CARLSBAD — When the California Coastal Rose Society gathers at 7 p.m. May 19 at Heritage Hall, 2650 Garfield St., it will feature Bob Martin Jr. speaking on “Weird Rose Science,” a program that examines the science of roses and rabbits.
The lecture will cover garden pest control from the ancient teachings of Euclid of Alexandria, to the art of Leonardo da Vinci; from the mathematics of Fibonacci, to the observations of Albertus Magnus. Martin will also discuss more recent developments in genetic research, hormones, and environmentally acceptable additions to the armamentarium of pest control measures.
Martin has been growing roses for more than 35 years. He recently moved to Escondido from Gilbert, Ariz., and is actively planning a new rose garden with his wife Dona. Martin is a guest editor and author of many American Rose Society publications and of the book “Showing Good Roses.” He is an ARS Master Consulting Rosarian, an Accreditied Horticultural and Arrangements Judge, and recipient of numerous awards for growing and showing roses. Active in the American Rose Society, Martin has held many important offices and is now running for office of vice president of the American Rose Society.
At 6:15 p.m. May 19, prior to the featured speaker, Joel Ross will continue his series of lectures for Rose-Aholics. His topic this month is “Diseases and quick fixes for problems encountered in gardens.”