June 21, 2022, 7:30pm

Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Parlour Show Because we had to postpone our Rose Show until 2023 due to lack of blooms from just about all of our member gardens this year, we will instead use this General Meeting to help our members learn more about entering a rose show.  This is basically a rose show in miniature scale - from 100 clases down to 15 manageable classes for the meeting.

The entire meeting will be teaching everyone how to enter the show and we ask each member to bring in as many blooms as possible to enter this "show". 

We will have a talk from Bob Price about entering shows and then break out to three tables where we will teach exhibiting hybrid teas & floribundas, shrubs & Austins, and Old Garden Roses. 

After that, all our members

will then place their blooms into the show and judging will take place as we do an extensive Q & A period.  Once judging is finished, our Head Judge, Terry Martinich, will explain what was looked for in judging and why the winners won in each class.

It will be a fun, informal evening for our members to learn to take their hobby to the next level of exhibiting while enjoying the playful competitiveness that comes with showing your blooms.

Tuesday, July 19, 7:30pm

via Zoom

Sheena Harris speaking from South Africa on Rose Gardens of South Africa – Zoom meeting.

Sunday, August 14, 2022, 1 - 4:00PM

Delta, BC

VRS Members Only Annual Garden Party


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.