The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at the north end of Hermann Park. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

April 13, 2017
    Delighting in the Fragrance of Garden Roses

    by Marjorie Forster, VP Programs

For many admirers, the magical experience of a rose lies not just in its beauty, but in the emotion its fragrance evokes. G. Michael Shoup, owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, and author of many books and articles about roses, joins the Houston Rose Society on April 13 to present “Delighting in the Fragrance of Garden Roses.”

Mike Shoup has made a life study of roses, and believes their fragrance is more important than is widely credited. He quotes Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote, “You should garden for the nose, for the eyes will take care of themselves.” Mike says a rose’s fragrance is its soul, something visual beauty cannot command. He is a longtime “Texas rose rustler,” hybridizer of numerous “Pioneer” roses, and past president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. He is a member of the board of American Garden Rose Selections For more information, visit www.antiqueroseemporium.com .

A number of door prizes will be awarded at the April 13 HRS meeting including a copy of Mike’s beautifully illustrated coffee table book, Empress of the Garden, to be donated by the Houston Rose Society and autographed by Mike for the lucky winner. He will bring additional copies of Empress of the Garden which will be available to be personally autographed. Other door prizes will include two rose bushes donated by the Antique Rose Emporium, and fragrant (cut) roses he will bring for all of us to smell and enjoy.

Be sure to get your free raffle ticket when you sign in, to be eligible for door prizes. Networking and refreshments begin at 7:00; the program starts at 7:30 pm.

Bring a friend! Our meetings are always open to the public and guests are welcome.

Consulting Rosarian for April is Baxter Williams. Bring him your questions.

Grand Prix begins this month! Bring your roses to enter. Help with filling out the entries will be available. Novices welcome!

We are back at the Cherie Flores Pavilion.

To read about past programs of the Houston Rose Society, click here.

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