Mother Lode Rose Society

The Mother Lode Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, is a non-profit educational organization, serving the needs of gardeners by promoting America's flower - the rose.  We provide a community service to the Mother Lode communities with educational programs, rose shows and proudly maintaining the Rose Garden at the Amador Senior Center.


Learn techniques from rose experts. 

Learn how easy

to have a garden

full of beautiful roses.

Mother Lode Rose Society

meets at

Amador Senior Center

229 New York Ranch Rd.

Jackson, CA

It’s Time to Renew or Join!

Be part of the

Mother Lode Rose Society

Annual Membership only $20

See Membership page for details

Annual Rose Auction



Thank you to sponsors Star Roses

and Boxwood Nursery of Woodland for donating roses,

and thank you to all who supported this event.

This annual fundraiser helps to support

the Amador Senior Center Rose Garden,

Amador County’s only public rose garden.

For info on planting bare root roses, see Rose Tips page for article by Dorothy Wall

and see Pruning page for video “Pruning Roses for Maximum Display” by Beverly Rose Hopper

Above:  Our Auctioneer Martin Hopper

Below:  MLRS President Steve Kinnick


Monthly Meeting

Tue., Mar. 3 at 1:30 PM

Topic:  Companion Plants for Roses

Speaker:  Charlotte Owendyk

Come hear Charlotte talk about her experiences with roses along with the other plants in her garden of thirty years. With an acre to play in, she has indulged in her love of plants. At last count there are over 350 roses and they take center stage with many other plants playing supporting roles.  Learn what companion plants she favors and why. Like any garden, changes are be made to adapt to the changing environment--the most serious being the drought. The front yard no longer has grass, but instead favors drought tolerant plants as companions to a smattering of roses which are the focal point or jewelry of the landscape. 

March featured speaker:  Charlotte Owendyk

“Play in the dirt. 

Because life is too short to have clean fingernails.”

For more info see March Program page

Special Event for MLRS Members

On April 29, 2015, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to meet with a special visitor, Alain Meilland, owner of Meilland Roses in France.  Alain is a sixth generation rose grower and his father, Francis, hybridized one of the best known roses in the world, Peace.  Meilland's roses are available through Star Roses, who regularly donates roses for our annual rose auction so many of you already have Alain's roses in your garden.  Alain is a respected rose advocate and pushes the envelope of roses, which many of his creations are the forerunners of other hybridizers' roses today, including those with good disease resistance.  Some of his best known series are Drift Roses, Romanticas, and Meidiland landscape roses.


So come to a special luncheon at the home of Steve and Susie Jones at 1130 am for a chance to visit with our special guest.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Please RSVP by April 22, 2015 to Susie at or call at 209.245.3355 so we can make sure we have plenty of food.


Alain Meilland