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


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.









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