Welcome to the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) website. It contains up-to-date information on future WFRS Conventions as well as all you need to know on our member countries, their key contacts, gardens, nurseries, rose trials and other activities. It also has a detailed record of our various awards, history and objectives..
I was elected as President of the WFRS at the 17th WFRS World Convention in Lyon in June, 2015. My late parents introduced me to the joy of plants and, in particular, roses as a young boy growing up in the rural town of Renmark, South Australia. This also happens to be the home of our President Emeritus, Mr. David Ruston.
I have enjoyed growing all plants since then and, like my parents, became involved with garden clubs and societies where I could meet with like-minded people to share my interest in plants. My wife, Melanie, and I belong to The Rose Society of South Australia where I have had the privilege of serving as President.
Our home garden has 2200 roses and we love propagating and showing roses. Above all else, we get the most pleasure from sharing information with other rosarians and introducing this beautiful flower to others in our community. We are delighted when new rose lovers join our society.
As President of the WFRS, I encourage all rosarians, worldwide, to share your passion for roses. If you are not a member of a Rose Society, then use this website to find a society, close to you, which you may join. I can ensure you that you will not only gain more knowledge on the rose but make lasting friendships.
Finally, I do hope I can meet you all face to face in your countries or at one of the WFRS conventions over the next three years.
In the meantime, I hope you all continue to enjoy the world’s most popular flower, the rose.
WFRS President 2015-18