May Meeting




DATE:            Thursday, May 28, 2009



LOCATION:   Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

                        71 North, 500 West

                        Valparaiso, IN


PROGRAM:   How to Show Roses

                        by Adolph, Dale & Karl



TIME:              7:30 PM

                        Meeting & program, followed by                         refreshments



2009 Officers



Adolph Ferber



1st Vice President

Patricia Stimmel


2nd Vice President

Sam DiMaio


Show Chairman

Karl Bapst





Kathleen Vargas



Lisa Mella



Yvonne Peterson




Calendar of Events


February 22       Presentation by Dale Fadley –   “Where We Find Roses”


March 26           Pruning Seminar – Karl Bapst hopes to have roses for everyone to practice on.  Bring your own pruners


April 30             “Color through the Seasons” by Jean Starr


May 28             “How to Show Roses” by Adolph,        Dale, Karl


June 14             Duneland Rose Show, Westfield Shopping Town – no regular meeting


July 30              Stan Sims – “Caring for and Growing                              Better Roses”


August 16         Date tentative - Garden Walk and Picnic


September 24   DRS members’ “Small Rose Show”


October 29        Vicki Jostes – “Maintenance Through      the Seasons”


November 19    Annual Potluck Dinner


Consulting Rosarians

Have questions about growing roses?  Consult an expert.


Karl Bapst, MCR



Adolph Ferber, MCR



Clarence Albers,

Emeritus Consulting Rosarian


Norm Backus,

Emeritus Consulting Rosarian


Agnes Medvecz,

Emeritus Consulting Rosarian


Letter From the Prez

by Adolph Ferber



The Joy of Shopping



Let me start off by saying that I am not a shopaholic with one exception -- buying garden supplies, plants, tools & equipment. I love to browse around any garden center.  In fact I haven’t met one I really didn’t like. I don’t mind standing in long lines, fighting the crowd for a cart, looking for a live body to answer questions. However, if this was grocery shopping, banking business, etc, I would become somewhat impatient and teed off especially if the person(s) in front of me is fussing around for a credit card, loose change. Not so at a garden center.


Arguably April is the best time to go hunting for your garden items. The crowd are smaller, parking is very accessible (helps when one is hauling 1 or 2 cubic foot bags of soil), and best of all, many items are on sale.  I’m a comparative shopper and naturally seek out the best prices. Now I won’t spend $20 dollars in gas money to save $5. Naturally there is a tradeoff. However I found a lot of clearance items as operators try to unload their old inventory which I can readily use immediately.


Also in April, I check out the new rose varieties in stock. With few exceptions Sauk Trail’s offerings are so superior which makes me feel good.  I laugh at the packaged roses for sale. To think I used to buy these 45 years ago and thought I was getting a good deal. I wasn’t thinking about the small root systems and the canes loaded down with paraffin.


Now some of you may stock-up in the fall. No doubt one can purchase a lot of left-over potted roses from reputable dealers which are in good shape as well as reasonably priced. This goes for fertilizers, plant containers, and similar supplies.


I don’t have the space to store large, bulk items nor do I have the inclination to plant new roses in October/November. Hey guys, I’m winding down for the year. I’d rather make my purchases in April when “my blood is running high” and I can put my purchases to immediate use.


So if you see  someone running down the aisle in April at Busy Bee or Home Depot with Discover in one hand and Visa in the other, that’s probably me.


See you at the next meeting,




Karl’s Korner

by Karl Bapst


Here we are in May already. After having to prune most of my bushes back almost to the ground, they are now growing well and will be blooming by early June as usual. Some of the hybrid Rugosas that required only minimal pruning are already blooming.


Hybrid Rugosas are rugged and hardy. The only problem is they sucker a lot. That’s not so bad if one pots up and sells the suckers as I do. Rugosas are hard to root so suckers are the easiest way to propagate them.


Even Great Lakes Roses found it difficult to root Rugosa cuttings. They bought their stock from a Canadian grower. Heat must be supplied to the rooting medium to help them root. I purchased a 10 foot long heating pad from them in their “Going out of business sale” last year and will be using it in an attempt to propagate Rugosa cuttings.


I only lost two roses last winter, The McCartney Rose and Taboo. I’m trying to force them both with plastic bottles placed over the stubs. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I have to try.


My biggest problem so far this year is rabbits. They’ve all but destroyed a dozen of my bushes, eating the tender new canes and leaves off many others. I spread blood meal on the ground around the affected bushes in the hope the scent will keep them away. I also placed a live trap in the bed in the hope they’ll try to get to the corn placed inside. Any I catch get taken to a local wildlife sanctuary and released. It’s close but far enough away they’ll not find their way back.


So far insects have not been a problem except for the aphids in my greenhouse-growing potted bushes. Once moved outside, natural predators find and destroy them, usually in one day.


I have a dozen new roses, planted in pots, waiting in the wings to be planted in my rose beds. All I need to find is space. There are a few openings but if there are not enough I’ll expand a bed to accommodate them.


Those who spray fungicides should have begun or begin now their regular spray regimens to prevent black spot and powdery mildew. If insecticides are used wait until a damaging insect appears -- never use an insecticide as a preventative. Overuse will lead to super insects that are immune to your insecticide. Better yet, learn to live with any damage and don’t spray insecticides unless you exhibit, then you’ll have to do what you need to do.


The Bayer Three in One product contains a systemic insecticide which will kill insects when they bite into a leaf. It also contains a similar fungicide and fertilizer. Many report good results with this and other Bayer products. It’s used as a drench, not a spray. I’ve heard some reports of worm damage due to its use but it may be better than spraying the environment with insecticides. At least any damage will be confined to the immediate area of your roses.


If you only want a fungicide, Bayer Advanced Disease control has been reported to give excellent results against fungus damage. With many fungicides being taken off the market or on the expensive side, for those having a few bushes, the Bayer products are an inexpensive and effective way to control disease and insect damage in your garden.


Or live with it and don’t do anything like me!


Good Luck with your roses this year.


Until next month, remember “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”



Real Men Grow Roses, Never enough Roses,


Karl Bapst



Update on Plant Sale Day

by Karl Bapst


The day started out overcast but the sun came out early and it wasn't too bad although it was a bit cool. There was a shortage of good plants but we had a good turnout of helpers and customers, who were plentiful in the morning and just before closing. Not having a sale last year sent people elsewhere so we have to get them used to coming to ours again.  Even so, the society realized a net profit of $320.


For next year:

Healthy looking plants sell best. Those recently dug up and placed in pots or in plastic bags can hardly be given away. By days end they're wilted and very sad looking. We know a sale is coming up so plants should be dug and potted the previous fall or early spring so they can perk up and look good. I have most of mine ready by fall except for the tomatoes, peppers and annuals I pick up by the flat and transplant into individual pots. The weather this spring put off many veggies and annuals so that the size was not as large as previous years. The roses were budded with a few showing a little color. Mother's day was a little early which made our sale early too. The roses needed another week or two as did the veggies. Blooming roses sell best. Even at that we sold 19 0f them. 


We owe a big thank you once again to Sandy and Bill Kopko for letting us use their place for the sale!


Recap of April Meeting


Jean Starr was the guest speaker last month and gave an inspirational slide show presentation of how to have color through the seasons in our gardens.  Jean, as many of you know, writes a weekly garden column in The Times.  Her presentation depicted many beautiful gardens and she named many different types of plants along with their blooming times.  She is particularly fond of using non-blooming plants to provide textural interest as well as color.  Many took notes and seemed to be inspired to plant something besides roses to add all-season interest in our gardens.