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Volume 59, Issue 5

The Petal

A Monthly Publication by the Wichita Rose Society Affiliated with the American Rose Society

May 2010

Inside this Issue

Earth Kind Rose Sale

Saturday May 1


 David Austin English Roses Part 3  WRS Summer Garden Tours


 2010 Central District Rose Show and Convention

Herb Day

e had another successful sale! Thanks to everyone who volun-

teered their time to pull off our annual event. We sold most of our inventory the day of the event, plus those pre-orders our members made. The proceeds of our success will help support such upcoming projects as the Central District Rose Show and Convention we are hosting in September. We do however have 65 roses left from the sale that are still available to purchase!






316.445.2150 SOON if you are interested. Joel is going to take the last of the roses to his home during their neighborhood wide garage sale on May 21st.

Sunday, May 9 Mother’s Day Tuesday, May 11 7 PM Regular Meeting Botanica Friday-Saturday, May 14-15 Master Gardener Garden Tours Thursday, May 27

Still available (quantity listed in front)

5—Belinda's Dream

1—Prairie Harvest

2—Carefree Beauty

6—Prairie Princess

4—Carefree Wonder


1—Climbing Pinkie

1—Sea Foam

3—Earth Song

3—Sunny Knockout


1—Square Dancer

6—Pearlie Mae

2—The Fairy


7—Winter Sunset

7:00 PM Executive Board Meeting Monday, May 31 Memorial Day Saturday, June 5

4—Pink Knockout

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Calendar of WRS Events

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6:30 PM WRS Summer Garden Tours

ANY MEMBER CAN ATTEND WRS BOARD MEETINGS! Contact Joel Weihe for location.


Meeting Brief

From the President’s Desk


Joel Weihe


Companion plantings for roses; garden design.


If you have roses in bloom, please bring some to the meetings this summer. And we will start to demonstrate proper show

There didn’t seem to be as many April showers as usual but that hasn’t stopped the May flowers from blooming. My back yard is exploding in color with the Knockout roses, Iris and Wisteria all blooming right now.


The rest of our roses are straining in the buds and will be popping out in mass very soon. So far this year we

Refreshment Table

have only planted 9 new ones. When all the plants are blooming sometime this month it’s really something to

MAY 

see. The explosion of color is most impressive, plus we

If you are unsure if you signed up to provide

get to have flowers in the house all Summer long.

refreshments this month, please contact Mary

We had the Earth kind rose sale, our annual fundraiser,


at Herb day last weekend on May Day. The sale itself went well, we raised some money, sold over 3/4 of our


inventory and had fun doing it. Thanks to all those that came out to help and thanks to Don Suderman for or-

Mary Lou Klenda —721.8587

ganizing the event and successfully pulling it off.

Articles for the June issue of The Petal must be submitted by June 1st to be published.

This week I met with Pat Horbelt, Mary Scheulen and

Send to: Sally Duncan

Inn at Rock rd. and Kellogg. We went over the layout

P.O. Box 3553, Wichita, Kansas 67201 Or email

of the event, talked with staff about the banquet and moved forward with the planning. Next meeting we'll be looking for volunteers to head and staff committees.

This Could Be YOUR Ad!


Bob Burrill at our district rose show venue, the Holiday

Here's hoping all your favorite roses made it through the winter and are about to start producing the flowers


we all love.

Contact the WRS advertizing chairperson at

See you all at the next meeting!

Tel: 555 555 5555 Great size for coupons! Expiration Date:

Friday—Saturday Your Logo Here!

May 14-15


9 am – 5 pm

The WRS is now offering advertizing space in The Petal to our local nursery friends. We have 2 sizes available for a minimal donation to our garden club. Your ad will not only reach potential customers, but will help us provide a colorful, educational and informational newsletter to our members and colleagues. For more information

Tour 8 fabulous Wichita gardens for only $10. Tickets available at the Sedgwick County Extension Office or from a Master Gardener .

or to list an ad, contact .

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Saturday, June 5th The Garden of Kevin and Sally Duncan

WRS Summer Garden Tours

Summer Garden Tours Saturday, June 5 6:30-8 PM 

Kevin & Sally Duncan 1510 North Armour


Mary Scheulen 6527 East Murdock

Kevin and Sally’s garden reflects her relaxed eclectic style, though she finds inspiration from English cottage gardens. Sally, who has been an avid garden since her teenage years, has drawn Kevin into gardening along the way. She is now fostering the next generation of gardener by letting her eldest son have his own flower garden in one of their raised beds. When they purchased this home less than a year ago, it was evident that the yard had once been a well tended garden, though sadly forgotten by the time they moved in. They dug up and moved a few of their favorite roses and perennials to relocate at their new home. Within the first week of closing on the house, Sally broke ground on her first new rose bed (with the help of some willing volunteers). They love growing roses, herbs and perennials in combination. Preferring low maintenance plants to accommodate their busy lives. Sally tries to balance her love of gardening with the need of play space for their two young sons and room to run for their two dogs. This will be the first full growing season they are enjoying in their garden. At the moment, they are growing a little over 40 roses of different varieties, scattered in beds in both front and back.

Saturday, July 17 6:30—8:30 PM Finale Cook Out 

Pat & Betsy Latta 1124 North Bitting

Our Consulting Rosarians will be onsite at the gardens to answer your questions!

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The Garden of Mary Scheulen Mary recently transitioned from west Wichita sandy soil to a east side heavy clay, and is gradually learning what it takes to make her roses happy there. She has a unique collection of Old Garden Roses, propagated from cuttings of departed WRS member Maxine McFall’s roses. Her ORG assortment features a rare unidentified moss rose, Gloire de Dijon, Dortman, Cardinal de Richelieu and Madame Hardy; happily mixed with Hybrid teas, Miniatures and Earth Kind varieties. Her garden features a large Green Ice miniature rose that she relocated from her last home. She grows a small herb patch and a few container grown vegetables. She has a total of 30 roses thus far, but hopes to add a few more where her space allows.

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Getting To Like You—David Austin’s English Roses


By Dick Streeper, article taken from the American Rose Magazine

his is the third installment in a series of four articles about David Austin’s English Roses. In the first two articles, we learned about the man who created them, his intentions for them, what distinguishes his roses from other and the development of David Austin English Roses in England. The world of roses is changing now, and I expect that we will see many more English Roses (or roses in that style) in the future. I hope this series of articles will prove valuable in these changing times. In this part, we will discuss what rosarians in the U.S. who are interested in English Roses should and shouldn’t do. If you are developing an interest in English Roses, the first thing you should consider is how to incorporate them into you garden design; that is, where do they belong in a home garden and how should you space them? We tend to plant and train modern roses (i.e. hybrid teas, etc.) to grow upright and, most commonly, each plant stands along. English roses are very versatile in a garden plan. Presently, I grow them for review in 15 gallon pots set pot to pot away from other shrubs. I let the canes range where they will go through neighboring plants. My favorite style of garden display is in a group of three plants equally spaced around a circle six feet in diameter, with the principle stems of each plant never shortened, but first tied together from plant to plant. Ultimately, all the stems weave into a hemisphere resembling one very large plant eight feet in diameter and about five feet tall when in bloom. I plant less robust growers with a fourth plant in the center of the circle but otherwise trained in the same manner. You can also plant Austins as a hedge with the same or many varieties; just pay attention to the relative vigor and color of the selected specimens. There are endless opportunities for the incorporation of English Roses in the garden design, but to start, consider other forms than the standard design used for modern rose display. A good introduction to English Roses is to plant on “Gertrude Jekyll” and on “Graham Thomas” as climbers in your garden. They are both vigorous growers with attractive and abundant blooms. From the outset, give “Gertrude Jekyll” a trellis eight feet wide and at least eight feet high and train its very long growing canes in horizontal, sideways S’s. That configuration will produce a multitude of vertical flowing stems from the relatively short and numerous horizontal sections of the long stems. Most everyone will like its pink David Austin and his son blooms, and all will love its fragrance. This is my candidate for the most delightfully fragrant rose in the world.

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“Graham Thomas” has it own story that supports its merit. I received two plants of this variety the year prior to introduction, and I grew them in the standard manner. The only thing I recall from the process was that the blooming stems tend to droop toward the ground and that it did not a good shrub. It took a few years and favorable reports from around the world to change my opinion. This is a world beating climbing rose. Given a trellis that will support its growth, it will bear continuous multitude of blooms to be seen from on earth looking to heaven above. In the March/ April issue of this magazine, I incorrectly credited “Molineux”, a fine rose and recent introduction, with an award actually given to “Graham Thomas”, namely the Hall of Fame Award given by the World Federation of Rose Societies. This award places “Graham Thomas” on a list of only 14 roses from around the world to be so honored in the 34 years since they created the award. As your interest in English Roses grows, you need to determine which varieties to plant in your garden. Always base your selection on what you see growing in an area similar to your garden. For your home library, the best place to start is the 2010 U.S. edition of The Handbook of Roses, available for free online when you go to . The handbook has good color photos of blooms of all the roses for sale in the U.S. It also contains color pictures of the shrub habits of many of the best varieties grown for garden effect. On page 10 of the 2010 Austin handbook there is a description of the “New Classification for English Roses”, a quite helpful guide for designing a garden plan for English Roses. The Austin breeding practice includes a board range of old garden roses. As a result, English Roses include a wide variety of plant sizes and forms as well as bloom sizes and forms. The current Austin catalog classifies roses in four groups, each described as having “a different character and its own particular type of beauty.” You can mix Austin types in good garden design, but you must do so with some attention to the selection of the types and the placement and spacing of the plants. Most people make a few mistakes in plant selection and placement, but even so, they still have nice gardens. David Austin roses that are sold in the U.S. grown in the David Austin facilities in Tyler, Texas, located at 15059 State Highway 64 West, 75704. They maintain a helpful website at and you can reach them by telephone, toll free, at 1-800-3288893. It is also becoming easier to find public gardens that feature collections of David Austin English Roses’ find these in The Handbook of Roses. Come look and see. You will be surprised. 

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Getting Ready for the Show By Pat Horbelt


s you know by now, our membership voted to host the Central District Rose Show and Convention here in Wichita on September 18, 2010. We have invited eight out of town judges who will travel here to judge our roses. We expect top exhibitors to compete, and they will be bringing their very best roses to enter in the show. We want Wichita Rose Society rosarians to show the judges and the people coming to see the show just how well we can grow and exhibit our roses. Therefore, we will have tasks to do on a regular basis in the garden to be sure the roses will be ready in September. There are lots of tips from the top exhibitors on just how to go about preparing our prize roses. Robert J. Martin, Jr., has written a book about the subject entitled “Growing Show Roses”. For the next several months I would like to cover some of the main topics from his book in handouts for our meetings and articles for the Petal.


ne of the American Rose Society’s best exhibitors is a gentleman named Robert B. “Bob” Martin, Jr., of Pasadena, California. His book, “Showing Good Roses” is a comprehensive guide for exhibitors, and is highly recommended. For ordering, use ISBN 0-9710132-0-9. Bob Martin also recommends “Roses for Dummies” by Lance Walheim. ISBN# 07645-5202-3. The American Rose Society has published a book, “Consulting Rosarian Manual”, priced at $15, and is available through their website Their telephone number is 318.938.5402. These excellent publications are recommended for any rose grower who wishes to improve the quality of their roses in preparation for entering them in an American Rose Society sanctioned rose show. Caring for show roses requires a commitment of REGULAR care and attention. A supply of items to have on hand:

 A sprayer for your garden, depending on size, hand held pump; battery operated electric.

 Protective clothing and gear such as chemical resistant gloves, respirator and goggles. A system of dependable watering for the roses. Rarely do we have enough rain to keep our roses well hydrated during the hottest parts of the summer, so regular irrigation is a must. A timer set for specific watering times is a valuable asset to the watering system. Many top exhibitors give their roses 10 gallons of water per rose each week! Garden stakes and green garden plastic tape for tying up canes. One of the best ways to stake canes in high wind is by using rebar reinforcing rods and twist ties. Plant markers and paint pens. Roses must be correctly identified on the entry tag. The Handbook for Selecting Roses should be in every exhibitor’s tool kit. Order from ARS. 

 Good tools such as sharp Felco pruners and a sharpening stone.

 A decent loper for pruning large canes, and a bottle of white glue to seal cuts.

 A supply of fertilizer of your choice. WRS will sell Mills Magic Mix, both granular and Easy Feed types in the Spring.

 Mulch, your choice  Insect and disease spray products of your choice

Central District Rose Show and Convention page You can register and pay for the show online, with PayPal!

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We are ramping up for the 2010 Rose Show and Convention and need the volunteer help from our WRS members to make this show a success.

We need committee chairs, and teammates for the following positions. Pat Horbelt will

have a sign up sheet at the May meeting. 

Welcome Table and Registration information (at hotel lobby)


Show Judge's breakfast: Chair Pat Horbelt


Consulting Rosarian Table (answer questions dur-


Silent Auction and Live Auction Friday evening:


Host welcome reception Friday night


Education Table (info on WRS and ARS)


Set up of hall for the rose show


Recording of show entries


Tear down of tables at conclusion of show, prep for




Trophy Table and Keeper Trophies


Banquet decorations



this also includes placement) Chair: Norma Kemp


Show properties


Tally of show results




Printing of show results for all entrants


Show Judges' Luncheon: Chair Pat Horbelt



ing public viewing of show on Saturday)

awards banquet 

Prepare vases (for the entries the night before the show, Friday)


Clerks (to assist the judges and tally of show entries;

You can Sponsor our Rose Show Corporate Levels





$100.00 May 2010

With the Platinum Donation, a 2 inch by 3.5 inch ad for your company will be featured on our show schedule.

Individual Levels $100.00 $50.00 $25.00 With a Donation, your family’s name will be featured on our show schedule.

With the Gold Donation Level, your company’s name will be featured on our show schedule.

Silver Level With the Platinum Donation Level, your company’s will be featured on our show schedule.

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Deadline for donations July 7, 2010 For more info: Joel Weihe at 821.9437 or you may donate online at


Wichita Rose Society 2010 Officers

Consulting Rosarians

Joel Weihe



Cindi McMurray

1st Vice President


Mary Lou Klenda

2nd Vice President


Cindy Howey



Kay Case



Bob Burrill


Carol Manke


Kay Case


Suja Mathew

316.729.0740 Pat Horbelt 316.636.4504 Norma Kemp

316.524.3165 316.722.0906 Betsy Latta

Mary Scheulen

Len Suchy

316.722.4403 316.267.8602

Cindy Vadakin


â—? Be sure to only donate HEALTHY disease free plants, please! â—? Bring your potted roses or perennials you need to relocate to a new home for the Plant Exchange in the spring and summer months.

Wichita, Kansas 67201

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P.O. Box 3553

Sally Duncan, Editor

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