Happy Fall everyone! 🍂 While it’s hard to see the growing season come to an end, we can all agree that cooler temps will be very welcome! And, we can start dreaming of next year’s garden. Soon Kim (Chmielewski) will have a list of roses for our annual rose sale!

We have a lot of fun things coming up for the rest of 2022. We also have a strong start to 2023 planned with two ZOOM meetings (January and February) so weather will not be an issue.

Tues, Oct 11, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville, IN


  • Bugs that Benefit Your Rose Garden: John Chapman
  • Plants that Attract Pollinators: Eloisa Garza

Tues, Nov 8, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville, IN

Holiday Party, installations of 2023 board and awards!

DECEMBER: Holiday Break / No meeting

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.


If you are new to our society, we meet at 6:30 for snacks and catching up. Our meeting will start close to 7 pm. 


Our meetings are open to the public so come check us out and invite others.


  • President: Trudy Struck
  • 1st VP: Teresa Downham
  • 2nd VP: Teresa Byington
  • Treasurer: Humberto DeLuca
  • Secretary: Kim Chmielewski
  • Editor: TBD
  • Social Media/Website: Teresa Byington
  • Immediate Past President:  Eloisa Garza

Mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you!

Rosefest: A Big Success

The rain held off and from start to finish Rosefest was a big success. More than 150 visitors came and there was much to see and do.


The rose garden and rose show gave our guests an opportunity to see some amazing roses.

Free Roses! Everyone was so appreciative of the roses that Proven Winners donated. These roses were given out to the first 48 guest to arrive. A great way to start a rosy day.

Roses for sale and as door prizes!


Our speakers, Diane Sommers and Dr. Raymond Cloyd had so much to teach us.

Diane spoke about the classifications of roses, and how those decisions are made and what we might expect in the future. She also invited everyone to visit American’s Rose Garden in Shreveport, LA.

Dr. Cloyd gave us the latest information on one of our worst rose pests – Japanese Beetles. While we wish they would not come, we are now better prepared for their arrival.

The demonstrations were very popular! Eloisa Garza had so many yummy and beautiful rosy treats to tell us about and share! Humberto DeLuca has been very successful at starting roses from cuttings and shared his tips and tricks!




Queen/Moonstone/John and Donna Hefner

King/Marlon’s Day/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Moonstone/John and Donna Hefner


Queen/St. John/John and Donna Hefner

King/ Nichole/Dan Keil

Princess/Dancing Pink/John and Donna Hefner


Queen/Falstaff/Dan Keil

King/Quietness/Trudy Struck

Princess/teasing Georgia/Teresa Downham


Dowager Queen/Gloire des Rosomanes/Linda Kimmel


Queen/Swirly Pop/John and Donna Hefner

King/Joy/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Memphis King/John and Donna Hefner


Queen/Lady E’owyn/John and Donna Hefner

King/First Choice/John and Donna Hefner

Princess/Strawberry Kisses/John and Donna Hefner


CLASS 1 / Traditional / Our Birthright / Rose: Rise Up Amberness
Teresa Byington / Royalty Silver Certificate

CLASS 3 / Roses & Dried Material / Memorial Day / Roses: Mr. Caleb and Sweet Spirit
Linda Kimmel / Duchess Bronze Certificate

CLASS 4 / Rose & Rose Plant Material / Roses: Rise Up Ringo & Honey Nectar
Linda Kimmel / Princess

CLASS 7 / East Asian with Tall Container / Rose: South Africa
Linda Kimmel / East Asian Gold Certificate

CLASS 10 / Novice / Life Lessons / Rose: James Galway
Trudy Struck / Best Novice

CLASS 14 / Mini East Asian / Low Container / The Wuhan Market / Rose Swizzle & Bees Knees
Linda Kimmel / East Asian Gold Certificate

Queen of Show…

Moonstone / John and Donna Hefner

Congratulations everyone! Great work!


Thanks to all our volunteers. We could not have done it without you. And thank you to all who attended! It was great to have you!


After a short break we will be planning our next meetings. All members will receive newsletters and eblasts to update you on when and where the next meetings/events will be. If you are not a member, check our website for updates or become a member! Go to this link to find out how and join today! LINK HERE.


TUES, MAY 10, 6:30 pm

Natalie Carmoli

Sullivan Munce
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN

Live and in-person we welcome Natalie Carmoli, public relations specialist for Proven Winners ColorChoiceshrubs, to find out what it takes for a rose to become a Proven Winners ColorChoice selection. Natalie will discuss what makes a good partner plant, and she’ll share some of her favorite shrubs and perennials to pair with roses. Finally, you’ll get a sneak peek into what’s coming next in new Proven Winners rose cultivars. 


DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: Rebecca Koratyem



ZOOM ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO FIRST 100. (Note: Last meeting had 80 attending via Zoom.)

Zoom Meeting

Additional details HERE.


Monday, November 22 the Indianapolis Rose Society annual rose sale officially begins.
As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis. We all know how difficult it was to find roses this year, so don’t delay!

To place orders or to get more information, contact us here.


David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

PAYMENT: Roses must be pre-paid. Contact us to make payment arrangements HERE.

PICKUP: Pickup will be sometime in April. Exact day/time/location to be determined at a later date.


Prices on roses is just one of the benefits of annual $20 membership. If you’d like to become a member fill out the form HERE.



ZOOM DETAILS: Contact Humberto for Zoom details HERE


Whether you are a society member, master gardener or backyard gardener at any level, the more you know about soil, the more successful you will be.

Feel free to distribute and invite your friends.

TUES, FEB 8 / 6:30 pm (ZOOM MEETING)
CLIMBING ROSES: Bill Kozemchak

TUES, MAR 8 / 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 West Hawthorne St / Zionsville


Check back to the website as additional programs are being finalized. If you are a member, you will also receive email updates.



Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St
Zionsville, IN

Those who attend this meeting will have the opportunity to be the first to buy roses from our 2022 rose sale.

Teresa Downham and Trudy Struck will give a presentation on the roses from our list so you will be more than ready to pick the ones to best fit your garden. Supplies are limited and we always run out — so this is your chance!


Roses sold at the meeting will be available at the same price as last year even though our supplier has increased their prices to us. Note: Last year David Austin roses were going for $55 – $60 at garden centers.

David Austin: $30
All Other Roses: $25

David Austin: $35
All Other Roses: $30

Roses that are left after the meeting will go on sale on November 22 for these prices.

David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, contact us 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

Exhibiting Winning Roses: What Does It Take? by John Hefner

For rose exhibitors, the ultimate goal is to grow, prune, cut quality roses plus travel and exhibit at a national show.  Of course, your desire and plans are always determined by the show location and time of year that will allow you to present quality roses in your exhibit. The time your roses must endure traveling in a cooler plus overnight storage in your hotel room the night before the show must always be taken into your final equation.

On October 4, 2019 during our road travel to the national conference and rose show held in Franklin, Tennessee, the one-hour traffic delay on Interstate 65 which detoured us through the construction laden downtown at Louisville, Kentucky was not in our original plan and I wondered how this delay would eventually effect our roses.  Plus, for this rose show, a new and never tested method of providing water and packing roses would be used.  How far can a rose exhibitor push their comfort boundaries in order to exhibit roses on the national level?


Our first goal was to present an entry in the F. Harmon Saville Memorial Challenge Bowl –

  • An entry of eighteen (18) exhibition type miniature roses, six (6) or more varieties, displayed in a low bowl.
  • Container to be provided by the exhibitor and should not exceed four (4) inches in diameter.
  • Floral foam is permitted.
  • Width of entry allow: 18 inches.

The requirements in itself are indeed a “challenge” but isn’t that what challenge classes are supposed to be?  The combined effort to grow, prune, cut, condition and travel with exhibition roses requires knowledge, experience and sometime a little luck.

Varieties we used in our Seville entry were Arcanum, Ayden Renee, Daddy Frank, Memphis King, Renegade, Soroptimist International, and Swirly Pop. 

Since exhibiting roses is not an exact science, I suggest that you always have a Plan B.  Our second desire and goal was to have an entry in the Dee Bennett Memorial Trophy, an entry of twelve (12) miniature roses, at exhibition stage, without side buds.  One variety or any combination of varieties, displayed in a clear container provided by the exhibitor.  The exhibitor may use floral foam for support.

Varieties used in the Bennett were Bees Knees, Chessie’s Favorite, Daddy Frank, Erin Alonson, Hugs n’ Kisses, Renegade, Soroptimist International. We were proud that Hugs n’ Kisses a rose we introduced and named for our grandchildren was also included in our exhibit.


With our tape measure in hand, Donna and I made several shopping excursions to local stores on numerous days to find, select and purchase the required show containers that had the proper dimensions. This task soon had us wondering if we would indeed find the correct style to compliment our potential roses.  In the end, we did purchase five various containers in which we felt comfortable and ones that would not dominate over the roses.

As the days before the show date approached, the hope is always for your roses to repeat from the planned pruning schedule, however, weather cooperation and your experience allows you to cut blooms at the required degree of openness.


And with my first pruning cut made 55 days before the October 5, 2019 rose show date, our challenge began.

The September 2019 weather conditions for mid-state Indiana was extreme heat with temperatures reaching 90 degrees plus each day.  This was not ideal fall growing weather for roses to develop tight centers plus lack of rain meant roses would require water. Mother Nature eventually cooperated, even though it was abnormally hot, the plants and developing stems responded for our required specimens.

Changes in strategy is required due to the opening characteristics of each bloom, color combinations required, similar size and degree of openness.

On arrival at the show site, the hope is always that the blooms have traveled well and are ready for competition.  Since staging is always a factor in challenge classes, many thoughts come to mind as how to stage an entry with multiple blooms, using bloom colors to highlight the entry.  We practiced during the month of August but did not always experience the desired overall arrangement we were trying to obtain.  We researched photos that had been published in various rose publications. 


On the morning of the rose show, we woke at 2:00 am and began our journey through the hotel’s quiet hallways and empty elevators with three extra-large coolers full of roses, buckets, grooming kit, bowls etc. only to arrive at the prep room and found no vases available – all had been reserved by other exhibitors. We had one hundred miniature and miniflora roses – no vases.  Would this be the day when we look for Plan C?  However, most of our potential roses would be placed in classes requiring multiple blooms or one container. With due diligence from the rose show chairman and 2 hours later, additional vases were transported to the prep area for eager exhibitors to use.

During the time we prepped our roses, the chosen specimens were segregated for consideration for the two desired national challenge classes. These roses which had traveled in plastic water vials with pointed anchor picks were strategically placed in flat Styrofoam.  This gave us an advantage to move the roses without disturbing the blooms.  With the educational instructional assistance from our successful exhibiting friend, Satish Prabhu, South Carolina, the Seville and Bennett entries were carefully staged and our “attention getting” colored blooms that Donna and I had chosen made the entries come to life.

Satish’s verbal instructions always included careful attention to detail which became a learning experience for these two seasoned exhibitors.  It was an outstanding one-on-one educational learning experience for us from a very talented rosarian and exhibitor.

After these two national entries were completed, we selected roses to be entered in the J. Benjamin Williams Miniflora Rose Trophy (10 Minifloras), American Box (9 Minifloras), Artist Palette (5 Miniatures), Miniature Spray & Single Bloom of the Same Variety, Rose Bowl, and single blooms classes.  We truly were blessed to have additional exhibits displayed on the awards table.


As Indiana “farm kids” Donna and I are both 10 year 4-H members.  We both exhibited livestock and various other categories that were available in the 1950s-1960s era. We grew up competing against our neighbors and close friends.

We first began exhibiting roses on the national level in 1979 at the national convention hosted by the Milwaukee Rose Society where we were awarded King of Show. We were new, unexperienced but eager to learn. I knew the accomplished exhibitors and continuously discussed roses and ask questions, then more questions.  I have learned over the years that accomplished exhibitors are always eager to help others learn about all aspects to growing and showing roses.

There really are no “tricks to the trade,” it is work – diligently working your garden and getting to know your plants.  You need to learn everything about the roses you grow and enjoy, when to cut, how they react to shading or refrigeration, how they will travel, plus in Indiana, how to get your roses to survive the brutal winter temperatures and wind. Winter snow is welcomed as it will help insulate your plants.


Exhibiting is work! Success does not come easily!  It is hard work, detailed work, diligent work.

It is spending unlimited, long hours in the garden you LOVE.

It is setting goals and doing anything and everything to obtain that goal.

It is a continual learning experience in your own garden as no two gardens are alike.

It is hours of walking the rose garden, protecting blooms, cutting at the appropriate time, and carefully conditioning and grooming.

This work plus pre-exhibiting details resulted in us successfully entering two winning National Challenge Class trophies.


After the national rose show, our two winning national rose entries spent two additional days in our hotel room then were carefully transported in buckets back to our Indiana home and all blooms were dried to make a potpourri for us to forever hold their memories near and dear to our hearts. 

These are memories that will indeed last forever!

A Saturday Steeped in Roses by Linda Kimmel


The morning of June 8 (Saturday) started off with a Horticulture Judging Seminar in the beautiful home and garden of Mark and Cathy Nolen.  Attendees came from near and far, including Ed Yesan from Collinsville, IL, Cheryl Pettus, Champaign, IL, Howard Carmen and Paula Williams from the countryside of Louisville, Ky. We were very happy to see Renee LaFollette back up and around, as well as Barbara Stauch.

Mark Nolen and John Hefner kick-started the morning with programs on judging rose horticulture, including topics concerning exhibition stage versus exhibition form, judging challenge classes and much more. Members practiced point scoring of several roses selected from the Nolen’s garden. After a beautiful lunch prepared by Cathy Nolen, Linda Kimmel leads the group in a lively game of Old Garden Rose Jeopardy. Mark polished off the afternoon with our final program including ethics. I think everyone went home with renewed enthusiasm and knowledge for judging roses. Thank you, Mark and Cathy Nolen, for hosting the Horticulture Judging seminar, sharing your beautiful home and garden, and for being such gracious host.


But the party does not stop on the south side of Indianapolis, it just moved to Brownsburg. After a lot of rain, Mother Nature provided a beautiful evening at the home of Teresa and Greg Byington for a pitch-in and self-guided garden tour. We are thankful for the 40 wonderful people that attended, of which four to six were new members.


A trellis loaded with ‘Peggy Martin’ blooms and others covered in ‘New Dawn’ rose and Etoile Violette clematis provided backdrops for Prom-like photo opps. ‘Mother of Pearl’ rose emerged as the Queen of the Prom with spectacular peachy-apricot blooms that were simply stunning. As she strolled down the red carpet, ‘Mother of Pearl’ was photographed like frenzied paparazzi at the Oscars.

There was food galore on the tables, lovely serenity views of a gorgeous rose garden and wonderful friends with great conversation. A perfect ending to a perfect day. Thank you, Greg and Teresa, for sharing your wonderful garden and home.

One thing that strikes me while at the Byington home, you can feel the love. You can feel the love that Teresa has for her roses and garden. You can feel the love that Greg and Teresa have for each other and their family. You can feel the love they share with their friends.


2019 Programs and Conferences

In 2019 we are dedicated to a year of Rose Education and Inspiration. The inspiration part is so easy as beautiful roses are so inspiring. This year we have programs on starting a rose bed, tips on floral arranging, David Austin Roses, dealing with the pests  & diseases and so much more!

Our group is made up of rose growers at every level. Our “Masters” are dedicated to helping anyone regardless of where you are in your rose growing hobby.

Our District Meetings are additional opportunities for education. Many of our programs are approved for Master Gardener Education and Consulting Rosarian Credit.

Come join for inspiration, education and SO MUCH FUN!

Our meetings are open to the public, so share this information with your friends!


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
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.


TIME: 9 – 4
LOCATION: Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
5588 N. State Road 25, Logansport, IN


  • Dr. Mark Windham / Plant Pathology / University of Tennessee

Dr. Windham will give three 20-min sessions on diseases, insects and pesticide safety.  (Qualified for CR Credit)

  • Curtis Aumiller / ARS Chairman of Photography

Curtis will share tips and tricks of rose photography and help us better prepare for entering photography in rose shows.

Additional details including registration information HERE.


TUES, APR 9 / 6:30 pm (see rose sale time below)
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
Planting, Pruning & Growing Roses in Containers: John Hefner
John Hefner is one of the leading rosarians in the country – winning most every award we have! We have so much to learn from him.
ROSE SALE: Pick up Roses  6:00 – 6:45
ASK THE MASTERS: Tool Talk–Our “masters” will bring their favorite tools to talk about and will be available to answer your questions.


TUES, MAY 14 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
PROGRAM: Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

    • Linda Kimmel: Tips for ARS rose show arrangements
    • Janet Kuebler: Tips for home flower arrangements

ROSEFEST: Final updates on Rosefest
MARK NOLEN: Bringing Roses to Rosefest


Chairman: Teresa Downham
Details coming soon.


SAT, JUNE 8,  6:00 pm
LOCATION: Byington’s Garden


TUES, AUG 13, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
ASK THE MASTERS: Pests & Diseases – Consulting Rosarians will be available to answer your questions.


SAT, SEPT 7, 9 – 4

      • Hosted by Stephen Decatur Rose Society
      • NOTE: The rose show will feature The Tiedeman National Trophy

LOCATION: Richland Community College in Decatur, IL
SPEAKER: Dr. David Zlesak
Additional details to come.
District website HERE.


TUES, SEPT 10, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
PROGRAM: David Austin and His Roses by Trudy Struck
ASK THE MASTERS: Putting the Garden to Bed


TUES, OCT 8, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville
Chili Cookoff / Costume Party
Chili will be provided.
Costume Party: Come dress as a rose name.


SAT, DEC 7, 6 pm
Annual Awards & New Board Installation
Location: TBD

We look forward to having you with us for each and every meeting!

There’s something for everyone! Some of our meetings are lecture style and some are hands-on workshops.

Celebrating in a Winter Wonderland

Our year-end celebration was held in John and Donna Hefner’s winter wonderland.

The Hefner’s enjoy decorating for the holidays and have seven theme trees placed throughout their home. It is a festive sight to behold for all to enjoy. We were greeted by a beautiful 10 foot poinsettia tree located beside the fireplace. Various other theme decorated trees include fragrance, snowman, seamstress, Charlie Brown and two red/lime green trees which are strategically located throughout their home. Department 56 village pieces and accessories were located throughout their home adding an additional sense of nostalgia and enchantment. Everyone enjoyed the Italian Fontanini nativity, animals and people as well as the special holiday decorations handmade by Donna that included needlepoint, cross-stitched and quilted art work.



During the evening our 2019 board was installed. Immediate Past President, Linda Kimmel did the honors.

Teresa Byington, President
Humberto DeLuca, 1st Vice President
Eloisa Garza, 2nd Vice President
Carolyn Lloyd, Secretary
Donna Hefner, Treasurer
Teresa Downham, Newsletter Editor
Congrats to the board! We know we are in good hands!

Linda, also handed out special appreciation awards from our president, Teresa Byington, as she was out of town for her mother-in-law’s funeral.



VP Humberto DeLuca, presented the ARS Award of Merit to two members who have served our society above and beyond! Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!

Teresa Downham receiving her AWARD OF MERIT!

Keith Oltean receiving his AWARD OF MERIT!


Our board is already busy planning for 2019. Stay tuned for information on our annual rose sale and our meeting restart on Tuesday, March 12 / 6:30 pm at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. We can’t wait to be together again! 

Sullivan Munce
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-4900

If you have any questions about our society, please contact us HERE.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy!

Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

TUES, AUGUST 14, 6:30 pm

Location: Sullivan Munce ​/ 225 West Hawthorne Street  / Zionsville, IN 46077

Linda Kimmel, immediate past president of the Indianapolis Rose Society, will share with us the charm and grace of climbing roses—which ones to grow and how to care for them!

PROGRAM: Create Your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses

There are few plants that can rival the gorgeous climbing roses in the garden, creating ambiance of nostalgia and breath-taking beauty. Stephen Scanniello, Curator of the Rockefeller Rose Garden, New York, refers to climbing roses as the “acrobats and aerialists” of the garden. Climbing roses can be used in countless ways, such as cascading over fences, trellis’ or walls, softening hard landscapes, concealing ugly structures or small buildings, accentuating windows or entryways. They can provide a back drop for other garden plants or make a stunning focal point, creating breath-taking picturesque effects. Climbing roses are versatile. And if you choose healthy, disease resistant and winter hardy varieties, they can last a lifetime with reasonable or even minimal care.

What climbing roses are right for your garden?; What care do they need?; Pruning when and how?; How to winterize?

Come to the meeting and get your questions answered about Creating your Garden Dream with Climbing Roses.

Round Table Discussion: Overwintering Roses in Containers
**Panel: John Hefner, Linda Kimmel, Teresa Byington
Bring your tips, your stories and your questions about overwintering roses in containers.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!






Regardless of what we are growing, good soil is a vital part of what we do. NOTE: Master Gardeners, this has been approved for education hours!

At our April meeting we will discuss principles of soil health!

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville

Speaker:  Kevin Allison, Marion County  Soil Health Specialist
Kevin Allison, Marion County SWCD Soil Health Specialist, will lead a discussion on using the principles of soil health to organically improve soil: Minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping the soil covered, and providing a continuous living root.

Kevin will explore how amendments, diverse mulching and cover crops can be integrated into flower production and preparing new beds.

There will be time for Q & A with Kevin!


Also at the April Meeting, we will have roses for sale!

One of the perks of being a part of a rose society is access to beautiful roses! This year we have a great lineup of beautiful roses for sale.


$18 for members

$20 non members

$25 for David Austins


The roses will be available at our April meeting … on a first come / first served basis.

To see picture of the beautiful roses we will have, CLICK HERE.


Will the Real Seven Sisters Please Stand Up

-Linda Kimmel
Indianapolis Rose Society

There is some confusion about the Seven Sisters Rose, as there are several different roses by the same name. has six different varieties listed. Can we get some clarity?

A Bit of History…

‘Seven Sisters’ is believed to be an old Chinese garden rose which was introduced from Japan to England by Charles Greville in the early 1800s. John Loudon (England), a most influential horticultural nurseryman and journalist of his time, wrote (1844): “The variety of the color produced by the buds at first opening was not less astonishing than their number. White, light blush, deeper blush, light red, darker red, scarlet and purple flowers, all appear in the same corymb, and the production of these seven colors at once is said to the be the reason why this rose is known as the Seven Sisters Rose.”

According to Charles Quest-Ritson, author of “Climbing Roses of the World”, writes “the clone currently in cultivation was likely grown from seeds imported from Japan and acquired by Phillipe Noisette, a London market gardener. Brent Dickerson, author of “The Old Garden Rose Advisor”, writes about R. multiflora ‘Polyantha’, also grown from seeds imported from Japan that “It is evidently quite variable, and the small number of seeding it has given us have sometimes differed from the type so much that none of the characteristics of the original are preserved.” So, is it safe to assume that seedlings of the ‘Seven Sisters’ roses, also R. multiflora, acquired from Japan may have varied in breeding lines and traits? Once the ‘Seven Sisters’ rose was introduced (1815), it took a few years for it to gain in popularity, but eventually in the mid-century, rose sales started to take off. As the public demand exceeded the supply, nurseries started selling knock-off versions of ‘Seven Sisters’, creating even more confusion.

Characteristics (common to the real ‘Seven Sisters’)

‘Seven Sisters’ is a medium pink blend Hybrid Multiflora, once-blooming in the spring or early summer, born in large clusters, with individual flowers being less than 2-inches. Height can reach 10 to 20-ft and can get 10-ft wide. Hardy from zones 4b to 9b but tends to be shorter and smaller in colder zones. ‘Seven Sisters’ is not picky, it will grow well in dry or wet, acid or alkaline soil. Prefers full sun but can tolerate some light shade. Being hardy and disease resistant, as well as easy to propagate, ‘Seven Sisters’ is an ideal rose to grow and share with your friends and rose enthusiast. After all these years, ‘Seven Sisters’ is still an intensely popular rose in the landscape.

‘Seven Sisters’ is the ARS approved registration name. Alternative cultivar names may include: ‘Grevillei’, Grevilli major’, ‘Oizimei’, ‘Rosier Multiflore a Grandes Feuilles’, Rosa thoryi, Rose multiflora f. platyphylla. Most American rose nurseries sell this version as the real ‘Seven Sisters’, so ladies, please standup.

Alias Seven Sisters includes (but not limited to): ‘Red Seven Sisters’ (not registered) and Félicité-Perpétue (HSem).

‘Seven Sisters’ is comfortable on an old farm fence or a formal rose bed. Regardless of where ‘Seven Sisters’ is planted, it will bring you happiness for years. Photo reprinted with permission from Jonquil Junction (Arkansas).

Labeled ‘Seven Sisters’, most likely the “Red” version.  ‘Red Seven Sisters’ is a found rose, hybrid multiflora, once-blooming, hardy zone 6b to 8. Growth habit is similar. Reprinted with permission by Rich Baer, photo taken at a Llama farm in Washington State.

‘Seven Sisters’ Félicité-Perpétue (Hybrid Sempervirens) was hybridized by Antoine Jacques (French breeder) in 1827. This ‘Seven Sisters’ is white or near white with a blush of pink. Its growth, habit, bloom and form are similar to her medium pink counterpart. Hardy between 6b and 10b.Reprinted with permission by Lee Tomlinson, photo taken at San Jose Historic Rose Garden.

2018 Calendar of Events


Glad you stopped by to see what’s going on this year!

We are looking forward to a full schedule for 2018 as we learn TIPS, TRICKS & HACKS FOR GROWING ROSES.

Our group is made up of people of all ages and stages of growing roses. Some have a few roses and some have hundreds. Some are just getting started and some have been growing roses for 40 years or more. A perfect place to learn and grow. And, you’ll meet the best people!

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the evening at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in charming downtown Zionsville! That is except for special events and they are usually on the weekend. (Schedule below.) Our meetings are open to the public, so invite a friend to join you!

Our time together includes friends, fun, food and loads of ROSE TALK! Door Prizes Too!

Teresa Byington

2018 PROGRAMS . . .

TUES, MARCH 13, 6:30 pm
Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Special Guest: Diane Sommers, ARS District 5 Director, Master Rosarian and VP Candidate for ARS
Program: Let’s Grow Together
Diane will share her tips for getting our gardens off to a good start and her vision for the American Rose Society.
 For more about Diane, read on here.

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Speaker:  Kevin Allison, Marion County  Soil Health Specialist
Kevin Allison, Marion County SWCD Soil Health Specialist, will lead a discussion on using the principles of soil health to organically improve soil: Minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping the soil covered, and providing a continuous living root.
Kevin will explore how amendments, diverse mulching and cover crops can be integrated into flower production and preparing new beds.
**Q & A with Kevin

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Speaker: Carol Tumbas, Rose Expert & Former President of Indianapolis Rose Society
The Earth-Kind testing program is responsible for so many sustainable plants for our gardens.
**Round-Table Discussion: What pests are bugging you?
**Panel: Carol Tumbas, Linda Kimmel, John Hefner

Hamilton Co. 4-H Fairgrounds, Noblesville
Focus on Early Bloomers: Old Garden Roses, Rugosas, as well as the new modern roses etc.
Speaker: Mike Shoup / Author and Owner Antique Rose Emporium
In addition:  There will be Garden Tour, Rose Show, Educational Displays, Workshops, Roses and Rose Products for sale


4-H Fairground in Danville, IN
Carol Tumbas, rose expert and former President of Indianapolis Rose Society, will give a program entitled The Incredible Edible Rose
**The Indianapolis Rose Society will have an information booth and will sell roses.

Location: Marilyn and Dick Ferguson’s  beautiful garden
**More details to come.

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Humberto DeLuca & Masiel Milligan,  will show us techniques for taking rose cuttings
**Round Table Discussion: How to care for roses in extreme heat.
**Panel: Mark Nolen, Teresa Downham, John Hefner

Location: Mark & Cathy Nolen’s amazing rose garden
Mark Nolen and John Hefner will show us techniques for bud grafting roses.
**Bring a salad, dessert or appetizer to share
**RSVP to Mark at

Location: Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
Linda Kimmel, immediate past president of the Indianapolis Rose Society, will share with us the charm and grace of climbing roses—which ones to grow and how to care for them!
**Round Table Discussion: Overwintering roses in pots
**Panel: John Hefner, Linda Kimmel, Teresa Byington

Hosted by Indianapolis Rose Society
Boone Co. 4-H Fairgrounds
KEYNOTE: Bob Martin, American Rose Society Vice President
**Details are coming together and will be available soon.

Teresa Downham’s garden
Costume party (dress as a rose name) and Chili Cookoff.

Join us for a holiday party in the Hefners’ holiday wonderland.
We will also give out 2018 awards and install our 2019 board.
A ‘not to miss’ event — Food, Fun, Outstanding Decor, Awards!
**RSVP to John and Donna at
**More details to come.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! There is so much to learn and do and it will be more fun if you are there.

We are open to the public so invite a friend!

If you have any questions, contact us HERE.


District Meeting Coming September 16

Photo & Design by Ed Mehler

The Central & Illinois-Indiana Rose Society Districts are teaming up to bring us an exciting day of roses–Arching the Mississippi. There will be a huge display of locally grown roses, a behind the scenes tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, followed by lunch and seminars.



TOM CARRUTH AND CHRISTIAN BEDARD… two powerhouses in the world of roses!

Tom Carruth is a giant in the rose world as one of America’s leading hybridizers — having hybridized over 100 rose varieties. Among them are Julia Child, Scentimental, Cinco de Mayo, Hot Cocoa, Wild Blue Yonder, Strike it Rich, Betty Boop and Top Gun. Tom currently is the Curator of the Rose Collection at the Huntington Library & Botanical Garden.2017 Ill-Ana Fall Newsletter

Christian Bedard – Passionate about his rose research and breeding work, Christian began his career at Weeks Roses in 2000 working with Tom Carruth as Licensing Project Manager and Research Assistant and now, with Tom’s recent retirement, he is currently the Research Director & Licensing Manager for Weeks Roses.


Coming August 8 … Fun, Food and Door Prizes

We start back to our regular meeting schedule Tuesday, August, 8 at 6:30 pm in lovely Zionsville at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Details below…

TUES, AUG 8 / 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center 
/ 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville


Diane Brueckman: Former Curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Roger Brueckman: Current Illinois Indiana District Director for the American Rose Society

PROGRAM: Classification of Roses and an update on “District” happenings

Our meetings are open to the public so bring a friend!

In additional to great information, there will be rose talk, fun, friendship, food and DOOR PRIZES!

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!

From the President

“The flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today” (Indian proverb). We could say, the rose society of tomorrow is grown today. For the past two years, our board of directors has focused on growing our rose society and membership. I must say, 2016 was phenomenal! We received 17 new memberships last year and now our goal is to continue growing and retaining new and old members. Our mission is education, “dedicated exclusively to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses.”  We are rising to the challenge to offer something for everyone. The ever-popular round table discussion group will be back. And, our 2017 theme is “Back to the Basics”. Come learn, share and enjoy. We are going to have a GREAT 2017 year.

Our 2017 Kickoff…

TUES, MARCH 14, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Center / 225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark  Windham 
(Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology / UT Knoxville)
PROGRAM: Soil Prep, Planting & Rose Rosette Update

Come join us! All our meetings are open to the public!

Linda Kimmel


Programs, Prisons and pH!


The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting Eloisa Garza. Eloisa is in charge of the gardening program at the Plainfield Correctional facility, where inmates are provided with satisfying work, marketable skills and an opportunity to grow fresh food. Also, John Hefner will present a session on fall care and overwintering roses.  All of our meetings are open to the public! Come and join us to hear about this wonderful gardening program!


  • Location: Sullivan Munce Center  /  205-225 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville
  • Welcome: Linda Kimmel, President
  • Program: Eloisa Garza / Prison Garden Program
  • Roundtable: John Hefner / Fall Care & Winterizing / pH Soil Testing
    Everyone who wants a soil test, See notes from John below!
  • Door Prizes/Raffle
 pH Soil Testing
To receive accurate results…
  • Bring soil that is moderately moist in a plastic or styrofoam container.
  • The container should be at least 4” in depth to accommodate the pH meter.
  • Do not use metal containers as they may affect the results.
  • Obtain samples from different locations within a bed and mix together within each sample.
  • Since pH readings may vary from each bed, samples should be taken from each bed location.



Carol Tumbas gave a wonderful program on cooking with roses and the history of rose fragrance. She also shared with us delicious treats with roses and rose flavoring in the recipes.


Our members also brought roses from their gardens to share!






Ruby, our rose society mascot and President Linda Kimmel, “got the memo” and were very color coorindated!


VP Teresa Byington shared a picture of rose flavored ice cream she had recently made. You can find that recipe here.


We look forward to seeing you on Sept 13!

The incredible, edible rose!

Join us for our next meeting!


Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center
205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville


Carol Tumbas will present a program on edible roses and rose fragrance. We hear there will be some yummy rose food to sample!



Humberto DeLuca will lead a discussion on pests and diseases we are dealing with and ways members are treating them. Bring your questions and your suggestions!


We will end our evening with some fun door prizes. Be sure to get a ticket when you sign in!

We look forward to seeing you!

Have questions? Contact us at



June is National Rose Month


The Rose is our National Flower

In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. Read more here.




Did you know that there was an extensive campaign launched to put the marigold in the place of esteem instead of the rose? Read all about that here.

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June is the perfect time to share our love of roses with those around us.

And, Rosefest is a great opportunity. Invite a friend to go!

Details here.

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

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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2016 Program Lineup!


We have a wonderful line up of meetings for 2016. See list below…

GUESTS: These meetings are open to the public so come and join the rosey fun.




TUES, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President


Herbs by  Joyce Durbin Miller

Report on Biltmore Rose Trial by Teresa Byington

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / 2016 Successes & Failures

Door Prizes/Raffle




Fall District Meeting and Rose Show 
Richland Community College
Andy Plasz
Dr. Raymond Cloyd, entomologist from University of Kansas


TUES, SEPTEMBER 13, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Eloisa Garza / Prison Garden Program

Roundtable: John Hefner / Fall Care & Winterizing / pH Soil Testing

Everyone who wants a soil test, bring a cup of soil in a non-metal container.

Door Prizes/Raffle



TUES, AUGUST 9, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Carol Tumbas on Edible Roses and Rose Fragrance

Roundtable: Humberto DeLuca / Diseases this Season and How to Deal With Them

Door Prizes/Raffle: Humberto DeLuca


RSVP ONLY (See below)

Mark & Cathy Nolen’s home

7457 Donegal Lane

Indianapolis, IN 46217-5478

RSVP: 317-859-4142

Pitch-in: Bring your favorite wine and a hearty appetizer.

SAT, JUNE 11, 9:30 am-5pm


Details here.

Hamilton County Fairgrounds

2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN

TUE, MAY 10, 6:30 – 8:45 pm  

Sullivan Munce Center  /  205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Program: Dr. Mark Windham /Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology / University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
Rose Rosette Disease and Other Major Rose Issues

Rosefest Update

Door Prizes/Raffle

TUES, APRIL 12, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll Call: Teresa Byington, VP
Roll Call: Your Favorite Rose Garden Book

Mini Program: Monica Taylor / Growing Roses in Containers

Mini Program: Teresa Byington / Rose Companions

Roundtable: John Hefner /  Chemicals & Midge Controls

Door Prizes/Raffle

TUES, MARCH 8, 6:30 pm 

Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

Welcome & Announcements: Linda Kimmel, President

Roll  Call: Teresa Byington, VP

2016 Program Highlights: Humberto DeLuca

Intro Board and Rosefest: Teresa Byington

Program: Mark Nolen / Spring Care & Pruning

Roundtable: John Hefner / 2015 Rose Experiences

Door Prizes/Raffle


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 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 @
  • 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 or 317.514.7284

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2016 Message from the President: Linda Kimmel

The Indianapolis Rose Society board of directors welcomes you to new year in roses. It promises to be a full, busy and satisfying year. We challenge you to bring a friend to every meeting! 


Humberto DeLuca, Program Chair (2nd Vice President), has been working hard, along with the input from all of the board, to outline a great year in programs and events. Most programs will have two mini-programs and a round table discussion. John Hefner is taking the lead on many round table discussions.

Expect an outstanding program about Rose Rosette from Dr. Mark Windham, University of Tennessee. Mark could do standup comedy; he is that funny. He is also that educational! You will learn about the newest research on how to combat and prevent the dreaded Rose Rosette disease. Dr. Windham is an absolute treat. I have heard him speak several times and I never tire of him.

Teresa Byington and Monica Taylor have poured their hearts and souls into the First Annual Rosefest. It will be held at Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Noblesville, in June. There will be a tea, rose show display and educational programs eligible for CR and MG credits. Bring roses for display. Bring yourself to learn from the great lineup of speakers, including the knowledgeable Peggy Martin (Vice President of the Heritage Rose Society), our own Carol Tumbas (past President of the Indianapolis Rose Society) and the charming and dynamic Gaye Hammond (Earth Kind Rose Trials in Texas). This is one fantastic line up! Call it the “dream team” of rose programs. Do not miss out on this exciting new venture.

Donna Hefner has assumed the responsibilities of Treasurer. We know our money is in good hands with Donna! We appreciate her stepping up to take over this very important role. Renee LaFollette has once again, accepted the role as editor. The editor keeps us connected through the newsletter. We thank Renee for her long term commitment. We have a sundry of committee chairs, serving in a lot of different and important capacities. We thank them for taking on these important roles.

In addition to the annual fertilizer program, Mark Nolen is serving as membership chair (new position). He has contacted every single member of the Indianapolis Rose Society, cleaning up our roster and has already recruited a new member. The personal touch helps! Cathy and Mark will be hosting a wine and roses garden tour at their home.

Another big event for 2016 is the Arrangement Judging School & Seminar. It has been over a decade since Indianapolis has hosted such a school. If you have any desire to attend, whether just to learn or to become a judge, please let me know. We would love to fill the room!

Diane and Roger Brueckman (Roger is the IL-IN District Director), will be visiting in the fall. The Brueckmans’ are a lovey couple. You will enjoy their program, personalities and updates on the District/ARS business.

Let us share the year 2016…. share the joy, share the love, share the friendships and share your roses. We are going to have fun and it will be more fun if you are there.

Linda Kimmel, President


Kicking Off the New Rose Year


It is that time! Time to kick off the 2016 rose year!

Our officers have been working hard to put together a lineup of programs that will be perfect for the newbie and those who have been growing roses for years. We are even having a ROSE FESTIVAL and a WINE AND ROSES GARDEN TOUR! But, more on that in upcoming blog posts.



  • President Linda Kimmel
  • 1st Vice-President Teresa Byington
  • 2nd Vice-President Humberto DeLuca
  • Treasurer Donna Hefner 3
  • Secretary Monica Taylor
  • Newsletter Editor Renee LaFollette
  • Past President Carol Tumbas


TUES, MARCH 8, 6:30 pm 

NEW LOCATION: Sullivan Munce Center / 205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville

  • Welcome: Linda Kimmel, President
  • 2016 Program Highlights: Humberto DeLuca
  • Intro of Officers and Rosefest: Teresa Byington
  • Program: Mark Nolen / Spring Care & Pruning
  • Roundtable: John Hefner 2015 Roses Experiences
  • Door Prizes/Raffle


This is a perfect time to come check us out and hear what we have planned!



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La Quinta Inn, South / 5120 Victory Drive, Indianapolis

Download registration information here.

For more information, contact Linda here.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and roses.

We also want to invite you to join us for the first meeting of the 2016 rose year!

LOCATION: SullivanMunce Center
205 W Hawthorne St / Zionsville


  • Welcome and year overview: Linda Kimmel / President
  • Monthly program details: Humberto DeLuca / 2nd VP
  • Introduction to Rosefest 2016: Teresa Byington / VP
  • Program: Spring Care & Pruning: Mark Nolen
  • Roundtable Discussion / Recount 2015 Rose Experiences: John Hefner / Facilitator
  • Door Prizes/Raffle

We have so many exciting events coming up that we are excited to share with you.

Can you keep a secret??? One of our events is a Wine and Roses Party in a most beautiful rose garden of one of our members. Can you guess who?

It is no secret that we hope you will join us. It won’t be the same without YOU!

District Meeting and Rose Show Highlights

There were so many highlights to this year’s Illinois Indiana Fall District Convention and Rose Show. Starting with the speakers, Stephen Scanniello and Bruce Monroe were both entertaining and informative.

Stephen is a well known author, gardener and curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in New York. Stephen is also President of the Heritage Rose Foundation.


Bruce at the National Convention in Syracuse

Bruce at the National Convention in Syracuse

Bruce Monroe is an expert rose grower, rose judge and photographer. He shared with us the  criteria for the new photography classes for ARS rose shows and gave us tips on what judges will be looking for. He also started a great deal of buzz about the Mini National Convention Rose Show in Pennsylvania. Sounds like this is a convention not to be missed!


Our own Bill Carlson was awarded the Il-IN District Silver Honor Medal. The award was much deserved as Bill has served the society in so many ways including his work as an arrangements judge.



There’s nothing quite like seeing a room full of beautiful roses. The big winners for the day were John and Donna Hefner and Mark and Cathy Nolen.



Cathy and Mark getting everything just right!


Their careful grooming and growing paid off!

John and Donna’s careful growing and grooming paid off!


McFarland Memorial Award John and Donna Hefner

McFarland Memorial Award
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It’s not just the roses that make for a winning day–it’s the rose friends!



Our heartfelt thanks to Linda Kimmel for leading our Illinois Indiana District for the past 6 years and for being the chair of the fall convention and rose show.

And, our gratitude to Roger Brueckman for accepting the position as incoming District Director. Roger, we look forward to all that you will bring to the position!



You may download a complete list of rose show winners HERE … 2015 Rose Show Winners

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!




Spring is just around the corner and we are excited to announce our first programs of 2015.

Our rosey season starts out with a bang in March. First up is the spring district meeting.

Details here…

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

Next  is our first Indianapolis Society meeting…

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. If you want roses that are intensely fragrant, cold hardy and disease and pest resistant, you don’t want to miss this program.
LOCATION: Contour Hardening

Roseraie de la Hay Rugosa

Roseraie de la Hay Rugosa

All of our meetings are open to the public. Whether you are just beginning to think about growing roses or have been growing roses for years, we’d love to have you join us.

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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2013 Rose Show

September 6, 2014

LOCATION: Garfield Park Conservatory
2505 Conservatory Drive Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Prep Hours: 8 – 11 am
  • Rose Show Judging: 11:15 am – 1 pm
  • Show Open to the Public: 1 – 4 pm
  • Pick-up Certificates/Arrangements: 4 pm


If  you are new to growing roses or have a desire to start a rose garden, this Rose Show will be a great opportunity for  you to see roses that are grown in this area by backyard gardeners just like you! Come join the fun, feel free to ask questions or just enjoy a room filled with the Queen of Flowers!


Here are more pictures from 2013 Rose Show… (Click on any of the circles to start the gallery feature.)


No More Rose Divas … by Linda Kimmel

13JulyMW_W2-A_7The rose, queen of all flowers, has a rather haughty reputation: difficult to grow, prone to diseases and pests, and dies after a few years. There are still a few divas around, but many rose varieties are not obstinate or impossible to grow.

In the words of Peter Schneider, author of Right Rose, Right Place, “If you can grow a marigold, you can grow a rose.”

The rose is one of the most decorative and adaptable of all flowers. Today’s roses have a wide variety of brilliant colors, repeat bloom cycles, various shapes, luscious fragrances, disease and pest resistance and winter-hardy characteristics. Why waste time humoring and pampering a few rose divas? There are just too many good rose varieties on the market to waste time and money on the frail and demanding.

Busy gardeners with busy lifestyles demand low-maintenance roses. As much as we love our gardens, there is simply less time for spraying, pruning and laboring in the garden. We want the garden to be a beautiful, tranquil place to visit, not a place that enslaves us with work, and ultimately frustration. You can have a beautiful rose garden without the fuss. There are many rose cultivars that require simple, routine garden care. Rose hybridizers, such as Dr. Griffith Buck (in Iowa) and Kordes Söhne (in Germany) had the foresight to recognize the changing times in the rose industry, hybridizing roses with the fabulous low-maintenance characteristics we desire.

The sensational hit, the Knock Out™ rose (R. ‘RADrazz’) (introduced in 2000), and the Knock Out™ family of roses Pink (Rosa ‘RADcon’), Rainbow (R. ‘RADcor’), Sunny (R. ‘RADsunny’) and Blushing (R. ‘RADyod’), hybridized by William Radler (in Wisconsin), have been the most successful family of roses on the market in years. These roses are great, no doubt. Nevertheless, I have grown a little bored with them — small, single blooms (with four to five petals) and no fragrance. Beyond Knock Out™ roses, Bill Radler’s hybridizing program is evolving; he is producing some new fantastic roses with heavier petal counts, strong fragrance and the hardiness of the Knock Out family.


Golden Fairy Tale…

The dark green glossy foliage of Golden Fairy Tale™ (R. ‘KORquelda’) provides a lovely backdrop for the bright yellow sprays of blooms. Supports or cages can be helpful in supporting the canes, keeping the sprays upright and showy.

The Fairy Tale™ family of roses are the new kids in the garden, but splashed on the scene like rock stars. They are hybridized by Kordes Söhne of Germany, and described on their website as “charmingly robust” as well as “new, enchanting  varieties with charisma and charm.” Although some retail  nurseries could be accused of fiction writing when describing their roses, this description accurately portrays these lovely romantic-looking roses.

There is so much to offer your garden palette: brilliant colors, bi-colors, blends, full and heavy blooms with countless petals, and that “to die for” fragrance. Wonderful heady rose perfume wafting in the air adds that extra delicious dimension to your garden experience.

Growing Roses: Tips for Success

A mix of Old Garden Roses and shrubs, including ‘Pink Grootendorst’ (left), apothecary’s rose (R. gallica officinalis) (front-center) and ‘F.J. Grootendorst’ surround the entrance with a welcoming fragrance.

A mix of Old Garden Roses and shrubs, including ‘Pink Grootendorst’ (left), apothecary’s rose (R. gallica officinalis) (front-center) and ‘F.J. Grootendorst’ surround the entrance with a welcoming fragrance.

Do your homework. Choose a foolproof rose to start. Select a plant that has the size and shape that works best for your area of the garden. That may seem obvious, but some of my worst mistakes have been choosing a large rose for a small space or vice versa. Choose a great location. Roses like morning sun. Give your roses at least eight hours of sun daily. Although some roses will tolerate light shade or dappled light, most do better in full sun; plants are bigger, stronger, healthier and more floriferous with plentiful sunlight. Six hours of sun may be sufficient in areas of more intense summer heat.

Roses like fresh air. Give your roses enough space to grow to their full potential and to allow good airflow through the foliage. Good air circulation prevents diseases that thrive in moist environments, such as black spot and powdery mildew.

Choose own-root roses. Own-root roses are grown by slips or leaf cuttings of the desired variety. For best selection of varieties, own-root roses may need to be purchased via mail-order, and will arrive in small banded containers or liners. Although they will appear disappointingly small and scrawny to start, own-root roses will catch up quickly with their budded counterparts, and are more winter hardy and vigorous. The aboveground portion of the rose can die back completely in winter; new spring growth from the root will be true to the variety. Besides winter hardiness, the roses tend to be healthier and develop into fuller shapelier bushes. Bud unions of grafted roses can be vulnerable and easily damaged by a cold winter, and often require protection to survive. Suckers are often undesirable growth from the rootstock and should be removed.

Planting own-root roses is similar to planting any other container grown plant. Keep the soil and roots intact, and plant about 1/2 inch deeper than it is in the container. For a banded-size rose, the hole needs to be about 10 inches by 12 inches deep. Use native soil and mix in a little organic matter in the bottom of the hole, such as bonemeal, rock phosphate or bulb booster. Because the surrounding soil has microorganisms and microfauna maintained in a delicate balance, there is no reason to disturb it.

Check the pH. Depending on your  soil type, you may need to make some minor pH adjustments. The soil should be slightly acidic. An acceptable pH range is 6.0 to 6.9, with 6.5 being ideal. How do  you know the soil pH? Test it with an inexpensive meter, or through your local extension office.

No fertilizer in the first year. During the second and subsequent years, you may mix organic fertilizers into the topsoil surrounding the rose bush. Apply twice yearly, once in the spring and again midsummer. In addition, a general all-purpose fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer, such as 12-12-12 may be applied. No special fertilizer is necessary; buy whatever is on sale at your local nursery or hardware store, and use sparingly.

Hate to spray? Spraying roses is my least favorite job in the garden. Some rose varieties are much more prone to fungal diseases, so start with disease-resistant varieties, and skip the spray routine. Be willing to tolerate a small degree of pests or diseases. Skip the insecticides altogether. Encourage beneficial insects and birds to help maintain a balanced ecosystem. Good horticultural practices (such as plenty of sun, fresh air, applying mulch, stripping lower leaves from the bush, watering in the morning and keeping the garden clean of debris) all prevent diseases.

A mix of roses and perennials in various shades of pink makes a striking border.

A mix of roses and perennials in various shades of pink makes a striking border.

A mix of roses and perennials…

Plant companion plants. A monoculture, or concentration of roses, allows pests and diseases to multiple rapidly. A mixed culture of roses and companion plants is beautiful, as well as helpful preventing disease and insect problems.

Prune established roses in the spring. Remove any dead wood. Shape plant as desired.

Deadhead. Removing spent blooms will encourage reblooming. Stop deadheading in late summer or early fall, allowing plants to harden off for winter.

Apply mulch. Organic mulch helps to prevent weeds, conserves moisture, improves the fertility and conditioning of the soil and provides winter protection for the roots. It also helps to inhibit soil-borne diseases by preventing fungal spores from splashing onto the plant during watering. Plus, mulch just looks pretty, adding that finished, elegant look to the garden.

Top 10 Low-Maintenance Roses

There are literally hundreds of great rose cultivars — making a “Top 10 List” is difficult. I will only recommend roses that I have had firsthand, personal experience growing. Every rose grower could create their own “Top 10 List,” with an endless mix of varieties, depending upon the microclimates of your garden, preferences, likes and dislikes. Below are just a few of my favorite low-maintenance roses. All of the roses listed are repeat bloomers, disease resistant, winter hardy and most are fragrant.

  1. Quietness has lovely blushing-pink blooms, is heavily petaled and has a sweet fragrance.
  2. Sombreuil has creamy white blooms with many petals and an intoxicating scent.
  3. Golden Fairy Tale has blooms that are bright yellow with pink edging and is deliciously fragrant.
  4. Lion’s Fairy Tale has blooms that are light apricot-pinkish in color, fully double and sweetly fragrant.
  5. Carmella Fairy Tale displays striking apricot-colored blooms with a mild scent.
  6. Orchid Romance is very heavily petaled (up to 75 petals) with a button eye reminiscent of Old Garden Roses. Blooms are pink with lavender undertones and give off a strong fragrance.
  7. Dainty Bess is the only hybrid tea to make the list, with four to eight light-pink petals with maroon  stamens and a spicy fragrance.
  8. Carefree Spirit shows off with scarlet single blooms, which have a white throat and vivid yellow stamens. It is a blooming machine.
  9. Peggy Martin is a large-flowering climber that needs a lot of room to spread; it is best covering a fence  or large trellis.
  10. Colette is an apricot-pink large-flowering climber, with very full double blooms that are quartered and emit a strong tea fragrance.

13JulyMW_W2-A_4‘Sombreuil’ was originally hybridized in 1880, and introduced in the U.S. in 1959 as a “climbing tea,” but reclassed by ARS in 2006 as a large-flowering climber. In my garden, ‘Sombreuil’ grows more like a large shrub, reaching a height of 5 to 6 feet. It’s creamy white blooms repeat all summer long, with an intoxicating fragrance.

‘Orchid Romance’ rose

13JulyMW_W2-A_6‘Dainty Bess’ was introduced in 1925, and is still going strong in the rose market. Blooms are unusual and beautiful, typically 4 to 5 inches across. The shrub blooms in prolific sprays, all the while flaunting a mild, yet spicy fragrance. The bush is upright, grows to 3 to 4 feet in height with green leathery foliage.

Carefree Spirit (R. ‘MElzmea’) is a blooming machine, a great landscape shurb that grows about 4 to 5 feet in height and 4 feet wide. Dark green glossy foliage provides a backdrop for large scarlet sprays.

Article from State-by-State Gardening May/June 2013. Photos by Linda Kimmel.

Originally appeared in the May/June 2013 midwest editions of State By State Gardening Magazines. Reprinted with permission of State by State Gardening Magazines, which publishes 19 different state and regional magazines in the South and Midwest. (