About Us - President's Message


When I think about the American Rose Society being over 100 years old, I think of all the groups gathering for so many years to share their passion for roses. The Tallahassee Area Rose Society (TARS) began in 1983 and we are pleased that 2 of the original members, Mary Maud Sharpe and Montine Herring, are still very active in all of our Society’s events and programs. Another long standing member is Hank Rosen who joined the Society the following year. Years of growing roses and being Consulting Rosarians make them a great resource for anyone with rose questions.

TARS is noted for the propagation and sale of Old Garden Roses. OGRs happen to be my particular passion. Old Blush (China) is the oldest rose that we grow. It was introduced about 1751 and is one of the first roses inducted into the Old Rose Hall of Fame by the World Federation of Rose Societies. As a matter of fact of the 11 inductees to the Old Rose Hall of Fame I have several in my garden, all of which originally came from the TARS Rose Sale.

If you are enticed by roses, old or modern, come and join us (the rose nuts) to celebrate their fragrance and beauty.

“I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.”
-  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island


Jan Godfrey
TARS President

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