CRS Calendar of Events

Society Meetings and More


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Survey for the website complete. Revisions have been made, thank you for your participation!


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What a nice Holiday Party at the Dakota Steak House!  Photos will be forthcoming on the new website soon.

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For future CRS Meetings and Programs, go to the new website:


2017-2018 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: 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:    No longer are the meetings of other New England Rose Societies included on this page. Their meetings can be found on their web sites listed below:

       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:


2017- 2018


                                                                                                2017/2018 CRS PROGRAMS

 FEBRUARY 4, Steve Taylor from Sunny Borders Nursery – ‘Companion Planting for Roses’
                Rose Companions

Do you wish to design a garden that combines roses with other plantings? Steve Taylor of Sunny Border Nurseries will present a slide show with examples of formal, cottage, and naturalistic rose gardens and combinations of roses, perennials, shrubs and ground covers that go with each of these types of landscapes. Steve is a lifelong plantsman and avid gardener and will speak to the Connecticut Rose Society on February 4th at the Plainville Congregational Church, 130 W. Main St. The meeting begins at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm

        February 21-25, Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

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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 


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.

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

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


June Events:

CRS-    June 4, 2017    Exhibiting 101- Dave Ciak   and Early Bloomer  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

                           See the Rose Show Section for more information 

           NERS    June 25    NERS Rose Show    Tower Hill Botanical Garden 

July Events:

          NERS    July 8    Visit Member Garden     TBA 

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


CRS- July 16, 2017   1 PM     (Note: location and date changed from initial plan)

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

Same as ere-to-fore...potluck, bring a dish to share and please RSVP to Marci by July 10th. or 860-298-8686.


September Events:

Sept 8-10 ARS National Convention, PA   

                    Full information and Registration Forms on this link:

              Best date due to conflicts with the ARS National and Labor Day.

OCTOBER 1, Note Date change.....Dr. Mark Windham on Rose Rosette Disease (CR Credit) plus ‘Last Rose of Summer Contest’.

NOVEMBER 5, Composting with Master Composter Chuck Drake – Learn how to recycle plant material and return it to the soil at the next CT Rose Society meeting. Chuck Drake, a Master Gardener with a background in Forestry and Natural Resources Recreation, will give a presentation that touches upon composting basics and problem solving. Vermicomposting, a low maintenance system, will also be discussed and container construction demonstrated.

   ‘Chili Cook-off’ plus ‘One on One - Closing the Garden’







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