Welcome to the Rose Society UK

New in the Member’s Area, amongst other things,  you will find the latest Rose Times – Summer Edition, the September editions The World Federation of Rose Societies’ Newsletter and their Conservation and Hertiage Committee’s By Any Other Name..

The 2019 rose shows are over. It has been a busy season with four society amateur shows and many more shows where the society staged our successful Advice Bureau. The upcoming Autumn newsletter all bring all show reports up to date with the prizewinners. 

The 2019 Annual General Meeting Takes place on sunday 17th November. We will give news of the AGM here and in the next newsletter.

THE 2019 SHOW SCHEDULES are still  availableto down load;

The Rose Society UK Schedules 2019   

Hard copies may be obtained from the  Show Chair by using the Contact Form Here


The 2020 will be available in early January








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.



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 all copies of The Rose Times are available to download from the Member’s Area



The Barts Nurse  Rose


This is a new rose bred by amateur rose breeder Ronnie Rawlins and will be available in 2020                                                                                                                                                         ‘Barts Nurse’ roses will stand proudly in the flower beds near the fountain and should be spectacular.

The rose has flat, five inch, Old English type flowers and are peach in colour. The plant stands 36 inches high, is vigorous, prolific, has a pleasant scent and appears totally healthy.

Plants will be available from R V Roger Nurseries in Pickering, North Yorkshire from 2020 . . . . .  read the full story in the Spring edition of The Rose Times located in the Member’s Area








Derek Lawrence, Executive Director of the World Federation of Rose Societies considers his . . . . . . . .

Desert Island Roses. What are your seven ‘must have’ roses? Find out what Derek’s are in the Winter newsletter in the Member’s Area


You think last summer was hot? Find out from ARS and Rose Society UK member Hal Reynolds, how he grows prize-winning roses in the desert! Hal tells all in the Winter Rose Times

2018 Dean Hole Challenge-winning exhibitor, Neil Duncan, 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



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

Society Vice Chairman, Gareth Davies recalls a trip ‘Down Under’ in his article; Rose Gardens of Adelaide, Tasmania and New Zealand”

 . . . . . . . . . find out which ones in the Winter 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 “POTARS” – President of the American Rose Society in October 2018.

Here Bob tells us why he believes 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







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


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