The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at the north end of Hermann Park. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

May 12, 2016
    Bugs? Where?
    Featuring Erfan Vafaie

We all see, and sometimes fall victim to, insect pests in our gardens. This month’s speaker has made it his life’s work to not only find bad ones in the rose garden, but to also find good ones. You will find his presentation of great interest because he will give us specifics on how to effectively deal with the critturs.

Integrated Pest Management of roses involves regular scouting for pests, and the use of mechanical, cultural, biological, and, lastly, chemical control to keep pests under threshold levels. An understanding of the different insect pests that impact growth and aesthetics of roses makes monitoring and preventive control more efficient and decreases the need for costly insecticide sprays. Lastly, when resorting to insecticide sprays, the method of delivery, residual efficacy, and rotation of chemicals are vital in order to insure proper control of insect pests and reduce the incidence of insecticide resistance.

Erfan Vafaie received an undergraduate degree in Canada, and a Master Degree at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where he studied IPM. Afterwards he worked on a farm in BC and studied pest management in farming, and believes that such is “a vital asset … to address the needs of farmers…” He now works as a specialist in ornamental and nursery IPM for the AgriLife Extension in Tyler, Texas, and has been testing new products used against aphids and thrips. Come hear his talk and check out his work at www.sixleggedaggie.com.

Consulting Rosarian
Mary Fulgham is the consulting rosarian this month. Bring her your rose gardening questions.

May Grand Prix
Bring your blooms. If you have not exhibited before there will be help to guide you through the process of entering blooms.

If you would like to learn how to exhibit roses and do not have roses to bring, you can come learn and participate in the Beginner’s Grand Prix. Read more on page 2 of the May issue of The Rose Ette.

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

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