Syracuse Rose Society

Founded in 1911, the Syracuse Rose Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote, educate and celebrate the world of roses.

In addition to monthly meetings and overseeing the care of the E.M. Mills Rose Garden, the Syracuse Rose Society also sponsors and hosts rose-related events for the community.

Would you like to volunteer at the Mills Rose Garden? Volunteers maintain the garden every Wednesday morning from April until November. Volunteers are welcome to come to the garden and help between 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. No gardening experience is necessary!

SRS Meetings

The Syracuse Rose Society meets monthly on the second Thursday of every month.

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Rose Day!

The beauty and splendor of roses is celebrated annually in June on Rose Day at the E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden in Thornden Park. The event is hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation and the Syracuse Rose Society. The event is scheduled for June 14, 2023 from noon to 3 p.m. Rose Day is free and open to the public. Rose and garden lovers of all ages stroll around the Mills Garden and enjoy hundreds of beautiful rose bushes in bloom. 

SRS photo gallery

The SRS Rose Show

The Syracuse Rose Society's annual Rose Show is held in June. 

Many members and non-members enter and display their roses and rose arrangements for ribbons and other awards.

Other SRS Activities 

The New York State Rose Show (August): Many SRS members exhibit and clerk at this annual show. 

Go to the New York District website for more details. Click here