WAKING UP THE GARDEN: March 12, 6:30 pm

Our rose season is coming soon and it is time to WAKE UP THE GARDEN.

Join us! And bring a friend.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 / 6:30 pm 
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville, IN

SPEAKERS: Teresa Downham, Trudy Struck, Carolyn Lloyd

Program: Come hear about the Hamilton County Master Gardener Rose Garden and the great work being done there by the ones who oversee it today!

ASK THE MASTERS: Weather Issues and Roses
Spring gives us some strange weather! Our Consulting Rosarians will be available to discuss weather issues and answer your questions!

ROSE SALE: Opportunity to Pre-Order and Pre-Pay
See rose list HERE.



Our members and guests have the pleasure of having our Annual Rosefest just inside the door from this amazing rose garden. Most every type of rose is growing there from the very old to the most modern. You’ll love hearing all about this garden, it’s beginnings and how they keep it so beautiful. See you Tues, March 12. Our meetings are open to the public so bring friends.

Take a look at the garden…


Details for the Spring District Educational Conference and Photography show are HERE.

Master Gardener education hours and Consulting Rosarian credit are available.

2019 Annual Rose Sale

A new year is here and we are already thinking about spring and what roses we will plant.

The Indianapolis Rose Society is gearing up for their annual rose sale. The order is placed and we think we have some of the best of the best coming.

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis and pre-orders are encouraged.


  • Pre-order is encouraged so you get the ones you want.
  • Pre-order Payment will be due at the March meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 6:30 pm 
(at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. Our regular meeting location.)


Tuesday, April 9, 6 – 6:30 pm. (Our regular meeting night.) Meeting will start about 6:45 pm  All roses that have not been pre-ordered will be available first come / first served

The roses will need to be picked up at the April meeting. If you are not able to pick them up, please have someone come for you. With our limited space, we will NOT be able to hold the roses for you.


Our prices are intentionally priced lower than usually found, as a service to our members and friends. In particular, David Austin roses sell for $40 and up.


  • David Austin: $25
  • All Other Roses: $20


  • David Austin: $30
  • All Other Roses: $25


If you are ready to PRE-ORDER, contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net.



Arctic Blue Floribunda

Beverly Hybrid Tea

Celestial Night Floribunda

Climbing Honeymoon

Climbing Lady in Red

Climbing Quicksilver

Fired Up Floribunda

Frida Kahlo Floribunda

Lotty’s Love Rugosa

Miss Congeniality Grandiflora

Parade Day Grandiflora

Ring of Fire Hybrid Tea

Savannah Hybrid Tea

Shockwave Floribunda

Sparkles & Shine Floribunda

Sunny Sky Hybrid Tea

SOLD OUT! David Austin Imogen SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Olivia Rose Austin SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Princess Alexandra of Kent SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Queen of Sweden SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! David Austin Wollerton Old Hall (short climber) SOLD OUT!


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.


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A Great Way to End Our Growing Season…

A wonderful night at the beautiful Serenity Restaurant in Zionsville where the food and the company was amazing. It was a night for awards, stories, friends and 2018 board installation.

Outgoing President Linda Kimmel gave out several awards.

Certificates of Service went to Eloisa Garza, Humberto DeLuca, Donna and John Hefner, Mark Nolen, Carol Tumbas, Teresa Downham and Keith Oltean for their excellent service.

The ARS Award of Merit was given to incoming President, Teresa Byington.

Marilyn Ferguson was shocked to receive the ARS Bronze Medal. Although no was else in the room was one bit surprised. A much deserved award indeed!


The 2018 Board was installed by the clever words and the gift of an excellent pen from John Hefner.

President: Teresa Byington
1st VP: Humberto DeLuca
2nd VP: Eloisa Garza
Secretary: Carolyn Lloyd
Treasurer: Donna Hefner
Newsletter Editor: Teresa Downham


This team is enthusiastic and ready to go. They are already busy making plans for next year so stay tuned.

After a long winter’s nap, we will be back at it and ready to go the 2nd Tuesday of March at 6:30 pm at Sullivan Munce in beautiful downtown Zionsville. Mark your calendars. We’ll be growing great roses, sharing rose information and growing great friendships!

A big thank you to Linda Kimmel for her leadership as President the past two years.


Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp joined us and gave a program on Garden Party Planning. Our evening ended with garden Q and A with Jo Ellen. And, no matter the subject, we couldn’t stump her! She is a fount of garden knowledge. We were so glad to have her with us.


Awards Banquet & New Board Installation

FRI, NOV 10,  6:30 pm
Serenity Restaurant
135 South Main Street, Zionsville
$20 per person

Mark your calendar for this fun event. We will celebrate the outgoing year’s highlights, give out awards and install our new board for 2018.

PLEASE RSVP…. Contact Teresa Byington here.


Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, graduation celebration or other special event in the garden, planning is of the essence. Jo Ellen will present some ideas, tips and other bits of info to make the event successful but not stressful.

About Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp  hoosiergardener.com
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, an award-winning journalist, has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989. She is a regular contributor to Indiana Gardening Magazine and is the editor of Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She is vice president of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, a director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, member of the Cultural Landscape Committee of Indiana Landmarks and an Advanced Master Gardener. She speaks throughout the country. She and Tom Tyler co-authored the best-selling The Indiana Gardener’s Guide, and she wrote The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens. Jo Ellen trials about 100 plants a year and has been working for nearly 20 years at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where for two years, she was the buyer of perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs.


$20 per person

Soup or salad

Entrees: (You choose one)

  • Chicken Breast Alfredo
  • Coho salmon with cucumber sauce
  • Portobello with butternut squash and

cream spinach

Wild Rice with Almonds & Kale

Roasted multi color potatoes


Choice of Carmel Apple cake
or chocolate ganache

Coffee, tea, lemonade

Wine: $5 per glass

Let Teresa know your preference.

More about Serenity...
This 1868 home was one of the first in Zionsville. Enter through the antique doors and you are stepping back in time.  Experience wonderful antiques, aged rugs, period lighting and sensational food.

For more information, go to Serenity website here.





Chili Dinner Coming Tuesday!

We are back at Sullivan Munce!

TUES, OCT 10, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

HALLOWEEN PARTY & CHILI COOKOFF PITCH-IN: We have several members who have signed up to bring chili and the fixins! Gonna be delicious! 🌶

COSTUMES: Dress as a rose contest.  Prizes for Winners!
Grab your rose catalog or look online for rose names. There are some great options. Seriously, do you think someone will come as Dolly Parton or Pope John Paul II? Those are names of roses, so it could be. 😱

PROGRAM: Teresa Byington: 2018 Rose Introductions — Find out what new roses are being released for 2018!

Please share this page with those you’d like to invite.  Meetings are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there … and sampling all the chili!




FRI, NOV 10,  6:30 pm
Serenity Restaurant
135 South Main Street, Zionsville
$20 per person

Mark your calendar for this fun event. We will celebrate the outgoing year’s highlights, give out awards and install our new board for 2018.

PLEASE RSVP…. Contact Teresa Byington here.

More about Serenity...
This 1868 home was one of the first in Zionsville. Enter through the antique doors and you are stepping back in time.  Experience wonderful antiques, aged rugs, period lighting and sensational food.

For more information, go to Serenity website here.




Rosefest is Coming Sat, June 10!


SAT / JUNE 10 / 9:30 – 3 pm


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

A day filled with beautiful roses in the garden and on display. Workshops to help you take your rose gardening experience to the next level. Yes, even in Indiana, you can have the rose garden of your dreams! And, a delightful and knowledgeable speaker who will teach and inspire us all!

Pat Shanley
American Rose Society President
Chairman, American Garden Rose Selections

Sustainable Rose Growing

Pat Shanley’s first experience growing roses wasn’t rosy. She was frustrated to find her roses needed to be chemically treated to survive. Seeking help, she sought out advice from her local rose society. And the rest is rose history.

Since that fateful day, she has slowly risen to the top of the national rose scene. She has held numerous esteemed positions in the rose world and has much to teach us about growing roses sustainably.


  • Tour the lovely HCMGA Rose Garden and enjoy the 3rd Annual Tea in the Rose Garden  Tea in the Rose Garden will be from 9:30 – 11:30
  • Rose Display: See hundreds of IRS member grown roses Roses will be on display from 9:30 am – 3 pm. (Public is invited to bring roses to display also!) Voting will be done by guests to the show. Prizes will be awarded at 2 pm.
  • Workshops  Small group workshops will repeat throughout the morning and early afternoon. (see workshop description below)


9:30: ROSE DISPLAY OPENS (Public will vote on entries)

10:00 & 10:30: WORKSHOP ROTATION

Pat Shanley, President of the American Rose Society
Progam: Growing Roses Sustainably
Pat’s book, The Sustainable Rose Garden, will be available.


2:00: Awards announced


  • Flower Arranging
  • The Incredible Edible Rose
  • Soil Prep, Planting & Fertilizing
  • Rose Types / Choosing the Right Rose for Your Garden
  • Pruning Roses
  • What’s Best Against My Pest


Small group workshops will repeat through the morning and early afternoon.

Teresa Byington, former florist, garden blogger, co-host of Rose Chat Podcast, Master Gardener and VP of Indianapolis Rose Society will share tips and tricks of floral design using roses, companion plants and greenery–most of which can be grown in your backyard!

Eloisa Garza, our society secretary, Master Gardener and beekeeper extraordinaire, will share tips and history on cooking and flavoring with roses. Did you know that the rose is an herb? Bring your questions and your taste buds for sampling!

Mark Nolen, Past President of Indianapolis Rose Society, ARS Horticulture Judge and Master Rosarian, has been growing roses for 50 years. He grows more than 300 roses and is a winner of numerous awards. Mark has much to teach us about preparing the soil, planting and fertilizer use. Maybe award winning roses are in your future. Mark can help!

Linda Kimmel, Indianapolis Rose Society President, writer for Indiana Gardening magazine and ARS Horticulture and Arrangements Judge will share rose types and a bit of the rose’s rich history. Did you know that roses have been around for millions of years. Just like the dinosaurs, there is fossil proof!

John Hefner
 has been given almost every award the rose world has to offer. He is a world renowned rose grower. He has even created new roses that made their way to market! Regardless of the type of rose bush you have (and they are many). He will teach  you how to prune for maximum health and bloom of your rose.

WHAT’S BEST AGAINST MY ROSE PEST: Humberto DeLuca, Indianapolis Rose Society Vice President grows a variety of roses from David Austins to Hybrid Teas, Shrubs and Climbers in combination with hostas and companion plants. In every rose gardeners life come the undesirables – pests we want to “discourage.” Humberto will help you identify your problem and offer solutions to what’s bugging your plants!

There will be gorgeous roses and helpful rose products for sale! 

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