Acadiana Society meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM except December (2nd Thursday) and July (no meeting) at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center in Lafayette, LA. Guests are always welcomed. See district calendar for more details.


  • April is our “Petite Show” meeting. Members bring roses from their garden to enter in our club rose show.
  • The May meeting is our annual Birthday Potluck Meeting. Members bring a dish of their choice to share with everyone and a topic of interest.
  • In June we do a rose arrangement workshop on a Saturday.
  • August is our ice cream meeting. Enjoy homemade ice cream, toppings and other sweets along with a program topic of interest.
  • Every other Nov we have a Silent Auction with members bringing items to sell such as plants, rose bushes, garden/yard art, homemade pickles, jams etc. plus a topic of interest
  • In December we celebrate Christmas with lots of great food at our Holiday Banquet.


Members enjoy a 10% discount at All Seasons Nursery and Chastant Bros. Supply.

Acadiana Society Board:


President: Karen Molbert

Vice President: Virginia Bowen

2nd Vice Presidents - Linda Aguzin & BJ Abshire

Treasurer/Newsletter Editor: BJ Abshire

Secretary: Letha Briggs


  A little history on the Acadiana Rose Society...


The first meeting of the Acadiana Rose Society was held in May of 1990 at Marshall’s Nursery in Lafayette and attended by 18 people. By the next year there were 52 members and meetings were being held at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center in Lafayette where they built and tended a public rose garden.

Southwest LA Rose Society in Lake Charles was instrumental in getting Acadiana RS started. Willard Briggs was our first club president. His wife Letha had family in Lake Charles and early in 1990 they would drive to LC to go to society meetings and see the rose gardens of members there. Lake Charles members drove to Lafayette many times to give programs on rose culture.

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