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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Coastal Carolina Fall Flower Show

It's that time of the year again for the Coastal Carolina Fair Flower Show. Our very own Kathy Woolsey is chairing it this year. Please make every effort to support her by exhibiting your roses and/or attending the event. The show is at the Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78, Ladson, SC 29456.

Coastal Carolina Fair is in its 63rd year, and is bigger and better than ever! The fair runs from Thursday, October 31, 2019 until Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Theme: All the World is a Stage

First Flower Show Entry Drop-off

Oct 30, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oct 31, 2019 | 6:15 AM - 10:00 AM

First Flower Show

Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2019

Show is open from daily until 9:00 pm.

Second Flower Show Entry Drop-off - HORTICULTURE ONLY!

Nov 04, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Second Flower Show Entry Drop-off

Nov 05, 2019 | 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Second Flower Show

Nov 05 - Nov 10, 2019

Show is open from daily until 9:00 pm.

For the schedule, click

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society May Meeting

Due to scheduling conflicts The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society meeting has been postponed to

Date: Monday May 27th,

Where: James Island Town Hall,  1122 Dills Bluff Rd. 

Social Time: 6:30 pm 

Meeting: 7:00 pm

Program: Polyantha Rosses by Jan Hillis

Polyanthas and floribundas are the workhorses of the rose garden. Of all the different kinds of roses , Polyanthas and floribundas are the most prolific bloomers, plus they’re useful in the landscape, in perennial borders, and in large group or mass plantings.

Submitted by:
Kathy Woolsey
President, CLRS

Monday, May 6, 2019

May is Rose Month in the Lowcountry

Since roses are at their peak bloom in May in the Lowcountry, the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is celebrating May as their Rose Month instead of June. In some areas of the country, the Rose reigns supreme in the garden in June but not in the Lowcountry.

As in the past four years, the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is having an exhibition of members’ roses and other rose-related items at Johns Island Public Library’s Display Cabinet just as you enter the library to your right. You can pick up brochures about growing roses and membership application forms both to Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and the American Rose Society from the display.

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society holds their monthly meeting on the third Mondays of the month at James Island Town Hall at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd on James Island, SC 29412. Social starts at 6:30 pm with meeting at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and the admission is FREE.

Our members enjoy the benefit of the American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians who give pro bono service answering various questions on rose culture for free. Consulting Rosarians are nationally accredited rose authorities. They take classes from the American Rose Society sponsored schools and take continuing education every three years to maintain their status.

Some gardeners have the wrong notion that roses are difficult to grow. It is not so. The Rose has been around for millions of years and has grown naturally throughout North America. If it survived millions of years, it can survive anywhere provided you give them what they need – water, food and sunshine. Just like us. If you provide them with their basic needs, you’ll be rewarded with the most beautiful flower there is. The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will teach you how to grow beautiful roses. There are so many roses on the market that growing roses is not that difficult as choosing the varieties to plant.

President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation declaring The Rose as our National Floral Emblem on November 20, 1986. Several states have it as their state flower. Charleston is home to the only class of old garden roses, the Noisette Rose, that was bred, evaluated and introduced to the world by the United States.

Let’s celebrate May as the Rose Month in the Lowcountry! We are blessed with this beautiful flower in our midst so let’s all grow roses. At least One Rose for Every Home!

For more info on growing roses, visit the following sites:

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society April 2019 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society ‘s next meeting will be on Monday, April 15, 2019

Time:          Social Time – 6:30 pm to 7 pm

                    Meeting – 7 pm

Where:       James Island Town Hall

                    1122 Dill Bluff Rd

                    James Island, SC 29412

The Reverend Joseph Hardwick Pemberton was born in 1852 , an Anglican clergyman for more than 30 years. A keen amateur rose grower, he joined the Royal National Rose Society shortly after its founding, and in 1911 served as its president. After his retirement in 1914, Pemberton turned to rose breeding in an attempt to recreate the "Grandmother's roses" he recalled from childhood. He set up Pemberton Nursery at Romford and nearby where eventually some 35,000–40,000 roses were grown annually for sale.

Using the climber 'Trier' (descended from 'Aglaia', itself an 1896 cross by Peter Lambert using Rosa multiflora), Pemberton crossed it with hybrid tea roses to produce a class of highly scented, generally cluster-flowered roses which remain popular garden material to this day. Initially he classed them also as hybrid teas, but later took to referring to them as 'hybrid musks', based upon a tenuous link between 'Trier' and Rosa moschata.

We will be studying hybrid musk roses. Many of these roses were hybridized in Great Britain and they do very well in the Lowcountry with very little care.

Guest and the public are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society March 2019 Meeting

Cramoisi Superieur, a China Rose

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will have their March meeting on Monday, March 18 with social at 6 pm and program at 6:30 pm at James Island Town Hall located at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd., James Island, SC 29412.
The program will be the China Rose which is the foundation species upon which all our modern roses are built, whether they be bedding or shrubs or perpetual-flowering climbers. It’s influence in rose-breeding over nearly two hundred years has been so great, so overwhelming, and so potent that it is difficult to see where we should have been without it. The most important characteristic of a China Rose is its ability to repeat bloom.
Here are a few of the China Rose that are still popular today.
  • Archduke Charles
  • Cramoisi SupĂ©rieur
  • Louis Philippe
  • Mutabilis
  • Old Blush
  • Perl d’Or’
  • Rouletii
  • Slater’s Crimson China
  • ‘The Green Rose’, R. viridiflora

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Drip Irrigation From A Surface Well

This article appeared on The Charleston Rose, the monthly newsletter of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, Jan-Feb. 2013 issue, Editor - Rosalinda Morgan, contributed by William Prioleau, M.D.
Now, that it is getting chilly, it is time to tune up irrigation systems so that it will not be necessary to go out to water roses in the heat of the summer.
A farmer friend asked me to send him an account of how we irrigated. Here is what I am sending him.
A drip irrigation system from surface well, evolved over the years in our yard, is dependable, economical, and requires little maintenance.
A one quarter or one half horsepower pump is adequate for gardens with 100 roses. The following irrigation equipment is available at ACE hardware stores: garden hose, water timer, filter, Y hose connector, adapter from the filter to one-half inch tubing, a roll of one half-inch tubing, a punch, a roll of one-quarter inch tubing, and an end plug.
Irrigation emitters that operate in the presence of sediment permit passage of four gallons of water an hour, have a plug that can be twisted or removed, and have a locking mechanism that keeps the plug securely in place. Such emitters are available from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (
A Y hose connector is attached to a pump. A garden hose is attached to each end of the Y. One hose goes to the filter and the roses. The other hose serves as a runoff for the pump. The flow in the runoff hose is adjusted so that the pump runs smoothly when the system is operating. Smooth running of the pump prevents wearing out of the check valve which occurs if a pump is allowed to turn on and off rapidly.
An emitter is placed in the irrigation line near the base of each plant. To each emitter is attached a length of one-fourth inch tubing the end of which is supported above the mulch so as to make flow of water visible.
A plug at the end of the irrigation line is left partially open so as avoid accumulation of sediment. If the plug is closed completely, small particles of sediment that pass through the filter will build up and close off the last two or three emitters in the line.
At 65 pounds per square inch a hose has enough pressure to eject small particles of sediment from twelve filters in a line. If one exceeds a ratio of one hose to twelve emitters, pressure may be insufficient to eject sediment from emitters when irrigation is initiated. With more than a dozen emitters, additional hoses with filters need to be added at points along the line to make a system dependable. If one adds too many emitters to a line, twisting of emitter plugs becomes necessary to initiate flow.
When a pump that has been running smoothly starts to go on and off, sediment has likely accumulated in the filters, and the filters need emptying. Batteries in present day timers need to be changed once a year. Other than that, little else is needed for a dependable watering system.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Roses, roses everywhere in the lowcountry!

Since roses are at their peak bloom in May in the Lowcountry, the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is celebrating May as their Rose Month instead of June.

Come to the local libraries (Photos below) at the Charleston area and see the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society's display of members' roses together with brochures about growing roses, The American Rose magazines and some membership application forms for both the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and the American Rose Society. Not pictured are the displays at Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston and Goose Creek.
At Johns Island Public Library
At St. Andrews Regional Library
At West Ashley Library
At James Island Library
We will also have a booth at the Charleston Farmer’s Market on May 16 at Marion Square in downtown Charleston.  Here is the photo from last year's display.

To join the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, pick up an application form from the display at the libraries, or visit our website - This year, we will have a special treat to our members - a picnic at a private plantation in Yemassee in June.

 Let’s have One Rose for Every Home!