Who We Are
IN 2024, FORT VANCOUVER ROSE SOCIETY
CELEBRATES 71 YEARS OF ALL THINGS ROSES!
We are the rose society in Vancouver, Washington, established in 1953, and a proud member of the American Rose Society (ARS). Join us at our next general meeting and let's talk roses! Our General Membership Meetings are 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, February through June,
and September through December.
In July of 1953, the Fort Vancouver Rose Society was founded through the inspirational efforts of Helene Schoen, Judge Eugene Cushing, Florence Talbot and Bob Broeren. The society consisted of 133 charter members.
The Fort Vancouver Rose Society encourages the interest in and the cultivation of the rose. It is affiliated with the American Rose Society and endeavors to spread the love of the rose whenever and wherever possible.
The Fort Vancouver Rose Society is very active throughout the community and is open to all who wish to grow in their understanding and enjoyment of the rose. Our present public service and educational activities include planting, pruning and caring for the roses each year at the Esther Short Park Rose Garden and the Covington House Rose Garden. Additionally, the Fort Vancouver Rose Society provides consulting services at the O.O. Howard House Heritage Rose Garden.
The society also holds public rose pruning demonstrations (rose care seminars) each spring and an annual rose show. The show attracts exhibitors and visitors from the Pacific Northwest.
Last year--our 70th Anniversary Year--was celebrated with special speakers at our monthly meetings, sales of vintage as well as current FVRS apparel, a spectacularly successful Rose Auction in March and Silent Auction in May, a beautiful Rose Show in June, Garden Tour in July and a special celebration of our 70th Anniversary Year in September... ending our 70th year in December with our well-attended (and delicious!) annual dinner meeting at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
The society will hold its first meeting of 2024 on Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. at St. Luke's-San Lucas Episcopal Church in Vancouver. We're looking forward to our 71st year of bringing rose enthusiasts together!
LOCATION OF MEETINGS
St. Luke's-San Lucas Episcopal Church
426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
Directions to St. Luke’s ~ San Lucas Episcopal Church: St. Luke’s is west of I-5 on Fourth Plain Boulevard, just 1.3 miles north of the Columbia River. Our parking lot is reached from Fourth Plain Boulevard by driving north on “F” Street and then driving west on East 27th Street. The lot is posted. There is no parking on Fourth Plain.
I-5 Southbound Directions Take exit 1D, keeping right onto Fourth Plain Blvd Westbound, Turn right at the first light onto “F” Street, Turn left at the first intersection onto 27th Street and into our parking lot.
I-5 Northbound Directions Take exit 1C/1D keeping left and following the signs to Fourth Plain Blvd, Turn left onto Fourth Plain Blvd. Westbound, Turn right at the second light onto “F” Street, Turn left at the first intersection onto 27th Street and into our parking lot.
For additional information, contact FVRS representative (see our Contact page).
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