The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, May 11, 2017. In honor of Pat Shanley, we will have a reception with refreshments at 7:00 pm followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 pm, both at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at the north end of Hermann Park. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

May 11, 2017
    Roses Everyone Can Grow

    by Marjorie Forster, VP Programs

Many of our members are concerned about the effects of chemicals in their gardens. We are honored to have Pat Shanley, President of the American Rose Society as our May speaker. Pat has a beautiful garden in Glen Cove, New York that is maintained without chemical applications. She will offer tremendous insight and encouragement to those wanting a sustainable landscape and will also share her experiences with rose varieties suited to those these types of gardens. Pat is a woman of boundless energy and we will get a glimpse of that in May.

She is an ARS Horticultural Judge, Arrangements Judge and Master Rosarian. She edited the 2012 Annual and (among other works) co-edited The Sustainable Rose Garden, which received the Literary Award World Federation of Rose Societies in 2012. Among numerous honors, she received the New York District Silver Honor Medal. She is founder and immediate past president of Manhattan Rose Society, founding chairman of the New York Metropolitan Rose Council and chairman of Great Rosarians of the World East. She is chairman of the American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS) - a national testing program for new rose varieties.

Come early and join us for a reception in Pat’s honor at 7:00. Copies of her book, The Sustainable Rose Garden will be available for autographing. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

Get your free raffle ticket when you arrive, to be eligible for door prizes including five beautiful rose bushes donated by David Williamson, owner of RCW Nurseries and the Williamson Tree Farm. A lucky winner will also receive a copy of Pat Shanley’s book, The Sustainable Rose Garden. Bring a guest to share the fun!

Consulting Rosarian for March is Deanna Krause. Bring her your questions.

Grand Prix continues this month. Bring your blooms. If you have not entered before, we have members who can show you what to do to enter your blooms.

We are back at the Cherie Flores Pavilion.

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

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