Potomac Rose Society Events
Upcoming PRS Events
GROWING LOCAL: THE BEST ROSES FOR THE DMV AND HOW TO GROW THEM!
4th Annual Symposium on Disease Resistant Roses
Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Long Branch Library
8800 Garland Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Potomac Rose Society members and friends reveal their favorite roses and tips for growing roses sustainably in the District, Maryland and Virginia region. We also welcome a Hillwood Garden's Jessica Bonilla to share Hillwood's best practices for getting maximum blooms from minimal effort.
Potomac Rose Society members will share their favorite, disease resistant roses that they grow in their own gardens. Learn about the tried and true roses that we know work will in the DMV climate. Master Gardeners and Consulting Rosarians will be on hand throughout the Symposium to answer questions.
- 12:30 Registration Opens
- 1:00 Opening Remarks
- 1:15 My Favorite Roses - Testimonials by Potomac Rose Society members on the 12 best roses for our local growing conditions
- 2:15 Break
- 2:30 My Favorite Roses - continued
- 3:45 Refreshment Break
- 4:00 Hillwood Garden's Jessica Bonilla discusses best practices for maximizing blooms while increasing environmentally friendly practices in this public garden located in DC.
Past PRS Events
3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Symposium on Disease-Resistant Roses
Featuring Paul Zimmerman, an internationally-recognized rose expert
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Brookside Gardens Auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902
- 1:00 Opening Remarks
- 1:15 Paul Zimmerman Keynote
- 2:30 Break
- 2:45 Panel: The Right Rose for Your Place
- Learn about Roses for Shade, Arbors and Pergolas, Hedging, and Cutting for floral arrangements.
- Panelists: Larry Ichter, Inez Austin Jackson, Connie Hilker and Reed Abrahamson
- 4:00 Refreshments
- 4:30 Brookside Rose Garden Tour
Keynote speaker, Paul Zimmerman, in his presentation, Roses are Plants, Too: A Guide to Sustainable Gardening, discussed about practices that keep your garden roses and companion plants healthy and beautiful, without using synthetic chemicals. Attendees learned how to select, plant, prune, and water roses, how to maintain nourishing garden soil, and how to keep your blooms vigorous and foliage healthy. Paul Zimmerman, a dynamic and humorous speaker, is author of Everyday Roses, How To Grow Knockout And Other Modern Garden Roses, a consulting rosarian, and former judge of international rose trials.
A panel of local rosarians answered questions to help you choose The Right Rose For Your Place. Panelists included: Larry Ichter, Inez Austin Jackson, Connie Hilker and Reed Abrahamson. They discussed which roses perform well in the District-Maryland-Virginia area. Panelists provided recommendations for roses that grow in challenging places for specific purposes like shade, cutting, arbors and hedges.
About Paul Zimmerman
Paul Zimmerman is owner of Paul Zimmerman Roses and is dedicated to budding the rose grower in all of us. His approachable method to growing roses in a garden setting is the focus of his book Everyday Roses published by Taunton Press. Paul is Coordinator of the Biltmore International Rose Trials and exclusive rose consultant to the Estate. He is the spokesperson for Jackson & Perkins and is Head of Design for their new Jackson and Perkins Landscape & Garden Design Service. His You Tube channel of approachable rose growing videos has had over 2.5 million views.
As the former owner of a rose care company in Los Angles and also Ashdown Roses a small boutique mail order rose nursery carrying hundreds of different varieties of roses, Paul has always been focused on rose care and making roses growing more approachable for gardeners who want to use them in a general garden setting. To Paul a rose is nothing more than a flowering shrub and he has spent 25 years spreading the word.
2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Symposium on Disease Resistant Roses
Featuring Gaye Hammond
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Silver Spring Library
Have you ever wanted to grow beautiful roses, but thought that they were too difficult? Attendees at this Symposium learned that disease-resistant roses are the answer. These gorgeous, easy care roses will thrive in the DC Metropolitan area. If you can grow weeds, you can grow these roses!
Gaye Hammond is a nationally recognized consulting rosarian and past President of the Houston Rose Society, the largest local rose society in the United States with over 1,000 members. She has served on their Board of Directors for almost 20 years and is a Life Member and Steward of the American Rose Society. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association and special section editor of American Rose magazine.
Gaye has been the study liaison between the Houston Rose Society and Texas AgriLife Extension in connection with the Earth-Kind Rose Research Program, a scientifically significant research study that was originally designed to identify the most carefree and disease resistant roses that would grow in Southern gardens.
This three-part afternoon program featured:
- Gaye Hammond spoke on Easy Care Roses
- American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, highlighted the importance of the American Garden Rose Selection program and endorsed disease-resistant rose culture
- A panel on Growing Roses Without Chemicals in the DC Metro Area, and Resources for Disease Resistant Roses
Companion Plants with Pizzazz:
A Few Garden Plants to Add BLING to your Garden Roses!
On April 14, 2019, Teresa Speight wowed PRS members with a plethora of examples for how to select the best companion plants to enhance the beauty of your garden roses. She included a few of the tried and true rose companions, including clematis, and introduced us to surprising combinations. Teri gave us a novel perspective on rose companion plants and new ideas to refresh our garden design.
Master Gardener Teresa J. Speight is an experienced writer, visionary, and estate garden designer. Through her web blog, Cottage In The Court, Teresa shares garden information emphasizing earth-friendly practices with her many followers. She is the former Head Gardener for the City of Fredericksburg and one of the Founding Farmers of the Eitt CSA, Stafford County’s first Transitional Organic CSA Farm. Teresa is passionate about sharing her love of gardening while finding time to enjoy writing, traveling, and living. A native Washingtonian with ancestral roots in the Carolinas, she believes that connecting with the earth honors her heritage profoundly. Teresa invites us all to sit awhile with her at her Cottage In The Court, as we find and create beauty naturally.
The ARS Great Garden Restoration Project + Get the Rose Garden Ready For Spring!
On March 17, 2019, PRS member and ARS Regional Director, Ray Shipley brought us up-to-date on the American Rose Society’s Great Garden Restoration Project. This is an 118 acre ARS rose garden at the Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters. Ray also reviewed all of the steps necessary to prepare our own roses for Spring to ensure our best blooms ever!
Rice 'n Roses: PRS Rose Social Hour at The Hotel Monaco’s "Dirty Habit"
Notable English Gardens from Recent Travels
Start the New Year with Roses
Rose Society members and friends met on January 20, 2019 to engage in an interactive interactive program with a round robin discussion of key rose-related issues. The results of the discussions will be summarized and shared with members. This session was followed by our special speaker, Mary Lou Winder, Chairperson of the Rose Bead Group with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America. Ms. Winder showed us the magic of using roses in bead making.
We learned how to craft beautiful and fragrant jewelry using our own rose blooms and learned the rich history of rose beads with a hands-on demonstration, followed by an Exhibition and SALE of The Potomac Unit’s beautiful rose bead necklaces and earrings.
Mary Lou has been making rose beads for nearly 20 years, and became Chairperson of the Potomac Unit’s Rose Bead Group in 2007. Members of the Potomac Unit started making rose beads in 1967, and they continue to hold rose-bead workshops throughout the year, and to sell the necklaces and earrings at herb festivals, annual plant sales, and meetings.
A large group of PRS members turned out to learn how to successfully propagate roses. Potomac Rose Society members Larry Ichter, Christiane Rosamont, and Reed Abrahamson shared their techniques in a hands-on workshop. Attendees took home a new rose. The educational presentation is available for download.
Josephine - The Empress Gardener
Her legendary love of roses stopped a war, cost a fortune, set explorers to sail, and started a floral industry that endures today. The Potomac Rose Society met on Sunday, October 21 tolearn about the remarkable life and work of Empress Josephine.
Lesley Parness has been a public garden professional for the past four decades, working with botanic gardens and museums here and in Europe. Recently retired as Superintendent of Horticultural Education at the Morris County Park Commission (NJ), she lectures widely on garden history and gardening in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and can be visited at lesleyparness.com.
Private Garden Tour and Reception at the Smithsonian Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden
On September 9, 2018 a group of rose enthusiasts braved the rain for a tour of the recently renovated Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden. Smithsonian horticulturist Shelley Gaskins conducted this tour as a follow-up to her standing-room only presentation in November 2016 on the renovation of the garden and the decision to include disease resistant rose varieties along with companion plantings to attract beneficial insects. Many of the new plantings are now in their second year, so this was an excellent opportunity to view a wide selection of healthy varieties and get new ideas to incorporate into your own gardens. The Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden is located on the National Mall at 900 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC, in front of the Arts & Industries Building and East of the Smithsonian Castle.
Making Beautiful Container Plantings with Roses
You can grow beautiful roses even if you don’t have a big garden and perfect soil! Roses are ideal for growing in containers, creating a fragrant, floral spectacle on decks and balconies or alongside paths and entrances. The Potomac Rose Society welcomed Eva Monheim - Horticultural and Environmental Consultant and Educator, who helped us learn all about Growing Roses in Containers. Eva Monheim has studied horticulture at Penn State University and at The University of Reading in England and is former Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Temple University. She has taught at the Philadelphia Flower Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Barnes Foundation, and the Morris Arboretum. She is currently an instructor in the Professional Gardening Program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Rose Rosette Disease: An Update
We have all seen the unsightly stands of Knockout Roses planted in median strips and occasionally, our home gardens, that have strange, deformed stem and leaf configurations. This anomaly, known as Rose Rosette Disease, attacks our hybrid teas, climbers, shrubs and all other types of roses. Dr. Mark Windham spoke at the U.S. National Arboretum. He is a leading researcher on Rose Rosette and provided an update on this disease that is a threat to the gardens of all rose lovers.
DR. MARK WINDHAM discussed current research being conducted on Rose Rosette Disease (RRD), as well as the latest research identifying disease resistant varieties. The American Rose Society Research Endowment Trust identifies Rose Rosette Disease as the greatest threat to the future of commercial and recreational growth, and the enjoyment of roses. In 2012, ARS selected Dr. Windham to head a three-year study about the management of RRD. The objectives were to determine how rosarians manage RRD in their gardens and identify best practices
for RRD, besides eliminating plants with symptoms. Dr. Windham also believes that roses have lost popularity due to growing public aversion to the regular use of pesticides in home gardens and has therefore been developing a list of roses that homeowners can successfully grow without reliance on chemical control tactics. Rose Rosette will continue to be a threat to our home gardens for years to come. In a grant fully funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Dr. Windham is included in a group of 18 scientists concerned with Rose Rosette research (housed at Texas A & M), that continues to lead research on Rose Rosette Disease.
Please Show Us Your Garden
Using visuals, Tina Hochberg, Joe Covey, and Reed Abrahamson, all members of the Potomac Rose Society, discussed the evolution of their home gardens, featuring their experiences in adding and maintaining roses. Presenters included examples of personal successes and challenges, as well as plans for the future. In this popular annual presentation, participants picked up tips for successfully beautifying their DMV area garden.
Rose Tourism Part I: Great Gardens of North America
American Rose Society Colonial District Vice Director Ray Shipley provided a wonderful travelogue of gardens worth visiting. Ray and his wife Marie have traveled to nearly every state in the country, as well as four Canadian provinces, to visit some of the finest gardens on the continent. In addition to growing 220 roses in his own garden, Ray is Chair of the Colonial District Consulting Rosarians, Ray is also a member of the Potomac Rose Society, the Arlington Rose Foundation, The Maryland Rose Society and the Shenandoah Rose Society; and was recently awarded the American Rose Society's 2017 Silver Medal in recognition of his activities with the Colonial District. At the conclusion of his presentation, Ray presented Lou Giacchino a District Consulting Rosarian of the Year Award. Lou is Vice President of PRS.
Great Gardens o f North America
with American Rose Society Colonial District Bice Director Ray Shipley
The War on the Roses: Beneficial Insects are your Allies in the Garden
With Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D.
PRS was delighted to welcome University of Maryland Professor Mike Raupp—”The Bug Guy”—a nationally-recognized expert who is frequently called upon by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other networks, as well as being a guest on late night TV for the April 2017 program. Professor Raupp presented a fascinating advocacy for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the rose garden… and the very next day, he was interviewed on WTOP!
From Petal to Perfume: An Olfactory Introduction to the Fascinating World of Roses
PRS Meets the Flower Whisperer!
Jeff King and Jeffery Serafini from Potomac Floral Wholesale
by Lisa Mundy
When was the last time you had an opportunity to learn from a true expert about any and everything relating to roses and other flowers? PRS members were fortunate enough to do just that on January 22, 2017, when Jeff King and Jeffery Serafini from Potomac Floral Wholesale presented to our group. They brought with them hundreds of stems of their most beautiful rose varieties for us to examine and enjoy, a sight for sore eyes for rose lovers in the middle of winter!
With over 30 years in the flower business, Mr. Serafini, Purchasing Manager at Potomac Floral, is a veritable encyclopedia when it comes to roses. He patiently answered all of our questions, incorporating many interesting anecdotes gained from his vast experience.
Jeff King, Public Relations and Sales Manager, invited us to visit their warehouse in Silver Spring to see all of the many rose varieties they have to offer. Everyone enjoyed Mr. Serafini's outstanding presentation, and we look forward to putting all of his excellent tips to use this season, to better enjoy the beauty of roses in our homes and in our gardens.
Thank you, Potomac Floral!
In Good Company: The Roses and Companion Plantings of the Smithsonian’s Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden
Speaker: Shelley Gaskins, Smithsonian Gardens Horticulturist
On November 20, 2016, Ms. Gaskins discussed the newly reopened Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden. The exciting, year-long expansion and renovation project, was presented to a standing-room-only crowd at the Behnke Nursery. The new Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden will incorporate healthy rose varieties along with companion plantings to attract beneficial insects. It is designed to be a healthier garden, providing four seasons of interest with less reliance on pesticides.
Please visit the Smithsonian Gardens blog and search the keyword "Folger" to learn more.
Top photo of Rose de Rescht by Rich Baer