All Meetings and Events Cancelled until Further Notice

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden


As VanDusen Gardens is closed until further notice, meetings are cancelled for the time being. We will resume meetings and events when allowed to by Public Health Authorities.






 




2020

A Blooming Tradition!



Thanks to a suggestion by our own Alex Waterhouse-Heyward -- and the enthusiastic follow-up response from our membership -- our website includes a yearly celebration of the first blooms of every new gardening season. This year's winner of the "First Bloom" is from Dale A. who sends us this photo of his gorgeous "Barbra Streisand" with the following comments:


"Here is my first rose bloom for 2020 - the bud was half-eaten at the base by a (%$#@!!!) bug, but like her namesake, 'the show must go on!' It overwintered in a pot by the house on the south-facing covered patio, so that must have given her a head start - she has never bloomed this early before, and doesn't have any other buds on her yet!"

 

Thanks for sharing, Dale. And for all our members, please continue sending in photos of your First Blooms. What better way to share a snapshot with others of why we are so passionate about our roses?!


More photos of members' first blooms from this year can be found on the following page: And So It Begins! (The permanent link can be found on the main menu, under About Roses.)


Be sure to check back regularly as we will be updating this page as more 'first blooms' make their seasonal debut. Enjoy!



Open Gardens



Every year, many of our members throughout the Lower Mainland open their gardens to fellow VRS members to visit and enjoy the fruits of their labor and rosey inspirations.


We look forward to seeing you all at an Open Garden in 2021 when things (hopefully) return to normal!



VRS Rose Show 2018


A 2018 Winner!

(Photo courtesy Giovanna Bombino)

There are lots more photos of this year's event to see! Just click here.


The Vancouver Rose Society hosts its Rose Show biennially with the next show postponed until June 2021.


The 65th Vancouver Rose Show was held June 17, 2018 at VanDusen Botanical Garden's Floral Hall, provided exhibitors and admirers alike a grand opportunity to celebrate the "Queen of the Garden" on what turned out to b a picture-perfect sunny Sunday afternoon.


Thank you to all who participated and/or attended and made this year's event a spectacular success.


Awards, prizes and winners in the 2018 Vancouver Rose Show are:

  • Best Hybrid Tea Rose - VRS Challenge Trophy (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Theresa Krause for her Francis Meilland rose;
  • Dowager Queen Award - VRS Perpetual Trophy, for rose in existence before 1867 (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Margarita Zelenika for her Crested Moss Chapeau de Napoleon rose (1827);
  • Victorian Award - Peter Beales Victorian Award, for rose in existence on or after 1867 (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Ornella Bombino for her Chevy Chase rose;
  • Best Bowl or Basket - Archie Selwood Memorial Tray (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Sunhee Chang for her Roberta Bondar, Dublin Bay, Golden Gate, Eltza, Amodeus, and Apricot Candy roses;
  • Best Floral Display or Bouquet - The Finlay-Viney-Wood Trophy (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Elizabeth Sheppard for her unlabelled roses;
  • Best Floral Display (Rosette) to Giovanna Bombino for her Bloom star w/Pink Hydrangea display;
  • Best Bouquet (Rosette) to Elizabeth Sheppard for her Austine rose;
  • Best Box in Show (Rosette) to Ornella Bombino for her Liebeszauber rose;
  • Best Three or Five Stems in Show - Joan Yeomans Trophy (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Bob Price for his Liebeszauber, Elina, and All My Loving roses;
  • Three Sprays of a Floribunda, Shrub or Austin, any combination in all Orange, Apricot or their blends - Janet A. Wood Challenge (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Margarita Zelenika for her Casa dePajaro, Jump for Joy and Salish Sunset roses;
  • Three Exhibition Blooms - 1 red, 1 pink, and 1 yellow or their blends - Joan Yeomans Challenge (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Bob Price for his Liebeszauber, Elena, and All My Loving roses;
  • Best 3 or 5 Exhibition Blooms of a Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora (Rosette) to Bob Price for his About Face rose;
  • Best Three Sprays of Floribundas (Rosette) to Mary Irvine for her Shiloh Hill rose;
  • Three Decorative Blooms or Sprays of a Shrub rose (Rosette) to Margarita Zelenika for her Mama Millie rose;
  • Best Three stems of a David Austin rose (Rosette) to Margarita Zelenika for her Lady of Shalott rose
  • Best Three Stems of an Old Garden Rose (Rosette) to Ornella Bombino for her Chevy Chase rose;
  • Best Bloom Progression (Rosette) to Theresa Krause for her Laura Ford rose;
  • Best Spray of a Floribunda (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Mary Irvine for her Julia Child rose;
  • Best Grandiflora (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Margarita Zelenika for her South Africa rose;
  • Best Shrub Rose, excluding Austins (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Brenda Viney for her Lavender Lassie rose;
  • Best David Austin (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Margarita Zelenika for her Princess Alexandra of Kent rose;
  • Best Exhibition Bloom of a Miniature or Mini-Flora Rose (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to June and George Dugaro for their Holy Toledo rose;
  • Best Spray of a Miniature or Mini-Flora Rose (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to June and George Dugaro for their Holy Toledo rose;
  • Best Multi-Stem Miniature or Mini-Flora Rose Exhibit - Janet Henry Trophy (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Theresa Krause for her Laura Ford rose;
  • Best Novice Exhibit (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Yu Wei Zhao for Elina rose;
  • Most Fragrant Rose in Show (Rose & Keepsake Award) to Elizabeth Sheppard for her Paul Ricault Centifolia rose;
  • Best Entry in Photography (Rosette & Keepsake Award) to Brenda Viney for her photo of Brenda Viney rose;
  • Best Red in Show (Rosette) to Ornella Bombino for her Liebeszauber rose;
  • Best White in Show (Rosette) to Sunhee Chang for her Memoire rose;
  • Best Pink in Show (Rosette) to Theresa Krause for her Francis Meilland rose;
  • Best Yellow in Show (Rosette) to Bob Price for his Selfridges rose;
  • Best Orange/Apricot/Russet in Show (Rosette) to Louise Fox for her Anna's Promise rose.

Thanks to Giovanna Bombino, Paulette Orchard, and Mary Irvine for the many photos they took of this year's Rose Show and our many volunteers. All of these can be viewed by clicking here.