Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Heather Schamerhorn will be with us this evening, speaking on the timely and particularly encouraging topic of 'From Chafer Beetles to a Rose Garden.'

Heather is a certified landscape designer and consultant who helps property owners and managers create healthy, sustainable landscapes.  She is passionate about the environment and enjoys creating gardens that benefit nature.

Heather became professionally involved in horticulture in 1973 and has owned and managed a design and maintenance company since 1978. Her training began early, growing up on a dairy farm where her family raised most of their food. She studied landscape technology at BCIT and later certified as a landscape designer. She now focuses primarily on design and consulting with an emphasis on ecology, plant health, and using our resources wisely. 

Several gardens she has created and or influenced have been featured on North Shore Natural gardens tours. She has been involved with removing invasive plants and restoring habitat in Mahon Park, taught gardening courses for School District #45, the North Shore Recycling Program and City of Richmond. She currently writes a monthly column, “Design in Nature”, for the North Shore News.

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

A Walk in the Rose Garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden, plus a Parlour Show, and a Roses Q&A session.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Nita-Jo Roundtree, speaking on her new book, 'Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest'.

Tuesday, October 17, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Jason Crouch, from Fraser Valley Rose Farm, in Deroche, will be with us this evening. Topic: TBA.

Tuesday, November 21, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Annual General Meeting and Holiday Social.

This is our last meeting of the year during which members will have the chance to elect and welcome our new Executive for 2018.

After the business portion of the meeting is completed, we'll have a demonstration on how to create some stunning Holiday floral arrangements.

Finally, our November meeting will include our fun-filled Christmas Social!  We ask all members to please bring a plate of appetizers or sweets, already plated, to share with everyone as we enjoy our annual seasonal festivities. The room will be festively decorated to help us start off the holiday season with a little good cheer, great food and lively conversation with our rose friends.

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.

This year's tour is underway, so make sure your Membership is up-to-date so you'll be ready to come 'ooh' and 'aah' with us as each weekend's schedule is announced.

A New Tradition Blooms!

Thanks to a suggestion by our own Alex Waterhouse-Heyward -- and the enthusiastic follow-up response from our membership -- we have just added a new page to our website: And So It Begins! 

Gathered here are photos VRS members sent in of their 'first bloomers' of 2017. What better way to share a snapshot with others of why we are so passionate about our roses?!

The permanent link to this page can now be found on the main menu, under About Roses. Enjoy!

Rose Show 2018

Life members Lesley Finlay and Brenda Viney with the rose show trophy named for them and Janet Wood. (Photo courtesy of Alex Waterhouse-Hayward.)

The Vancouver Rose Society will proudly host its 65th Rose Show in 2018, providing exhibitors and admirers alike a grand opportunity to celebrate the ‘Queen of the Garden’.

With hundreds of home-grown and exquisitely fragrant beauties on display, this premiere biennial event will be held next in June 2018 at VanDusen Garden in the Floral Hall.

Photos from the 2016 Rose Show can be viewed by clicking here.