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.
Our August program will feature Jay Hiers of Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, SC.
Jay is Superintendent of Parks for the City of Orangeburg’s Edisto Memorial Rose Gardens in Orangeburg, SC. Those duties include overseeing the main display rose garden of nearly 5,000 rose plants as well as the two rose test gardens. Within the Edisto Memorial Rose Garden he oversees the most complete collection of Noisette Roses in the U.S. Soon he will be implementing the ARS Chinese Species Rose Garden.
Jay is Garden Supervisor and Evaluator for the ARS AOE Test Garden. He sits on the Advisory Committee for AGRS, the new rose testing program and is an evaluator for this program as well.
Jay serves the U.S. rose community in many ways:
Director of the Carolina District of the American Rose Society. Member of the ARS Kidz N’ Roses Committee. Past-President for the SC Rose Society. ARS Board of Directors. ARS Audit Committee. Permanent Judge for International Rose Trials at Biltmore Estate. ARS Marketing Committee and ARS Financial Committee.