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Rose society Listing last updated on 24 Jun 2018.
PO Box 30,000
Shreveport, Louisiana 71130-0030
The American Rose Society is the largest single-plant society in the United States. Founded in 1892, it is a non-profit educational organization which promotes the growth and appreciation of the national flower of the United States -- the Rose. The ARS provides rose assistance for home gardeners, sponsors local rose societies throughout the U.S. and serves as the international registrar for roses throughout the world. ARS headquarters is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the Gardens of the American Rose Center, the Society's 118-acre park -- the nation's largest private garden dedicated to roses.
[From Roses of America
, by Stephen Scanniello and Tania Bayard, p. 20:] During its early years, the American Rose Society was essentially a small association of commercial nurserymen. The man who transformed it into a dynamic organization of dedicated amateur as well as professional rose growers was J. Horace McFarland, president of the society from 1930-1932, who published the first American Rose Annual
in 1916 and served as editor of the prestigious yearbook for nearly thirty years.