February 19, 2023 – Sunday - 2:00 PM - Allen Owings - Rose Notes, Considerations and News

Come ring in the new year with a presentation by Marcie Lockett of Wild Birds, Unltd.!  This is the time to plan for the arrival of bluebirds, and Marcie will give us tips and ideas for attracting them as well as hummingbirds and other bird species to our yards.  We will meet at the Meadowbrook church of Christ gymnasium.  You may bring a snack to share if you’d like, and we will have a plant swap, too. 
Location:  Meadowbrook Church of Christ Gymnasium, 4261 I-55 North (on southbound frontage road)

Directions:  Access the church’s gym by traveling south on Frontage Road, (passing Banner Hall and Broad Street Restaurant).  Then turn right onto Druid Hill Drive, then turn left into the (steep) church parking lot.  The gym is straight ahead.

Join us for our annual June picnic and tour being held Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 pm.  Fellow Old Garden Rose member Shay Lipe is opening her lovely reservoir area home and gardens to us for this meeting. Shay’s curated selection of roses and plantings is quite special, and the home was designed so that the outdoors comes into the light-filled interior.  You don’t want to miss this one!  Shay says there is plenty of seating, so just bring a favorite picnic dish to share and plants to swap if you’d like.  We will also have our raffle.  This is our last meeting until September, so y’all make plans to come! 
Location:  816 Arbor Pointe, Brandon, MS.

February 4, 2023 – Saturday - 9:00 - 11:30 AM, Annual Pruning Party at Greenwood Cemetery

March 20, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Double Feature! - Fondren Garden Tours

June 26, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Picnic and Tour - Shay Lipe's Home & Gardens


Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 10:00 AM – Rose Planting & Pruning

Please join us this month at the Historic Greenwood Cemetery in downtown Jackson for our annual pruning party.  No experience is needed – a demonstration of pruning techniques will also be provided.  Expect to have fun and fellowship as we all work to increase the health and beauty of the cemetery’s roses.  Plus, as always, cuttings from these roses are yours to keep!  Don’t forget your gloves, pruners/loppers/clippers and saws.  We will also be putting out fertilizer on the roses – so if you would like to donate a rose fertilizer, that would be greatly appreciated! 
Location:  Greenwood Cemetery, North West Street at George Street, Jackson, Mississippi

October 16, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Garden Tour - Cecile & Bill Wardlaw

Join us on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 PM for a tour of Elsie & Bobby Downing’s Grace Gardens in Florence, MS.  Grace Gardens was formerly a wedding venue and has multiple areas to admire.  There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the gardens.  There’s even a “she-shed”.  The tour will include a discussion of Elsie’s unique method for composting.  Please bring a snack to share if you’d like.  There will also be an informal plant swap and cash raffle.  Hope you can come – this will be a nice afternoon in the country!  Location: 1736 Cleary Rd, Florence, MS 39073.  

Join us on Sunday afternoon, September 18 at 2:00 pm at Hill Garden in Brandon.  Our speaker and guide will be Donna Beliech, who is Area Extension Agent for multiple counties, including Rankin.  The garden adds beauty and interest for the community.  Both students and area residents come by to tour the garden, which is maintained by the Rankin County Master Gardeners.  We are excited to begin our new year with this opportunity!  The garden has some benches, but you may want to bring a lawn chair.  Bring a snack to share if you would like. 
Location:  Rankin County Extension Service, 601 Marquette Road, Brandon, MS

Join us this month for our annual Christmas party! Bring your favorite party food to share.  In addition to enjoying fellowship and good food, we’ll be treated to a talk by our own Renate Hunt.  While many of us know Renate as an expert on attracting and raising butterflies, this day she plans to share a light talk with us on facts and myths of roses.  It will be a fun afternoon!  Bring your lawn chair.  We'll have a plant swap, too.  

Location:  210 Glen Springs Road, Brandon, MS  39047

December 18, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Christmas Party - Home of Jane & Dick Alison

Come hear horticulturist and nursery owner Karen McKie at this month's meeting on Sunday, November 13th.  Our meeting is at Green Oak Florist & Garden Center in Jackson.  In addition to Karen's interesting presentation, we'll enjoy the store  being fully decorated for Christmas.  Green Oak is a second generation, horticulturally based, retail and service nursery.  Always a favorite meeting place for our group and a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!  If you'd like, bring a snack to share.  No plant swap at this meeting. 

Location:  Green Oak Garden Center, 5009 Old Canton, Road, Jackson, MS.  

This month we'll tour two gardens in the Fondren district of Jackson.  We will begin at the home of Suzie and Phil Cranston. Suzie has a delightful mix of more than 100 bird houses, perennial plantings, and garden art.  This garden has developed over the last 30 years. She has created a happy space that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Suzie also makes ceramic art to benefit Catholic Charities with the help of volunteer friends. The latest offerings – including Easter items - will be on display and are available for purchase.

Next, we will visit the greenhouses at the home of Becky and Don Potts. Becky propagates coleus, begonias, artillery ferns, plants that grow in a partially shaded greenhouse. She also works part time at Lakeland Yard and Garden, where she “lives” in the greenhouse caring for tropical plants, annuals, and perennials. Becky loves to share her knowledge of plant life with others.

Bring a lawn chair and a snack to share. We will meet first at Suzie Cranston’s home, 1016 Avondale Street, where we will tour and have our snack.  Then, we will move to Becky Potts’ home at 4083 Robin Drive.  Park on the street for both tours. Hope to see you there!

Location:  The location may vary each month.  See below.

This month our meeting will be at the Madison Station Botanical Garden, located at the historic Montgomery House on Main Street.  Our late friend and rose society board member Miriam Ethridge had the vision for this garden, securing grants and support to carry out her dream.  Miriam was instrumental in selection of the plants for the garden and monitored its progress through construction. 


A garden staff member will guide our tour and give a brief history of the home.  This will be a lovely tour!  There will be limited seating on the porch of the Montgomery House, so you may want to bring a lawn chair.  Brink a snack to share, if you’d like.  Hope you can come!  Location: 2069 Main Street, Madison, MS. 

At this meeting, Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter emeritus professor of horticulture, will give an overview of many rose topics in this fast paced presentation. His presentation will include winter damage and observations on roses - especially warranted following our Dec 22nd-27th cold weather event. Dr. Owings will also discuss some notes on recent American Garden Rose Selections,  American Rose Trials for Sustainability winners, and notes on ARS Gulf District Roses of the Year. Included in the discussion will be new rose winners from several rose breeders and some of Dr. Owings favorite personal roses.  Don't miss this one!
Location:  Pearl Community Center, 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, Mississippi

​​Date/Time Frequency:  Our group normally meets the third Sunday of each month with the exception of July and August.  Meetings begin at 2:00 PM and last approximately two hours.

January 15, 2023 – 2:00 PM - Birds in the Garden - Marcie Lockett

September 18, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Hill Garden Talk & Tour 

Meeting Information

Our meeting will be on Saturday, February 19th at the Historic Greenwood Cemetery in downtown Jackson.  This will be a workday to plant 100 antique roses to continue to beautify the cemetery and to do minimal pruning (removing dead limbs and weeds) on existing plants.  The original roses were secured by Felder Rushing more than 20 years ago. He put out a call for volunteers to help plant them and members of the newly formed OGRS and Master Gardeners answered the call. Felder’s intent was to create a repository for own root roses and propagation has proven the success of that goal. Many volunteers are expected to participate, and our role as OGRS members will be to guide and direct less experienced gardeners. Suggested spots for planting will be marked with a pink flag, but other spots may be chosen. Felder has a speaking engagement at Hutto’s that morning but will join us as soon as he’s finished there.  We will meet at 10:00 AM.  Bring your gloves, pruners, shovel and a garden cart or wagon if you can. And invite a friend or two – no experience required! This is a great opportunity to spread the love for old garden roses and prove that dead people can grow roses!   Snacks provided.



March 26, 2022 - American Rose Society - Gulf District Early-Spring Workshop & Spring Rose Festival & Garden Marketplace

November 13, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Green Oak Florist & Garden Center

Winter - Spring 2023

We know her as the director of the Historic Greenwood Cemetery in downtown Jackson, and a fellow Old Garden Rose Society member.  Now, Cecile Wardlaw is inviting us to tour her home garden for this month’s meeting!  She and husband Colonel Wardlaw moved to their Fondren property 20+ years ago.  During the meeting, Cecile will share with us a photograph of her yard when they moved in, and we’ll get to see the amazing improvements she has made since, and there are many.  You don’t want to miss this one!  Bring a snack to share if you’d like.  You’ll need to bring a folding chair. We’ll also have a plant swap.
Location:  4242 Brookdale Street in Jackson (Cecile’s home is on the corner of Meadowbrook Road and Brookdale Street).

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April 24, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Madison Station Botanical Garden Tour


Mississippi Old Garden Rose Society

May 15, 2022 – 2:00 PM - Grace Gardens Tour


In addition to our monthly meeting, you may be interested in attending the ARS Gulf District's Early - Spring Workshop & Rose Festival and Garden Marketplace at the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Download the file below for details.