Members of the Red River Rose Society met January 17th at 5:00 p.m. at La Mesa Restaurant and Cantina, 2124 Texoma Parkway, Sherman for dinner. The 6:30 p.m. RRRS meeting was held in the United Way building at 713 East Brockett Street in Sherman. There were 19 members present including guest speaker, Randy Irvin, who spoke on "Grayson County Water Quality and Its Effect on Roses".
President, Sue Abernathy introduced Randy as a graduate of Texas A& M University with an electrical engineering degree who worked in engineering and executive positions with Mobil Pipeline for 25 years. After leaving Mobil in 2000 he worked in consulting for an additional 13 years before retiring. Randy became interested in gardening through his wife Terry's interest in Master Gardeners and was involved in her herbal tea business until 2012. He became interested in Texas water issues in 2016 when the first drafts of the comprehensive Texas water reports were published.
The presentation covered facts on the salinity, sodicity, and boron content in Grayson County water and its effect on plants. Analysis of both Lake Texoma water and well water from the Woodbine and Trinity Group aquafers were compared. Supplemental handouts from the presentation were e-mailed to all members who might be interested in more research on the subject.
Members who were not in attendance at the RRRS Christmas party received their 5 year anniversary pins at the January meeting. Those members were: Stanley and Beverly Henderson, Karen Page, Jim and Kathy Rogers and Charles Hall.
The February meeting marks the 10 year anniversary of the Red River Rose Society and will feature a pruning demonstration by Pam Smith. An anniversary celebration will follow with refreshments, a historical look at the RRRS and presentation of 10 year pins.
Red River Rose Society