TUES, FEB 14, 6:30 PM (ZOOM)

Are you ready to spring into spring? Few people can get us more excited or more ready to do just that than our speaker Gaye Hammond. If you have had the pleasure of hearing her before, you know just what we mean. So mark your calendar and join us! Guests are certainly welcome, just remember our time zone is EST so adjust your calendar accordingly! We don’t want you to miss a minute.

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.




Without question, pruning roses (or any other plant for that matter) is the most intimidating task that a gardener undertakes.

“Should I cut this off or leave it?”, “What if I make a mistake?”, “Can I just leave it and let nature take its course?”  These are all self-doubts that we encounter in our gardening life when it comes to cutting off parts of plants that we worked so hard to grow.  Compounding one’s own doubts, is the misinformation that a gardener finds on the internet.

This program helps the gardener work through the myths of pruning; provides an easy step-by-step approach to pruning any type of rose; helps identify early signs of pests/disease that can be taken care of during the pruning process so that the effects of these maladies can be avoided once the roses break dormancy; as well as share how she boosts spring garden performance with a few steps that are easy to implement once bushes have been pruned.


For details on our March in-person program and information on our rose sale, read on here.


If you have ideas for upcoming programs or would like to invite our members to a tour of your garden, please let us know…

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Membership is open to anyone interested in roses.  Once you are a member… you will receive regular updates that include

  • 🌹Society news
  • 🌹Upcoming programs
  • 🌹4-month free trial to American Rose Society
  • 🌹How to purchase our fertilizer
  • 🌹Invitations to upcoming private garden tours
  • 🌹Discounts on roses through our annual rose sale
  • 🌹Automatic inclusion in the IL IN Rose District events
  • 🌹Access to past recorded program via our “Members Only” Section
  • 🌹And, you will learn ways you can jump in and get involved!

Membership Fee: $20

Download application HERE.


We believe that roses are for all seasons – especially now.
It’s not just their beauty, they are well known for their health benefits too.
Something we think about a lot more these days.

We are looking forward to 2021 with all the promise that a new year and a new season can bring! While we hope that soon the cancellations and limitations of 2020 will be moving behind us, we are making plans that can be enjoyed virtually … or in-person when we can safely do so. Regardless of how we meet, we are committed to bringing great opportunities for learning more about gardening with roses and wonderful friendship.

Our meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in January. As always, our events are open to the public and you are invited to attend! If you would like to attend and need the





Watch YouTube recording of this meeting HERE.

Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society and an international lecturer and writer. She is involved in a number of rose trials around the country. She is also a contributing author to A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast and The Sustainable Rose Garden. Don’t miss this dynamic speaker!

PROGRAM: COLOR AND THE WOW FACTOR: From Drab to Dramatic in the Rose Garden 
The use of color can make or break a landscape. Like an artist creates a masterpiece on canvas, the use of color in the landscape is one of the most important design elements to create the “WOW” factor that we strive for. Color can be used to lighten up a dark shady corner or calm an overly bright one. Come learn the tips, tricks and trends employed by landscape designers in using color in the landscape to make a property pop!

Gaye’s Handouts:


Color and the WOW Factor




Watch YOUTUBE recording of this meeting… HERE

Carrie is the Blogger and Web Administrator of the ARS North Central District and Past President of the Greater Milwaukee Rose Society. She and her husband Joe grow about 20 different varieties of OGR’s in their Wisconsin rose garden of 350 roses. Joe and Carrie are also award winning rose exhibitors. Their garden will be featured on tour during the 2021 ARS National Convention next September in Milwaukee. Convention details here.

Carrie will share her favorite and hardiest OGR’s, you will hear the stories of these gorgeous, fragrant roses as well as how they grow them, prune them, winter protect them and exhibit them.



Marilyn Wellan is a 37-year member of the American Rose Society, and served 29 of those years on its Board of Directors. She is a Past President (2003-2006), Horticulture and Arrangements Judge, Consulting Rosarian and Master Rosarian. She was awarded the ARS Gold Honor Medal in 2017, and earlier the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal. She was named a “Great Rosarian of the World” in 2009; and recognized in “Decades of Women” in 2017.


In early 2017, a five-year Master Plan was approved by the American Rose Center Committee and the ARS Board of Directors which set the path for the Great Garden Restoration, and for success in the future. The plan outlined these major Immediate Goals: 1) consolidation of the many gardens into a “core garden” with visual impact; 2) clearing of many trees; 3) deer fencing; 4) new walkways; 5) soil testing and amending; 6) creating an exciting new design for the gardens (see above image).

By the end of the year 2018, the Immediate Goals of the Master Plan had been achieved; $570,000 was raised in cash, services, in-kind gifts and pledges. The Great Garden Restoration Project is well underway, and promises to create a garden that is a major attraction for visitors from around the world, is visitor-friendly, reduces maintenance, is respectful of the environment, is educational in nature, and that is capable of increasing earned revenue to support the gardens. Images and additional information here.


Diane currently serves as the Vice President of the American Rose Society. Diane will be installed as President at the Cream City Roses Convention in Wisconsin in September and you are invited to attend. Details here.

About Diane’s garden…

Diane’s garden is a collage of color and rose varieties, currently holding about 150 varieties. She likes to have a lot of color and bloom all summer long, so she has been adding more floribundas and shrub roses lately, while still maintaining a good selection of hybrid teas for exhibiting. Six years ago, she moved into a new home and the rose garden had to start over.  Starting over is a lot more work than she ever imagined and there are many days she wishes she had the soil and roses from years ago! She is fortunate to have a lot of room and plans on adding 20 – 30 roses each year. Other plans for the garden are learning about other plants to enhance the gardens, and controlling the darn deer.


Have you ever admired a rose in your garden and wished that it could have waited a few days or weeks to bloom? Drywrapping is one technique that you can use to store your rose without water, rehydrating at a future date. This technique is simple to do with many different varieties.  The arrangement pictured here won the 2016 ARS National Arrangement Trophy with the rose “Joy”, where many of the blooms were cut two to three weeks earlier.  In this program we will discuss the steps to successful Drywrapping.


Check back as we are busy working on additional plans for 2021!

Members will receive updates via our newsletters and eblasts. If you would like to become a member, read on here.
If you have questions or concerns about Zoom meetings, we would be glad to help!
We look forward to having you join us!



Eloisa Garza: President
Trudy Struck: 1st Vice President
Teresa Downham: 2nd Vice President
Marilyn Ferguson: Secretary
Humberto DeLuca: Treasurer
Linda Kimmel: Newsletter Editor
Teresa Byington: Immediate Past President and Webmaster/Social Media

John and Donna Hefner Have Done It Again!

Long time leaders of the Indianapolis Rose Society and winners of almost every rose award available have been outstanding once again!

They have two new roses being introduced this year!


Comments from Richard at For Love of Roses: This great looking miniature rose is a sport of Mobile Jubilee that John Hefner found some time ago. We believe it is as good if not better than its look-a-like Breath of Spring. We recently applied for registration when John named the rose ‘Hugs & Kisses’ after the love he and Donna share with their grandchildren. It will be available in mid to late April on our website. Find this rose on the For Love of Roses website here.


Comments from Richard at For Love of Roses: This is another sport of Mobile Jubilee that was found by the outstanding rose exhibitor John Hefner. John and his wife Donna debated on several different names for this gorgeous miniature seedling finally deciding to on naming the rose ‘By Design’. In our biased opinion it is the perfect name for this beautiful rose. We are currently building inventory and anticipate having the rose being available sometime this coming Spring. Find this rose on the For Love of Roses website here.

These two beauties join the other two Hefner hybrids …
Miniature “Regine.” Regine won the 1990 ARS Award of Excellence.
Hybrid Tea “Classic Touch”


Thank you both for making the world a more beautiful place with your friendship,
your leadership and with your beautiful roses.

Please leave a comment below to help us celebrate the Hefners!

Rose Rosette Update!

Mark Your Calendar!


Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm.

Mark2Dr. Mark Windham, Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology at UT Knoxville, will speak to our society about Rose Rosette and where we are with the research being done. Dr. Windham is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. In fact, those of us who have heard him are sure he could be a stand up comedian. Come enjoy a fun evening talking about a serious subject in the world of roses.

Our meetings are open to the pubic, so invite those you think might be interested.

We have several great events coming up…

Saturday, June 11 is our Rosefest 2016. This is going to be a day filled to the brim with roses. More on that here.  If you need tickets ($10), contact us via email at indplsrosesoc@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 9 at 6 pm is our Wine and Roses Party in the beautiful garden of Mark & Cathy Nolen. Details here.

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Rosefest 2016: Timeless beauty for today’s gardens

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Indianapolis Rose Society invites you to a day filled with roses!

June 11 / 9:30 am – 5 pm
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
2003 Pleasant Street / Noblesville, IN

CONTACT: Monica Taylor at IndyMonica@gmail.com or 317.514.7284

Schedule for the day…

  • Tea in the HCMGA Rose Garden: 9:30 -11:30 am (Free)
    • Sponsored by the Hamilton Country Master Gardener Association.
  • Rose Display in Exhibition Center opens at 10:30 am (Free)
    • Public is invited to judge the rose displays.
  • Lectures 12:30 – 4 pm ($10) (Tickets required)
    • $10 ticket – entrance to all three lectures! Limited seating for lectures. (Tickets will go fast… let us know if you want them, here or contact Monica @  IndyMonica@gmail.com.
  • Rose display winners announced at 4 pm.

Speakers … 

Take a look at this rose dream team…

Peggy Martin of New Orleans, LA
12:30 – 1:30 pm | Program: Old Garden Roses
Peggy is the VP of the Heritage Rose Foundation and owner of the original Peggy Martin Rose, the rose that survived Hurricane Katrina.

Carol Tumbas of Bloomington, IN
1:45 – 2:45 pm | Program: Hardy, Sustainable Shrub Roses
Carol is the former President of the Indianapolis Rose Society, a well respected rosarian and grower of more than 500 roses.

Gaye Hammond of Houston, TX
3 – 4 pm | Program: Earth-Kind Roses
Gaye is a noted expert of the Texas A & M Earth-Kind Program and lectures nationwide about growing roses in no spray conditions.

Additional Information

  • Roses and rose products will be available for purchase.
  • Roses and rose arrangements from member’s garden will be on display.
  • The public is invited to judge displays.
  • There will be educational resources on roses and rose culture.
  • Download flyer here.   




CONTACT: Monica Taylor at IndyMonica@gmail.com or 317.514.7284

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Happy New Year!

We are busy making plans for 2015 programs and garden tours and it looks to be an outstanding year!

We start our rosey year in March with a workshop for the public on “all things rose”… rose varieties, rose care, tips on how to be successful growing roses in Indiana and more!

Stay tuned … more details to follow!

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All our meetings are open to the public and we are dedicated to rose education (and fun). We hope you will join us!


Send your questions to us via the contact form on the site and we will get right back with you! Or leave us a comment.

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