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About Potomac Rose Society



  • PRS values beauty, education, advocacy, earth-friendly garden practices, inclusion, diversity, community, and fun. 

  • PRS is a leader in sustainable rose culture. PRS members contribute to a world where roses are grown in harmony with nature in gardens everywhere. 

  • PRS is a diverse and welcoming society that creates opportunities to celebrate and advocate for earth friendly roses and gardens. 

  • We help our community to grow beautiful roses and more sustainable gardens by providing the latest research, experience and expertise on the plants and garden practices that make that possible.


History & Philosophy


Laguna® Large Flowered Climber by Lisa Mundy


The Potomac Rose Society (PRS) serves rose enthusiasts in Washington, DC; suburban Maryland; and Northern Virginia. We are a member organization of the American Rose Society. From its beginnings in 1931, PRS has sponsored or hosted informative programs and initiatives for rose lovers:

  • Lectures and demonstrations
  • Access to advice from local rose experts
  • Bimonthly newsletter (co-published with Arlington Rose Foundation)
  • Tours of regional rose gardens
  • Rose exhibitions

Our members are rose lovers from varied backgrounds and interests. Many members and prospective members tell us they want beautiful, fragrant, environmentally sustainable, low maintenance roses!

We have responded to these requests by diversifying our programming to include more information on growing modern as well as old garden roses in the mid-Atlantic region without the use of synthetic chemicals. We sponsored two highly successful symposia on disease-resistant roses and hosted nationally-recognized speakers Peter Kukielski, Gaye Hammond, and American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley.


The Potomac Rose Society is fortunate to have a number of active and enthusiastic members who are committed to growing roses exclusively in no-spray gardens. They regularly share their experiences and insights with us. We also recognize that some rosarians will choose to use synthetic chemicals to achieve the desired level of disease and pest control.

To sum up our philosophy in a few words:

You can grow beautiful roses

It doesn’t have to be hard

You don't have to spray

There are many choices

We can help

Officers and Directors 2021

For any inquiries about the organization, please contact any of the Potomac Rose Society officers and directors listed below.

OFFICE
NAME

CITY

TERM END*

PresidentShelley GaskinsWashington, DC2021
1st Vice PresidentCarol Edwards
Washington, DC
2021 
2nd Vice PresidentLisa Mundy
Washington, DC 2021 
SecretaryVictoria Boucher-Hille
Hyattsville, MD2021 
TreasurerJoe CoveyRockville, MD 2021 
Director Reed Abrahamson
Washington, DC2022 
Director


2023
DirectorPatricia Nelson
Washington, DC
2023
Director

 2022
Director
Jessica Bonilla
 Rockville, MD2021
Director
Kathy Jentz
 Silver Spring, MD2021

*Terms expire on December 31 of the year listed.
Top photo of Gold Medal by Rich Baer