This month Belinda and John Dronkers-Laureta,

two of our members, will generously share their

garden and love of gardening and growing roses

with us. Belinda and John have been gardening

and living in Fremont at the same address for 

36 years. While they have always been passionate

about gardening, they developed their love of roses

prior to moving to Fremont. Both Belinda’s father
and John’s mother grew roses, and they have been

surrounded by roses in the garden all of their lives.

As most of us did and still do, they choose roses for their garden because they looked gorgeous in catalogs. About fifteen years ago,
they became really serious about roses and began to study, read the literature, and
ascend a steep learning curve. As with all of us, they are still on that curve. During their presentation they share where they are on that learning curve, the roses in their garden, and future plans for their garden.

John and Belinda have been married for 48 years and have two sons and a daughter and four granddaughters. As their children and granddaughters are spread throughout the country (Cypress, CA, Lancaster, PA, and Rockford, IL) they spend much time traveling the
country to visit them.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get the inside story of how two of our members enjoy and care for their roses. 


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 - John and Belinda Dronkers-Laureta  
Our members from Fremont will share their garden and love of roses. 

​​Meetings start at 7:30 pm 

Dublin Library - 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin

​Creating Our Own Space

Belinda & John Dronkers-Laureta

​​2017 Mount Diablo Rose Society Programs