The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) was founded in 1968 in London, England by representatives from the rose societies of Australia, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Great Britain and the United States of America. Its stated purpose was to hold international rose conventions and act as a clearing house for rose research. India was also represented at its first convention held in New Zealand in 1971 besides Canada, Japan and Switzerland. WFRS today is a federation of the national rose societies of forty countries, representing rose lovers around the world. Its goal is to expand contact among them and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.
To date there have been 17 World Rose conventions, usually held at three-year intervals. The last World convention was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from June 28 to July 4, 2018. In the intervening years, regional conventions are held. The 2019 WFRS Regional Convention will be held in Nanyang, China, from April 27 to May 2, 2019. The last WFRS Regional Convention in India was held in Hyderabad, from November 29 to December 2, 2014.
The WFRS gives awards to outstanding roses and to stars of the rose world. It also honours outstanding rose gardens and rose books.
The WFRS facilitates the exchange of information about the rose. Every national rose society knows about roses in their own country. They know the history, where and when roses bloom, the most favored varieties, rose shows, trials, conventions, great rose gardens, nurseries and hybridizers. To make this information more readily available around the world, the WFRS maintains contact and event information for each member national rose society on its website (www.worldrose.org
) and publishes World Rose News
several times a year.