Founded 1911

Tacoma, Washington


Altissimo - Large-flowered climber Sunsprite - a sweetly fragrant floribunda Gourmet Popcorn


"Double Delight" "Gourmet Popcorn" "Playboy"





Upcoming Events



January 17


Officer Installation


Open at 1 p.m and dinner at 1:30

Our banquet committee has a great afternoon planned for us. We start at 1 p.m. with time to chat with fellow members and guests and to check out the silent auction before dinner at 1;30 p.m. After dinner we will have the installation of TRS officers for 2015 followed by our program.

The silent auction, organized by Margaret Leisner, has been very popular. We have some very nice items that have been donated. If you have any items you would like to donate, please bring them to the banquet.


Dinner starting at 1:30 is a potluck. TRS will provide the decorations, coffee, tea, ham, plates, utensils, etc. Please bring your favorite salad, hot dish or dessert.

For our banquet program, come along with us for a whirlwind river cruise tour of Paris to Prague. However, we mostly will be transported in luxury aboard a Viking Long Boat on the Moselle, Middle Rhine and Main Rhine Rivers.

By late October of last year, there were few roses blooming in any of our local gardens. Nor were there very many blooms in the gardens of Paris, southern Germany or the area around the city of Prague, Czech Republic. The main reason for this is that we narrowly share common climates and we are all within a couple degrees of 40-degree latitude.

Therefore, due to the time of the year, this is not a tour of some of the lush gardens of Europe, but one of stealthy looking castles, historical buildings and vineyards that seem to be holding the hills up into the sky so they won't fall down into the river below.

We will have glimpses of a few rose gardens that are in some form of being pruned and/or readied for winter. Yet I think your imagination is so strong that you will be able to see through this work and visualize how proud, protected and appreciated these rose gardens are to their people. Come and enjoy the ride -- no driving required.





TRS News


Join us at the Dome!

Tacoma Home & Garden Show

January 22-25

TRS members will be available to answer rose growing questions at our booth


Four will be speaking about roses and gardening in the Green Theater!


Pt. Defiance

Rose Garden Pruning

March 7

Please circle Saturday, March 7th on that new calendar Santa brought you so that you will remember to join your fellow TRS members at the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden for the annual spring pruning starting at 9:00 a.m.



DRIVING DIRECTIONS 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



TRS Meetings



Regular Meetings - 2015


February 19

March 19

April 16

May 14

June 18


September 17

October 15



(Rose Auction)

Date TBA


Board Meeting

Monday, January 26

At Jo and Cliff Martin's hoe


Upcoming Events in 2015


Garden Sale at Pt. Defiance: March 21


Deadheading at Pt. Defiance 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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