9th; WW Fair Rose Shows Sept. 12 & Sept. 19; Fall Conference details are on page 8.
  • Our Queen’s Herald – April 2021
    The April Zoom Meeting is April 15, with warm-up at 6.30 and a program at 7 pm focusing on early garden prep – given by our very own Master Gardener, Bruce.
  • Our Queen’s Herald – August 2021
    Highlight: Keith says that if the temperature is 85 degrees or so, deadheading will change from 4pm to 10am.
  • Our Queen’s Herald – June 2021
    June 17 – Monthly meeting with talk about arranging | June 13 – Martin’s Garden tour | Deadheading restarts June 24 | Our ‘Rose Show & Tell’ begins June 9.
  • Our Queen’s Herald – March 2021
    Our Zoom meeting talk on March 18th will be presented by TRS member Gary Ritchie. His program will deal with species roses: their origins, their different classes, and their genetic characteristics.
  • Our Queen’s Herald – October 2021
    Highlights: Oct Meeting on 10/21; Oct Board Meeting on 10/25; 2021 Member’s rose favorites; “Woobox Winners”l; Results of the in-person Fair Rose Show.
  • Our Queen’s Herald May 2021
    Our Zoom meeting this month will feature a talk from John about all the steps in propagating roses in the NW. Learn how to add your favorite roses to your garden in less than 2 years.
  • Pt. Defiance Rose Garden
    One of the most popular pastimes in Pt. Defiance Park is to quietly sit in the colorful Rose Garden among the 1500 roses and let the scents and sounds of the park come to you. Soak it in . . .
  • Queen’s Herald – February 2021
    This is our Feb 2021 Newsletter. Our Zoom monthly general meeting is Feb 18 with guest speaker Baldo Villegas about Spring pruning our roses at 7 pm. Sign-on and chat begins at 6.30 See pg 1. The annual program interest survey welcomes your feedback before 2/18. See pg 7. We have an update on the annual Spring pruning at Pt. Defiance. Details are on pg 6.
  • Queen’s Herald – January 2021
    TRS January Zoom Meeting is on Jan 21 at 7 pm with the installation of the 2021 Officers and Board Members. As a TRS thank you there will be no dues for 2021.
  • Queen’s Herald – November 2020
    November Highlights: TRS November Meeting is Nov 19 at 7.00 pm with 2 guest Zoom speakers. See Pg 1. Nominations for the 2021 TRS Officers and Board Members. See Pg. 2. Full Report from the 2020 District Fall Zoom Conference. Details are on Pg. 6.
  • Queen’s Herald Newsletter – October 2020
    Monthly Highlights: -TRS October Meeting is Oct 15 at 6.30. -The Fall Conference will be on Zoom this year. Sign-up form is included.
  • Queen’s Herald November 2021
    We are excited to have ARS President Diane Sommers of Wisconsin as our featured speaker on the 18th.  Her topic is “The Whys and Hows of Winter Protection”.
  • REALLY Fragrant ARS Roses
    The James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Award The April 2014 Queen’s Herald contained an article that listed the favorite fragrant roses for a good number of TRS members. Many roses were mentioned and all would be…
  • Rebuilding America’s Rose Garden
    In 2017, the American Rose Society launched the ambitious ‘Great Garden Restoration Project’ – to update the rose gardens at the American Rose Center by 2022.
  • Rose Rosette Disease—What Is It, and What Can You Do About It?
    It is a disease that is carried by a very specific spider mite which infects your rose. You’ll see it as purple ‘witches broom’ foliage – and it can be lethal.
  • Roses in Pots
    You can also enjoy the beauty of rose color and texture by growing them in patio containers. All types of roses can be grown in containers – it’s very simple provided you follow a few simple guidelines.
  • Rosie the Riveter Gardens
    Why a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ garden?American rosarians can plant 3-12 of the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ rose bushes in our major community gardens to honor these overlooked female heroes of WWII.It will continue to inspire future generations of young American women.
  • Seasonal Rose Care
    Here is a summary of seasonal projects that we seem to go back to like a favorite chair – and with good results that walk in the rose show door year after year.
  • Thank You to Members 2020
    Thanks for continuing to make this a legendary Rose Society – and happy holidays from your Board, Committee Members, and Staff.
  • Washington’s Instagram-Worthy Public Rose Gardens
    After touring these fabulous Instagram-worthy rose gardens, they may inspire you to start your own rose garden & take even more pictures.
  • What Are Old Garden Roses?
    Any rose belonging to a class before 1867 is an old garden rose. There’s lots to learn about the characteristics & history of OGRs and why you should have some.
  • Zoom FAQ
    The Zoom platform offers screen-sharing for all our modern computers – and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.Use this start-up guide to help you get onto Zoom and back visiting with your rose friends at our online monthly meetings.

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