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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 13, 2019, 2:00 PM--Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office - 844 Faulkner St., Conway

Ralph Cooper, Master Rosarian & Horticulture Judge from Van Buren, will share his secrets in growing beautiful roses and will help the new rose grower understand the basics.

February 8-9, 2019--Shreveport, Louisiana

Gulf District Mid-Winter Workshop

February 10, 2019, 2:00 PM--Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office - 844 Faulkner St., Conway

Ouida Wright, CARS member and tenured Master Gardener, became interested in Earthkind and Kordes Roses three years ago. She will tell us about which of these “easy care” roses will be beautiful and vigorous in your garden and also very resistant to blackspot disease.

February 15-16, 2019--Franklin, Tennessee

Tenarky District Winter Workshop

March 9, 2019--Beaumont, Texas

South Central District Consulting Rosarian School

March 16, 2019, 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. This year we will also dig and pot roses as we make room for more Kordes and Earthkind roses in the garden. Members, bring your loppers and clippers to help with the pruning and your favorite shovel. The public is invited.

April 6, 2019--American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA

Allen Owing’s Horticulture Seminar

April 13, 2019, 2:00 PM--Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office - 844 Faulkner St., 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. Last year everyone was a winner and they’re reporting that the prize roses were fabulous last summer. We will also have a “little rose show” featuring climber and shrub roses since this classification seems to bloom first. Bring your roses; we will complete entry tickets and have the entries judged.

May 4, 2019, 4:00 PM--Ann and Chuck York’s Home--3260 Athens Drive, Conway

Rose Garden Maintenance with a Q & A Session

Entrée and drinks will be provided.

May 11, 2019--Conway Expo Center Conway, AR

Faulkner Co. Master Gardener Plant Sale (CARS Info Table)

June 15, 2019, Time TBA--Kathy & Charlie Norman’s Home, 32 Dove Creek Circle, North Little Rock

You will want to see the Norman’s beautiful home and garden. Their pool surrounded with large healthy roses is a special treat but the best part of the day will be visiting with Romeo their charming parrot. We will have a “Little Rose Show” with members bringing sprays or bouquets of roses; hybrid teas; miniatures for entries. If you have a beautiful climber or shrub rose bring it, too.


August, 2019, Date and Time TBA--Home of Carol Shockley, 550 Evening Drive, Conway

At Carol’s home you’ll see 200+ roses growing among Japanese Maples, Crape Myrtles, hydrangeas, elephant ears and other tropicals. Roses of all classifications are grown in raised beds and pots and since her favorite roses are hybrid tea and miniature/miniflora, you’ll get to see more of these. We will have a little rose show so bring your blooms. This month we will show you how to display sprays, stages of bloom, and multiple stems of the same variety for “Challenge” entries in a rose show.

September, 2019, Date and Time TBA--Gail and Frank James’ Home, 14 South Shore Circle, Maumelle

A tour of the James’ garden is always a treat with the roses flanking their drive and the back yard and the hydrangeas dazzling you with masses of giant blue and purple blooms.

October, 2019, Date and Time TBA--Antioch Baptist Church, Amity Road, Conway

Central Arkansas Rose Society's 50th Annual Rose Show

In October we have our rose show. This will be CARS’ Fiftieth Annual Show. We will have special show classes limited to novices and Master Gardeners.

November 10, 2019, Time TBA--Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office, 844 Faulkner St., Conway

Our November meeting will be dedicated to “New Roses”. Carol Shockley will present a PowerPoint on new roses you’ll love.

December 7, 2019, Time TBA--Lunch at Whole Hog Café, 150 E. Oak, Conway (behind McDonalds)

CARS’ Christmas Lunch and Social

This is the meeting where we look back and discuss our good events and what needs changed next year. And as usual, we enjoy the food and fellowship!