Vancouver Rose SocietyAn established group of rose enthusiasts in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia since 1949, the Vancouver Rose Society is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses throughout the province of British Columbia. For more information on the local rose society, visit

The World Rose Festival is presented by the Vancouver Rose Society in collaboration with the:

World Federation of Rose SocietiesWorld Federation of Rose Societies: Founded in 1968, the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) is the world’s largest international organization of rose enthusiasts representing more than 100,000 rose lovers in 41 member countries. The WFRS strives to increase the knowledge of the rose and expand communication between the member national societies.


Canadian Rose Society LogoCanadian Rose Society:Founded in 1954, the Canadian Rose Society (CRS) serves over 800 members and is an educational, non-profit organizations dedicated exclusively to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses throughout Canada. The CRS is a registered charity (tax number 89156-3173).

American Rose SocietyAmerican Rose Society: Founded in 1892, the American Rose Society (ARS) has over 15,000 members dedicated to the enjoyment, enhancement, and promotion of America’s Floral Emblem. This national organization, with almost 400 local chapters and affiliates throughout the United States, offers rose-related activities and information.


World Rose Festival Organizing Committee

Vancouver Rose Society (VRS)
Darlene Sanders and Brenda Viney - Festival Co-Chairs

The Co-Chairs for the World Rose Festival 2009 are Darlene Sanders and Brenda Viney. They are working closely with a well organized planning committee to ensure that Vancouver’s event is an extraordinary success.

Darlene Sanders
Darlene Sanders
Darlene Sanders has been an active member of the Vancouver Rose Society since 1980. She has attended five world rose conventions as well as traveled extensively with the English Historic Roses Group, the latest being June 2008’s exploration of the castles and gardens of the Loire Valley in France.

A passionate hands-on gardener, Darlene has created a cottage garden in West Vancouver where she tends 175 roses, mainly Old Garden Roses but with a liberal sprinkling of modern and mini varieties. A 100 year old Western Red Cedar on her property plays host to a cascading Kiftsgate rose, while old roses planted outside the fence along the adjoining lane delight passers-by with their heady fragrance.

Darlene opens her garden to visitors in June, and at Vancouver’s annual Rose Show she can be counted on to participate both as an exhibitor and as a judge. Since 1988 she has owned and operated a successful retail garden/home décor store called The Avant Gardener.

Brenda Viney
Brenda Viney Brenda Viney has been an active member of the Vancouver Rose Society since 1989. In 1990, she joined the Board of Directors as Secretary and subsequently became President for 1999 and 2000. Today, she is the Membership Chair and writes a monthly “To Do” column in the Society’s newsletter. Over the years she has participated in yearly pruning demonstrations, run five consecutive Rose Shows as the Chair, including the Canadian National Show, opened her garden to member visits every year, become a major exhibitor in the VRS yearly rose show, and volunteered in most activities in which the Society has engaged.

Brenda and her husband Al have created a charming mixed garden at their home just outside Vancouver. Starting with a house surrounded by grass on a 66’ x 120’ lot, over the past 15 years they have reduced the grassy surround substantially creating meandering garden beds front and back. Five years ago they delighted neighbours by creating a 10’ x 50’ fragrant rose garden on the front boulevard and added a small water feature to the back yard. The garden now holds a collection of 200 roses, including a good selection of modern and old roses, along with a mélange of perennials, shrubs and herbs.

Are you a member of the VRS? Peruse the latest issue of the Vancouver Rose Society's Rose Bed newsletter and find out what you've been missing! The VRS encourages anyone interested in rose growing to join this group of expert and novice rosarians to make the most of your favourite hobby. Visit the World Rose Festival to meet members and find out how you can join.

Festival Committee Contacts

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  Darlene Sanders, VRS & Avant Gardener  

avantgardener @

  Brenda Viney, VRS & JMP Marketing   brendaviney @
Rose Show
  Lesley Finlay, VRS   kfinlay @
  Elaine Raine, VRS   eraine @
  Terry Martinich   tgmartinich @
Marketing & Publicity
  Dale Akerstrom, VRS   adalex @
Special Events Entertainment
  Marjorie Cullerne, VRS & Musician   marjorie @
Fundraising & Sponsorship
  Sarah Lowis, Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc.   sarah @
Educational Exhibits & Programs
  Alec Globe, VRS & UBC Professor   globe @
Agriculture & Customs
  Bob Meighen, VRS   rmeighen @
Florist Design Exhibit
  Gail Robertson, VRS   gnrobertson @
  Donna Hutton, Donna Hutton Flowers   donnahuttonflowers @
  Hilary Miles, Hilary Miles Flowers Ltd.   info @
  Maureen Sullivan, Thomas Hobbs Florist by Maureen Sullivan   info @
  Khim Mah   meowham @
Lectures & Workshops
  Brad Jalbert, VRS & Select Roses   selectroses @
  Patrick White, VRS   patrickwhite @
  Janet Wood, VRS   janetwood @
  Pamela Erikson, VRS & Erikson's Daylily Gardens   pamela1 @
Festival Manager
  Sarah Lowis, Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc.   sarah @