The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, August 11, 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.

August 11, 2016
    Roses in Sakhalin, Russia
    Featuring Penny Pressler

Penny Pressler is a professional Geologist, and has traveled all over the World for the ExxonMobil Corporation, recently being deeply involved in a project on Sakhalin Island in eastern Russia, just north of Japan. But being a rose grower in our Society, she found the roses growing on the Island. You will see marvelous flowers in that area of the world so remote to us. You will want to take notes on rose horticulture seen by Penny on her most recent visit.

From older plants to re-growth and new bushes, the Presslerís garden has done a complete make-over. And it is a colorful asset to the neighborhood on Chevy Chase Drive in River Oaks.

Penny Pressler and her husband, Townes Pressler, first became interested in roses when they purchased their home in 2008. At that time, they realized that there were approximately 75 roses, many of which had planted between 1990 and 1995. The rose garden was in declining condition and it was in need of expert help. To bring the garden back to its grandeur, the Presslerís contacted Baxter Williams and the Houston Rose Society (HRS). Through their guidance, the roses have flourished and the number of roses has increased to 125 roses consisting of roughly 75 different varieties.

Penny and Townes joined the Houston Rose Society in 2009, and the American Rose Society in 2013. Their garden was on our Houston Rose Society Garden Tours in 2014 and 2016.

Beginnerís Corner
Mary Fulgham
will present the beginnerís corner at 7 pm. She will be discussing how to determine the dates for pruning the different rose varieties to optimize blooms for the fall rose show.

Consulting Rosarian
Suzanne Gilbert
is the consulting rosarian this month. Bring her your questions.

The Grand Prix and Faux Grand Prix continue this month. Bring your roses. And if you want to learn how to show roses, come early and learn with blooms that will be available for you to use.

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

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