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President's Message | may 2017

Another Great Plant Sale!

Our Plant Sale was a HUGE SUCCESS. Once again you DIGgers put together a terrific plant sale.

We had so many repeat and happy customers who so anticipate this event. I’d like to thank all of you who put in so much time preparing for the sale and all members, family and friends who worked so hard at the sale. A very special thanks to John Sierra and his students from Freedom High School who were such a great help. And of course our thanks to the Wolfe family for the use of the site. Everything looked so beautiful, we had the weather we ordered and happy customers. Thank you all for your participation, enthusiasm and hard work. See page 3 for photos from the sale.

Our speaker at this month’s meeting on April 24, is Joe Truskot. He will give a PowerPoint presentation on Pests and Diseases in Roses, as well as lots of other handy tips on pruning and maintaining beautiful roses.  Joe has won numerous awards from the American Rose Society for his articles on America’s National Flower and helped hundreds of individuals improve their ability to grow roses through his informative presentations and effective writing in The Bay Rose, the Monterey Bay Rose Society’s monthly newsletter.  Most recently, he was named Outstanding Consulting Rosarian for 2016 in the NCNH District of the American Rose Society. He’s grown more than 500 different varieties of roses over the years. He is the author of the Central Coast Rose Manual: Creating a Personal Rose Garden, now in its second printing, and available through Amazon. He has grown roses since 1986. However, it was his purchase of a house and yard in Salinas, California, in 1992, that set him on his quest to build the perfect rose garden.

Professionally, he is the features editor at The Salinas Californian, the oldest continuously publishing newspaper in California. He writes stories about food, dining, the arts, animals, people of note, and, of course, gardening. For six years, he hosted a Classical Music program on Central Coast Public Radio. For 20 years, he was the executive director of the Monterey Symphony. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran in the 1970s and graduated from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. In addition to music and roses, he is an accomplished writer, potter, and quilt top maker. He lives in Salinas in the middle of his roses with two cats, Buddy and Frederick.

We hope you’ll join us on April 24 to learn how you can create your own personal rose garden. Visitors are always welcome.

Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs

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Important Dates

We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church,
809 Second Street in Brentwood.

Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday, (after the first Monday),
of each month in the Fireside Room.

General Meetings
May 22
June 26—Anniversary Potluck
July 24

Board Meetings
June 6
July 11
August 8

Propagation Workshop

Propagation has ended for 2017. Check back in fall for more information.

2017 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
Our 2017 Plant Sale was a great success. Thanks to all volunteers and shoppers!
Wolfe Ranch


GUEST SPEAKER, Lori Palmquist

On Pests and Diseases in Roses