About The World Federation of Rose Societies

The World Federation of Rose Societies is a federation of the national rose societies of 40 countries, representing rose lovers around the world, . Our goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.

History and Objectives

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives from the rose societies of Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the United States of America. Its stated purpose was to hold international rose conferences and act as a clearing house for rose research.

At its first conference in New Zealand in 1971, Canada, India, Japan and Switzerland were also present. The objectives set out in the constitution adopted then still hold sway today. They are:

  • To encourage and facilitate the interchange of information about and knowledge of the rose between national rose societies
  • To coordinate the holding of international conventions and exhibitions
  • To encourage, and where appropriate, sponsor research into problems concerning the rose
  • To establish common standards for judging rose seedlings
  • To assist in coordinating the registration of rose names
  • To establish a uniform system of rose classification
  • To grant international honors and awards
  • To encourage and advance international cooperation on all matters concerning the rose
Ambitious and lofty goals! Some have been met and others have been more illusive to achieve, especially when dealing with 39 very independent rose societies.

What We Do

To date there have been 17 World Rose Conferences, usually held at three year intervals. The next conference will be June 28 - July 4, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the intervening years regional conferences are held.

The WFRS gives awards to outstanding roses and to stars of the rose world. We also honor outstanding rose gardens and rose books.

We are working to encourage common standards for judging new seedling roses, and we show the current international trials winners on our website.

The WFRS facilitates the exchange of information about the rose. Every national rose society knows about roses in their own country. They know the history, where and when roses bloom, the most favored varieties, rose shows, trials, conventions, great rose gardens, nurseries and hybridizers. To make this information more readily available around the world, the WFRS maintains contact and event information for each member national rose society on our website and publishes World Rose News several times a year.