Grace Brothers Nursery Monday , September 22, 2014 at 7pm and Information about WRRS Palatine Rose Order

Only 10 more days till the next meeting of the Western Reserve Rose Society on Monday, September 22 in Room 123 at the North Royalton Public Library located at 5071 Walling Road at 7:00 pm. Nicole Dixon of Grace Brothers Nursery in North Royalton will speak about “Sustainable Gardening.” This should be a very different but interesting topic to hear! It is one of our programs throughout the year not on roses, but very timely. Of course, you can always bring any rose questions about any problems you are having and ask at the meeting. Any friend of yours is a friend of ours and is welcome. We will be starting our meeting promptly at 7:00 pm.

Please ask if you have any questions about ordering bare root roses from Palatines Fruit & Roses of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. You can check out their website at We currently have 30 roses already ordered for our members! You can always order on your own but with our club order we receive a 10% discount. If you are considering ordering any roses, you want to let me know as soon as possible. I checked their website and already 44 roses are sold out and they just opened up ordering on September 8th. These are roses grown in our same climate conditions and very high quality.

Dan Long of Brushwood Nurseries Monday, August 25, 2014 7:00pm North Royalton Library

We are very lucky to have Dan Long from Brushwood Nurseries in Athens, Georgia. Our meeting is Monday, August 25, 2014 7:00pm at the North Royalton Public Library 5071 Wallings Road North Royalton, OH 44133. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Brushwood Nursery was founded in 1998 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania by Dan Long. After many years in the nursery and greenhouse trade he decided to strike out on his own; a tradition in a family of entrepreneurs. The nature of the business has evolved with the advent of e-commerce. The first business plan was to offer clematis plants wholesale to other nurseries but Brushwood has become a retail specialty nursery offering hundreds of different vines and climbers shipped directly to gardeners using our web site. At this time we are only mail order and only retail.Propagation
The summer of 2010 saw a big change for Brushwood with the move to Becky’s (Dan’s wife) home town of Athens, Georgia where the nursery has much more land and a longer growing season outdoors.
Brushwood is a real nursery where we grow the plants right here. In most cases we propagate them ourselves, too! We’ve found this is the best way to maintain quality for our customers. The plants are grown in climate controlled greenhouses where the proper seasonal adjustments are made for plant health and winter dormancy where needed. Every effort is made to produce the highest quality crops possible.Working on your vines
We also believe strongly in protecting our environment. OMRI listed Organic pesticides are used whenever possible over harsh chemicals and vinegar with a little soap is Dan’s favorite herbicide! We buy electricity from wind turbine stations and use a vegetable oil furnace for some of our heating. Our newest greenhouse even uses Earth Tubes to draw warm air from the ground under the greenhouse for supplemental heat. Future plans include solar hot water collectors to warm the trays in propagation.
We are a small, family business with the intention to stay that way. As avid gardeners, we know and love the plants offered and will always do our best to provide great quality and service. Brushwood is consistently in the Top 5 in our category at The Garden Watchdog** and we have a loyal following of repeat customers. Give us a try and you’ll see why!

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Our Next Meeting is Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at the North Royalton Library

We will be welcoming our friends Drs. Gary Rankin and Monica Valentovic, who will be discussing Summer Rose Care . This is something we are all doing with varying rates of success. A must for this time of year of all of us. Refreshments served. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. North Royalton Public Library is located at 5071 Wallings Road North Royalton, OH 44133. No admission is charged. Contact 330-220-2213 or email at

This entry was posted on June 8, 2014, in General.

Our Next Meeting Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7pm North Royalton Public Library

We will be welcoming Corky Thacker, who will be discussing the research study concerning disease resistant roses for northeast Ohio. A must for all of us trying to find heartier roses for this area. Corky has been featured in many major gardening publications and newsletters. She knows her stuff. Refreshments served. Bring a friend. Everyone welcome. North Royalton Public Library is located at 5071 Wallings Road North Royalton, OH 44133.

Spring Pruning Seminar

Hi Everyone,

Any one interested in learning how to prune roses and other shrubs may come on April 21, 2014(1pm to whenever ).

I will be having this regardless of interest because I do have some interest.

Let me know if are interested in coming. Please forward to anyone if interested. Bring your own tools as I don’t have enough.

Its at my home 306 Brookshire Oval Hinckley Ohio 44233

This entry was posted on April 9, 2014, in General.

April 28, 2014 Meeting Dr. David Shetlar, the Bug Doctor

Dr.  David Shetlar will present “Managing Insect and Mite Pests of Ohio-Grown Roses” at the meeting of the Western Reserve Rose Society on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm at the North Royalton Library at 5071 Wallings Road, North Royalton.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The event is free and the public is invited to attend by registering with the North Royalton Library at 440-237-3800

Dr. Shetlar (the BugDoc) will discuss the major insect and mite pests that Ohio rose growers deal with.  Rose midge, roseslugs, Japanese beetle adults and spider mites will be emphasized.  Insecticide use approaches will be discussed with an emphasis being placed on preventive strategies.  How to use low risk insecticides and miticides will be discussed.

David’s bio and publicity images are located on this page:

This entry was posted on March 20, 2014, in General.

Our Next Meeting March 24, 2014 at 7pm at North Royalton Library with our friend Dr. Jim Hering.

Hello everyone. .  The program will be
“Maestro of Memphis:  Whit Wells”.  Dr. Jim Hering, former
president of the American Rose Society and current Regional Director and
Chairman of Horticultural Judges will present Whit Wells hybridized miniatures
and mini-floras. Whit Wells roses , now owned by Richard Anthony of , will feature prominently. Free and open to the public.  Being a friend. Refreshments served.

This entry was posted on March 16, 2014, in General.

Our Last meeting of 2013 Monday November 25 at 7pm

The last meeting of 2013 of the Western Reserve Rose Society will be on Monday, November 25 at 7:00 P.M. in the meeting room, located in the hallway to the left of the entrance doors of the new Cuyahoga County Library North Royalton Branch, 5071 Wallings Road, North Royalton, next to the YMCA. The program will be “Tool Sharpening” by members Debbie Lieske and John Jamison. This will be a hands-on if you want to sharpen a pair of pruners…bring them!! Got any rose questions, last chance of the year to ask them. Bring a friend.

This entry was posted on November 22, 2013, in General.

Our Next Meeting is Monday September 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Hi Everyone. Our next meeting is Monday September 30, 2013 7:00pm at the new North Royalton Library.

Our own Lori Hilfer will be discussing Single Petal Roses.

Refreshments as always.

All are welcome whether they are a member or not. The meeting is always open to the public.