JANUARY 2003  



By Art Emmons

Greetings from The Roses at Windy Hill Farm!

In 2002, the American Rose Society celebrated the very successful Year of the Rose with many exciting events. Although 2002 was a momentous rose year, 2003 promises to be an even more  exciting year for rose growers and roses here in the Yankee District.  In March we’ll gather in Nashua, New Hampshire for our annual winter convention.  This is always a great time with interesting speakers on diverse topics and a long weekend of garden chatting with New England friends.  There’s complete information in this edition of ‘The  Rose Window’.  This annual convention is an open and friendly gathering of both expert and casual  rose gardeners.  Personally, my favorite part of this convention is the informal hospitality room where we chat  about roses and gardening until breakfast.  Also, every year this is the first rose event of the year.  The following weekend we usually begin opening the rose gardens. 

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THE LOWER CAPE ROSE  SOCIETY HOSTED THE YANKEE DISTRICT FALL ROSE SHOW, CONVENTION AND BUSINESS MEETING, which was exactly one hour and fifty minutes long.   At the business meeting, we had our choice of cabana, Adirondack, towel or sand seating.  It was held right on the beach at the South Dennis Yacht Club!  In fact, the night before the meeting we had a “New England Clam Bake” including lobster and fine wines right on the beach.  It was truly awesome.    The morning began with the rose show. While the roses were being judged, we had a variety of rose topics covered in seminars.  Around noon we broke for a pot-luck luncheon. After lunch the rose show was open to the public, and there were two additional seminars held. In the evening we met at the beach for the lobster fest, enjoying a spectacular sunset with great rose friends.   The next morning we gathered again on the beach for the business meeting.  Minutes of this meeting can be found on page 12


District Director’s Message             Page 1, 5

Officers in the District          Page 2

Words from the Editor                      Page 3

Roses in Review                               Page 4

Convention News                 Page 6, 7

Bio – Clara Benson                          Page 8

District  News                       Page 9

CR  News                               Page 10

Yankee CRs                                      Page 11

You Got Midge                     Page 12

Sept. District Minutes                       Page 12

Registration Forms                           Page 13




June 14th   New England Rose Society, Extension Field Station, Waltham, MA

June 21st  Yankee District Rose Show/Rhode Island Rose Society,  Roger Williams Park, Horse Stables Providence, R.I.

June 22nd Connecticut Rose Society, Pond House   Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut

June 28th  Lower Cape Rose Society,  Harwich Community Center, Harwich, MA

June 29th Maine Rose Society, Verrillo’s Convention Center, Portland, ME





ROSES IN REVIEW                   By Clarence Rhodes, RIR Coordinator, Yankee District

         This report contains only information received by U.S.P.S..  Due  to computer internet problems I was not able to retrieve the reports submitted by e-mail.  I am in the process of trying to receive them.  If successful, they will be incorporated in the final report.  The report submitted to the National Coordinator was based on the reports received via U.S.P.S.


No. of Reporter  24:    HT’s      GR’s       FL’s         MINI’s        SH’s       LCI’s      OGR’s      TOTAL


No. of Varieties                      45          5              15            33                18             2            0                118


No. of Reports            123        17              37            66                34              6            0                283


No. of Plants               184        19              42            84                42              7            0                378


            Of all the 118 varieties reported, 56 varieties had only 1 report.  Of all varieties reported, Veteran’s Honor had the most, thirteen (13) and Gemini was next with eleven (11).


BIG ROSES ----    Garden Rating

Rank                Variety                          Type               Rating          Plants             Reports

1.                     Knockout                     Sh                    8.5                    9                      9

2.                     Crimson Boquet           Gr                    8.5                   10                      7

3.                     Betty Boop                   Fl                     8.2                   11                      9

4.                     Fourth of July              LCL                  8.1                     6                     5

5.                     Mellow Yellow              HT                   8.0                   10                      9

6.                     Diana,  P.O.W.              HT                   8.0                   10                      5


BIG ROSES  ----- Exhibition Rating

Rank                Variety                       Type                  Rating          Plants            Reports

1.                     Gemini                          HT                   8.4                    22                     11

2.                     Veteran’s Honor           HT                    8.3                    25                     13

3.                     Diana, P.O.W.               HT                   8.3                    10                       5

4.                     Andrea Stelzer                         HT                   8.0                    11                       7

5.                     Barbra Streisand         HT                    7.8                      9                      6

6.                     Black Magic                 HT                    7.8                      7                      5


MINI ROSES ----- Garden Rating

Rank                Variety                       Type                  Rating          Plants             Reports

1.                     Hilde                            Min                  8.3                       9                     5

2.                     Sweet Caroline                         Min                 8.3                       5                     4

3.                     Jilly Jewel                   Min                  7.8                       9                     5

4.                     Constellation                Min                  7.1                       8                     5


MINI ROSES ------Exhibition Rating      

Rank                Variety                       Type                  Rating          Plants             Reports

1.                     Hilde                            Min                  8.5                       9                     5

2.                     Sweet Caroline            Min                  8.0                       5                     4

3.                     Jilly Jewel                   Min                  7.9                       9                     5

4.                     Constellation                Min                 7.3                       8                     5




                        Reflection for the day

The footprints of the owner are the best manure for the garden.









                                  By Carol Ann Rogers


There are three important issues to be covered in this report.  The first is the announcement of a Yankee District Consulting Rosarian School that will take place on May 3, 2003, from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Pond House at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Connecticut.  The criteria for becoming a CR is as follows:


1.  Have been a member, either regular or associate, of the American Rose Society for three consecutive years.

2.  Be an active member of a local rose society.

3.  Must have grown roses of various types for at least 5 years and should be knowledgeable in all equipment and materials related to rose culture.

4.  Must provide three letters of recommendation by any three Consulting Rosarians on the form provided by the District CR Chairman.

5.  Must attend an ARS school/workshop for Consulting Rosarians and complete an open book examination based on the material contained in the Consulting Rosarian Manual.

6.  Must know and be willing to live up to the Consulting Rosarian Guide which includes sharing your knowledge with those less informed on the care of roses and participate in every aspect of the rose society to which they belong as well as furthering the cause and interests of the ARS.

7.  Must be willing to attend no less than one Consulting Rosarian School/Seminar in every four-year period. *

8.  Must submit a completed individual report form annually to the District Chairman by the date designated by the District Director.

9.  Must exhibit a continuing willingness to share knowledge and an enthusiasm for the rose and the ARS.




Any individual who meets these qualifications may fill out the registration form below and you will in turn receive the appropriate forms to be filled out and documented before the school.  Also, the new Consulting Rosarian Manual from which the school will be based is available from the ARS.  Call 1-800-637-6534 to order.


*At the Philadelphia National Convention there were two new resolutions concerning the CR program.  The first was to extend the recertification time from three to four years.  “This gives all of the persons certified on or before 2003 to be okay until 2004.  This group includes those grand-fathered.  For those certified after 2000, the anniversary for recertification will be 4 years from the date of the initial certification.  For example, if Suzy is initially certified as a CR in 2003, her recertification date is 2007.”

The other resolution was to increase the educational options for recertification of current consulting rosarians.  “In order to increase options for the educational portion of recertification a credit system is being proposed.  During each recertification period, a CR must acquire 4 credits.  Credits can be assigned to programs based on relevancy of the subject, scope, complexity and depth of the subject and the credentials of the speaker.  Consulting rosarians have opportunities to attend relevant educational programs presented at national, district and local ARS meetings.  Presenters are awarded the equal amount of credits.”  I have some information as to how this system is going to work, and anyone interested can contact me at

As you already know, the annual survey is different this year.  I’m looking forward to some interesting responses.  I hope to see many of you at the convention in New Hampshire and at our CR School in Connecticut.


IN THE LOCAL ROSE SOCIETY according to the ARS Consulting Rosarian Manual, a Consulting Rosarian should not have to be asked to help.  They should meet with other Consulting Rosarians to share knowledge and information.  They should volunteer to help wherever and whenever needed.  They should be willing to hold an office, serve on the board of directors, head a committee or perform any other task which will further the interest in the society. 

Consulting Rosarians should let it be known they are willing to help members any way they can.  Special attention should be given to helping new members with rose information.  Consulting Rosarians should be willing to  open their garden to others.





Arthur Emmons   

860-653-5784 CRS


Theresa Emmons  

860-653-5784 CRS


Steve Rogers

860- 563-1835 CRS


Carol Ann Rogers 

860 -563-1835 CRS


Dave Candler    

860-889-0302 CRS


June Berg  CRS



David Berg CRS


Donna Fuss

860-243-1586 CRS


Michael Fuss

860-243-1586 CRS


John P. Mattia   

203-795-5427 CRS


Daniel Cotton

860-434-5033 CRS


Daniel Russo  CRS



Mimi Herald  CRS



Wally Parsons CRS 

413- 572 0639  CRS      


MarthaParsons CRS 

413-572 0639  CRS       




Mrs. Martha Chapin

978-827-5221       NERS


Audrey Osborn

508-430-5329 LCRS


William Osborn  

508-430-5329 LCRS


Clarence E. Rhodes

207-772-8788 MERS


Manuel Mendes NERS



Marion Cafferky  NERS



Joseph Cafferky  NERS



David CannistraroNERS



Catherine Beyer  NERS



Malcom Lowe  NHRS 



Mrs. Teresita McKeown

603-654-2402  NHRS


Joel Mascott  NHRS   



John Waterman  NHRS



Mike Chute  RIRS   



Joseph Kolis RIRS



Carole Cohen NHRS



Ed Cunningham

401-728-1786  RIRS


Patsy Cunningham

401-728-1786  RIRS


Rod Banach NERS



Gene Bliska  CRS



Robert Kelsey CRS



David R. Long  CRS



Joan Brazzell CRS



James Brazzell  CRS



William Turull  CRS



Nancy Mixter  CRS



Elizabeth Morin  CRS



Alexander Kopper CRS



Karen Roderick  NERS



Judy Garrard  NERS



Susan Breed  NERS



Martin Brower MERS



Lillian Brower  MERS



James Denman NERS



Janet Diorio  NERS





Ryk Tyszka Jackson

508-487-6628 NERS


George Doorakian

781-275-2343 NERS


Emanuel Brochu NHRS



Elinor Hauff  CRS



Gilbert Hauff CRS



Sam Goldstein  CRS



Marcy Martin  CRS



Benjamin Condran

603-778-7567 NHRS


John Osier MERS




CRS – Connecticut  R.S.


LCRS – Lower Cape R.S.


NERS – New England

Rose Society


NHRS – New Hampshire Rose Society


MERS – Maine R.S.


RIRS – Rhode Island

Rose Society

According to the Consulting Rosarian Manual, Consulting Rosarians are expected to enthusiastically inspire a love and appreciation of roses, secure new ARS members, grow many classes of roses, be knowledgeable in all aspects of rose culture and help others by sharing their knowledge.

Judging News in the Yankee District

                                                  by Terry Emmons

The Yankee District will host a Horticultural Judging School at the Harwich Community Center on Cape Cod on Saturday, September 6th.    This judging school is mandatory for becoming an ARS Apprentice Horticultural judge, and ultimately an approved judge.

Qualifications to be an ARS judge are: you must have been a member of ARS for 36 months before the school, grow roses outdoors, have successfully won at least 2 classes in an ARS rose show, have won 5 blue ribbons in 5 different shows and have clerked at least 3 times.   The criteria may seem stringent but this assures good quality judges.

Interested rose growers need not meet the criteria or even wish to become a judge to attend the school.   The school will be open to all ARS members on a non-test audit basis.  And, the school is an excellent place to learn more about growing and exhibiting roses.

For more information, please contact Terry Emmons at 860-653-5784  or




In 2002, The Yankee District awarded its Outstanding Judge Award to Ryk Tyszka-Jackson of Provincetown, Mass.    Ryk has been a judge for over 8 years and is known for his knowledge and generosity.

He is always willing to teach and explain his decisions as he encourages others to do the same.  He travels widely as a judge and has been known to judge shows alone when small, fledgling societies are developing their shows.  Ryk is a pleasure to work with and never over-bearing, yet strong in his convictions.  In short, Ryk is an outstanding judge.


Yankee District Award Winners

The Yankee District Silver Honor Medal was proudly presented to Susan Mascott.

The Yankee District Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award was  presented to Oz & Audrey Osborn

Local societies presenting awards to members were as follows:

The Connecticut Rose Society presented the Bronze Medal to Sam Goldstein.

The Lower Cape Rose Society presented the Bronze Medal to Bob Trumble.

The New Hampshire Rose Society presented the Bronze Medal to Joel Mascott.

The Rhode Island Rose Society presented the President’s Award to Angie & Mike Chute. 





District Treasury Summary Report

1/1/02 to 12/31/02

By Steve Rogers, Treasurer

We had a beginning balance of $3505.07.  Income during the period was $4714.90 (Spring Convention: $3152.90, Fall Convention: $1562.00).  Expenses for the period were $2978.81 (Newsletter: $643.68, District Awards: $140.78, Web Site: $95.40, Fall Convention: $1350.00, 2003 CR School: $200.00,  District Committee expenses: $48.95, 2004 convention deposit: $500.00).  As of 12/31/02 we have an ending balance of $5241.16.   Additionally, we have $500.00 on deposit for the 2003 Spring convention.

Steve keeps an eye on Yankee funds!




The New Hampshire Rose Society and The Yankee District of The  American Rose Society invite you to the annual Yankee District Convention

March 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2003 at the Sheraton Nashua Hotel in  Nashua, New Hampshire


Come join us for our annual fun and entertainment-filled weekend preparing ourselves for another exciting year in the rose garden.   Every year New England area rosarians gather for a casual and information -packed weekend which comes just as we complete our winter hibernation.   We’ll enjoy great speakers from around the USA and it’s a wonderful time to meet old and new friends.

Old and new friends begin gathering on Friday afternoon in the lobby or nearby and Friday night dinner is on your own.  There’s an excellent hotel restaurant or several great places nearby.   You’ll want to eat early because we’ll all get together later in the evening for casual conversation and discussions in the Hospitality Suite.    

Saturday is filled with excellent programs.   (See the other side of this flyer for details and schedule.)  We’ll begin the day with a slide presentation on New England rose gardens by New Hampshire’s own Joel Mascott.   Following Joel we are lucky to have Dr. Cathy Neal, an Extension Professor with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service  who will talk about Back to Basics:  Understanding Soils and Fertilization.  The morning will end with Lois Fowkes, an accomplished rose grower and flower arranger who will present a very interesting and useful program on Rose Arranging from the practical and basic perspective.   (Lois gave this presentation last year to the Connecticut Rose Society and received raves!)

We will  break for a luncheon around noon.  After the break we’ll hear from Ed Griffith on ‘The Wonderful World of Roses’.   Ed currently serves as the American Rose Society’s Deep South District Director but he has traveled around the world to visit rose gardens and rose friends.   Ed is an accomplished speaker and a great friend of the American Rose Society.    We’ll conclude the day’s programs with Rod Banach showing us how to control the dreaded Spider Mite with a water wand.   Rod and his wife Ember have recently moved to Worcester but previously fought mites on their roses in Alabama and Washington state.

At 6 pm we’ll meet for an hour of cash bar cocktails followed by our annual dinner and Awards banquet.   We are trying something new this year.   In an effort to keep the enthusiasm and energy high, we will not have a dinner speaker but we’ll complete our raffle and traditional rose auction at the dinner.   This will allow us to retire to the Hospitality Suite earlier.       

On Sunday morning, from 8 to 9 am, enjoy a served breakfast followed by the Annual Yankee District Meeting, (9:30—11:00).

Please call now and reserve your room at the Sheraton Nashua Hotel (1-603-888-9970) and receive the special room rate of $89. plus tax.) Reference the Yankee District Rose Convention when you call for reservations.  (Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to arrival.)  Only a limited number of rooms are available at this special price. Prices for the meals noted above are listed on the registration form below.  See you in Nashua!

If you have any questions regarding the convention, call co-chairs Tess McKeown (603-654-2402 or or Art Emmons (860-653-5784  or







2003 Yankee District Convention Schedule


Sheraton Nashua Hotel, 11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire  (1-603-888-9970) 

Exit #1 off Route 3  (From Rte. 3 South, take a right off exit and hotel is on right.  From Rte. 3 North, take a left off exit and hotel is on right).


Friday, March 14th:   Hospitality Suite

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration

6:00 pm - midnight Hospitality Suite Open


Saturday, March 15th:   Balsam Room (off Main Lobby)

8:30 - 9:00 am                      Registration

    9:00            am                 Welcome

9:15  -   10:00 am    Joel Mascott — Slide Show ‘Yankee Rose Gardens’

10:15 -  11:00 am    Lois Fowkes— ‘Practical Rose Arrangements’

11:00 -  11:15 am    Coffee Break (coffee, tea, juices and water)

11:15 –12:00  pm    Dr. CathyNeal— ‘Basics of Fertilization’

12:00 –  1:30  pm    Luncheon 

1:45 –     2:45 pm    Ed Griffith, Jr. - ‘Wonderful World of Roses’

3:00     4:00 pm    Rod Banach — ‘Spider Mites and Water Wand’

6:00      7:00 pm    Social hour – Cash bar and hors d’ouevres

7:00      10:00pm   Awards Dinner 

                        Raffle, Yankee District Awards

                        Rose Auction

9:00 – midnight       Hospitality Suite Open

Sunday, March 16th:

8:00 am – 9:00 am  Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:30 am            Annual Yankee District Meeting

12 noon                     Check out time       



Joel Mascott:  Veteran Consulting Rosarian from New Hampshire and Chairman of the  District New Products Committee, will present a slide show on members Rose Gardens.

Lois Fowkes:  New York Regional Director of the ARS and award winning rose arranger will teach and demonstrate practical methods for making beautiful rose arrangements for the home.  

Dr. Cathy Neal:  Horticulturist associated with the University of New Hampshire will speak about ‘The Basics of Fertilization’

Ed Griffith, Jr:  Deep South District Director of ARS, world rose traveler and currently a candidate for American Rose Society President will speak about the ‘The Wonderful World of Roses’

Rod Banach:   Seasoned rose grower and recent transplant to new England from tropical Alabama will speak on how to combat those pesky spider mites with a water wand.



WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND                                      

By Audrey Osborn



How could a girl born in Tewksbury who grew up in Brockton, have fond memories of Cape Cod and roses?   Clara Benson is just that person. 

“I was a little girl, and one of my best friends moved to the Bass River section of Dennis.  She invited me to spend a week with her family.  My mum said I could go, but I must bring my violin and promise to practice every day.”   

            Violins and roses are still a prominent aspect of Clara’s life eighty years later.  Her husband Stanley played first violin for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Clara, at age 87, still teaches violin.  Roses adorn her yard and every room of her house in Eastham.

            On her first visit to her little friend Josephine’s house, Clara expected to smell cookies fresh out of the oven when Josephine’s mother called.  Instead, Clara smelled roses.   “Such a wonderful  smell.  Some day when I  grow up, my house  will smell like roses, rather than garlic.  I want a house with roses!”

            Clara and Stanley ‘s life revolved around each other and the violin.  They were attuned to their music, as well as to  each other.  Before they married, Stanley played in the orchestra at Chatham Bars Inn, and Clara waited tables.     One day  Clara found a beautiful candlestick in a small shop called the Swinging Basket.  She couldn’t wait to show it to Stanley.  Imagine her surprise when Stanley had already purchased the matching candlestick, thinking to himself what a handsome piece it was.  The pair of candlesticks  grace a corner in Clara’s living room today.

            It was by accident years later that Clara came face-to-face with roses.   In 1959 Stan was playing Pops with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Clara accompanied him  into Town.  Horticulture Hall was across the  street from Symphony Hall.  Clara decided to sit out the performance that night to once again “smell  the roses”.   

 The roses were beautiful, so many of them! The people, so enthusiastic about their roses, were just so welcoming.  The New England Rose Society had a new member, and today, forty three years later, Clara still grows roses, and still belongs to the American Rose Society, and on Cape Cod, the Lower Cape

Rose Society. 

            “I grew many of the classic roses of the day:  Helen Traubel, Parade, Duet, Sutter’s Gold,and  Electron to name a few”. 

Stanley loved the rose garden, but it was Clara who did the work.  Prison work, is what Stanley called gardening, although he enjoyed bringing guests to visit.   Arthur Fiedler’s favorite rose was Chicago Peace.  He said, “It was the most beautiful rose he had ever seen in his life.”

            Clara and Stanley retired to Cape Cod in 1976, bringing many of the roses from their home in Newtonville to Cape Cod.  Karl Jones, a renowned rose grower from Rhode Island,  gave Clara some roses that would “flourish” on the Cape.  Chaplain’s Pink, Cadenza, Illusion, Ilse Krone Superior, were a few of the roses given to her by Karl.  Today, thirty-six years later, they are still winning blue ribbons at local rose shows. 

            Clara always believed in the saying, “What goes around, comes around.”    One of her granddaughters recently visited from Texas.   Unexpectedly one day she said to her grandmother, “I just love coming to your home.  It always smells like roses”.


Clara still takes time to smell the roses






(continued from page one)

On May 3, 2003 rosarians from around New England and the Northeast will come together for a one-day American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian school at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.   There are specific requirements to become an ARS certified Consulting Rosarians but all lovers of the rose are welcome to attend.  There’s more information elsewhere in ‘The Rose Window’ about the CR School.


On September 5, 2003 the Yankee District will host a school to become an American Rose Society Horticultural Judge in Harwichport, Mass.   Again there are specific requirements that must be met to become a judge but judging ARS rose shows is loads of fun and really allows one to see the complete beauty of the rose.


June is packed with rose shows around New England and one of the best will be The Rhode Island Rose Society and Yankee District Rose Show in Providence RI at Roger Williams Park on Saturday June 21.  There truly are many rose related events this year and I hope we see you at some of them.    But I’d like to take a few moments and tell you about some of the great times we had last year with roses.


From Maine right through Connecticut, there’s a crazy and obsessed rose grower around every corner.  This year we had the joy of seeing a good number of our friends’ rose gardens in every New England state except Vermont.   And, while we didn’t get to Quebec this year, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Quebec is also part of the Yankee District.   Maybe this year we’ll visit the fantastic Botanical Garden in Montreal!


I had the great pleasure of speaking to the two Maine Rose Societies (Mid-Maine and The Maine Rose Society) in Portland.   An outstanding, excited and packed audience should have been enough satisfaction but what a joy it was to see Clarence Rhodes’ legendary container garden of roses.   Clarence grows some of the biggest and most vigorous hybrid teas in large containers in his driveway.   He’s become a Portland Maine attraction!


Speaking engagements in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts also impressed us with warm audiences and visits to local outstanding gardens.   In March I’m speaking to the Rhode Island Rose Society so the only New England state left would be Vermont….but, we can’t forget Quebec!


There were many wonderful rose outings and events in 2002 but I’d like to tell you briefly about one very special weekend.   On September 7th the Lower Cape Rose Society hosted the Yankee District Rose Show at the Harwich Community Center on Cape Cod.   The weather on the Cape was absolutely stunning and the Community Center is one of the best meeting facilities available.  The show was fantastic with many beautiful roses.   Congratulations to the Shelley family of Rhode Island for an outstanding result including winning the District McFarland, Hybrid tea Queen and the National Portland Rose Bowl which can only be won in New England every 17 years.


Outside the Community Center is a new rose garden with hundreds of different roses and it looks great.   The Lower Cape folks have created a real gem.   And, on that September weekend the shrub roses and floribunda were just loaded with blooms.   Great programs and speakers were held throughout the day and the events finished with an incredible clam bake on the beach.   I don’t believe a Hollywood producer could have improved the moment or the memory.   On behalf of all of us that enjoyed this great weekend, I’d like to thank Audrey and ‘Oz’ Osborn and the entire Lower Cape Rose Society for having us.


This is my third year as Yankee District Director and I’ve decided to run again for the position.   I have been truly honored to serve you all but also to simply mingle and enjoy roses with you.   Terry, (my wife), and I have enjoyed roses for 17 years together and the American Rose Society and local rose society activities are an important part of our lives.    Thank you for letting me serve you.


And now, I’m going back to the window to watch more snow pile up!















May 3, 2003 - Hartford, CT


Please fill out and mail to the address below along with a check for the $12 registration fee made out to ARS Yankee District before March 15th.


Please check one:


      I am already a Consulting Rosarian and want to attend the school to re-certify.



      I am applying for appointment as a Consulting Rosarian (Refer to above article)


Signed  ______________________________________


Please print:              Name:   ___________________________________

Street:   ___________________________________

City, State, Zip:  ___________________________________

Phone:  ___________________________________


Mail to: Carol Ann Rogers, 63 Dusty Lane, Wethersfield, CT 06109           (860) 563-1835





Convention Registration Form

Deadline: March 1, 2003

Send Convention Form to:  NHRS Yankee District Convention, Marion Cafferky, Box 466, Wrentham, MA 02093.  Make checks payable to NHRS Yankee District Convention

Name:                 _____________________________________


Address :        _______________________________________



Registration Fee for Sat. Programs (Prior to 3/1/03            ________  person(s) x $30.     =   $__________

Registration Fee For Sat. Programs (After 3/1/03)               ________  person(s) x $40.     =   $__________

Luncheon                                                                                  ________  person(s) x $18.     =   $__________

Saturday Awards Dinner                                                          ________  person(s) x $35.     =   $__________

Sunday Plated Breakfast                                                         ________  person(s) x $14.     =   $__________


                                    TOTAL (meal prices include tax and gratuity)                  $__________

                REFUND POLICY:  No Refunds after March 7, 2003.






YOU GOT MIDGE”      by Audrey Osborn

Uncovering my roses this spring, I felt a sense of renewal.  The Northeast where I live had a relatively mild winter and my roses showed little or no dieback.  Mulch removed, pruning completed, the first granular fertilizer had been  applied and watered in.  Now I could catch my breath and watch my roses grow.  Everything proceeded on schedule, new basal breaks, ample rain, nice warm weather, in fact, a few May days in the mid 80s – followed by  a 26 degree morning.   In the weeks that followed, I had to prune several canes that died back right to the ground.  Many new leaves were toasted, along with future blooms.  The weeks that followed brought more discouraging signs.  Although I maintained a strict spray program, (alternating Funginex, Orthonex, Dacolnil and Immunox) and also fed my roses with granular and liquid fertilizer, I was able to contribute only a few roses to my society’s annual spring rose show.  My rose beds were a “sea of green” healthy rose bushes, no diseases, and no flowers!!

“My rose bushes look great but … I have no flowers.  What am I doing wrong?” 

Upon careful examination of my damaged buds, I noticed a tiny brown area which looked almost burned, right where the bud should be growing.   I knew I had to do some research, and soon discovered “I had midge”, but what is midge, and how do I get rid of it?  Rose midge is actually called DASINEURA RHODOPHAGA, and it is a tiny fly that lays eggs in the buds and shoots of roses.   It is  a legless fly larvae about 1/16 inch in length.  As the larvae feeds on the vegetative bud, it causes misshapen, bent and dying flower buds.  The flower buds and leaflets turn brown, and finally fall off, leaving healthy looking plants, but no flowers.   

To eradicate this pest from the garden, one must understand the life cycle of this critter.  The insect over winters as a pupa in a cocoon in the soil beneath the rose plant which was infected the previous summer.  If the soil stays cool the following spring, the initial bloom cycle may not be infected, as the emergence of the insect depends on the warmth of the soil.  The female midge lays her eggs beneath the sepals of the flower buds.  The eggs hatch in two to three days, and immediately begin feeding making many slashes in the bud or leaf tissue, where they extract sap causing death to the tissue.  There may be as many as twenty larvae on a single bud, and these larvae mature in less than a week.  At that time, they drop to the ground to pupate, or in warm weather, they often pupate right on the dying bud.  The complete life cycle is approximately two weeks. 

I spread Diazinon granules to the soil, watered in well, in conjunction with Orthene sprayed on the plant. Any sign of infestation was removed to a plastic bag, and taken to the landfill, so as not to pupate in other areas of my garden.  I have examined my roses almost daily for any further signs of infestation, and have been pleased with the results of my treatment.


Meeting was called to order at approximately 10:30 AM on the beach at the South Dennis  Yacht Club by Art Emmons, District Director.  The treasurer’s report was presented by Steve Rogers and accepted.  End of the year balance was $5,718.51, $200 advanced for CR School in May 2003; $500 advanced to NHS for March convention.  Nominating/Prizes & Awards:  The three district trophies need to be cleaned up and engraved and updated with information.  It was proposed to spend up to $500 to  update the three trophies.  The McFarland needs a new plaque, as there is not enough room to add new names.  We will focus on the AARS after the other two are done.  Donna Fuss will check with the company that the park uses for plaques and engraving.  Judging School will be held September 7th or 9th at the Pond House at Elizabeth Park.  Art would host the District Meeting later in the afternoon.  There will be a 3-4 hour judging seminar.  If there  is interest, we will  have a judging school.  Mike Fuss mentioned there should be a short article in every local newsletter to see if there is interest within the District for a judging school.  We would need six qualified people to commit  so we could prepare for a school.  Donna Fuss suggested we could have a school  and show separate from the society rose show.  Please get information back to Terry Emmons.  Arrangement Judges:  Martha Chapin said there is a resurgence in arrangements.  There will be an arrangement program by Lois Fowkes at the New Hampshire convention in March 2003.  If you put arrangements in your show, please send a copy of the show schedule to Martha.    Consulting Rosarians:  Carol  Ann  Rogers  told us there will be a Consulting Rosarian School May 3, 2003 at Elizabeth Park.  Qualifications will be published in the District newsletter.  Art said CRs must be willing  to have their phone numbers and email addresses published so you can be available  to the public.  Newsletter:  Audrey Osborn asked to have submissions in to her by December 15th, 2002.    Website:  Patsy Cunningham asked for material to be sent to her to be posted on the website.  RIR;  Clarence Rhodes stated that the deadline for reporting online is September 26, 2002.  Everyone filling out a report will receive a report.  Requirement for CRs.

Angie Chute gave us a “roadmap” of information for running a district convention.  2003 convention – Nashua, New Hampshire.  Tessie  hopes local societies will donate items for the raffle.  2004 convention will be held the third weekend in March, 2004.  District Rose Show will  be hosted by Rhode Island on June the 21st, Roger Williams Park,  Providence.  Art said that there will be three rose shows in our District on June 21st.  The following day, (June 22nd) will  be Connecticut.  Local societies must assume they will have a problem securing judges


DISTRICT DIRECTOR                     PRIZES and AWARDS                    BULLETIN EDITOR

Art Emmons (1st Term)                     Mike Chute                                          Audrey Osborn

49 Day Street PO Box 703                 64 Forbes Street                                 12 Scotch Pine Farm

Granby, CT 06035                              E. Providence, RI 02915                     E. Harwich, MA 02645

PHONE: 860-653-5784                       PHONE:  401-433-3270                      PHONE: 508-430-5329                                  



Joel Mascott                                        Marion E. Cafferky                              Martha Chapin

10 Cranberry Lane                              Box 466                                               200 Lake Road

Brookline, NH 03033                           Wrentham, MA                                    Ashburnham, MA 01430

PHONE: 603-673-0754                       PHONE: 508-384-2834                       PHONE: 978-827-5221                    


SECRETARY                                      ROSES IN REVIEW                           MEMBERSHIP

Sue Mascott                                        Clarence Rhodes                                Nancy Edgar

10 Cranberry Lane                              1128 Capisic Street                            97 Hallville Road

Brookline, NH 03033                           Portland, ME 04102                            Exeter, RI 02822

PHONE: 603-673-0754                       PHONE: 207-772-8788                       PHONE: 401-295-1832                     no email                                    


TREASURER                                     CONSULTING ROSARIAN                 HORTICULTURE JUDGES

Steve Rogers                                      Carol Ann Rogers                               Terry Emmons

63 Dusty lane                                      63 Dusty Lane                                     49 Day Street PO Box 703

Wethersfield,CT 06109                       Wethersfield, CT 06109                      Granby, CT 06035                 

PHONE: 860-563-1835                       PHONE: 860-563-1835                       860-653-5784                                                                        

     WEBSITE (

Patsy Cunningham

54 Mt. Vernon Blvd

Pawtucket, RI 02861

PHONE: 401-728-1786


Societies please note: Send info to be posted on

    this website for activities or announcements




CONNECTICUT  - Dan Cotton  79 Sill Lane P.O. Box 1000, Old Lyme, CT 06371  860-434-5033

LOWER CAPE -  Audrey Osborn  12 Scotch Pine Farm, East Harwich, MA 02645  508-430-5329

MAINE  -  Frank O’Connor  28 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, ME 04101  207-774-6726

MID-MAINE – Marian Osier  1521 Wagner Bridge Road, Waldoboro, ME 04574  207-832-5863

NEW ENGLAND – Valerie Fisk  89 Blithewood Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604  508-756-9282

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Teresit McKeown  123 Abbott Hill Road, Wilton, NH  03066  603-654-2402

RHODE ISLAND – Patsy Cunningham  54 Mount Vernon Blvd,  Pawtucket, RI 02861  401-728-1786

CANADA – Andre Poliquin  119 Oakwood, QC  St. Bruno, Canada QC J3V3J6  450-653-5416












                                                         By Audrey Osborn

According to ARS and Yankee District records, there are literally hundreds of people belonging to the ARS who  do not belong to a local rose society, leading me to ask the question, “Why not?”  What are some of the reasons for becoming a member of a rose society?  Local rose societies offer a wealth of information.  For instance:

v      Hands on learning experience

v      How to prune, when to prune

v      Best soil structure for roses; pH most suitable

v      Spray programs:  What to spray for.  What does blackspot, mildew look like?  How often do I spray?  What equipment do I use?  Goggles, gloves?  Sprayer? What chemical or concoction works best?

v      Fertilization – Organic?  Granular?  Liquid?  When?   How often?

v      Interested in making additions to your rose garden?  Use your ARS Handbook and join a local society’s group rose order.  Discounts are often substantial and it’s beneficial to  learn what roses are grown in your area.  Members in local rose societies are often recognized by local merchants offering various discounts on rose related products. 

v      Another great reason simply put was summed up by our District Director, Art Emmons:  “For me the single strongest reason to join a rose society is to simply enjoy the beauty of the rose with others like-minded.  It gives us all an opportunity to  chat and share our great hobby.”   









QUESTION:  When should I prune my roses?   ANSWER:  When the forsythia blooms in your yard.

Ř      TIP:  Use by-pass pruners, rather than anvil pruners to  avoid “crushing canes”.

Ř      A small sharpener bought at  the hardware store keeps your  pruners sharpened.

Ř      Alcohol swabs are handy to keep your pruners from spreading disease from bush-to-bush



Ř      DORMANCY – early spring, before bud eyes break

Ř      DEAD – remove any dead wood, or old, non-productive canes

Ř      DAMAGED – bruised, split, broken

Ř      DISEASED – canker, a parasitic fungus, causing lesions

Ř      DESIGN – encourage strong new canes, get rid of crossing canes that rub together




















NANCY EDGAR  (401) 295-1832



Meets the first Sunday of the month, September-June at the Pond House, Elizabeth Park, W. Hartford at 2:30 pm

Dues are $15 household

Contact : Linda Cotton, PO Box 1000, Old Lyme, CT 06371



Usually meets the 3rd Saturday morning of the month at the Harwich Community Center, Harwich.  Dues are $20

Contact:  Ginny Trumble (508)255-9556



Second Sunday of the month at the Barron Center, Portland.  Dues are $10.

Contact:  Claire Holman, 134 Capisic St. Portland, ME



First Sunday of the month except January and August.

Dues $10 individual; $15 family.

Contact:  Shirley Ross, P.O. Box 1161, Waldoboro, ME 04572



Usually meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, occasional Tuesday evenings.  Dues are $20.

Contact:  Manny Mendes, Jr.  (781) 828-2613


NEW HAMPSHIRE ROSE SOCIETY  - rotating meeting places.  Once a month during the growing season, beginning in April.  Dues:  $12 individual; $15 family

Contact:  Susan Mascott (603) 673-0754



2nd Saturday of the month.  Roger  Williams Park, Providence.  Dues are $20

Contact:  Linda Kammerer





































































Yankee District Convention

March 17 & 18

Nashua, N.H.

Details inside!



Yankee District Rose Show

June 21st

Providence, R.I.