Meetings & Events






The purpose of this society is to study, educate, and encourage the culture of roses in
every practicable way and to exhibit, as desired, properly conditioned roses of the highest quality.


Monthly Meetings
RSSM holds meetings every 2nd Monday from
September through May, excluding December.

Location:
Norman P Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Doors open: 6:30pm
Meeting: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Coming Events:

March General Meeting
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Kay Havens, Garden Designer and Consultant


Kay Havens has been a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener since 2007. Her goal as a Master gardener is to help Orange County gardeners change the Southern California landscape to be more enjoyable, sustainable, verdant yet efficient and productive. Driven to make gardening fun and productive for gardeners of all ages, she has been instrumental by developing a wide range of award winning presentations and workshops for the Master Gardeners. Havens is active speaker with experience in the field who shares common sense best practices on a range of subjects from edible and ornamental plants to soils to composting and vermiculture. She enjoys facilitating the process of planning landscapes with the public so they can plan their own beautiful, easy-to-live-with gardens that use less water. She is a UCCE Sustainable Landscape Expert, Edible Landscape Expert, Master Composter, and staffed the Master Gardener Hotline. Always on the lookout for great gardening ideas, she loves to tour gardens throughout California and the world.

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April General Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Erika Kotite is a home and lifestyle expert, co-founder of She Shed Living
and the author of She Sheds: "A Room of Your Own" and the recently released
She Sheds Style: "Make Your Space Your Own"

Erika has been interviewed by and featured in Architectural Digest, Buzzfeed, Oprah.com, Parents, Toronto Sun, USA Today HOME magazine, Orange County Register, NBC’s Today Show, PBS’ Central Texas Gardener and Toronto City TV’s Breakfast TV show. The former editor of Romantic Homes and Victorian Homes, Erika became a partner in a book packaging company, editing and developing books within the arts, textile and crafting sectors. Some of her other book projects include Blogging for Bliss, Natural Soapmaking and Natural Candlemaking, Photo Album Quilts, Felt Fashion and The Daily Book of Photography.

In her talk, Erika will describe the journey she took writing her two books and you will meet the incredible women who answered the call to build a she shed. When you walk out at the end today, you will know how to answer the question “what exactly IS a she shed?” She Shed Living, offers gardening and lifestyle products, a Facebook Group for women who enjoy the back yard life, and custom shed building services. You will also receive practical information about how decorative sheds enhance the landscape, provide valuable shelter and workspace for the gardener, inspire creativity and provide rejuvenation.

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Previous Events

February General Meeting
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Annie Hall, Landscape Designer and Horticulturalist
"Landscape design and advice on the use of roses in the garden"

Annie started her landscape design business, "Garden Designs" in 1990. Her long success has been based on referrals from satisfied customers and contractors. She served on the State Board of Directors of California Garden Clubs for many years and has twice been the District Director of the Orange County Chapter of California Garden Clubs. Annie has been an instructor at Saddleback College in the Landscape Design and Horticulture Department teaching Plant Identification and Landscape Design. She also teaches many classes on gardening and landscaping for The Master Gardeners, Adult Education and Southern California Garden Clubs. Her home has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and Sunset Magazine, is on many garden tours and was filmed for an HGTV special called “Plan To Plant”. Her work has also been featured in Sunset Magazine (3 times). She has also been featured in The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Times. She has done over a dozen guest appearances on the Do-It-Yourself Network (DYI), appearing on both the Do-It-Yourself Landscaper and the Do-It-Yourself Gardener.

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January General Meeting
Monday January 14, 2019 at 7:00p.m.
Annual Rosarian Panel
ARS Consulting Rosarians from Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain
and Orange County Rose Society

In Orange County, we are very lucky to have a group of individuals who have taken their love of roses to the "next level" and have become American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians. COnsulting Rosarians have committed to provide information on rose culture and are required to continue their education through the ARS to stay up-to-date on growing roses. For the rest of us rose-growers, they have also made a commitment to keep that information understandable and positive! So, have your questions ready and get set for an informative and enjoyable evening with ARS Consulting Rosarians from the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain AND the Orange County Rose Society!

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November General Meeting
Monday November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Leslie Gilson, Restoration Coordinator, Gibbs Butterfly Park
Butterflies & Gardening 101

Leslie Gilson has lived in New York, Germany, England and twice in California. The moves occurred over 36 years as a self-described "corporate wife" while she and her husband raised four children. Finally settling in southern California, Leslie became a Special Education Aide and volunteer at Gibbs Butterfly Park in Huntington Beach. As Restoration Coordinator, Leslie has overseen the resurrection of a dead and dying eucalyptus grove and the return of the Monarch Butterfly after 16 years! We will learn about the male and female Monarch Butterfly, how to tag a butterfly, milkweed, and much more.

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