Time for the Indianapolis Rose Society Annual Rose Sale!

Planting season will be here before you know it! Here are the roses the Indianapolis Rose Society will have for sale. Place you order now to get the ones you want.

Most of these varieties are not available locally — and definitely not at this low price!

Price: $18

First Come / First Serve / Limited Quantity

Contact Carol asap at to have your favorites held!

Big thanks to our President Linda Kimmel for finding a new source for us and getting us a better price! (And for volunteering to pick the roses up!)

169246115_c12f6ab477_zCherry Parfait / Hybrid Tea / Continuous Bloomer

 Jasmina / Climber / Fragrant
 White Dawn / Climber
Zephirine Drouhin / Climbing Bourbon / Fragrant
all-the-rage09-cropped All The Rage / Easy Care Shrub
Happy Go Lucky / Grandifloria / Fragrant / Full Old Fashioned Cupped Blooms
 Moje Hammarberg / Rugosa / Hardy / Disease Resistant / Fragrant
Peachy Keen / Easy Care Landscape Shrub
Tahitian Treasure / Grandiflora / Disease Resistant
Traviata / Disease Resistant Hybrid Tea
Golden Fairy Tale / Tall Floribunda / Disease Resistant
 Pretty Lady Rose / Fragrant Hybrid Tea
Icecap / Easy Care Shrub
 Quietness / Dr. Buck / Easy Care / Fragrant
Polar Express / Shrub / Fragrant / Disease Resistant
Watercolors / Easy Care Shrub
 Popcorn Drift / Easy Care Shrub
 Gaye Hammond / Shrub / Hardy / Disease Resistant
  Dick Clark / Grandiflora

Don’t forget… Contact Carol at to have your favorites held!


See you Tuesday, March 14  for our kickoff to the 2017 growing year. Dr. Mark Windham will get us started off right! Read more about that evening here.


COMING OCT 11, 2016

NOTE: Our program has changed for October! Diane Brueckman had to cancel.


NEW! Joyce Durbin Miller comes highly recommended and will talk to us about herbs. The rose is an herb too, so this will be right down our alley! Did you know that in 2012 The International Herb Association named the rose as Herb of the Year? You can read more about that HERE. Come help us make our guest speaker feel right at home!

Our VP Teresa Byington is just back from judging at the Biltmore International Rose Trial and she will have an update about that. Add to that voting on our officers for 2017 and our ever popular Roundtable Discussion lead by Humberto DeLuca on 2016 Successes and Failures, and this is a evening not to be missed!

This will be our last meeting until our Awards / Christmas Banquet on Friday, December 2.  It has been an amazing year with a room packed full of rose friends. Once our 2017 officers are decided on, we will get to working on another great year! 


TUES, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center  /  225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

2017 Officers: The slate of 2017 officers will be presented and voted on.


  • Herbs by  Joyce Durbin Miller
  • Report on Biltmore Rose Trial by Teresa Byington
  • Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / 2016 Successes & Failures

Door Prizes/Raffle


Awards Banquet / Christmas Party
Friday, December 2
Rathskeller Restaurant (Details here.)
Please RSVP to Humberto here.

Please share this post with others via email or social media! The more the merrier. And, be sure people know that all our meetings are open to the public!

See you there!

Arrangement Judging School & Seminar

You are invited to our Arrangement Judging School and Seminar.

Open to everyone that is interested. Arrangement Judges can get auditing credits. Newbies can audit the class just to learn. But those wanting to become an Arrangement Judge (of course, they have meet ARS guidelines) will take the written and practical exam on Sunday morning.
– Linda Kimmel, Event Organizer

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Questions welcome! Contact us here.

Happy Holidays!

IRS Christmas Card 2015

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Whether you already grow roses or have a desire to add growing roses to your 2016 to do list, we hope you will join us! Our society leadership elves are busy making plans and the coming year is one that will be over the top!

We start in March meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, and look forward to sharing programs, workshops and tours of our member’s beautiful gardens with you.

Leading the pack in 2016…

President: Linda Kimmel
1st Vice President: Teresa Byington
2nd Vice President: Humberto DeLuca
Treasurer: Donna Hefner
Secretary: Monica Taylor
Newsletter Editor: Renee LaFolloette
Past President: Carol Tumbas


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Illinois-Indiana Fall District Conference & Rose Show

Saturday, September 26
Conference/Rose Show Registration Cost: Early Bird Rate $45/before August 26 and $50 after

Download the Illi-Ana newsletter for schedule of events, registration form and much more here… 2015 Summer Illiana (3)


La Quinta Inn & Suites
5120 Victory Drive
South Indianapolis

Special Convention Hotel Rate: $79

Detailed Map & Directions:



Stephen Scanniello

Roses in Harlem by Stephen Scanniello

An accomplished international rose personality, author and lecturer.


Bruce Monroe

Photographing Roses by Bruce Monroe
Accomplished photographer of roses as well as winner of numerous awards growing, showing and judging roses.

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2015 Schedule

We start out with our spring district meeting and go all the way to Christmas with rosey fun!

All of our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! Whether you are new to growing roses or a long-term rosarian who would welcome the company of other rose lovers, you are welcome.

If you are a newbie and have some questions, we have a group of experienced rosarians who would love to help you with every area of rose culture — from planting and routine care, to exhibiting and everything in between.

If you are on social media, stop by our Facebook page and say hello.


2015  SCHEDULE...


LOCATION: Barracks Cater Inn
Mike Shoup—Antique Rose Emporium
Carol Shockley—Exciting Roses for 2015
Sonja Lallemand—Earth Kind Roses
Diane Bruckman—The Changing World of Roses

THURS, MAR 19 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Rugosas: Linda Kimmel
Linda, our Vice President, has a great deal of experience growing rugosas and recently published an article on rugosas in the Indiana Gardening magazine.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

THURS, ARPIL 9 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: John Hefner — Pest Control
Identification and Treatment of Common Bugs & Diseases
Our very own John Hefner, one of the most decorated rosarians in
the ARS, will talk to us about identifying and treating rose diseases.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

SAT, APRIL 11 / 9 am – 3 pm
Boone County Gardenfest (IRS Booth)
11:30 am / Program: Rugged Rugosas by Linda Kimmel

SAT, APRIL 25 / 9 am – 4 pm
Gardening for the Ages (IRS Booth)
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

SAT, MAY 2 / 9 am – 4 pm
Johnson Co. Garden Fair (IRS Booth)
9:30 am / Program: Rugged Rugosas by Linda Kimmel

THURS, MAY 14 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Bill Carlson — Flower Arranging for a Rose Show
Bill, ARS Arrangement Judge and outstanding designer, will give us some tips and hands-on experience for award winning arrangements!
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

MAY 26 – 30
World Rose Federation / Lyon, France

JUNE 11 – 14 
Combined ARS Spring and Miniature National Conventions
Columbus, Ohio

SAT, JUNE 20, 4 PM
PROGRAM: Mark Nolen—Preparing Roses for a Rose Show
Mark, our past president and winner of numerous ARS rose show awards including last year’s Queen of Show, will take us through the steps he takes to get his roses ready for a rose show.
LOCATION: Mark and Cathy Nolen’s Garden

SAT, JUNE 27 / 5 pm
GARDEN TOUR / PITCH-IN: Nick & Anne Stanley
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”

THURS, JULY 16 / 6:30 pm
Jim Hering: The Award of Excellence Program
He is currently the chairman of the ARS Miniature/Miniflora Rose Committee which oversees the AOE trials.
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

THURS, AUGUST 20 / 6:30
PROGRAM: Invasive plants / Colletta Kosiba
Colletta is a Gold Master Gardener and Indiana Master Naturalist.
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

LOCATION: Syracuse, New York

LOCATION: La Quinta Inn
Stephen Scanneillo, Curator of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
Bruce Monroe, Photography

THUR, OCT 08 / 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: Lyon, France Trip — Carol Tumbas & Linda Kimmel
POP BOTTLE DISPLAY: Bring your roses for “show and tell.”
LOCATION: Contour Hardening
8401 Northwest Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

SAT, NOV 21 / 5:30 pm
PROGRAM: Mystery Theater / Awards Banquet / Officer Installation
LOCATION: Serenity in Zionsville
COST: $30 
Friends and family are welcome to attend!

SUN, DEC  / 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Barbara Stauch’s Home
GIFT EXCHANGE: Bring a Dirty Santa gift




We love to see our fellow rose growers blooms throughout the season.

So, we have “Pop Bottle Displays” at our meetings during the growing season and hope you’ll bring some of your blooms to share. It would be great if you could add a label and come prepared to tell us a little about the roses you bring, but it’s not required. It’s a great way to learn from each other and we just love to see the blooms!



We can’t wait for spring…


Due to the polar vortex, we have had more than our fair share of winter. Even though the picture above is beautiful of the sleeping roses, let’s talk about spring and summer. Please leave a comment below and let us know what rose you are most looking forward to see blooming in your garden this year.