The Greater Palm Beach
Rose Society


Membership Application


Welcome.  You have found the website of the local rose society based in Palm Beach County, Florida. We would love to help you grow beautiful roses.

The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society serves the South Florida counties of Broward, Palm Beach and Martin.

Our Society is very active year round with garden walks,   shows, workshops and many other events. We do take a summer siesta where we do not have monthly regular meetings. This allows us to rejuvenate.

Members of  The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society enjoy growing roses and the opportunity to be with other rose growers eager to share their hobby. Whether it is discussing growing roses at a meeting, showing and sharing roses at a Rose Show, or working together to maintain public  rose gardens, GPBRS  provides a unique atmosphere to socialize with other rose growers.

Monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations provide guests and members a means to continue learning about rose care. Each meeting has an educational program with time for questions and answers. 

The GPBRS newsletter provides timely articles on rose care each month instructing us when to plant, how and when to prune, how to take rose cuttings, which fertilizer to use for the different times of the growing season, selecting a rose to grow, plus articles by members sharing their garden experiences.   



President's Message

by Geoff Coolidge


I donít know if I should write about our garden tour experience, or, write a review of Fordís new 15-passen-ger van and its handling during gale force winds and 36 inches of flooding. We beheld the Bok Towerís story of creation in stained glass and then faced certain death as we drove blindly into the tempest past overturned vehicles, flying cows and what I believe was the wicked witch of the west riding a bicycle through the air.

The closest we came to the garden at Florida Southern was a parking lot off Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., about 200 yards from the garden. It could have been 20 feet away for all I know; it was raining so hard we couldnít see 10 feet in front of us.

We sat in silence in the parking lot for about 10 minutes staring in the direction of the garden. I saw a dim, blue glow in the distance and imag-ined it might be a Dairy Queen and that my last meal would be an Oreo Blizzard. Then, suddenly, a gigantic bolt of lightning lit up the sky and I realized the blue glow was just the pillars that would someday be covered by climbing roses. Without a word, I put the van in drive and floated out of the parking lot down Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. toward home. The next garden tour I go on, Iím going Greyhound!

On a lighter note, the refreshing rains and cooler temps have been really good for our roses. The flowers are much larger with longer stems, just in time for our Festival of Roses.

We should have a very good display of roses without the pressures of an American Rose Society-judged show. In other words, I have a chance of winning a prize, and so do you. Please call my lovely wife Debbie and volunteer to help set up the show, sell cut flowers, or assist at the education table. Your help is important to the club and to all the people that will have questions about growing roses. Above all, bring your roses to the show!


Hereís Ways We Can Use Your


The volunteer opportunity consists of helping out in the Mounts Rose Garden. The Society is responsible for the upkeep of the roses and we need your help in this task. Fred Frappier heads up this project. He often can be found in the garden in the mornings and almost always on the first Saturday of each month. Call Fred at (561) 951-8232, or email him at, and offer to help him in the Mounts garden.





Club  Meetings

Are held the fourth Monday of each month except May, June, July, August and December. 

Meetings start  at 7:30pm at Mounts Botanical Garden located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm  Beach.  Visitors and guests are always welcome. 

Annual dues are $18.00 for up to two family members. You will receive an informative monthly newsletter, The Rose Petal, via e-mail and you will also enjoy other great benefits such as discounts at local garden stores. The Membership period runs from January to December. Members come from all age groups and reside in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties.

For more information contact Geoff Coolidge, President, 561-684-2421 or


Next Meeting:

Monday, April 28, 7:30 pm, GPBRS Meeting, Mounts Auditorium

Monday, May 19, 7:30 pm, GPBRS Meeting, Mounts Auditorium


Next Board Meeting

Monday, April 28, 6 pm, GPBRS Board Meeting, Mounts Auditorium

Monday, May 19, 6 pm, GPBRS Board Meeting, Mounts Auditorium


Up Coming Events

Sat.-Sun., April 26-27, Rose Display & Contest, Hutcheson Building, Mounts Bo-tanical Garden

Happenings around the Deep South District of the American Rose Society

April 26, 2014 GPBRS Rose Contest and Display at Mounts Botanical Gardenís Spring Plant Sale, Contact: Debbie Coolidge at (561) 684-2421 or

May 10, 2014 Tampa Rose Society Rose Show, Westfield Citrus Park Mall, Tampa

Contact: Mark Prue, or

July 25-27, 2014 ARS National Miniature Rose Show & Convention, The Hotel ML, Mt. Laurel, NJ, Contact: Gus Banks at (609) 267-3809 or

Oct. 15-20, 2014 ARS National Fall Convention, "Roses in the Piney Woods," Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX, Contact: Jeff Ware at

Editor's Corner

I would like to ask a favor of you. I want you to enter your roses at our Fesitval of Roses on Saturday, April 26. You do not have to wake up early or worry about a lot of rules and regulations. This is your chance to enter roses that will be judged by people like you, rather than picky judges like me.

Donít worry if you have not entered in a flower show before, there will be other rosarians there to answer your questions and guide you along.

You could win a framed original rose artwork, but only if you participate.

As always, let me know if there is a topic you would like covered in a future newsletter.

Send articles, listings or questions to The submission deadline is May 5.

Hope to see you at the next meeting,

Bill Langford







Summer Rose Care





Pruning Guidelines for Roses



Rose Mosaic Virus



Quick Links


Garden Shoes Online


Mounts Botanical Garden


Cool Roses

The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society is an affiliate of the American Rose Society.

The Greater Palm Beach Rose Society Founded in 1970 has been promoting Rose growing in South Florida for over 40 years.

To go to the American Rose Society website click here.







You Got a Problem with that?

If you have questions about rose gardening, or if you are having problems with your roses, contact a Consulting Rosarian. As a member you will find their names and contact information listed below.

Consulting Rosarians

Our consulting Rosarians are appointed by the American Rose Society after spending years growing roses and being tested on their overall knowledge of roses and their care.

Debbie Coolidge  561-684-2421

Geoff Coolidge  561-684-2421

Bill Langford  561-642-0200

Evelyn Rose  561-432-7159

Freda Smith  561-676-9333