Welcome. You have found the website of the local rose society based in Palm Beach County, Florida. We would love to help you grow beautiful roses.
The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society serves the South Florida counties of Broward, Palm Beach and Martin.
Our Society is very active year round with garden walks, shows, workshops and many other events. We do take a summer siesta where we do not have monthly regular meetings. This allows us to rejuvenate.
Members of The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society enjoy growing roses and the opportunity to be with other rose growers eager to share their hobby. Whether it is discussing growing roses at a meeting, showing and sharing roses at a Rose Show, or working together to maintain public rose gardens, GPBRS provides a unique atmosphere to socialize with other rose growers.
Monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations provide guests and members a means to continue learning about rose care. Each meeting has an educational program with time for questions and answers.
The GPBRS newsletter provides timely articles on rose care each month instructing us when to plant, how and when to prune, how to take rose cuttings, which fertilizer to use for the different times of the growing season, selecting a rose to grow, plus articles by members sharing their garden experiences.
by Geoff Coolidge
I would like to thank Lance Pignato and his family for a very enlightening program on Bio-Green liquid fertilizers. I sprayed some Bio-Green today in the nursery and had to jump back! The roses really like it, especially now that we are getting some sunny weather. Iíve still had to flick a few aphids, but I am noticing a lot more lady bugs in the gardens. Iíve also noticed a lot of beetles lately, well actually, just Paul and Ringo and a few Scarab beetles. Hard to believe itís been 50 years since the "British Invasion". I remember watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, boy those dudes are getting old. Not me though.
This month, we will be hearing the history of Nelsonís Florida Roses, as told by none other than the owner of Nelsonís Roses, Mark Nelson. Nelsonís Roses pioneered the use of Fortuniana rootstock in rose grafting. It should be a very interesting program.
We are planning a trip to Florida Southern in Lakeland to tour the new rose garden and will also see some Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. But first we will tour Bok Tower gardens.
Please, please, please, bring some roses to show at the meeting. We need to fill the back table with roses just to stay in practice and also to show anyone new to our meeting that we can grow great roses here in South Florida. Hope to see you on February 24.
Have you ever been to see the rose gardens at Florida Southern College? Kathy Rose and the GPBRS board have been working hard to arrange this special trip to the collegeís rose garden and Bok Tower Gardens. To learn more about the FSC gardens.
You will be able to see the many varieties of old garden roses that do well in the South Florida climate and learn about their growing habits. An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday!
As always, let me know if there is a topic you would like covered in a future newsletter.
Send articles, listings or questions to WHL2@prodigy.net. The submission deadline is March 3.
Hope to see you at the next meeting,
Are held the fourth Monday of each month except May, June, July, August and December.
Meetings start at 7:30pm at Mounts Botanical Garden located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
Annual dues are $18.00 for up to two family members. You will receive an informative monthly newsletter, The Rose Petal, via e-mail and you will also enjoy other great benefits such as discounts at local garden stores. The Membership period runs from January to December. Members come from all age groups and reside in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties.
For more information contact Geoff Coolidge, President, 561-684-2421 or
Monday, Feb. 24, 7:30 pm, GPBRS Meeting, Mounts Auditorium
The speaker at the February meeting of the Greater Palm Beach Rose Society is Mark Nelson of Nelson's Florida Roses in Apopka.
They are graft exclusively on Fortuniana rootstock and sell a large variety of roses that perform well in the Florida climate. China Doll, Veteran's Honor, St. Patrick, Belinda's Dream, Pope John Paul II, The McCartney Rose, Carefree Wonder to name a few.
Check out their website:
Monday, March 24, 7:30 pm, GPBRS Meeting, Mounts Auditorium
Next Board Meeting
Monday, Feb. 24, 6 pm, GPBRS Board Meeting, Mounts Auditorium
Monday, March 24, 6 pm, GPBRS Board Meeting, Mounts Auditorium
Up Coming Events
Reserve Your Space on the Trip to Bok Tower Gardens and the Rose Gardens at Florida Southern College
The date for the trip is Saturday, March 22 and a 15-passenger bus has been reserved. We will leave from the front parking lot of Mounts Botanical Garden promptly at 8 am. The trip cost is $32, payable at time of reservation (make checks out to GPBRS). The cost includes transportation and a box lunch. Admission charge to Bok Tower will be on your own. Bok Tower Garden charges $12, but if you are a Mounts Garden member or ARS member you get in free. Please save the date and reserve your place early.
Happenings around the Deep South District of the American Rose Society
April 26, 2014 GPBRS Rose Contest and Display at Mounts Botanical Gardenís Spring Plant Sale, Contact: Debbie Coolidge at (561) 684-2421 or email@example.com
May 10, 2014 Tampa Rose Society Rose Show, Westfield Citrus Park Mall, Tampa
Contact: Mark Prue, firstname.lastname@example.org or tamparosesociety.org
July 25-27, 2014 ARS National Miniature Rose Show & Convention, The Hotel ML, Mt. Laurel, NJ, Contact: Gus Banks at (609) 267-3809 or email@example.com
Oct. 15-20, 2014 ARS National Fall Convention, "Roses in the Piney Woods," Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX, Contact: Jeff Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereís Ways We Can Use Your
The volunteer opportunity consists of helping out in the Mounts Rose Garden. The Society is responsible for the upkeep of the roses and we need your help in this task. Fred Frappier heads up this project. He often can be found in the garden in the mornings and almost always on the first Saturday of each month. Call Fred at (561) 951-8232, or email him at email@example.com, and offer to help him in the Mounts garden.
Summer Rose Care
Pruning Guidelines for Roses
Rose Mosaic Virus
|The Greater Palm Beach Rose
Society is an affiliate of the American Rose Society.
The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society Founded in 1970 has been promoting Rose growing in South Florida for over 40 years.
To go to the American Rose Society website click here.
You Got a Problem with that?
If you have questions about rose gardening, or if you are having problems with your roses, contact a Consulting Rosarian. As a member you will find their names and contact information listed below.
Our consulting Rosarians are appointed by the American Rose Society after spending years growing roses and being tested on their overall knowledge of roses and their care.
Debbie Coolidge 561-684-2421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Coolidge 561-684-2421 email@example.com
Bill Langford 561-642-0200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Evelyn Rose 561-432-7159 email@example.com
Freda Smith 561-676-9333 firstname.lastname@example.org