Dear Members:

On behalf of SRS President Kim White, the Board of Directors is pleased to share with you what the Southampton Rose Society has achieved in 2019. It has been a good year for our organization.

Our events were all well attended, enjoyable and informative.  Peter Bertrand’s Pruning and Planting workshop held in the SRS Rose Garden at the Rogers Memorial Library kicked off our season and was enlightening as always. (See page 3 for three of Peter’s takeaway tips.) Next up was the Children’s Mini Rose and Art workshop at the Rogers Library, with Carol Kroupa and Peter Bertrand. The event drew a good number of budding gardeners and artists (and even a grandpa!). All the children took home their artwork and a miniature rose they planted in a pot.

June brought our 43rd annual Rose Show in the Morris Room at the library. Thanks to co-chairs Diane Vahradian and Maureen O’Leary for all their hard work, to Helga Dawn, Lyn Hamer, Lynn Weiden and Carol Kroupa, and to this year’s judges, David Rink, MaryAnn Rink and Louis Arce. In the Southampton Village Fourth of July parade our rose-bedecked horse-drawn carriage was awarded first place in the Special Floats Division. On July 12th we enjoyed perfect weather for the annual Cocktail Party Fundraiser, proceeds of which support the Endowment Fund that pays for the maintenance of the five public gardens SRS has established to beautify the village. Our heartfelt thanks to Anke and Juergen Friedrich, who so generously hosted the event for a second year at their magnificent estate.  It was a huge success! Be sure to check the Spring 2020 issue of Dune Rose to find out where next year’s party will take place. And plan to be there!

September brought the Members Garden Party – always a delightful time to enjoy the company of fellow rose lovers, along with some delicious food and wine. Our gracious hostess, Saki Mitchell, still had some roses blooming in her lovely garden, which includes the Southampton Rose, on her property’s very beautiful waterfront setting. The season wrapped up in October with the annual lecture/luncheon at The Meadow Club. This year’s event was a hit. Our speaker, noted interior designer Marshall Watson, gave an informative and fascinating presentation of his work, based on his beautiful book The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors (Rizzoli). He also shared his love of gardening and roses – his garden includes some roses from David Dawn’s garden that continue to thrive.

As 2019 winds down, we look ahead to another great year in 2020. The rose is the official flower of the United States, New York State, and Southampton Village. We hope you will join us in celebrating the beauty of roses, and share good times with fellow lovers of America’s favorite flower.

Please help the Southampton Rose Society maintain the tradition of beauty throughout our village by making a contribution today by:Mailing a check to the Southampton Rose Society 

PO Box 1022 Southampton, NY 11969
Using Credit card via Paypal through this website link

The Southampton Rose Society is an organization dedicated to beautifying the Village of Southampton by maintaining 5 public gardens including the magnificent Rose Garden at the Rogers Memorial Library. The SRS also offers numerous educational lectures by some of the world’s most famous rosarians, gardeners, photographers and perfumers.
Show your support by becoming a Rose Garden Angel!

Updated April 10, 2020

2020 Events Calendar

Dates and times are not yet completely finalized for all 2020 events, but we are planning the following events. Please attend as many as you can!

Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM
Pruning and Planting Workshop
Location: SRS Rose Garden at Rogers Memorial Library,

Friday, May 8 at 4 PM
Children’s Mini Rose and Art Workshop
Location: Morris Room, Rogers Memorial Library,
Must pre-register at the Children’s Room

Saturday, June 20
44th Annual Rose Show
7:30-9:30 AM  Set up
1-4 PM   Rose Show
Location: Morris Room, Rogers Memorial Library

Saturday, July 4 at 10 AM
Southampton Fourth of July Parade
Location: Southampton Village
Railroad Plaza to Agawam Park

Friday, July 17
Annual Cocktail Party Fundraiser
Location: To be announced in spring

2020 Cocktail Party Fundraiser

Sunday, September 13
Annual Members Garden Party
Location: The home of Alixandra and Stuart Baker

Annual Members Meeting
To be determined

Annual Luncheon & Lecture
To be determined


The 2020 Board Of Directors
Helga Dawn,  President
Lyn Hamer,  First Vice President
Carol Kroupa, Second Vice President
Michelle Lindsay, Third Vice President
Cornelia Bostwick, Secretary Treasurer
Lynn Weiden, Membership Chair
Lisa Vahradian, Rose Show Co-Chair
Maureen O’Leary, Rose Show Co-Chair
Greg D’Elia, Special Projects

Standing Committee
Helga R. Dawn, SRS Rose Garden Chair
Peter Bertrand, Education Chair

Advisory Board
Alixandra Baker
Jim Berkrot  (Pres. Emer.2015-2018)
Perter Bertrand
Tiss Bliss
Cynthia Brodsky (Pres Emer 2000-2001)
Sean MFK Bruns
Adeline Christie (Pres Emer 2006-2007)
Harvey Feinstein (Pres Emer 1992-1997)
Carole Guest
Huguette Hersch
Jane Indoe (Pres Emer 2004-2005)
Lulu Keszler
Christl Meszkat
Nancy Rollins
Jane Rose
Diane Vahradian
Kim White (Pres Emer 2018-2019)