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Olympia Rose Society Officers, 2017:

President, Jan Imus
1st Vice President, Programs, Regina Johnson
Treasurer, Ron Backman
Secretary, Doreen Milward

Editor, Regina Johnson

Board Members:

Pauline Feuling

Paula Nelson


ORS Online Consulting Rosarians who are available for help:

  • Jerry Kaija is a consulting rosarian in Lewis County.  (Formerly President and Editor of the Lewis County RS, now defunct)
  • Jack Kiley specializes in exhibiting techniques and growing exhibition hybrid teas. (Past President, and ARS Regional Director) (SE Olympia)
  • Steve McCulloch is a professional botanist and is also the area coordinator for the local Rose Hybridizer's Group.  (Past President)  (Littlerock)
  • Jim Pressley and Helen Pressley are interested in Old Garden Roses and cultivars, and are members of the Heritage Rose Group.  (Both Past Presidents)  (Tumwater)
  • 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

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 and guests are always welcome. Here's a map of Tumwater to help identify the location of the Schmidt Mansion.

ORS Membership

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 Editor.

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 Thurston 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 winter.

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!


ORS Bylaws

can be downloaded here.


History of the Olympia Rose Society

can be downloaded here.



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