Charity Ball Board of Greenville Hosts Tea to Honor Rose Ball’s Homegrown Rose Gardeners

The Rose Ball recently hosted a special tea to thank and honor the Greenville women who grow and provide the homegrown roses used to decorate the Ball, which is held every other year, in September, at the Poinsett Club. Mike Smith, Chairman of the Charity Ball Board of Greenville, and his wife, Nancy, hosted the tea at their home in Greenville.

“It takes more than 4,000 roses to decorate for the Rose Ball and a significant portion of those roses are grown in personal gardens in Greenville,” stated Mike Smith. “Both Mrs. E.S. (Ellison Smyth) McKissick and Mrs. Charles E. (Ezra) Mikel – the co-founders of the Rose Ball – loved flowers, had rose gardens and wanted to use their roses at the ball. The homegrown rose contributors are the reason the Ball started in 1971, and we could not do it with out them today.” Read a brief history of the Rose Ball here.


Attendees to the honorary tea included some of the 67 total donors of homegrown roses over the past two balls, members of the 2017 Rose Ball Committee and 2016-17 Charity Ball Board of Greenville. Lynn Hauser, Chair of Homegrown Roses on the 2017 Rose Ball Committee, arranged all of the rose-rich floral decoration, most of which came from her and her mother’s gardens.

The 2017 Rose Ball will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017, at The Poinsett Club with a “Palette of the Rose” theme.

About The Rose Ball

Known as “The Grandest Ball of Them All,” The Rose Ball is Greenville’s longest-running charitable community event, celebrated biennially and featuring more than 4,000 roses. Since its inception in 1971, The Rose Ball has provided more than $3.3 million in funding to benefit the physical, emotional, and cultural needs of the people of Greenville. Over the past 45 years, The Rose Ball has established a reputation of being one of the most beautiful, elegant affairs in the Southeast.

The 24th Rose Ball will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Poinsett Club. For more information about or to request an invitation to the 2017 Rose Ball, visit

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