The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at our meeting place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

October 9, 2014
    Pesticides: Innocent or Guilty?

Our guest Speaker for October is Dr. Don Myers, Product Development Manager for Herbicide Products and Rose Projects for Bayer Environmental Science. He is familiar with many aspects of pesticides, including safety, mode of action, proper use by consumers, labeling, bee safety, etc. His program will tell us the “straight skinny” about advantages and possible pitfalls of today’s useful products.

Don Myers planted his first roses fifty years ago in New Jersey. His love of plants and roses influenced his choice of career, and he holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University. He and his wife Mary are serious exhibitors and routinely enter five to eight shows a year. Their garden has about 500 plants with at least 300 mini/minifloras (their first love). They won Mini-Queen at both Fresno and Missoula (the first two mini national shows).

Don has been awarded the Outstanding CR (Consulting Rosarian) designation in both the Penn-Jersey and Carolina districts and was Outstanding Judge in the Penn-Jersey district. He served as national chairman of Consulting Rosarians for the ARS (2004-2007), was responsible for creation of the Master Rosarian designation for the American Rose Society, is head of the ARS Research Committee, has been a rose judge for over 15 years, became an apprentice arrangement judge in 2011, and is a lifetime member of ARS. He is currently judges’ chairman for the Carolina district. Don registered his first hybridized rose in 2012, “Contrary Mary” in honor of his wife. Rose growing is a hobby that is meant to be shared, and Don and Mary write a regular column in the American Rose called Show Business. Bring your questions for this seasoned expert.

Consulting Rosarian: Maria Trevino is the Consulting Rosarian this month.

Grand Prix: The Grand Prix continues. Bring your blooms. If you have not exhibited before, Mary Fulgham and others will be there will be help to guide you through the process of entering blooms.

To read about past programs of the Houston Rose Society, click here.

For directions to the HRS Meeting Place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the Heights, click here.

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