Lehigh Valley Rose Society Inc

Bethlehem, PA   |  LVRoseSociety.org

Mission

The Lehigh Valley Rose Society, Inc. (LVRS) is a local chapter of the American Rose Society (ARS). ARS was established in 1892 and is the nation’s largest and oldest single-plant horticultural society. LVRS exists to encourage amateur and professional rose culture; to provide rose horticulture education throughout the Lehigh Valley; to increase the general understanding of and interest in all aspects of roses, including but not limited to the history of roses, hybridization, growing, exhibiting, artistic designing and judging, and research. Our chapter plays an active role in the Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in helping to restore the Bethlehem Rose Garden. We are now fundraising for and will be installing a new public rose garden in Center Valley, PA.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Nate Fisher

Main address

PO Box 1412

Bethlehem, PA 18016 USA

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EIN

85-0619494

NTEE code info

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

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Our programs

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Annual Rose Show

The Lehigh Valley Rose Society hosts an annual rose show. This is a judged horticultural exhibition focusing exclusively on roses. The show is free and open to the public; both to view and to enter exhibits into the set classes. The LVRS Rose Shows typically draw entrants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. The purpose of rose shows is to encourage others to grow roses, encourage current rose growers to grow better roses, learn how to present and display roses, and learn how to grow better roses. It provides our organization a great opportunity to meet and interact with the local community.

Population(s) Served

Our group is installing a new public rose garden in Center Valley, PA, at the new “Hopewell Park.” This garden will feature 672 roses & 576 bulbs/annuals/perennials. Surrounding the rose garden, a pollinator garden of over 4,000 sq ft will be planted. Our organization is working to have it classified both as a Penn State Extension "Demonstration Garden" as well as a "Monarch Waystation."

The garden is being designed, installed, & maintained by our organization & paid for through donations and sponsorships by individuals and businesses.

Our group will be using the garden for community classes on rose care (pruning, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, watering, disease & pest identification & management, cultivar identification, etc.), public garden tours & garden tours on our YouTube channel. We will also use it as the site for our demonstrations for our YouTube videos, & the place we host member meetings (in spring and summer), as well as the site for our annual picnic.

Population(s) Served

We operate the “Lehigh Valley Rose Growers” Facebook group - a place for people to share photos of their roses, ask questions about different rose cultivars & help with identification, ask about general rose care, share gardening tips, share about various rose sales/promotions, & more. There are several Consulting and Master Rosarians in the group, as well as some rose hybridizers.

We also established a YouTube channel, where we post videos of garden tours, videos on fertilizing, planting, soil pH, garden pests, etc.

We have a curated a lending library of over 50 books on rose diseases, rose pests, rose identification, garden design, floral arranging, and more - available free to LVRS members to check-out books.

We host rose garden tours to LVRS member gardens, as well as various prominent rose gardens in the Northeast - these tours are available to be booked by LVRS members and the public & serve as an opportunity to educate about roses, the history of roses & rose gardens, etc.

Population(s) Served

In June 2020, our organization began work with the City of Bethlehem & the Mount Airy Neighborhood Association to help in the restoration of the Bethlehem Rose Garden.

Originally installed in 1931 & maintained by the City of Bethlehem with full-time gardeners, budget cuts over the years led to serious neglect to the roses. No pruning, fertilizing, spraying, watering were done for at least 5 years.

Our organization worked to identify & remove over 100 roses with symptoms of RRD, transplanted the nearly 300 roses remaining (in a garden that used to have 5,000) to space them more evenly throughout the garden, & planted over 200 new roses. Members of our group supplied thousands of hours of volunteer labor, over 50 roses, hundreds of pounds of fertilizer, & use of gardening tools to other community volunteers. We worked with community volunteers to train them with planting, fertilizing, pruning, & watering roses, as well as what symptoms to look out for in regard to RRD.


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Awards

Rising Star Award 2021

American Rose Society

Affiliations & memberships

American Rose Society 2020

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021

Financials

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Lehigh Valley Rose Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nate Fisher

Tess Fisher

Lisa Walton

Helen Julia

Tyler Fatzinger

Dan Kroll

Verena Aibel

Mike O'Hare

Diane Susoev

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2021

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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