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Who are we, what do we do

Join Us! The WNYRS welcomes all who are interested in the enjoyment of roses. Please join us as a guest at one of our meetings or events.

About us

T he Western New York Rose Society is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses, headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

We welcome all who are interested in the enjoyment of roses. Please join us in sharing and learning about roses. Our focus is on the care & enhancement of individuals' personal rose gardens, how to select roses for your garden including special consideration of the WNY climate, where to buy roses, how to grow the roses, characteristics of the various types of roses, how to exhibit roses, and other rose-related issues.

Membership Benefits

T ry us out, if you like. Interested persons are welcome to attend our meetings & events, meet the members, and see if you would like to join our organization. Our Activities and Benefits Include:

  • Monthly Meetings - Come and share, enjoy, learn
  • Special Events, Trips, and Educational Activities
  • Monthly Newsletter that is Educational and Informative
  • Annual WNYRS June Rose Show
  • Rose-Growing Help Available From Certified Rosarians
  • Special Group Purchasing at Discount Prices (For Select Items)
  • Booth at NY State Fair in August in Cooperation w. Syracuse Rose Society
  • To join our WNYRS or request more information:


Age Single Annual Membership Dues Double Annual Membership Dues Lifetime Membership
16 and under $3 - $150
17 - 61 $17 $22 $150
62 and over $15 $20 $150

Monthly Meetings

M eetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday (7pm) of each month at St.Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY (near Union Road). Come to the meetings to share and learn. Meetings typically include a guest speaker and a Q&A session. Topics focus on rose-related and gardening issues.


O ur roots go back to the late 1930s when amateur rose growers joined together to form the Niagara Frontier Rose Society. This was followed over the years by the Greater Buffalo Rose Society, the Niagara Rose Society and the Greater Amherst Rose Society. The years took their toll and in 1990 forced the consolidation of the societies and the formation of the Western New York Rose Society.

Today we are an organization affiliated with the New York District of the American Rose Society (the ARS). We have a membership of avid growers with monthly meetings, an annual Christmas party and annual rose show. At each of a our meetings a program is presented of interest to the rose grower. We also foster an interest in floral arranging. Please visit us and become a member to enjoy all the benefits our society has to offer.

The WNYRS is affiliated with the American Rose Society (ARS)

Our Current Officers

Bonnie Vitale


John Vitale

Vice President

Beverly Wright

2nd Vice President

Margaret Connelly

Corresponding Secretary

Richard Giese