The Jacksonville Rose Society is a non-profit organization, established in 1954. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, we are an affiliate of The American Rose Society
As stated in our charter, the purpose of our organization is to encourage the scientific study of plants and their culture, specifically roses, both old and modern, and to encourage the planting of roses for civic beautification.
Rose Rosette Disease, a virus spread by a microscopic mite, is devastating roses in many areas of the country. Rose gardeners throughout the central regions of the country are experiencing mass die off. Four infestations of the virus were discovered in Florida this spring.
Dr. Mark Windham, a Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will tell us how to recognize the virus and what we can do to protect our roses. Dr. Windham is one of the lead researchers in a $4.6 million, US Department of Agriculture-funded effort to learn more about this virus that is 100% lethal to roses. He will also provide an update on his continuing research into leaf-spot diseases that damage roses.