About Us

We are exploring new ways to use and enjoy roses in the landscape that reflect 21st century lifestyles. We are passionate about all varieties of roses, not just the stereotypical hybrid teas, but their ancestors, the old garden roses, and their descendants, the modern shrub roses. Many of these roses are disease resistant and will flourish in our hot, humid climate. We can help you select a rose that will become a focal point in your garden.

We have many activities planned each year. We participate in the spring and summer sales at the Botanic Garden and the spring Baton Rouge Garden Show at LSU.  We host 2 pruning clinics each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. See our upcoming events in the column to the left.

The BBRS is currently working with BREC to refurbish the Independence Park rose garden and make it more environmentally sustainable.  This is a cooperative effort by the Baton Rouge Rose Society, BREC and the Independence Park Botanic Council. You can now see the growth habits of all varieties of roses.  There are hardy Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, English Roses, Griffith Buck Roses, Miniatures, and many Old Garden Roses on display.  

Favorite Web Sites

New Orleans Rose Information
NO Old Garden Rose Society029.pdf
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Clegg's Nursery

Harb's Oasis

Louisiana Nursery Outlet

Home Depot



Mail Order


Chamblee Rose Nursery - Wide variety of all kinds especially Griffith Buck (order early)

Heirloom Roses - Old Garden Roses, Hybred Teas, new introductions on their own roots

Rosemania - Roses and essentials (fungicides, insecticides, equipment, gloves, etc.)

Cherokee Rose

This native of China naturalized across the south probably by nurseryman Thomas Affleck (1812-1868) who lived in Mississippi and Texas.  Legend suggests that it was carried by the Cherokees as they left on the Trail of Tears. It blooms profusely in spring and is a vigorous climber in the landscape.

No Meetings in July or August

Upcoming Events:      


BRRS Fall Pruning
Independence Park Rose Garden
9-11 AM
September 12, 2020



Monday January 6, 2020

7:00 PM

Garden Center
7950 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge


Presented by Dr. Allen Owings

Dr. Owings is currently serving as Region 7 Director for the American Rose Society.  Region 7 includes Louisiana.  He is retired from the LSU Ag Center where his focus was on extension programs providing service to nursery, landscape and garden center professionals.  He is now employed by both Bracy’s Wholesale Nursery and Clegg’s Nursery.  His professional activities and accomplishments are literally too numerous to mention.  Dr. Owings is not only an expert plantsman but also a dynamic and entertaining speaker.  

Feel free to bring a friend.  Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to help with refreshments, reply to Dawn at Plaisancedwn@aol.com.

Independence Park Plant Sale                      

Saturday April 13, 2019

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Join us as we support the plant sale that raises money for the botanic gardens at Independence Park.  We have many roses for sale including some of the new healthy shrubs planted in the Park rose garden.  Come shop, buy or visit.  All are welcome at this fun event.

Planting Day

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Independence Park Botanic Garden
Rose Garden

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bring a shovel and your work boots as we will begin planting the empty beds, aka the “Annex”, on the west side of the rose garden.   

There are at least 33 roses to be planted on March 23.

Please come and join the fun!

If you have questions or comments call Dawn at 225.964.0324.


9-11 AM

February 16, 2019

Independence Park Rose Garden


Bring your clippers and join us as we get ready for spring with our semi-annual pruning.

2019 Mid Winter Conference

February 8-9, 2019

American Rose Center

Shreveport, LA


The Gulf District Board of the American Rose Society invites you to the annual Mid Winter Workshop at The American Rose Center - Klima Hall in Shreveport, LA on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 2019.

Come join us on Friday afternoon, as registration will begin on at 1:00 pm. A free rose arrangement workshop will begin at 3:00 pm in the Gift Shop of Klima Hall. Make sure to browse the historical artwork from Civil War era Louisiana. A wine social will begin at 5:00 pm, giving everyone to visit with old friends and make new ones.

Friday evening dinner will be followed by a ”Year of the River” presentation marking the historical significance of the rivers of Louisiana including the introduction of formal gardens to Louisiana. Friday evening will conclude with the Gulf District’s award presentation.

Saturday morning will begin with opening remarks at 8:15am. Coffee, juice, donuts and more will be available!!! Saturday’s theme will focus on Making Your Garden Greatand conclude with our keynote speaker, Paul Zimmerman.


Register here.

Holiday Social

December 9, 2018

Floyd and Frances Falcon's

4302 French Village Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA  70809

4:00 PM


Come kick off the holidays with a special gathering at the Falcon's.  They will be serving their famous brisket along with good cheer.  Bring something to share like an appetizer, salad, covered dish, etc.  The club will supply the drinks.  You supply the holiday cheer!


Call Dawn at 225.964.0324 with questions.


French Village Avenue is accessed from Bluebonnet  Road which interescts Jefferson Highway just west of the major intersection with Bluebonnet Blvd. Call Frances at 225.293-9992 if you need more directions.


Pruning At Independence Park Rose Garden

Saturday, September 8, 2018

9:00 AM - 11:00 PM


Come help prune the roses at Independence Park and enjoy the other gardens. The new Butterfly Garden is especially nice this time of year.


Bring your pruners, clippers and whatever else you normally use for pruning.


Light refreshments will be served.