My Roses are Hungry!

by Ron Daniels, Nashville Rose Society
Growing Zone 7

Featured in Roses & You, American Rose Society Member Newsletter


Like all other flowering plants, roses need food in order to grow and bloom successfully. Roses however are heavy feeders. They have greater nutritional needs than many plants. They only get small quantities from existing soil therefore extra fertilizing is essential if you want your roses to perform at their best. For best results, fertilize at the right time, in the right amounts and with the right formulations, which I refer to as “the three R’s”!

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June 3 – Annie Owen, “How to Take and Grow Rose Cuttings”

Annie Owen, a long time NRS member and Rosarian, will be doing a program on how to take rose cuttings.

After the first bloom cycle, Ann will invite anyone who is a member of both NRS and ARS that is interested in rooting roses (and other perennials) to her greenhouse. She has a misting cabinet that she roots the plants in and she will keep the cuttings until planting time the following year if needed. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Click here for more information on propagating roses.

May 6 – Todd Breyer, “Garden Design and Companion Plants with Roses”

Todd Breyer is a Registered Landscape Architect and chairman of the Plant Collections Committee, Botanic Garden Committee of the Cheekwood Botanic Garden. Todd worked with NRS to obtain the approval for the Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood. He then designed the Garden design, and oversaw its construction.

Todd is also involved in many projects in Nashville, including:
– Nashville City Cemetery Association, past-president, landscape and grounds coordinator
– MNPS Virtual School, Academy Board
– past county Chair Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (District 24)
– Herb Society of Nashville: Dinner Group Coordinator, Herb Sale, Herb Day
– President, Nashville Lawn & Garden Foundation
– Antiques and Garden Show
– Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
– Friends of Richland Park Library
– West Nashville Farmers Market
– West Nashville Community Festival

Hewitt Garden & Design Center to Hold “Rose Appreciation Day” on May 5

Hewitt rose inventory Hewitt Garden & Design Center in Franklin TN, in partnership with the Nashville Rose Society, will be holding their first ever “Rose Appreciation Day” on Saturday, May 5, 2018, (rescheduled from Saturday April 21, 2018), featuring free workshops on how to grow roses, free donuts, door prizes and special discounts on roses and rose supplies. Hewitt Garden & Design Center is located at 2525 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37069.

Click here for more information.

March 20 – Vendor Night Order Forms Due!!

Now is the time to inventory what you have on hand to order your rose supplies for the annual Vendor Night. Pre-order rose growing supplies from Beatys Fertilizer and Southern Nurseries and have them delivered at the April meeting. You will save some money and NRS gets a cut as well so we all win. Pick-up is on Tuesday, April 3, rather than the usual first Sunday meeting time.

Download the order forms as Adobe (pdf) or Word document (doc) and return the completed forms by email or USPS to:

Gary Spencer
620 Bellveue Road North
Nashvville, TN 37221
Cell: 615-319-5357

Click the required format to download:

Beatys Fertilizer (.pdf) or (.doc)

Southern Nurseries (.pdf) or (.doc)

March 10 – Pruning Workshop from 10-12:00

Sharpen your pruners and grab your gloves for the March Pruning Workshop to be held on Saturday, March 10, at Nancy Jone’s garden in Bellevue from 10-12 PM. This is the perfect opportunity for new members to learn how to prune roses from experienced rosarians.

Nancy’s garden is located at 130 Belle Glen Drive, Nashville 37221. For more information, call Marty Reich at 615-833-0791 or 615-319-9487. Learn more about pruning roses here.

March 4 – Rose Gardening Products

The March monthly meeting will include a discussion on rose gardening products in preparation for Vendor Night on Tuesday, April 3.

Five of NRS Consulting Rosarians will be speaking:
* Ron Daniels – Soil, water systems & pH meters
* Gene Meyer – Selecting roses, where to buy roses and how to use the ARS Selecting Roses Handbook
* Jack Wedekind – Fertilizers, both organic and granular
* Marty Reich – Disease and insect control products, both synthetics and organics
* Larry Baird – Rose gardening tools, including pruners, loppers, gloves, and types of sprayers; how to use each tool and where to buy

March 1-4 -Nashville Lawn & Garden Show

Tennessee’s largest and most popular gardening event returns at The Fairgrounds Nashville! and once again, the Nashville Rose Society will have a booth manned by Society members. No experience is necessary, you just need to talk to people about roses. Cindy Worch will have sign-up sheets at the February meeting.

Visit for more information and directions to the show.