Local Rose Societies are more than just social clubs! They are a chance to get out into the garden, whether it be a public one or your own, make friends, learn to grow roses, exhibit roses, arrange roses and participate in rose shows locally and nationally.


Rose Societies span all across the country, and if there isn't one in your area yet, CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT STARTING ONE!


June 11, 2018

from the 2018 American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses

Classification of Roses

The American Rose Society recently approved a new classification scheme that reflects both the botanical and evolutionary progress of the rose. There are three main groupings: S...

June 11, 2018

1.         Floral preservative prolong vase life by 50%.  Have it ready before harvesting blooms so that stems can be placed as they are cut.  James Johnson, (Benz School of Floral Design) recommends mixing 2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of Sprite/7-Up and 1 teaspoon of...

June 7, 2018

When you find that one really beautiful bloom in the garden you have a few choices. Just stand there and truly appreciate the wonder of its beauty or cut it and continue to enjoy its beauty out of the garden.  OR you can freeze that beauty forever by drying it. One mig...

June 5, 2018

The following is a newsletter submission edited by Stephen Hoy, to see the newsletter in its original format (.pdf) CLICK HERE

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You Look... Mauvelous!

I can’t remember when I was first a...

June 4, 2018

ONE HUNDRED YEARS after J. Horace McFarland became affiliated with the American Rose Society, the organization’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to bestow the title of “Father of the American Rose Society” at a convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

On September...

May 31, 2018

I joined my first local rose society back in 2004 just to learn how to grow roses and make my wife happy. I had no intention of staying a member any longer than I had to. But, along the way, the rose had a different idea, and introduced me to some of the nicest people...

May 30, 2018

Have you ever gone outside, picked a few blooms of something, brought them inside, plunked them in a vase and then sort of ‘fiddled’ with them.  Well, you are an arranger.

In the rose shows we have classes for ‘fiddlers’ like yourself.  They are called exhibitors. Somet...

**awards are listed by Class/ Variety/ Winner


National Challenge Class

'Nancy Mae'

Ashley Brady

One Bloom

'First Choice'


One Spray


Ashley Brady

Fully Open Bloom

'Diamond Eye'

Ashley Brady


'Cinnamon Girl'

Sara Coleman

Macro Photography

'Autumn Slp...

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This guide is designed to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the American Rose Society. We hope it will answer many of your questions about society work. For those questions the guide may not answer, you will find listed all of the American Rose Society leadership – both volunteer and national staff – as a directory to enable asking your questions in person.



To update your local society's listing or officers, please CLICK HERE.



Tax Exempt I-990N

It is that time of year again; time to file your I-990N. This is an IRS requirement for all local rose societies whose income is less than $50,000.

The 990-N MUST be filed no later than the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of your tax year. For most of you that means this must be filed by May 15, 2020.

*Please note: If you do not file a 990-N by May 15, 2018 you are risking losing your societies non-profit status.

For information about filing the 990-N please click here.

  • The 990-N form is filled out online and takes about 10 minutes.

  • You will receive an email confirmation* once you submit the 990-N to the IRS.

  • * Please check your spam/Junk folder if you do not receive an email confirmation.


To file the 990-N click here.

You will need your society’s EIN. When you enter the EIN the American Rose Society is listed as the business you are filing for. This is correct. As you proceed through the form you will enter your society’s name as the Does Business As name.

Click Here to e-mail the membership department with any questions regarding the process.

Local Society Insurance Program

The ARS is pleased to be able to offer local societies comprehensive general liability coverage.

Click here to download the current year program packet.

Deadline for returning all completed information is February 29, 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Medvec or call the offices at 318-938-5402



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