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History of the Contra Costa Rose Society

Organized 1996
Written by Sharon McColgan

Members of East Bay Rose Society living in the eastern areas of Contra Costa County wished to establish a rose society in the Contra Costa area. Sharon McColgan, CR and Past President of East Bay and a member of The Gardens at Heather Farm Propagation group, talked to Bob Cowden and Harry Havens of The Gardens at Heather Farms about the possibility of a new rose society meeting in their Garden Center. Karen Talbot, also a member of East Bay Rose Society and a Consulting Rosarian, agreed to help found a new society. Flyers noting the date of a planning meeting at The Gardens at Heather Farm were placed in many area nurseries. A pruning demonstration was held in the rose garden, which garnered interest in the new society that was forming.

The first meeting was held Jan. 24, 1996, and included a pruning program given by Phil Salter, Past President of the East Bay Rose Society. At the end of January, 26 members had signed up. In February of 1997, there were 56 members on the roster.

 



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