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WELCOME to the Greater Atlanta Rose Society website!  Thank you for taking the time to view our site.
Our members share a common goal - the enjoyment of roses and spreading that enjoyment to other gardeners. We accomplish this education and promotion through our monthly meetings, special events, rose show, garden tours, newsletter and Consulting Rosarian program.

Enjoy your visit!  We hope you find it interesting and informative.






Our program for August will be Wayne Juers speaking on "Perennials with ur Roses". Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Wayne was bitten by the horticulture bug when his maternal grandmother, whose yard was all willow trees, had him stick a branch into the ground and it miraculously rooted. He and his grandmother continued to work with different plants, rooting them, and watching them grow. Wayne attended a special high school in Queens, NY, that offered an agriculture program. From there he entered a landscape design program at a two year college in Cobleskill, NY, and went on to the University of Georgia where he received a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and one in Ag Education. He taught horticulture at Cherokee High School. In 1979 he began a 30-year career at Pike Family Nurseries where he developed training programs from Orientation to Manager Training. Wayne has trained over 500 people to become Georgia Certified Plant Professionals, and he continues to train students to take the state test. His yard, in which he allows his students to train, has over 350 plant species. In 2008 Wayne started a company called the Garden Specialist Plant Doctor, a specialty landscape design and installation company in Roswell, GA. He also taught at Chattahoochee Tech in Acworth, until after two years the company began to demand his full attention.

Over his 40 years in horticulture Wayne has been recognized by his colleagues with many awards from Young Nurseryman of the Year in 1981 and then Nurseryman of the Year in 1993, and Educator of the year in 2010. He has served on many different boards and committees with state and local horticultural societies. He just finished his term as chairman of the Georgia Green Industry Association and is glad he can get back to focusing on his company. His passion for plants and creativity with both woody and herbaceous plants has inspired many a gardener.




A few winners from the show:


Sara Coleman with her winning arrangement!


Cindy Dale's winning Floribunda spray!


Cathy Farmer's Winning Dowager Queen!







2014 Arrangements Schedule 


2014 Hort Schedule


2014 Tally Sheet of Winners 



Photos from Fernbank Rose Pruning Day!        












Rose Tips

Ask the Experts

Atlanta Rose Growing Basics

Lower Maintenance Roses

Rose Pests and Problems




Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dr. Jim Kelly's garden
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Featuring the garden of Anna Davis
Past Issues of the Phoenix



    Fernbank Rose Garden



American Rose Society


Our new GARS logo!



Congratulations to Bobbie Reed for all her hard work in making sure our newsletter, The Phoenix, is a Gold Medal Winner!










Greater Atlanta Rose Society (“GARS”)

Updated 8-10-14

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