Welcome to the Rose Society UK and welcome to 2019

In the Member’s Area you will find the latest Rose Times – Winter Edition and an update from The World Federation of Rose Societies.


In the grips of winter now and time to reflect on last year and plan for this year.



Last year a cold wet spring gave way to a hot summer with little or no rain for weeks and the roses continued to bloom!

The long over-due rain came in August and the roses continued to bloom

Our first summer show of the year was at Squires Garden Centre in Shepperton where our President Colin Squire OBE and his staff were magnificent hosts.

The exhibitors didn’t let us down either as they arrived with thousands of pristine blooms to put on a wonderful display. St Fagans in Cardiff was the next ‘Festival of Roses’ followed by the Ryedale Rose Festival at R V Rogers roses in Pickering Yorkshire.

We had a Gold Medal winning stand at the Great Yorkshire Show where we met lots of rose enthusiasts and signed up new members to our growing society.

Chorley Flower show on 28th and 29th July was our next Society show. Our Advice and Information stand at the show won another Gold Medal for the society and we looked forward to another successful weekend.

The exhibitors again provided a wonderful display of roses and then the weather took centre stage. On the sunday, the wind blew and the rain arrived. Due to safety concerns, after several trade gazebos blew over, the organisers decided not to open the show to the public. It was a sudden and sad end to an otherwise successful show. We have recently heard fro Chorley that next year’s show will go ahead as planned.

Harrogate Autumn show was a record breaker! The highest number of exhibitors and entries and the public had a superb show of excellent quality autumn roses.

In spite of appalling weather, our exhibitors, members and visitors to our society stands all reported that it had been a ‘good year for the roses!’

The society won Gold and Premier Gold medals at shows throughout the country where we met thousands of rose lovers.


Welcome to The Rose Society UK      

Welcome to our website and

Welcome to our  society

2018 was an exciting year as we grew our membership base as well as our roses

Check out our 2019 calendar by clicking on THE EVENTS TAB   We will be adding events as we recieve them. If you would like your event added to our calendar pease let us know through our Contact Page         


What’s in the website . . . . . . 

For our visitors

Pop along to our SHOWS page to see who’s showing roses and where they are . . . CLICK HERE

Got a rose question? Check out our FAQ page and dedicated Rose Identification link . . . CLICK HERE

For Members

The September newsletter The Rose Times in now available to download from the Member’s Area


2017 Dean Hole Challenge-winning exhibitor tells us why he grows  roses and what drives him on . . .


“When I was fifteen, for my first job, I moved to Lew a small village just outside Witney to a horse breaking yard, as a part of the job, when we weren’t busy with horses, we looked after the gardens” . . . . . . . . .  read the full story in The Rose Times located in the Member’s Area




Gareth Davies with some of his winning exhibits at the Royal Welsh Show


Society Vice Chairman Gareth Davies tells about the floribundas that he loves and grows in his Brecon garden

“About six years ago I decided to re-organise some of the rose beds in my garden to accommodate some of the better ROTY and Gold Standard floribunda winners.” . . . . . . . . . find out which ones in  February’s Newsletter located in the Member’s Area 


Dr Elizabeth Perks tells us about her treasure trove of rose books

See the full story of A Rosarian’s Library in Febraury’s Newsletter located in the Member’s Area







Robert “Bob” Martin was installed as President of the American Rose Society in October 2018. Here he tells us why he beleives that rose shows are an invaluable facet of any society.

“The primary educational value of a rose show lies in the education of its participants. And, as an educational organization, the rose show is the most single important educational activity that a rose society can undertake”   . . . . . . get the full story in February’s Newsletter located in the Member’s Area

So much has happened in such a short space of time.

When the Royal National Rose Society closed its doors on 15th May 2017, a small but passionate group of rosarians gathered in the village of Pelsall in the West Midlands to see what could be salvaged from the ruins.


We now have is a new society and a new start. We’re looking for other rose-minded folk to come and join us to share their love for roses; to talk about roses, to share their knowledge about roses and to show others their roses at rose shows throughout the UK.

The group, soon realised that what we already had was a sound base. We had rose shows that had been pre-planned, before the RNRS folded. We had support from many of our friends in the trade and messages of support from friends all around the world. Most of all we had support from rose lovers who wanted to join together to enjoy roses. These are our most precious resource.

We start our adventure with nothing but enthusiasm and hope;  that we can do justice to the memory of the original British rosarian; the Rose King, Samuel Reynolds Hole. I can’t imagine what he would have said about the demise of his beloved society but I think he would have been happy to see that the spirit the he showed all those years ago is still alive and thriving in our new society.




Our next rose show, the Spring Show at RHS Malvern is in


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