History & Philosophy

Laguna climbing rose with Nigella damascena (foreground) and Ghislaine de Féligonde multiflora rambler with Clematis Viola.
Laguna® Large Flowered Climber by Lisa Mundy


The Potomac Rose Society (PRS) serves rose enthusiasts in Washington, DC; suburban Maryland; and Northern Virginia. We are a member organization of the American Rose Society. From its beginnings in 1931, PRS has sponsored or hosted informative programs and initiatives for rose lovers:

  • Lectures and demonstrations
  • Access to advice from local rose experts
  • Bimonthly newsletter (co-published with Arlington Rose Foundation)
  • Tours of regional rose gardens
  • Rose exhibitions

Our members are rose lovers from varied backgrounds and interests. Many members and prospective members tell us they want beautiful, fragrant, environmentally sustainable, low maintenance roses!

We have responded to these requests by diversifying our programming to include more information on growing modern as well as old garden roses in the mid-Atlantic region without the use of synthetic chemicals. We sponsored two highly successful symposia on disease-resistant roses and hosted nationally-recognized speakers Peter Kukielski, Gaye Hammond, and American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley.

The Potomac Rose Society is fortunate to have a number of active and enthusiastic members who are committed to growing roses exclusively in no-spray gardens. They regularly share their experiences and insights with us. We also recognize that some rosarians will choose to use synthetic chemicals to achieve the desired level of disease and pest control.

To sum up our philosophy in a few words:

You can grow beautiful roses

It doesn’t have to be hard

You don't have to spray

There are many choices

We can help

Officers and Directors 2020

For any inquiries about the organization, please contact any of the Potomac Rose Society officers and directors listed below.

Office Name City Term End*
President Shelley Gaskins Washington, DC 2020
1st Vice President Lou Giacchino Silver Spring, MD 2020
2nd Vice President Carol Edwards Washington, DC 2020
Secretary Victoria Boucher-Hille Hyattsville, MD 2020
Treasurer Joe Covey Rockville, MD 2020
Director Reed Abrahamson Washington, DC 2022
Director Lisa Mundy Washington, DC 2021
Director Olivia Devereux Silver Spring, MD 2020
Director Vacant 2020
Director Vacant 2022
Director Vacant 2021

*Terms expire on December 31 of the year listed.

Top photo of Gold Medal by Rich Baer