Welcome to the new Topeka Rose Society Web Site!
The objective of the Topeka Rose Society (TRS) is to educate its members and the public on all facets of rose growing and to grow and show the best roses possible. Organized in 1955, TRS has been an active and progressive organization for more than 50 years in promoting an increase in growing roses in the home gardens of Topeka and surrounding cities. By ordinance of the City of Topeka, the society acts in an advisory capacity in the maintenance of the Reinisch Rose Garden. TRS is affiliated with the American Rose Society, a national organization with about 350 affiliated rose societies having a total ARS membership of approximately 20,000 households.
Programs are generally concerned with some phase of rose culture, including fertilizing, winter protection, preparation of the soil, planting, pruning, spraying and information relating to the selection of the best roses for this area. Each program is different. Some programs include colored slides of members' gardens, cultural histories of roses, and rose experts speaking on subjects of seasonal interest. After the meetings, refreshments are served. Relaxed conversations and group visits to members' rose gardens and other rose gardens in the city foster warm friendship and fellowship among members.
King of all TRS activities is the annual rose show which gives members and non-members a chance to show quality roses grown in their own yards in their early summer glory. These roses are judged by American Rose Society Accredited Judges. Trophies, ribbons and certificates are awarded to the top roses of each class. After the judging, the show is open to the public so they may admire the spectacular displays of roses on the show tables.