About Potomac Rose Society
History & Philosophy
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.
|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||Jay Jensen||Rockville, MD||2020|
*Terms expire on December 31 of the year listed.
Top photo of Gold Medal by Rich Baer