Thomasville’s Annual Rose Show, a standard flower show co-sponsored by Thomasville Garden Club, Inc. and Thomasville Rose Society, began in 1921, with the first show being held in Neel’s Department Store. With that small beginning, the Rose Show grew into one of the outstanding flower shows in the country. It was publicized in major publications such as Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens. On at least two occasions, roses have been sent to NBC’s Today Show, where they were displayed and discussed.
The Thomasville Rose Show and Thomasville Garden Club, Inc. Standard Flower Show continued to be held jointly until 2006. In March 2007, the Thomasville Garden Club Inc. Standard Flower Show was held at the Garden Center. Thomasville Rose Society continues to hold their flower show on the fourth Friday of April of each year with a ribbon cutting featuring Thomasville’s Rose Queen.
A complete history of the Rose Show can be found in the Garden Center Library.