From about June 15 to September 15 to 21, we cut the spent blooms at the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden on Thursdays from 4 - 6pm. All are welcome to join us & learn the lost art of deadheading - the process that yields many new blooms within 10 days or so.
PNW District Summer Garden Tour in July
Each summer members of the Pacific NW District of the ARS go on a bus tour of member gardens in our fabulous part of the country. This year we'll be crossing into OR and back.
Puyallup Fair Rose Show
During the 5 week run of the Western Washington State Fair in September we enter our roses in their weekly judged rose shows on Sundays. We also provide demonstrations & handouts to the thousands of Fair visitors as they enjoy the over 150 entries.
PNW District Fall Conference
Each year our ARS District gathers to hold arrangement seminars, judging classes, and operations meetings at a central location. An excellent way to upgrade knowledge in an informal setting, usually at a scenic lodge.
Spring Pruning in March
Meeting at Pt. Defiance Rose Garden for the yearly hard pruning of ALL the rose bushes. A great place to learn about caring for your own beauties . . . And there's usually a potluck lunch at the Lodge to warm up after all the work.
Annual Rose Show in June
Each June we run an ARS sanctioned rose show in Tacoma, where rose growers & arrangers show their stuff. A regional group of ARS judges visit each class in the show, agree on the quality of each entry, & then decide on a best-in-class winner. Trophies & certificates are handed out to winners in a grand ceremony at the end of the day, with a picture taken with the Chairman of the TRS Show as a memento of their hard work. Learn more here . . .
Point Defiance Plant Sale in March
Donated rose bushes, perennials, & bulbs from Tacoma gardens & Metro Park sites are put out for our largest public sale at the Pagoda on a Spring morning. All proceeds go to benefit the Rose Garden.
Tacoma Home & Garden Show
We run an informational booth with show boards, pictures, & handouts to help kick off the New Year. Membership forms too . . .