Olympia Rose Society Officers, 2017:
1st Vice President, Programs, Regina Johnson
Treasurer, Ron Backman
ORS Online Consulting Rosarians who are available for help:
consulting rosarian in Lewis County. (Formerly President
and Editor of the Lewis County RS, now defunct)
specializes in exhibiting techniques and growing exhibition
hybrid teas. (Past President,
current Show Chair and ARS Regional Director)
- Steve McCulloch is
a professional botanist and is also the area coordinator for
the local Rose Hybridizer's Group.
(Past President) (Littlerock)
- Dr. Wayne Parpala is
an accomplished exhibitor and rose judge. (ARS
Master Rosarian, Past President) (NE Olympia)
- Jim Pressley and
Helen Pressley are interested
in Old Garden Roses and cultivars, and are members of the Heritage
Rose Group. (Both Past Presidents)
Gary Ritchie is
a horticultural research scientist with a Ph.D. in woody plant
physiology whose interests are in rose research, rose culture,
rose diseases and OGRs. (ARS Master Rosarian,
Past President) (NE Olympia)
ORS Calendar of Events
ORS meetings are held quarterly (March, May, September and November) at 7:20 pm at the Schmidt
Mansion in Tumwater, 330 Schmidt Place. It's just off Custer Way, just
north of the Brewery. We have a special topic about roses each meeting
(except March, the annual auction)
and guests are always welcome. Here's a map of
Tumwater to help identify the location of the Schmidt Mansion.
Membership is open to anyone. Annual dues are $20.00 per household per
year, or $25.00 to receive the newsletter in paper rather than email.
Mail your check, payable to the Olympia Rose Society, to PO Box 2231,
Olympia, WA 98507-2231. A booklet "How to Grow Roses In Thurston
County", and a newsletter, The Clippings,
are two of the benefits of membership. If you'd like a preview copy of
The Clippings, send an email request to the
Thurston County Fair
The Thurston County Fair, the first full week in August every year, holds
a rose show as part of the floral competition. Enter roses the Monday
before the fair opens in the Floral Building. See the
County Fair website.
Centennial Rose Garden
The Centennial Rose Garden, on the grounds of the Schmidt Mansion in
Tumwater, was constructed and maintained by the Olympia Rose Society in
cooperation with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. This garden was
developed in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the State of
Washington and was dedicated on June 23, 1989. The garden is open daily
from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM free of charge. We celebrated the
10th Anniversary on July 25, 1999 with an Open House and Garden Party.
Every year in March and in November, we hold a rose care demonstration
in the Garden, open to the public. In March we show you how to
prune your roses, and in November we show you how to prepare them for
In spring of 2008 the garden went through a major reworking.
The Old Garden Roses planted along the perimeter of the garden were
removed, along with many of the older bushes that were no longer
producing well. Close to 100 new rose bushes were planted, to
better reflect the current availability of new hybrids. Most of
these roses were purchased from Raft Island Roses in Gig Harbor, and
performed spectacularly their first year. We hope you can visit
the garden to see the new roses!
can be downloaded here.
History of the Olympia Rose Society
can be downloaded here.