Celebrating in a Winter Wonderland

Our year-end celebration was held in John and Donna Hefner’s winter wonderland.

The Hefner’s enjoy decorating for the holidays and have seven theme trees placed throughout their home. It is a festive sight to behold for all to enjoy. We were greeted by a beautiful 10 foot poinsettia tree located beside the fireplace. Various other theme decorated trees include fragrance, snowman, seamstress, Charlie Brown and two red/lime green trees which are strategically located throughout their home. Department 56 village pieces and accessories were located throughout their home adding an additional sense of nostalgia and enchantment. Everyone enjoyed the Italian Fontanini nativity, animals and people as well as the special holiday decorations handmade by Donna that included needlepoint, cross-stitched and quilted art work.



During the evening our 2019 board was installed. Immediate Past President, Linda Kimmel did the honors.

Teresa Byington, President
Humberto DeLuca, 1st Vice President
Eloisa Garza, 2nd Vice President
Carolyn Lloyd, Secretary
Donna Hefner, Treasurer
Teresa Downham, Newsletter Editor
Congrats to the board! We know we are in good hands!

Linda, also handed out special appreciation awards from our president, Teresa Byington, as she was out of town for her mother-in-law’s funeral.



VP Humberto DeLuca, presented the ARS Award of Merit to two members who have served our society above and beyond! Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!

Teresa Downham receiving her AWARD OF MERIT!

Keith Oltean receiving his AWARD OF MERIT!


Our board is already busy planning for 2019. Stay tuned for information on our annual rose sale and our meeting restart on Tuesday, March 12 / 6:30 pm at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. We can’t wait to be together again! 

Sullivan Munce
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-4900


If you have any questions about our society, please contact us HERE.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy!


SCHOOL DAYS / Reading, Writing and Roses, our Illinois Indiana Conference and Rose Show, has come and gone but what a weekend we had. Teresa Byington and Linda Kimmel served as co-chairmen of the event with a large cast of others who helped make it all happen. Thank you to each of you! To see the list of chairmen, click here.


Friday night was our Rosy Social Hour where we had the chance to meet new friends and catch up with long time friends while munching on rose flavored treats and drinking Rosé. (Thanks to Teresa Byington and Eloisa Garza for the fun treats.)


Saturday started early at 6 am. The cars and trucks filled with roses came into our room. Fortunately we had a cargo door since is was raining cats and dogs. Even with all the people and all the activity — the room was filled with calm as the creative juices started flowing. I wish we could have a video of the whole process.

We had masters. We had novices. We had watchers. We had helpers.

All at their tasks — helping the rose be her very best self.


Our room was filled with beautiful roses! Below are two masters at work! Thank you John Hefner for serving as Rose Show Chairman with all of those duties and along with your beautiful partner creating rose perfection and winning 8 out of the BIG 9 awards. Oh my. I wish every novice in the world of exhibiting could observe their artistic gifts. Donna was not only working hard on the roses, she handled our finances and many of our decorations. Yes they are rose super heroes.


There were tables of beautiful arrangements by William Carlson, Mary Ann Hext, Linda Kimmel, Renee LaFollette and Andy Plasz. Adding to the fun, three of our novices, Teresa Downham, Carolyn Lloyd and Trudy Struck did a group arrangement.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Below is a gallery of pictures from our day. Click on any picture to enlarge them.


Our speakers were truly some of the best in the business.
  1. Bob Martin (ARS Incoming President presented a fun, comprehensive look at growing roses — in a Dr. Suess style. This was super fun — he had everyones attention. )
  2. Ron Daniels (Nashville Rose Society President – PROGRAM 1: Gave us product ideas and techniques for using them. PROGRAM 2: Tips for successful container growing. He made is sound easy. Now for us to take his tips and try them ourselves!
  3. Dr. Andy Plasz (This award winning rose educator, presented an excellent program on managing disease and chemical resistance that gave us so many options!— both organic and synthetic!)
  4. Jeff Sommers and Corkey Thacker (A dynamic duo of rose show and exhibiting information – the Q & A session was fantastic. We just needed more time!)
We send a huge thanks to all of them for coming and sharing their expertise with us.


Dr. Andy Plasz, one of the most gifted educators in all of “rosedom,” was awarded the silver medal. A much deserved award!


Larry Jones was presented a special award by Roger Brueckman, Incoming Regional Director, for his years of excellent service to the IL IN District as Horticulture Judge Chair. Larry is retiring from this position and leaves big shoes to fill. Thank you Larry.


We are busy planning for our spring conference to be held in March. We hope to see you there! Details coming soon.


The Indianapolis Rose Society invites you to attend “School Days”, the Illinois-Indiana District Conference and Rose Show. A day filled with beautiful roses and interesting programs that will help you take your rose growing experience to the next level.

Our speakers are truly some of the “best in the business” from around the country. Mark your calendar now!

SATURDAY /  SEPT 8  / 9 am – 4

Open to the Public

LOCATION: Boone Country 4H Fairgrounds

Address: 1300 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052



SEND FORM TO: Renee LaFollette / 5793 Hall Road Plainfield, IN 46168

QUESTIONS: teresabyington@gmail.com   or  reneelafollette@att.net








Bob Martin: (California), Incoming American Rose Society President
Program: Oh, the Roses You’ll Grow – a fun, comprehensive look at growing roses.

Bob’s extreme knowledge of the rose coupled with this wit and charm will make this session a fun filled learning experience. You can follow Bob and his rose adventures on Facebook here. Do follow him … he and his wife Dona have one of the most beautiful rose garden anywhere! You will enjoy the pictures and appreciate the rose advice!



Ron Daniels: (Tennessee) Nashville Rose Society President

As President of the Nashville Rose Society –a vibrant rose society that is growing by leaps and bounds — Ron has been instrumental is starting the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden in Nashville. Ron spends his “extra” time in his own amazing garden and traveling around speaking to rose societies and master gardeners! Read about the Cheekwood study garden here. Follow Ron on Facebook here.

Ron will give two programs:

  • Facts on Fertilizers
  • Growing Roses in Containers


Dr. Andy Plasz: (Illinois)
Program: Rotation of Chemicals to Reduce Disease Resistance

Andy is the retried Director and Global Head of Analytical Chemistry Research for Abbott Laboratories. Few people in the world of rose education are as decorated as Andy Plasz. He is an informative and inspiring teacher and has much to share with us. Here he is pictured with Bob Martin wearing their Klima medals. The American Rose Society’s national Marion Klima Medal is for rose education! 

Corky Thacker and Jeff Sommers: (Ohio)
Program: What Makes a Winning Horticulture Rose Show Entry?

Beginning exhibitors are often unsure of why their roses didn’t win their classes, or even what the awards marked on their entry tags mean. This program provides guidance, including selecting show candidates from your garden, understanding a show schedule, ARS rules, judging criteria with photos, and awards.

Jeff has been an ARS Accredited Horticulture and Arrangement Judge since 1990 and 2001, respectively, and earned the Outstanding Judge Award in 2016.

Corky earned her ARS Horticulture Judge Accreditation in 2013, is an Apprentice Arrangement Judge and an ARS award-winning photographer. Her original rose garden was featured in This Old House magazine in July 2013. Jeff is an ARS Master Rosarian and Corky is a Certified Consulting Rosarian; both are active in the Forest City and Cleveland Rose Societies.

They met at Buckeye District rose shows, married in 2015 and grow more than 350 roses at their urban home in Cleveland’s West Side.


Programs are eligible for Master Gardeners education credits and Consulting Rosarian credits.


Holiday Inn Express / Whitestown/Zionsville Area
6064 South Main Street / Whitestown, IN 46075
317 769 0932
For more information, click here.

Hampton Inn / Whitestown/Zionsville Area
6005 S Main Street / Whitestown, IN 46075
317 768 2330
For more information, click here.


Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

TUES, AUGUST 14, 6:30 pm

Location: Sullivan Munce ​/ 225 West Hawthorne Street  / Zionsville, IN 46077

Linda Kimmel, immediate past president of the Indianapolis Rose Society, will share with us the charm and grace of climbing roses—which ones to grow and how to care for them!

PROGRAM: Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

There are few plants that can rival the gorgeous climbing roses in the garden, creating ambiance of nostalgia and breath-taking beauty. Stephen Scanniello, Curator of the Rockefeller Rose Garden, New York, refers to climbing roses as the “acrobats and aerialists” of the garden. Climbing roses can be used in countless ways, such as cascading over fences, trellis’ or walls, softening hard landscapes, concealing ugly structures or small buildings, accentuating windows or entryways. They can provide a back drop for other garden plants or make a stunning focal point, creating breath-taking picturesque effects. Climbing roses are versatile. And if you choose healthy, disease resistant and winter hardy varieties, they can last a lifetime with reasonable or even minimal care.

What climbing roses are right for your garden?; What care do they need?; Pruning when and how?; How to winterize?

Come to the meeting and get your questions answered about Creating your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses.

Round Table Discussion: Overwintering Roses in Containers
**Panel: John Hefner, Linda Kimmel, Teresa Byington
Bring your tips, your stories and your questions about overwintering roses in containers.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!



Propagation Workshop

We are in the second half of our year but we are not slowing down. From the look at the schedule (read here), we are heating up! So much fun to have and so much to learn!


Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
225 W Hawthorne Street

Humberto DeLuca & Masiel Milligan, will show us techniques for taking rose cuttings.

Round Table Discussion: How to care for roses in extreme heat.
Panel: Mark Nolen, Teresa Downham, John Hefner

We will end our evening with the ever popular Round Table Discussion. All of us are dealing with extreme heat, so let’s talk about it! Mark, Teresa and John will facilitate, but we all need to contribute for the greatest learning!

Remember, our meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited. Bring your friends, and your notepad and let’s go to propagation school!


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Rosefest 2018

SAT / May 26 / 9:00 – 3 pm


Hamilton Co. Fairground / 2003 Pleasant Street / Noblesville, IN

HIGHLIGHTS … (Complete Schedule Below)

  • Guest Speaker
  • HCMGA Rose Garden Tour 
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Educational Displays
  • Roses and Rose Products for Sale



Few people in the world of roses have Mike’s unique knowledge of roses. His expertise ranges from old garden and found roses to the most modern hybrids. And, Mike has rose stories to tell!

Mike Shoup has always had an interest in plants. With this in mind, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Trinity University and his Master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A & M University.  In 1976, a year after graduation he started Containerized Plants, Inc. which grew and sold woody plants and hardy, old-fashioned perennials, Texas natives and most importantly neglected Old Garden Roses.


In 1984 he opened the Antique Rose Emporium which specialized in the re-introduction and distribution of these historic roses. His work has been recognized in Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines and in many trade journals as well.

He has written three books, Roses in the Southern Garden, published in 2000 and in 1991 published Landscaping with Antique Roses, co-authored with Liz Druitt and most recently in 2011, Empress of the Garden. (Find these book on Amazon here.)


9:00 – 10:30 Enjoy the 4th Annual HCMGA Tea in the Rose Garden

9:30  – 10:00 Workshops

  • Bees and Roses by Eloisa Garza
    • Honeybees are a very unique and beautiful individuals that provides a wonderful nectar for us to enjoy and who provides food for our tables through the pollination process.
  • Pests and Diseases: Linda Kimmel
    • Linda will help you identify common pests and diseases that find roses particularly attractive and ways to control them.

10:15 – 10:45 Workshops
Repeat above workshops

10:45 – 11:30: Browse displays, shop, grab lunch

11:30 – 12: 45:  SPEAKER: MIKE SHOUP (see info below)

1:00 – 2:00:  Workshop/Demonstration in the rose garden.
John Hefner will lead a program on pruning, planting and soil testing
BRING A SAMPLE OF YOUR SOIL (in a solo cup) and we will test your soil pH for free.

2:00: Q & A Panel with Consulting Rosarians (inside)
Bring your questions! I wonder if you can stump the panel! 🤓 (Doubt it.)

The Indianapolis Rose Society and the Hamilton Country Master Gardener Association have enjoyed planning this wonderful day of roses for you and look forward to seeing you and your friends.

“Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.”




Regardless of what we are growing, good soil is a vital part of what we do. NOTE: Master Gardeners, this has been approved for education hours!

At our April meeting we will discuss principles of soil health!

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville

Speaker:  Kevin Allison, Marion County  Soil Health Specialist
Kevin Allison, Marion County SWCD Soil Health Specialist, will lead a discussion on using the principles of soil health to organically improve soil: Minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping the soil covered, and providing a continuous living root.

Kevin will explore how amendments, diverse mulching and cover crops can be integrated into flower production and preparing new beds.

There will be time for Q & A with Kevin!


Also at the April Meeting, we will have roses for sale!

One of the perks of being a part of a rose society is access to beautiful roses! This year we have a great lineup of beautiful roses for sale.


$18 for members

$20 non members

$25 for David Austins


The roses will be available at our April meeting … on a first come / first served basis.

To see picture of the beautiful roses we will have, CLICK HERE.