CRS Calendar of Events

Society Meetings and More


What's New:

New slate of officers to be announced in May meeting and voted in at the June meeting.

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Current News:

Spring has sprung!  And the forsythia are blooming around the state.  Cabin fever can be overcome with pruning your roses, cleaning the beds and GARDENING again!

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Did you get some nice roses at the CRS Auction ?

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2017 CRS and Nearby Calendar of Major Events

(Contact the President or Webmaster for more information-
See Contact Us at the very bottom of this page)

For CRS Meetings, if weather makes a meeting questionable, the place to go to check is this website, and this section.  If meeting is cancelled or postponed it will be posted as soon as the webmaster knows. 

For CRS: CRS Has Moved to a New Home for meetings! The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, 130 West Main Street, Plainville, CT   Doors open at 1:30 PM.
The folks at The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC care great and they truly want us to make full use of their outstanding facility. Your society plans to do so. It will be worth the drive. One of the benefits is that there is no time limit - this will allow us more time for socializing before and after our meetings which is something that you wanted according to the surveys. President Marci and the board of directors do pay attention to your replies to the surveys and you will see this reflected in our future programs. Please, if you have a suggestion for a program or an idea on how to make our meetings better feel free to bring them forward.


Note: Included in the New England Calendar below are other Societies and major events in states other than CT.  They are in a different and distinctive type, usually smaller than CT.  They are also indented, if not a CRS meeting..

           CRS (CT Rose Society) meetings are in Bold large type.

Two of the mainland active rose societies are these, and their info, are included, when known to us.  Here are the initials for their meetings:

           NERS is the New England Rose Society.  Meetings are generally held at Methuen Senior Center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen, MA 01844.  Web:
          RIRS is the Rhode Island Rose Society.  Meetings are often in the Botanical Center Classroom, Roger Williams Park. Web:




April Events:


CRS    April 19  9:00-12:00  PRUNING DEMONSTRATION Demo, and particiIcipation at Elizabeth Park!!


May Events:

CRS-    May 7, 2017    "Raptor Rehabilitation"  Horizon Wings.  At Woodland Gardens, Manchester, CT
                                    Roses and Raptors
What do they have in common? Absolutely nothing! However, on May 7th at 2 p.m., the Connecticut Rose Society will sponsor a program by Horizon Wings at Woodland Gardens, 168 Woodland St., Manchester. Horizon Wings is a non-profit organization for the rehabilitation of raptors. They will bring live birds of prey and discuss ways in which we can help to promote the survival of threatened and endangered species in CT. Seating is limited, we suggest you bring a lawn chair.

          NERS    May 20    10:00 AM    Rose Propagation- A way to get your entries from the rose show back into the garden- Andy Vanable 

          RIRS    May 13    9:30     Preparation for the June Rose Show: guidance, grooming tips, demos. 

June Events:

CRS-    June 4, 2017    Exhibiting 101- Dave Ciak   and OGR Show         Plainville

           RIRS    Jun 17 Annual Rose Show    N. Kingston Community Center, Wickford, RI All Day    Open to Public Noon-3 PM

CRS-    June 18     36th Annual Rose Show- ELIZABETH PARK

           NERS    June 25    NERS Rose Show    Tower Hill Botanical Garden 

July Events:

CRS- July 9, 2017    CRS Member's Picnic- Marci and Bob Martin's home 275 Main St., Windsor, CT

          NERS    July 8    Visit Member Garden     TBA 

          RIRS    July 8    9:30    Garden Maintenance    Roger Williams Victorian Rose Garden 

August Events:

          RIRS    Aug 12  9:30    Garden Maintenance    Roger Williams Victorian Rose Garden 

September Events:

Sept 8-10 ARS National Convention, PA

         RIRS    Sept. 9   9:30      "Six-Pack Rose Show" and critique    Classroom, Roger Williams Park

         NERS    Sept. 16    10:00 AM    Which Roses did well, which did not, and Why?


October Events:

          RIRS    Oct 14    9:30    Calendar Rose Show    Classroom, Roger Williams Park

           NERS    Oct 21    12:00    Founder's Day Luncheon    Chateau, Andver, MA


November Events:

           RIRS    Nov. 11    9:30     Pre-winter Maintenance    Roger Williams Rose Garden

           NERS    Nov 18    10:00 AM    Winterizing your Roses.  Installation of Officers


December Events:

CRS- No meetings this month

          RIRS   Dec. 9     9:30 Holiday Meeting    Classroom, Roger Williams Park 


Previous 2016 Meetings

January Events:

       NERS    Jan. 9, 2016     After Holiday Luncheon, 11:30, Fusilli's Cafe, Reading, MA  

Jan. 10, 2016    CRS: Holiday Member's Luncheon and Yankee Swap.  Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416          Time 1-4 PM
                                    Reservations must be received by Jan. 4, 2016    see your emailed flyer for additional info and menu.


Feb. 7, 2016   2:00  CRS: Roundtable Discussions.... Solutions that I have found to my garden problems or I have a problem and need help.
                   Starting time for the meeting: doors open at 1:30 (for refreshments and rose-chat), meeting to begin at 2:00

* The meeting will be a round table discussion  on "Rose Growing Problems: Help and Solutions" 

* Members are invited to bring in surplus garden tools for a tool swap.

*Annual photo contest will be divided into 2 categories this year.

       Category 1:  For those who have had two or more photos as the monthly featured rose in the CRS calendar.

       Category 2:   All others.

- Photos must be a min. of 8x10  max. of 8.5 x 11.

-The name of the rose or description of the subject and the entrant's name must be posted on the back of the photo.

- An digital version of the photo must be available.
- up to six photos can be entered per person

Plastic sleeves will be provided.
All CRS members can vote.


RIRS   Feb. 13- Member Presentations.

Connecticut~!    Feb. 18-21     The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show 2016- Connecticut Convention Center,

                                  Many of our members will be tending either the CRS Booth or the Federated Garden Clubs Booth.  In addition there will be speakers including members Marci Martin, and Angie and Mike Chute.  Y'all Come!!


        NERS    Feb. 20    10:00    Jerry Amoroso from Weeks Roses


Feb. 26-28    Penn-Jersey has scheduled a Convention       
    A Chemical Safety Seminar
 will be presented by Don Myers, ARS Consulting Rosarian Chair on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:15am at the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA.  This Seminar will meet the Chemical Safety requirements for one CR Credit.

March Events:

March 6, 2016    "Pesticide Safety - What You Should Know", presented by Sarah Bailey, Master Gardener Coordinator of Hartford County

               Sarah Bailey is a Certified Advanced Master Gardener, a Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional and Pesticide Safety Educator. She has worked in the horticultural industry for the last two decades as, variously, a retail nursery manager, a private gardener and garden designer and a consultant for several landscape firms. She is the Hartford County coordinator for the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program and the Extension Youth Gardening coordinator. She currently serves on the education committee of the CT Nursery and Landscape Association.
                                Also- Toolswap, and ongoing event.  Bring 'em in!

                                     And for our spoecial buy roses, get your order in ASAP!!  See green highlight above on this page. 

       RIRS- March 12    Daylilies- You're Gonna Love 'em.


CRS Members may order 2016 Rose Sale from the Order Sheet here


February Events:


Boston    March 16-20    Boston Flower Show, Seaport World Trade Center

       NERS    March 19    10:00    Chemical Safety, Craig Dorchel., Chu, George and Barbara  (This earns one (1) CR Continuing Ed. Credit)

Yankee Dist.    April 1-3, 2016    Yankee District Convention    Mainstay Hotel, Middletown, RI
                                                        Speakers: Stephen Scanniello- President of the Heritage Foundation & Author
                                                                        Paul Zimmerman-  Director of Biltmore International Rose Trials & Author
                                                                        Mike and Angelina Chute- Owners of Rose Solutions & Authors
                                                                        Irwin Ehrenreich- Owner of The Rose Man
                                        Five of the seminars are worth 1 CR Credit each

For more information, and for the Registration forms and link to the hotel, go to: the Yankee District Web Site 

                        Additional encouragement:  

Many of our members may not realize how informative and how much fun the annual district convention, hosted this year by the Rhode Island Rose Society in Newport, really is.
Irwin and Cindy have assembled a stellar program of speakers and book signings -- a cornucopia of rose culture concentrated into a daylong program. Along with the Facebook page, a list of speakers and topics can be found on the Yankee District website or in the current issue of the Rhode Island Rose Review. This issue also includes Newport hotel info, a registration form, and everything else you need to know.
Besides the lectures and lunch, the super raffle at the end of the daytime program is chock full of goodies donated by vendors, garden centers and members.
The Saturday evening awards dinner/buffet includes great food and the annual awards announcements followed by the Yankee District Rose Auction. Marci Martin has outdone herself this year by obtaining donations of bare-root roses from Weeks and Star including several 2017 yet-to-be introduced varieties.
Plan on staying both Friday night and Saturday nights because the hotel deal is unbelievable and the hospitality room, open both evenings, is filled with rose talk, snacks, beer and wine. (Bring a snack and a bottle of wine to share.)
REGISTER NOW so Irwin and Cindy will know.
The Yankee District convention is a really good time.


April Events:

               RIRS- April 9    Open the Garden (Roger Williams Rose Garden, Rhode Island)


CRS    April 10, 2016    1:30 PM    Rose Auction
                                One-on-One "Opening the Garden"

                NERS    April 16    10:00    Pruning Roses Demonstration  (see locations in the preface section)


CRS    May 1,    2016       Starts at 2:00 PM    Quick and Easy Arrangements- Marci Martin
     Great Arrangements made with Everyday Household and Garden Items.  Audience Participation

Each meeting includes the Tool and Gear Swap (reminder).

                                                This meeting will be in Glastonbury Public Library

               RIRS    May 14-  Rose Show Prep

May Events:     

                   NERS    May 21    10:00    Entering Roses in a Rose Show and Nominations for 2017 Board


June Events:

CRS    June 5,    2016    1:30 PM    Dave Long, CR, Exhibiting Floribundas, OGRs, Shrubs

               RIRS    June 18    Rose Show-

CRS    June 19,   2016    6:30 AM Doors open for setup    Annual Rose Show-  Pond House Elizabeth Park

                   NERS    June 26    NERS Rose Show    Tower Hill Botanical Gardens 12-4 open to public


July Events:

CRS July 10, 2016    CRS Member Pot Luck Picnic    Wallingford, CT  Dave & Dot Ciak's Home

                   NERS    July 16    Visit to members Gardens- TBD


July 29-31    ARS National Rose Show and Conference    Grantville (Harrisburg area), PA


August Events: 

Aug. 13, 2016    RIRS    Compost Tea in the Rose Garden-  Paul Raymond
                             And Mid-summer Rose Garden Maintenance Tasks    Bring sunscreen and pruners


September Events:

CRS Sept. 18. 2016   Roundtable- What worked in the gaden and what did not.
                                            Plus Ice Cream Social


Sept 10    Yankee District Rose Show, Cape Cod    

                            Here is the Rose Show Schedule   
                           Here is the Lobster Fest Weekend Events and Times

               RIRS    Sept. 10    9:30 AM    Pesticidies and Garden Safety     Mike & Angie Chute    Weaver Lib., East Providence

                  NERS    Sept 17    10:00    Meeting: Which Roses Did Well, Which Did Not, and Why ?

October Events:

CRS    Oct. 2, 2016    Last Rose of Summer Contest AND "Closing the Rose Garden"
                Participants will have an opportunity to show case their best last rose of summer in two classes: miniature and  large roses. Unlimited entries, no duplicates. Display paraphernalia will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries, which will be decided by judges and members. Marci Martin, Master Rosarian, will discuss closing the garden while judging takes place.  Doors open at 1:30, meeting begins at 2 p.m.  Refreshements will be available.  Free and open to the public. 

                RIRS    Oct. 8    9:30 AM    Annual Photo Contest    Garden Classroom, Roger Williams Park

                 NERS    Oct 15    Founders Day Luncheon, Fusilli's Cafe, Reading, MA

November Events:

   CRS    Nov. 6, 2016  1:30 PM  Upcoming Star Roses varieties    Tom O'Connell

Every year more than a 1,000 potential new roses undergo an extensive trial period and evaluation on both the East and West coasts. In the end, only 5 to 7 new roses make it to market. CT Rose Society and guest speaker Tom O'Connell of Star Roses, invite the public to a sneak preview of new and exciting rose selections for "2017 and Beyond" on November 6 at the Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 W. Main. Doors open at 1:30 for refreshments, meeting begins at 2 pm. 


RIRS    Nov. 12    9:30 AM    Garden Maintenance at the Victorian Rose Garden    Roger Williams Park

NERS    Nov. 19    10:00    Winterizing Roses + Installation of Officers

December Events:

  CRS    No Dec. Meeting

                RIRS    Dec. 10    9:30 AM    Annual Holiday Meeting    Garden Classroom    Roger Williams Park


Past 2017 Events:

 NERS    Jan. 7    12:00    After Holiday Luncheon    Chateau, Andover, MA

CRS     Jan. 8, 2017   1:00 PM    Member's Holiday Luncheon Location Bacci Grille. Cromwell, CT

January Events:

           RIRS     Jan. 14    12 noon-3 PM     Annual Potluck Luncheon        Classroom, Roger Williams Park   Plus!  Grand Raffle


February Events:

CRS    Feb. 5, 2017    Program: Marci Martin: History of Elizabeth Park          

Who was Charles and Elizabeth Pond?  How did their expansive property become such a magnificent park of Hartford?  Who was responsible for designing the oldest municipal rose garden in the USA? Marci Martin, Master Rosarian, will present the park's history through a series of pictures from early 1900's to present day

           RIRS    Feb. 11    9:30 AM-noon    Rose "Jeorpardy" Competition, CR Roundtable    

           NERS    Feb. 18    10:00 AM    Heather Poire, Bailey's Rep 

Feb. 23-26  CT Flower Show- Convention Center in Hartford   
                    CRS will have a display, and 60 of 'our' roses will be there, from greenhouse forced-bloom
                        Theme: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves                  
                            > volunteers to man the CRS Exhibit needed-

The theme of the show this year is ‘Woodland Enchantment.’ We decided to follow a fairy tale theme, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’


Snow White and Cottage



March Events:

CRS     March 5, 2017    Calendar Contest.  Program: Improving Our Photography Easily- Dave Candler

This is about Improving Flower Photography, but the emphasis is how to do that with any camera you have, without expensive additional equipment, and things done easily.  There will be some pointers for those more experienced folks with Big Black Cameras, so if that is your situation, don’t worry. 
The basic idea is to make our photos stand out from the rest; to create something unique and inspiring; something with that “wow” factor.  These tips will provide a starting point to getting more creative images of flowers and inspire you to try techniques and ideas that you may not have tried before. Trying some of these will get us all out shooting more, and that can’t be a bad thing. 
Main Topic Categories:
Perspective and Composition
Focus and Movement
Advanced Topics

    See detailed notes in the Photo Section, Rose Photography/ Articles


          RIRS    Mar 11    9:30   Annual Meeting    Weaver Library, E. Providence    Minis/Minifloras- Craig Dorshall

           NERS   Mar. 18   10:00 AM      Tom O'Connell    Star Roses Rep.

                        Mar. 22-26     Boston Flower Show    Seaport World Trade Center

Yankee Dist    March 31-April 2    Annual Convention    "Le Fleur de Rose: A Love Story"    Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT

                              March 31- Consulting Rosarian School

        Here are all the particulars!:

The Convention Poster

Convention Announcement

Speakers and Bios

Schedule of Events

Registration Form

Cuisine Offerings

YDC Rose Show in Photographs- The Rules for Entry

March 31- Consulting Rosarian School Information:


Consulting Rosarian School Announcement
CR School Application (needeed for attending the school for credit)


   RIRS    Apr 8    9:30 AM    Opening the Roger Williams Vitorian Rose Garden , including demos of pruning, plantig and climbers.  Talks, demos, and member table.

CRS     April 9, 2017    Annual Auction. One-on-one Opening the Garden.  Pick up Roses previously ordered.  Rose Auction of donated roses!!

          NERS    Apr. 15    10:00 AM    Pruning and Planting Roses Demonstration 







  Playboy rose photo