About the Baton Rouge Rose Society

The Baton Rouge Rose Society is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the American Rose Society (ARS), and sponsor of the Botanical Rose Garden at Independence Park. Our society participates in many rose events including local and national rose shows, garden tours, pruning demonstrations, and rose sales.  We partner with the Botanic Garden, BREC, LSU, the ARS and Burden to educate the public about the joys of rose growing.

We are exploring new ways to use and enjoy roses in the landscape that reflect 21st century lifestyles. We are passionate about all varieties of roses, not just the stereotypical hybrid teas, but their ancestors, the old garden roses, and their descendants, the modern shrub roses. Many of these roses are disease resistant and will flourish in our hot, humid climate. We can help you select a rose that will become a focal point in your garden.

We have many activities planned each year. We participate in the spring sales at the Botanic Garden in the spring and the Baton Rouge Garden Show at LSU.  We host 2 pruning clinics each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. See our upcoming events page for more details on activities.

The BBRS is currently working with BREC to refurbish the Independence Park rose garden and make it more environmentally sustainable.  This is a cooperative effort by the Baton Rouge Rose Society, BREC and the Independence Park Botanic Council. After the new plantings have taken root, you will see the growth habits of all varieties of roses. There will be hardy Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, English Roses, Griffith Buck Roses, Miniatures, and many Old Garden Roses on display.  Pictured below is the Peggy Martin Rose, an old garden rose which survived the Hurricane Katrina flood in Plaquemines parish.

The Baton Rouge Rose Society normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at the Independence Park Garden Center, at 7:00 P.M.  We are anxious to share our interest in growing and exhibiting our national flower with everyone.  See the meeting schedule for meeting details.

If you are interested in learning more about growing roses in this area, please come to one of our meetings, call Carolle Olinde at 225.947.0830 or check with this web site.

We welcome your participation as we honor the Rose - symbol of love, friendship, beauty, and peace.

 Peggy Martin Rose