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  • 2020 Thanks
    Thanks for continuing to make this a legendary Rose Society – and happy holidays from your Board, Committee Members, and Staff.The Tacoma Rose Society is about more than just roses. It’s a living, breathing organization that’s dedicated to educating about the most beautiful flower in the garden. This dedication and support from each of you is what has kept it strong through 2 world wars – and now a pandemic – since 1911. And it shows.
  • 5 Instagram-Worthy Rose Gardens in Washington State
    After touring Washington’s 5 Instagram-worthy rose gardens, you may want to grow your own.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • America’s Rose Garden
    In 2017, after years of discussion and fundraising, the American Rose Society launched the ‘Great Garden Restoration Project’ – an ambitious 5 year plan to restore and improve the gardens at the American Rose Center by 2022.
  • Basic Pruning of Climbers
    Most of the same procedures apply to climbing roses as shrubs or floribundas, but there are a few differences, due to the way that climbers grow. Here is a look at the basics of how to prune them.
  • 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.
  • Design Principles
    Start with two rules that can kick-start the process of laying out a landscape, then move on to guidelines that help in scaling the proportions of a garden’s elements and, finally, to choosing and using the right plants.
  • 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 of Rose Terms
    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.
  • Intro to Arranging
    Is it possible for a plonker to become a designer or arranger & a real competitor? Absolutely!
  • Monet’s Gardens at Giverny
    Monet’s garden was one of his biggest sources of his inspiration as a painter, so he created and managed the garden expansions himself with precise instructions for his 7 gardeners. He focused on engineering moments of light and color that would occur throughout the day by designing the locations of the flowers according to their colors: those of light colors, such as yellow or white, are placed in the most shaded areas of the garden – then the darkest flowers are placed in juxtaposition with the light ones. It came out in the paintings . . .
  • 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 – 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.
  • 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 – 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 April 2021
    The April Zoom Meeting is April 15, with warm-up at 6.30 and a program at 7 pm focusing on early Spring garden preparations – given by our very own Master Gardener Bruce Lind. Invitations for Members will arrive by email the week of April 12.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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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