Bowling Green Rose Society

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American Rose Society



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Welcome to BGRS

Next Meeting
February 10 - 2 pm


The objectives of the Bowling Green Rose Society are to encourage interest in and cultivation of the rose; to be affiliated with the American Rose Society; to spread information about the growing of roses; and to share the love of the rose whenever and wherever possible.


All persons who are in any way interested in growing roses shall be eligible for membership.  Currently the local dues are $15 per person.  You may contact Bob Jacobs, President, at 270.781-2592 or e-mail BGRS for additional information. Meetings are held the second Sunday afternoon of each month at 2 pm at the Warren County Extension Office on Nashville Road unless otherwise noted on the Meetings page. BGRS is a member of the Tenarky District of the American Rose Society.

2019 Executive Committee of 
The Bowling Green Rose Society

President - Ricky Lockhart
Past President -
Bob Jacobs
Secretary - Lynda Gibson

Treasurer - Linda McBride
Member-at-Large - Osei Thomas

Publications - Mary Ann Hext
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President's Message
by Bob Jacobs, Master Rosarian

Hello Rosarians!

The Fall Season is here and it has been a welcome with warm days and cooler nights. This has given our roses a nice spurt of growth and beautiful blooms.

Now our work begins as we prepare for winter. I am listing ways I like to winterize.

· Clean the rose beds of leaves and debris. 

· I will hold off cutting back until after two nights of temperatures down around 25 degrees. My hybrid teas are 5 foot tall so I like to cut them back to 2 ft. or so. 

· Pull off any leaves then continue around the garden pulling off leaves on all bushes except the climbers.

· Check the PH in different areas of your rose gardens to be sure the soil is 6.5 to 7.

· Then clean beds again, spray with Mancozeb to rid soil of any lingering disease. Or, some rosarians will use a dormant spray. 

· Mound the soil up around the bud union and add additional soil or mulch to your beds. 

· For roses that are in pots, I move the pots to a protected area up next to the house or garage. Wrap plastic bag around the pot and cover with a cone. Make sure there is an air vent in the top. We can have hot sunny days in the winter and you do not want to smother the plant.

IMPORTANT:  Come to our meeting Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. with any questions about your garden. Bring friends that have roses.  hare your roses in our in-club-competition. Have them clean and in a bud vase or pop bottle ready to place on the table.  Ann and I will help with placing on the table. 

Our nominating committee will present a slate of officers for next year. Nominations can be made from members at the meeting prior to voting. Plans for the Christmas Party in December will be announced. We will have a couple door prizes. Refreshments by Pauline and Ben Matus. 




2017 BGRS Rose Show Sponsors

All Seasons Gas Grill & Fireside Shop

RC Bottling Corp.

Simply Mulch

Southern States Co-op

State Farm - Curt Gammons

Ted Strode
Farm Bureau Insurance

The Garden Patch

Georgia & Howard Snyder

Wheeldon Company, LLC

Western Kentucky Coca-Cola
 Bottling Co.


Alvaton Nursery

Brad Kirby

Batteries + Bulbs

Better Hearing Center

Claire Campbell

Cambridge Market & Café

Doug’s Motor City Bar & Grill, Inc.

Jackson’s Orchard

Mammoth Cave Transplants

Merrill Lynch – Michael Manship

Norris Thomas, CPA

Mary Ann Hext





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