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CARS Meetings

The Central Arkansas Rose Society (CARS) meetings are usually held in CARS members’ gardens and we often arrange the date and time at the host’s request. Going on location in members’ gardens allows us to have programs specific to the particular month’s rose tasks, such as pruning for fall blooms in August, fertilizing roses in the spring or making flower arrangements using your roses and companion plants in November. We also provide programs on growing roses at area garden centers and Master Gardeners events. Meetings provide practical demonstrations and give all of us the opportunity to see some beautiful Arkansas rose gardens, as well as providing members and visitors the opportunity to ask questions concerning rose care. Our event calendar appears below. This page will be updated periodically, so please check often for new listings.

Each October, the Central Arkansas Rose Society hosts a rose show. Check our list of events below for the date and location of our annual show. Members and rose friends from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana exhibit roses from their gardens and contend for Queen of the Show. Even if you don’t exhibit roses, you’ll enjoy attending the show and seeing beautiful roses at their very best. Rose shows allow you to decide which roses you’d like to plant next spring!

Most events and rose show are open and free to the public, unless indicated otherwise below. We'd love to see you!

If you decide that you’d like to join CARS and to receive our excellent monthly newsletter, the Rose Mite, our annual dues are $15 (click on the Membership link near the top right of the page). One benefit of the Rose Mite newsletter is that directions to CARS events are included.

Note: This schedule is offered for general planning and scheduling and is subject to change. Revisions will be communicated to members via email and will be posted to this page.


January, 2020


February 15, 2020, 2:00 PM--Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office - 844 Faulkner St., Conway

Our very own Pat Gipson, Consulting Rosarian and Saline County Master Gardener, will provide our program.

March 14, 2020, 2:00 PM--Legacy Garden on 110 Amity Road, Conway

Pruning Demo

Each year we go to the CARS-sponsored rose garden in Faulkner County Master Gardeners’ Legacy Garden and demonstrate how to prune roses for maximum health and growth. We will also talk about planting spring roses.

March 21, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

South Central District’s Winter Workshop & Arrangement Workshop in Farmer’s Branch, Texas

March 28, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.--American Rose Center in Shreveport

American Rose Society’s Heritage Rose Seminar

April 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.--Plantopia Nursery, 3101 North Hills Blvd, North Little Rock

Carol Shockley will talk about growing roses in Arkansas

April 25, 2020, 2:00 PM--Cathy Quinn’s Home, 104 Beaverfork Road, Conway

Rose Bingo

Members’ and guests’ favorite CARS meeting features ROSE BINGO. We play old fashioned bingo with rose bushes awarded to winners. Members love taking home new rose bushes.

May, 2020


June, 2020


July, 2020

VACATION MONTH!

August, 2020


September, 2020


October 3, 2020, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM

CARS in the gardens again!

Cathy Quinn and Carol Shockley decided that with everyone social distancing and sporting their masks, we will open our gardens to those that want to journey to Conway. Cathy’s wonderful cottage garden is filled with David Austin, Kordes and other shrub, floribunda and Earthkind roses you simply must see. Come to Cathy’s garden at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 3 and to Carol's garden at about 3:00 PM the same day. Refreshments will not be served but bottled water will be available. Remember to wear your masks and come enjoy a short get-together while enjoying the roses last HURRAH for 2020!

Cathy Quinn: 104 Beaverfork Road, Conway, AR 72033. Phone: 501-831-5774

Carol Shockley: 550 Evening Drive, Conway, AR 72032. Phone: 501-514-2194

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN ON OCTOBER 3, THE EVENTS WILL BE CONDUCTED OCTOBER 10.

November, 2020


December, 2020