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Home and garden briefs: Rose Society to meet Monday

The Tri-City Rose Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Richland City Shops building, 2700 Duportail St.

There will be two programs during the meeting. One is the group's informal rose challenge where members and the public are invited to bring roses for an evening show. The blooms will be divided into five classes: Single bloom on a stem; spray on a single stem; single miniature on a stem; miniature spray; and any collection of up to five stems of any variety in a single vase.

Bring your own vases and leave plenty of cleaned-up foliage on each stem. Include a white or cream colored label with the name of the rose.

Joan Montieth, an accomplished rose hybridizer, will show us some simple steps on how to hybridize a rose.

For more information, call Harlow Young at 735-3481.

Native Plant Society plans to meet Oct. 1

The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Washington State University Library and Consolidated Information Center (WSU Library & CIC building), Room 210.

Featured speaker will be Marie Zuroske, a water quality specialist with the South Yakima Conservation District. She will discuss the rapid increase in the lower Yakima River of a native aquatic plant, water star-grass, its even more rapid decline, and likely reasons for these changes.

She has been studying the lower Yakima River since 2004 in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey to better understand the effects of excess nutrients in the river.

For more information call 946-8080 or visit www.wnps.org/cbasin/index.html.