Maplewood Park History

The Greater Rochester Rose Society History 1919-1952

Rochester Rose Society

The Greater Rochester Rose Society History

The Rochester Rose Society was organized in 1919, with James Dunbar as its first President. By 1920, its membership had reached nearly 250. On June 28, 1950, the Maplewood Rose Garden Planning Committee worked with the Rochester City Director of Parks to select and obtain plants.

In 1951, the Society, with the help of the City of Rochester, enhanced the Maplewood Rose Garden, which had been part of the Frederick Law Olmsted firm’s original design concept. The Maplewood Park Botanical Rose Garden was dedicated on June 24, 1951, with over 4800 bushes of 100 varieties. The first Annual Rose Day took place on June 24, 1952 with over 500 attendees.

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The Greater Rochester Rose Society

The GRRS was founded in 1919 to help its members and others learn more about the beloved rose. The GRRS is an affiliate chapter of the American Rose Society, which also provides a wealth of information about growing roses successfully.

Meets from 7 to 9pm
First Tuesday of most months
First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610

No meetings in January or February; picnic or tours elsewhere in the summer.

For information about meetings, rose shows, and membership, email the Society at