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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April 13, 2023: SRS Regular Meeting 7 p.m. at the Reformed Church on Teall Ave., Syracuse

May 11, 2023: SRS Regular Meeting 7 p.m. at the Reformed Church on Teall Ave., Syracuse

June 8, 2023: SRS Regular Meeting 7 p.m. at the Reformed Church on Teall Ave., Syracuse

July 12, 2023: SRS Regular Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Mills Rose Garden


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

SRS Rose Fair 

Interested in learning more about roses? Each year, the Syracuse Rose Society hosts a Rose Fair. The event is organized by Jim Kahler and Mary Pat McHale. Admission is free.

Visitors can learn about every aspect of growing beautiful roses from knowledgeable members of the Syracuse Rose Society. Exhibits and “hands-on” demonstrations will cover a variety of topics pertaining to roses. 

We look forward to our 2023 event!


For more information, contact Jim Kahler (315) 985-3916. 

The SRS Rose Show

The Syracuse Rose Society's annual Rose Show is held in June. After a one-year sabbatical, our Rose Show is back in 2023 and will be held June 17 at Destiny USA.

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

2021 ARS Bronze Honor Medal

SRS President Jim Kahler presented the 2021 ARS Bronze Honor Medal to Mary Pat McHale on Sept. 15, 2021. The ARS Bronze Honor Medal is the highest award that is given on the Society level. It is awarded for outstanding service at the local society level.

Mary Pat has been an SRS member for 10 years and of the ARS for nine. She has served on the SRS Board in a variety of positions. She is a regular exhibitor at rose shows, has co-chaired the annual Rose Fair and is a regular volunteer at the Mills Garden.
Congratulations Mary Pat, and thank you for all you do for the Syracuse Rose Society!