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, for one, really enjoyed listening to Mark Nelson of Nelsonís Florida Roses. His family truly pioneered the production of Fortuniana rootstock roses and will likely continue to produce lots of beautiful roses in the future. I like Markís straight-forward manner of speaking. When asked about what is new in roses, he replied "nothing," and I agree. It is hard to find a better red rose than ĎMister Lincolní.

Judging by the quality of the roses I saw at our "in-house" rose show, someone must have been inspired by the program about BioGreen fertilizers. With this cooler weather, liquid types or water-soluble fertilizers, like BioGreen or Peters 20-20-20, have a readily available form of nitrogen that will give your plants a quick boost and really green up the leaves.

The liquid fertilizers are short lived (except for BioGreen, Iím told) and need to be applied frequently, so it is wise to add some granular fertilizers or organic fertilizers to the soil as well. I like Osmocote timed re-lease fertilizer as well as Milorganite, or any other animal manures.

A well-fed plant will produce lots more flowers and will better be able to fight off disease. Get your plants fed now because this monthís pro-gram is about earthworms. I have had some great results using worm castings in my potted roses. I was told to hold back on the fertilizer when first applying the worm poop in order to make the poop more effective. I donít know if thatís true or not because I never held back on the fertilizer, but I did have great results from the roses I experimented on.  Is castings another word for poop? Who decided to call them castings? Let not your heart be troubled, these questions and more will be answered at this monthís meeting. I hope to see you there.



How Earthworms Can Help Your Roses at March 24 Meeting

Everything you ever wanted to know about earthworms and more will be the subject of our March 24 meeting. David Weychert of Majic Earth will discuss the history of earthworm castings, as well as the anatomy and functioning of the earthworms. He will also tell us about the gardening uses and application of earthworm castings. Weychart will have product with him that will be available for sale.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Mounts Auditori-um, 559 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach (west side of Military Trail be-tween Southern and Belvedere). If you have roses in bloom, bring some to enter in the informal rose show. Doors open at 7 p.m.





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, March 24, 7:30 pm, GPBRS Meeting, Mounts Auditorium, Topic: Earthworm castings

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




Next Board Meeting

Monday, March 24, 6 pm, GPBRS Board Meeting, Mounts Auditorium


Up Coming Events

Reserve Your Space on the Trip to Bok Tower Gardens and the Rose Gardens at Florida Southern College

The date for the trip is Saturday, March 29 and a 15-passenger bus has been reserved. We will leave from the front parking lot of Mounts Botanical Garden promptly at 8 am. The trip cost is $32, payable at time of reservation (make checks out to GPBRS). The cost includes transportation and a box lunch.  Admission charge to Bok Tower will be on your own. Bok Tower Garden charges $12, but if you are a Mounts Garden member or ARS member you get in free. Please save the date and reserve your place early.

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

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.

Editor's Corner


St. Patrickís Day is fast approaching and this reminds me of one of my favorite rosesó íSt. Patrick.í This rose (pictured below) is so named because, quite often, the outer petals are a light green. This rose grows great in hot climates like ours and is a prolific bloomer.

The only downside is that it has very little fragrance, but is otherwise a great rose.

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 April 6.

Hope to see you at the next meeting,

Bill Langford







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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