​What Rose Is That Anyway?

Judy Eitzen


Program Topic & Speaker
January 11, 2017

Designing With Roses – Stephen Scanniello  
We are honored to have Stephen Scanniello, the curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the NY Botanical Garden and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation, speak to us about how to design and use roses in the landscape.  His presentation will feature the gardens of his private clients and the public gardens he has designed.
February 8, 2017

Photographing Gardens and Roses – Andy Lopusnak   
​Find out how to take pictures of gardens and roses from Andy of Mike’s Camera in Dublin.   Photographs of the rose garden at the Gardens of Heather Farm in Walnut Creek will be used to demonstrate concepts. 
March 8, 2017

Ralph Moore and Hybridizing Roses – Burling Leong  
Come and learn more about Ralph Moore, the “Father of the Miniature Rose”.  Burling had the privilege of working with Mr. Moore for many years and will recount her times with the great hybridizer.  Burling owns Burlington Rose Nursery in Visalia, CA – a wonderful mail order rose nursery.

April 12, 2017

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The Chelsea Flower Show ~ The Great Spring Show  

MDRS President Barbara Norkus
Barbara attended the Chelsea Flower Show on May 24, 2016 and has created an amazing video presentation. Come share her experience at the world's most prestigious flower show and be inspired. 

May 10, 2017

Hummingbirds – Dr. Lisa Tell 
Who doesn’t love hummingbirds?  Lisa will tell us all about these amazing birds.  She leads the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program at UC Davis and is a master bander of hummingbirds.
June 14, 2017

The Chinese Influence in our Modern Roses – Gregg Lowery  
We are privileged to have Gregg Lowery, former owner of Vintage Gardens and current curator of the 4000 roses of the Friends of Vintage Roses, describe the importance of the Chinese hybridization efforts to our modern roses.  With over 40 years in the rose world, Gregg is an accomplished and knowledgeable speaker and writer of all things roses
September 13, 2017

Rainbow:  – A History of the Rose in California - Darrell Schramm  
​Back by popular demand, we are honored to have Darrell
Schramm, knowledgeable rosarian and historian, tell us about his newly
published book, Rainbow: A History of the Rose in California.
The book is another example of Darrell’s unique talent for weaving a love of
roses and history into his writings and stories. And what better topic than
the roses and history of the great state of California!
October 11, 2017

What Rose Is That Anyway? – Judy Eitzen   
Have you ever had or found a mystery rose – one that you did not know its name?  Judy and Sherri will describe how you can gather information about these found roses to assist with an identification.  Judy is the volunteer editor of the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden newsletter.
November 8, 2017

Meet our Members - 
Sandee Koulter with John and Belinda Dronkers-Laureta  

Our members from the milder climate of Redwood City and Fremont will share their gardens and love of roses. 

​​Meetings start at 7:30 pm 

Dublin Library - 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin

Have you ever lost a tag for one of your roses?  Have you found a

rose in a cemetery, abandoned lot, or along a road?  Do you have a

family rose that has been passed down through the generations?

 If you have an unknown named rose or just want to learn more about

how to observe and eventually identify roses, “What Rose Is That Anyway?” is for you.

This program was created especially for us by the wonderful  Judy Eitzen.  

Believe it or not, rose identification is not only about the size, color, and shape of the bloom.  The shape of the leaves, shape of the prickles, growth of the rose, and color and shape of the hips are just a few of the characteristics that play an important role in rose identification.  As a volunteer at the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden, Judy has observed and recorded traits of the found roses in the collection with the hope of someday identifying them.  Found roses are unknown rose cultivars that have been found along roads, gardens, and graveyards.  These roses are given a study name written in "double quotes" to indicate that the rose's original name is unknown.

Judy retired from the Sacramento Public Library and while working taught at two local community colleges.  Now that she is retired she does some, as she puts it, volunteer tasks associated with gardening.  These tasks include being  a Master Gardener of Sacramento County, past president  and current president of the Old City Cemetery Committee, editor of two newsletters, webmistress of Cemetery Rose (the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden’s website), and maintaining the garden’s rose catalog.  Reading is her passion, which is a good thing, since she’s married to an author.  

Please come, bring any unknown named roses, and enjoy what will be a fun and informative program.  Judy always creates fantastic programs.  We were fortunate to hear her speak in April 2016 on the ‘Fragrance of Roses”.   If you enjoyed that program, you will definitely enjoy this program.

​​2017 Mount Diablo Rose Society Programs