Syracuse Rose Society

Founded in 1911, the Syracuse Rose Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote, educate and celebrate the world of roses.

In addition to monthly meetings and overseeing the care of the E.M. Mills Rose Garden, the Syracuse Rose Society also sponsors and hosts rose-related events for the community.

Would you like to volunteer at the Mills Rose Garden? Volunteers maintain the garden every Wednesday morning from April until November. Volunteers are welcome to come to the garden and help between 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. No gardening experience is necessary!


SRS Rose Fair 

Interested in learning more about roses? Each year, the Syracuse Rose Society hosts a Rose Fair in Aprilat the Liverpool Public Library. The event is organized by Jim Kahler and Mary Pat McHale. Admission is free.

Visitors can learn about every aspect of growing beautiful roses from knowledgeable members of the Syracuse Rose Society. Exhibits and “hands-on” demonstrations will cover a variety of topics pertaining to roses. 

For more information, contact Jim Kahler (315) 985-3916. 


2017 Rose Day is June 14!

The beauty and splendor of roses is celebrated annually in June on Rose Day at the E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden in Thornden Park. The event is hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation and the Syracuse Rose Society. 

This year's event scheduled for June 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Rose Day is free and open to the public. Rose and garden lovers of all ages stroll around the Mills Garden and enjoy hundreds of beautiful rose bushes in bloom. 


The SRS Rose Show

The Syracuse Rose Society's annual Rose Show is held in June. The 2017 SRS Show will be June 25 at Destiny USA.Many members and non-members enter and display their roses and rose arrangements for ribbons and other awards.

Other SRS Activities 

The New York State Rose Show (August): Many SRS members exhibit and clerk at this annual show. 

Go to the New York District website for more details. Click here

(Below) SRS member Dorothy Storms works on her rose entries at the 2015 New York State Fair.