Bowling Green Rose Society

Proudly affiliated
with the
American Rose Society


 Rose Show

All Seasons Gas Grill & Fireside Shop

Alvaton Nursery – Brad Kirby


Batteries Plus

Better Hearing Center

Claire Campbell

Market & Café

Doug’s Motor City Bar & Grill, Inc.

Greenwood Ford

Jackson’s Orchard

Merrill Lynch – Michael Manship

Norris Thomas, CPA

RC Bottling Corp. – Mike Trimble, GM

Simply Mulch

State Farm
 Curt Gammons

Ted Strode Insurance

Wheeldon Company, LLC

Woodward Chiropractic


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Welcome to BGRS

Next Meeting
June 3 - 2:30 pm
3132 Nashville Road
Program: TBA

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 Ben Matus, President, at 270.745.9935 or e-mail BGRS for additional information. Meetings are held the first Friday night of each month 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.

2016 Executive Committee of 
The Bowling Green Rose Society

President - Ben Matus
Secretary -
Norma Stevenson
Treasurer - Ann Jacobs
Member-at-Large - Claire Campbell

Past President - Mary Ann Hext
Publications -
Mary Ann Hext

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BGRS Rose Show
May 21, 2016   2-4 pm
American Legion Hall on Dishman Lane
here for our Rose Show Schedule


President's Message
by Ben Matus

A couple of weeks of really outstanding weather is behind us. This day is gray and chilly. But, the forsythias are in full, gorgeous bloom. Daffodils have been up for a while now. I’ve mowed once already and sprayed for black spot. More glorious spring weather is predicted for next week. Weather wise, it’s time to prune. Calendar wise, not so much. 

So, to prune or not to prune? That is the question. Or… Aye, and that’s the rub!  Decisions, decisions, decisions. Past bad judgment argues it both ways.  I remember well late March and early April freezes that destroyed tender new growth as well as whole plants. However, I also remember early springs where I waited and the job was so much harder due to all of the new growth one had to work through.

I think I’ll split the difference and start toward the end of the month if the weather holds and the long range forecast is favorable. Our three Knock Outs are already well leafed out, so we’ll get them first, I think. Then we’ll get the other shrubs. If for no other reason than that they seem to be hardier plants than the grafted hybrids. Hopefully a late freeze won’t damage them so much, should it happen.

We have found a young lady that would like to learn to grow roses. She is going to help us out in a sort of paid internship. She’ll be doing most of the pruning. It will probably be best to start in the back beds for her to begin to learn. That way by the time she gets into the courtyard she’ll have a better handle on the process. 

Some of our best roses are in the courtyard, still. Perhaps we can count on some of them being ready for our rose show if we prune them a little later. All ya’ll know that we don’t exhibit, but we will be bringing a few to jam in a vase and help fill the tables. 

Here’s to no late freezes and beautiful roses this season for all of us. Happy spring!


BGRS Rose Show - May 21, 2016
American Legion Hall on Dishmman Lane
2-5 pm - Free to Public

Click here for rose show schedule!




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