Founded 1911

Tacoma, Washington

Garden Sale at the Pt. Defiance Pagoda

March 21

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Rose bushes, perennials, bulbs and miscellaneous plants, plus some unique garden treasures


Sponsored by

the Tacoma Rose Society

in partnership with MetroParks/Tacoma


All proceeds go to benefit

the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden






Cherry Parfait


Upcoming Events


TRS Meeting

March 19, 2015

Frank Gatto

of Raft Island Roses


New Roses for 2015


Pre-meeting at 7 p.m.:

Horticulture clinic

by Bruce Lind


Have your pruners sharpened for a small donation!


Main meeting presentation

at 7:30:

New Roses for 2015










TRS News


Time to Prune!



Pt. Defiance

Rose Garden Pruning

March 7


Even more info!! Click here...

Please circle Saturday, March 7th on that new calendar Santa brought you so that you will remember to join TRS members at the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden for the annual spring pruning.

Dress for the weather (we prune rain or shine), and bring your clippers and knee pad, Meet us at the rose garden at 9:00 a.m. If you are unsure of proper rose pruning technique, we'll be glad to show you!




to Our New Meeting Location at

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

From Northbound or Southbound I-5 take the Highway 16W Exit (132). Continue Westbound to Union Ave Exit (1B) and travel Northbound (right) on Union Ave. There is a stoplight at the intersection of Union Ave and S 19th St.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is about 1 block East. Turn right on S 19th and then left into the parking lot. The parking lot can also be accessed via Union Ave & S 18th St.

(This location is two blocks directly South of Life Manor, our meeting place for more than 10 years, and directly across 19th Street from the Allenmore Hospital parking lot.)

As you can see from the photos of Gloria Dei Church, the back parking lot and the meeting room are on the same level - no steps to negotiate with all the roses you are adding to your garden.


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church


Parking on the other side of the building (back side). The door to the kitchen is right in front of the car in the photo. Matt says to use the door at the far end of the parking lot. This is where the roses will be!


Front entrance parking lot.

The entrance is in front of the two cars on the right.



Autumn Arrangement by Jo Martin




Double Delight


TRS Meetings



Regular Meetings - 2015


February 19

March 19

April 16

May 14

June 18


September 17

October 15



(Rose Auction)

Date TBA


Next Board Meeting

Thursday, February 23

At Gloria Dei


Upcoming Events in 2015


Pt. Defiance Rose Garden winter pruning March 7 at 9 a.m.


Garden Sale at Pt. Defiance Pagoda:

Rose Bushes and other Garden Treasures

March 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Deadheading at Pt. Defiance Rose Garden begins:

June 25

TRS Rose Show: June 27





by John Moe, Master Rosarian

Q Is it too late to mulch, as I failed to do so when you recommended? Will it do any good now? If I don't, will I lose many of my roses?

A If you didn't mulch before and don't do it now, you may lose some roses, depending on what Mother Nature has in store for us the rest of the winter. It is 27 as I write this, so if you haven't mulched, do so now by covering with 6 to 8 inches of mulch. ore roses are killed in January by not having the bud union protected as freezing and thawing does the most damage. We often have a short period when we have the arctic air blast in late January, which is usually the coldest month for us.

Last fall I used Moo-Doo from a dairy near Enumclaw. It really is nice stuff, quite light and fluffy, a mixture of manure and sawdust. Cost was $20/yard when you pick it up. If you don't need a lot of mulch, consider getting some TAGRO mix. Just need a little? You can shovel your own TAGRO mix from that designated "free pile" at no charge. Give them a call at (253) 502-2150 if you have questions.












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