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.

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:

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Previous Events


Please join us for this very special event on a special day. Bob Martin is the current president of the American Rose Society (ARS). Bob has been growing roses for nearly 50 years. He and his wife Dona currently live in Escondido, CA, where they grow 600+ roses of all types. Bob is a prolific writer of articles on growing roses, and has been involved in several local rose societies, in a ddition to his service with the ARS. Bob is an informative and entertaining speaker, and has shared his talks at numerous ARS national conventions, district conventions, and with many local rose societies.

Bob's presentation is entitled 'America Shows the English Style Rose', a new (2021) program that details the adoption by the ARS of the modern shrub class for 'English Style Roses', being roses in the style of David Austin that resemble old garden roses in bloom form with double or very double petalage and decorative form. The program further details how America shows and judges such roses in its rose shows, detailing examples that perform well not only on the show tables, but as cut flowers for the kitchen table and in the garden. The program is accompanied by beautiful photographs, many by Dona Martin.

Non-members, please click the 'Contact' link to request GoToMeeting information.

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March 8 Virtual Meeting
Speaker: Gaye Hammond
Topic: Fabulously Fragrant David Austin Roses.

Gaye Hammond is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society. She is a life member and patron of American Rose Society and has served as the chair of the Development Committee of the national organization.

Since 2002, Gaye has been the study liaison between the Houston Rose Society and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in connection with the Earth-Kind Rose Research Program, a scientific study originally designed to identify the most carefree disease resistant roses for Southern gardens. She is also a director of the American Rose Trials for Sustainability, a regional rose trialing program to determine hardy roses for all regions of the United States.

Gaye is an international lecturer, photographer and an avid writer of more than 400 articles that have been published in the popular press as well as numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers published in HortTechnology, HortScience, American Nurseryman and others. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed book chapter on Earth-Kind Roses published in 2009 in Floriculture & Ornamental Biotechnology, a chapter in The Sustainable Rose Garden and authored a chapter in the book, A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Her photography has appeared on the cover of HortScience.

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February virtual meeting
Speaker: David Bassani
Topic: A creative look at your gardens

My wife encouraged me to transition from being an insurance agent to being a garden designer by saying “what are you waiting for”? I never looked back. My third client was the President of Disney; dumb luck. I’m a licensed contractor who no longer writes contracts as I’m hired as a creative designer. I’m a paying member of several rose societies including ARS, Beverly Hills, San Fernando Valley, Pacific, Mesa East Valley, Desert, Honolulu, Portland, Ventura. I’m a Facebook member of rose societies on five continents. My interested is in which roses grow best in different locations. L.A. has snowy mountains, deserts, coastal, etc.

I’m a four term past president of the San Fernando Valley Rose Society and past and current president of the Beverly Hills Rose Society. I’ve been writing a gardening column for twenty six years under the name of D the G (Dave the gardener). I’ have been awarded two Bronze Medals.

I am a Master Rosarian, Horticultural Judge, panel member of the International Test Garden in Whittier, lecturing for twenty five years, volunteering at the rose gardens at the Sepulveda Garden Center, Will Rogers Estate and Orcutt Ranch for twenty plus years. I volunteer in and donate to gardening programs at several public schools, veterans organizations, civic organizations. All stipends are donated to agricultural programs.

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