Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm

via Zoom

Well-known World Rose Convention attendee and rosarian from Japan, Yuki Mikanagi, will talk to us via Zoom about “Growing Roses in Japan.”

Yuki is Curator of the herbarium and head of the department of collection management of the Natural History Museum & Institute, Chiba (Japan). She received a Doctorate of Agriculture degree from Chiba University in 1994. She has written ‘The Handbook of Wild Roses in Japan,’ and ‘A Book of Enchanting Old Roses’ in Japanese.

She is past chairperson of the WFRS Conservation and Heritage Committee, a judge at the International Fragrant Rose Trials in Echigo Hillside Park (Japan), a board member of the NPO Rose Culture Institute and the Japan Horticultural Society. She is a member of the Japan Rose Society, the Biological Society of Chiba, the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, the Botanical Society of Japan, and the Japanese Society for Plant Systematics.

Yuki is the founder of a short climbing rose from China, called ‘Yuki’s Dream’. Yuki is very knowledgeable about roses in Japan, and has presented at various World Rose Conventions.  

VRS QUESTION & ANSWER PERIOD:  our usual Q&A session for any members re questions/problems/concerns in their own gardens will take place at the end of our meeting.


Tuesday, November 15, 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 2023, folowed by our fun-filled Christmas Social!  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.


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? Well...leave it up to gardeners in Victoria, BC to show us how well (and early!) gardens grow there. Crenagh E. shares this lovely photo of  "Lady Banks" (Rosa banksiae lutea) with a 'first' bloom date of March 31, 2022.

You can view a larger version of Crenagh's 'Lady Bank's photo 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 with photos of many more 'first blooms' from across the Lower Mainland as they make their seasonal debuts over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we have included a number of links to Alex's blog posts about early bloomers which can be found on the same page.


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 2022.