Redwood Empire Rose Society

Program Schedule for 2017


Thursday meetings are held at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, located at 2050 Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Refreshments are served at 7pm with a short business meeting at 7:30pm, followed by a 60‐minute educational program. Saturday event date/times are as listed.

Jan 7 & 14 2 Saturdays
Pruning Presentation and Demonstration 9am-12pm: Short lecture on the basics of pruning various types of roses and tool sharpening by Jack Coulter (RERS Past President, Consulting Rosarian); followed by a hands-on demonstration in the Center’s Rose Garden by Karen Ernsberger (RERS President, Consulting Rosarian, Horticultural and Arrangement Judge). Stay and help with the garden pruning!

Feb 16 Thursday
Photographing Roses by Betty Mott (Northern California/Nevada/Hawaii District Photography Judges Committee Chair, Horticultural Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Member of Marin Rose Society) Tips for digital photography and highlights of the American Rose Society’s new Rose Photography guidelines for Rose Shows. If you want, bring one 8×10 photograph and $2 for hands-on setup assistance!

March 16 Thursday
Growing Beautiful Roses by Richard Holtz (Consulting Rosarian and member of the Marin Rose Society) Presentation on what goes into a beautiful rose, including choosing the right rose and caring for it all year long.

April 20 Thursday
Rose Show Workshop: basic preparation including sprays and placing roses in a bowl by Cher Frechette (RERS Past President, Master Consulting Rosarian, Horticultural Judge); understanding the Rose Show Schedule and entering bouquets by Karen Ernsberger

April 29 Saturday
Rose Show at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center: Anyone can enter roses in the Show! Contact Karen Ernsberger at, if interested. Bring your friends and family to see the exhibits from 1pm-3pm. Potted “Pretty Lady Rose” bushes for sale.

May 27 Saturday Postponed
RERS Members’ Garden Visits 9:30am-TBD: meet at the Center at 9:30am to carpool to 3-4 of RERS Members’ gardens; if you are interested in participating or opening up your rose garden for a visit, contact Julie Sabbag-Maskey at

June 15 Thursday
Awards Dinner Potluck: Join us to celebrate our Rose Show winners with a delicious potluck on the beautiful patio of the Center.

July 20 Thursday
Butterflies in your Garden by Julie West

August 5 Picnic at Russian River Rose Company

Aug 17 No Meeting

Sept 21 Thursday
Integrated Pest Management with Emphasis on Bee-friendly Practices by Karen Ernsberger Learn to take a broad-based approach to preventing pest damage and being environmentally friendly, especially to support our bee population.

Oct 19 Thursday
David Austin and Climbing Roses by Jan Tolmasoff (RERS Member and owner of Russian River Rose Company) Bring in a cutting of a David Austin rose for a small “show” and tell.

Nov 16 Thursday
Boot Camp for Holiday Flower Arranging by Cheryl Feuerborn (Member of the Founder’s Council of Flowers Show Judges San Francisco and Member of the Santa Rosa Flower Arrangers Guild)

Dec 21 Thursday
Holiday Potluck and Installation of 2018 RERS Board