The RNRS is a charitable trust whose main aim and interest is to promote the rose.
The Society is run by a Board of Trustees, their role is to manage the Society and the head
quarters at the Gardens of the Rose in St Albans.
2015 is a landmark
year for the Society as it celebrated FIFTY YEARS since Queen Elizabeth II granted the Society a Royal
Charter. The Royal National Rose Society organises amateur rose shows across the UK; the season opener is at Malvern
in Worcester at the Three Counties Spring show. Summer show will be held at Squires Garden Centre in Shepperton. In the Autumn, the last National show of the year is held in conjunction with the
Great Autumn Show at Harrogate.
GOLD!. . . .
At the 2014 Harrogate Spring Show
we were delighted to be awarded a PREMIER GOLD medal for our stand. Putting up a stand at this time of the year is always
a challenge because of the shortage of flowering roses but we managed to provide enough along with photographs and videos
to satisfy the criteria for our entry in the Educational and Scientific Interest section.We followed this award up in
Malvern with a Silver Gilt medal from the RHS judges and another Gold at Harrogate and another RHS Silver Gilt
in Malvern in the Autumn. In all a fantastic year for our Society stands and one that will be hard to beat in 2015.
Our stand serves two purposes; firstly to advertise ourselves and to encourage new membership and secondly
to educate and advise on all things rosy. It's a delight for us to interact with the public and we're always pleased
to answer the many and varied questions posed by the visiting public.
The photographs in the slideshow below
were taken during the summer of 2010. Head Gardener, Andy Godley has made a real difference to the gardens since his appointment
and the results are clear for all visitors to see
Click here for a slide-video of the story of the development of a fabulous garden
The Gardens of the Rose are now closed for the winter and re-open in June 2014.
More winter planting of spring - flowering bulbs and companion plants
should ensure a colourful start to season.
2007 was a landmark year for the RNRS; the redesigned garden was opened to the public
in June to generally good reviews. The roses, although young, produced a good crop of blooms providing visitors with a colourful
display right up until Autumn.
Click on the link below to see
a slideshow of images taken during summer 2007. The gardens were fantastic in 2014 and seem to be improving every year;
we look forward to another great season at the gardens.