The ROYAL NATIONAL ROSE SOCIETY was dedicated to the cultivation and
appreciation of roses . It was founded in 1876 and is based near St
Royal patronage commenced in 1901 with Queen Alexandra and continued through to the late Queen Mother.
At its headquarters the society owns and maintains the GARDENS OF THE ROSE , which are open to the public during the summer flowering season and to society members all year round. The gardens were redesigned and replanted in 2005; previously the gardens were planted solely with rose varieties, but the refurbishment saw the installation of a large formal garden featuring approximately 15,000 roses alongside companion planting. The gardens celebrated their 50th anniversary in July 2013.
A key function of the society is to conduct trials for new cultivars
of roses from all over the world. The International Merit Trials for
both amateur and professional breeders, held at the Royal National
Where possible the society provides its members help with any rose related problems, from finding a specific rose through to identifying roses, as well as providing general and specific rose care advice.