Kristen Druker | 10th Street
|At the Fair. left to right: Reggie Rowe, Candace Kohl, Stevie Hall, Hilde Koessler, Kristen Druker, Gayle Pomraning - Event Chair, Patricia Rose Courtesy Del Mar Rose Society.
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It has been fifteen years since a handful of neighborhood rose growing enthusiasts assembled to pay homage to the timeless beauty of the rose, our national flower, at the newly constructed Powerhouse Community Center. Over the years, the Del Mar Rose Society has provided continuous education on the cultivation of roses to a growing membership through expert speakers, garden tours, and special events.
The Del Mar Rose Society “Day at the Fair” brings members together each year to share their lovely roses with fairgoers at the San Diego County Fair. As a popular attraction within the garden exhibition, members field questions and pass on rose tips to the general public, with everyone taking time to smell the roses.
The Society’s annual Rose Show at the Del Mar Library has also become an anticipated event, with members vying for awards in such categories as Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Old Garden Rose, and a People’s Choice Award for the Most Fragrant Rose in the show.
Probably, the most heartfelt activity shared by all is the Thanksgiving of Roses event in conjunction with Del Mar Community Connections. Every year members come to a Powerhouse potluck dinner to assemble beautiful bouquets of roses and seasonal greenery that are enhanced by Thanksgiving cards designed by Winston School students. These bouquets are then given to Del Mar citizens to enjoy though the holiday.
Next year topics such as growing roses in drought conditions, preservation of rare and unusual roses, and landscaping with roses are planned, in addition to a guided tour of the Huntington Rose Garden in Pasadena.