The following describes various honors, awards, achievements and recognition of accomplishments which are bestowed on members who have distinguished themselves and the Topeka Rose Society.


Each year the Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and the immediate past President, select a member who has provided significant and outstanding service to the Topeka Rose Society in the past and prior years. The members so honored have their names engraved on a beautiful silver perpetual rotating trophy dedicated to the memory of Fran and Dee Johnson.


The American Rose Society (ARS) has for years honored members for distinguished and outstanding service at the national level with the prestigious Gold Honor Medal. Similarly, outstanding service at the regional level is recognized with the Silver Honor Medal. In 1993, The ARS Board of Directors authorized the creation of a new ARS Bronze Honor Medal to recognize outstanding service at the local level. Like the TRS Outstanding Member Award, the recipient of this award is selected by the TRS Executive Committee. The ARS Bronze Honor Medal is the highest and most prestigious award a local society can bestow on a member.


In 1995, the ARS authorized a new program for upgrading the knowledge, expertise and participation of consulting rosarians by introducing the Consulting Rosarian Guide manual.

Effective in 1995, all consulting rosarians (CR's) are required to obtain and to study the manual, attend a six hour district school based on the content of the manual and take an open book examination following which they will receive the designation of ARS Accredited Consulting Rosarian. The primary ARS requirements are membership in the ARS for three years and active membership in a local society. All CR's must have grown roses of various types for at least five years and be knowledgeable in all equipment and materials related to rose culture. According to the Consulting Rosarian Guide, it is incumbent upon consulting rosarians to share their knowledge with those less informed on the care of roses and exercise every effort to further a greater interest in the rose. They should be available to help friends, neighbors, rose society members or anyone who is interested in learning about roses and their culture.

The Topeka Rose Society and the ARS is encouraging all current and prospective new consulting rosarians to obtain and study the new manual, 2nd Edition, July 2001, from ARS. The next CR school is scheduled to be held in Des Moines, IA in September, 2002. Initially, all CRs were "grandfathered" and permitted to keep their titles until accredited or until 2003.

Being a CR is more than an obligation to share technical knowledge concerning roses. It involves participation in activities of the rose society to which they belong, whether it is helping set up a rose show, showing slides at meetings, writing articles for meetings or publications or serving on any of the society's committees. On the broader level, CR's should be ever active in furthering the cause and interests of the American Rose Society in whatever way they can.


In response to frequent requests for information, this page explains what a "judge" is and the requirements to become one. All rose societies affiliated with the American Rose Society (ARS) use judges in their rose shows that have been certified by the ARS. These Judge, the individual must first apply for an Apprentice Rose Judge Certificate. To obtain this certificate, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria and standards established by the ARS.

For example, the individual must have been an ARS member for the past three years. the characteristics and the range of variability of at least 100 varieties, including hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, miniature, climber and the old garden rose classes.

The official ARS judges' handbook is known as Guidelines For Judging Roses because it establishes certain standards by which roses are judged. The applicant must be thoroughly familiar with these standards and must be willing to follow the ARS rules and technical requirements concerning disbudding, bud versus bloom, ideal form, substance, color, size, etc. of individual varieties. The applicant must have been a successful exhibitor and must have won more than five blue ribbons for at least three years in at least five shows.

Having met all of these requirements, the applicant must then attend an ARS Accredited Judging School, pass a written test and pass an actual judging test. The applicant then receives an Apprentice Rose Judge Certificate. The Apprentice must then judge five rose shows over a period of three years under the tutelage and watchful eyes of five different Accredited Judges. If all five of the Accredited Judges give the apprentice a favorable rating, the Apprentice then is awarded the coveted title of an ARS Accredited Rose Judge.

The above discussion describes the regimen to become a HORTICULTURAL judge because most people are familiar with the judging of rose specimens in a rose show.

However, many people enter the Artistic (arrangements) Division of a show which is judged by an ARS Accredited Arrangements Judge. The regimen for an ARRANGEMENTS judge is the same as that for a horticultural judge with one additional requirement--the individual must first be an Accredited Horticultural Judge. The applicant must first study the ARS manual, Guidelines For Judging Arrangements, attend the school, pass the written and practical judging tests and becomes an ARS Apprentice Arrangements Judge. Within three years, after favorably judging five shows and winning three blue ribbons for their own arrangements, the ARS will change the appointment from Apprentice to ARS Accredited Arrangements Judge.

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