The American Rose
Society (ARS) is the
largest specialized plant
society in the United
States. Founded in 1892,
this nonprofit promotes
the culture and
appreciation of the rose –
proclaimed the Rose the
National Flower in 1986.
Rowan Rose Society
Serving Rowan County and the surrounding areas.
Affiliated with the American Rose Society
The Rowan Rose Society was organized April 16, 1956 for the purpose of
“disseminating information, to encourage interest in the cultivation of roses and to
spread the love of the Rose.” Our members’ experience ranges from beginners to
those who have been growing roses for more than 40 years.
Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of February, March, April, May,
September, October & November at 7:00 p.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church,
1620 Brenner Ave. In June a picnic is held at the home of a Rose Society member.
Meetings always include a program on rose care. Programs cover a wide variety of
rose-related topics such as building a new bed, pruning, fertilizing, information on
the newest varieties of roses, disease and insect protection, effective watering
systems and more.
Several of our members are ARS-qualified Consulting Rosarians who are available
to help with specific rose problems.
The Society maintains the Triangle Rose Garden on West Innes Street in front of
Summerset Funeral Home. This garden was established in April 1976 and is
dedicated “to the Citizens of Salisbury and Rowan County for their enjoyment and
for the Beautification of our area.” We sponsor a rose pruning demonstration at
the Triangle garden each March.
The Rowan Rose Society hosts a Rose Show each year. The public is invited to enter
roses to be judged or stop by on Saturday and Sunday afternoons after the judging
is complete and enjoy the beautiful prize winning roses. Admission is free.
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