Time to Celebrate!

On November 8 we took time to celebrate a great year together! We started 2022 together via Zoom last January and moved into in-person meetings. In June we had an outstanding Rosefest (for a report on Rosefest, read on here.). Garden tours and workshops were peppered throughout the season. So much to celebrate!

2023 AWARDS:

Our organization gives out three types of awards:

The American Rose Society Bronze Honor Medal – for Outstanding Service to one of its members for outstanding and meritorious service at the Local Society level. The recipient must be an active member of the Local Society for no less than three (3) years and a member of the ARS. The award can only be awarded once to a member. The Board nominates the candidates and is voted on by secret ballot.

The Award of Merit – is given to a member for an outstanding service to the local society. ARS membership is not required.

The Certificate of Appreciation – is given for a special act or service for the local society. It is a way to say “Thank You”.

The Bronze Medal was awarded to Kim Chmielewski for her hard work and outstanding job on the rose sale for the last 2 years. In addition, she brought in new members as a result of the rose sale, served on the board of directors as Secretary and has served at the Welcome table for several years. Kim is always willing to help.

The Award of Merit was given to Norma Bledsoe for her outstanding work as membership chair, keeping membership information current, communicating with new members, and serving at the welcome table at our in-person meetings. She also contributed to Rosefest by helping with rose and fertilizer sales and providing snacks for judges and exhibitors.

Teresa Downham was also given an Award of Merit for her Rosefest leadership. Rosefest would not have been the success it was without Teresa’s direction and hard work.

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the following members:

  • Eloisa Garza for her wonderful presentation about cooking with roses at Rosefest. 
  • Humberto DeLuca for his excellent presentation at Rosefest concerning propagation.
  • John Hefner who has always been willing to lead the round table discussions at meetings, writing the rose show horticultural schedule and bringing beautiful roses to Rosefest.
  • Mark Nolen for recruiting rose show judges and sending roses to Rosefest despite having emergency surgery a few days before. Mark always demonstrates commitment to the rose socxiety and rose shows above and beyond.
  • Jim Struck for stepping up at Rosefest and being a rose show clerk and for supporting our First Lady. 
  • Kay Mulhall for stepping up and volunteering at Rosefest as a clerk.
  • Carolyn Lloyd for managing the rose garden tours and visitors in addition to providing coffee, drinks, and snacks for Rosefest.
  • Linda Kimmel for her help all of the time especially with recruiting the rose show arrangement judges and an author for the rose show arrangement schedule in addition to taking over the newsletter when we could not enlist a new editor.


Jim Shultz installed the new board…

  • President: Trudy Struck
  • 1st VP: Teresa Downham
  • 2nd VP: Eloisa Garza
  • Secretary: Kim Chmielewski
  • Treasurer: Tad Sayama
    Newsletter Editor: Linda Kimmel
  • Website/Social Media: Teresa Byington


Tues, Jan 10 at 6:30 pm EST (ZOOM)


Tom Carruth, Curator of the Huntington Rose Garden and award winning hybridizer. Tom has over 150 introductions to his credit with numerous national & international awards. Roses like  Marilyn Monroe, Julia Child, Perfume Factory, Moonstone, Easy on the Eyes and so many more.

Tues, February 14 at 6:30 pm EST (ZOOM)

SPRING INTO SPRING… Getting Roses Started on the Right Foot

Gaye Hammond, Former President of the Houston Rose Society and life member and patron of the American Rose Society. Gaye is an entertaining speaker and an avid writer of more than 300 articles that have been published in local, state, national and international magazines and newspapers.

ZOOM INFORMATION: Link will be posted in late December.


Our board is meeting next week to finalize additional programming for 2023. If you have ideas for programs/workshops or would like to volunteer to have a tour in your garden, contact us at indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.


Membership in the Indianapolis Rose Society is open to anyone interested in roses.

We have members who are just starting to learn about roses and members who grow from one rose to those who grow 400 roses and are excellent at mentoring.

For $20 per year, members receive advanced knowledge of in-person and zoom programs, access to members-only recordings of zoom programs, discounts on roses via our annual rose sale, automatic inclusion in district educational events, 4 months free trial membership in the American Rose Society, invitations to member garden tours and demonstrations, plus access to a wealth of information from current members!

Download application HERE.

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