A consulting rosarian is a rose-grower specially trained and certified by the American Rose Society to provide free advice on growing roses. To become an ARS/CR, a person must have grown various types of roses for at least five years, must have been a member of the American Rose Society for the last three years, must attend a CR school, and pass a written examination. The ARS needs a well-motivated and educated group of CRs if the ARS is to continue to succeed in its mission.
The Deep South District of the ARS (Alabama, Florida and Georgia) holds a consulting rosarian school at their annual mid-winter meeting. Other schools may be held. The Pensacola, Tallahassee Area and Thomasville rose societies hosted a school on June 17, 2017. It was held at Jubilee Cottage, Goodwood Museum and Gardens. The school included all of the subjects in the ARS Consulting Rosarian Manual (available from rose.org). Lunch was provided and qualified attendees took the written open book test. TARS has a newly approved CR, Seymour Rosen. For more information contact Wayne Myers, DSD Chair of Consulting Rosarians, 720 Kendall Brook Lane, St Augustine, FL 32095, 904-272-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TARS has not scheduled its next CR school.
You can find out more about becoming a consulting rosarian by visiting the DDS website deepsouthdistrict.org/consulting-rosarians.