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The Nashville Rose Society serves all of Middle Tennessee by sharing knowledge and information about our national flower, the rose. Through a monthly newsletter and meetings that feature regional and nationally recognized speakers, we bring you advice and instruction geared to growing roses in the specific soil and climatic conditions of this area. For all scheduled Meetings & Events, click here.

February Rose Growing Notes

by Marty Reich, Master Rosarian, Editor of the Rose Leaf

Unpruned climber on trellis
Unpruned climber on trellis
Something you will want to do in February is to prune your David Austin roses. Dr. Rankin, who was a member for many years and grew a huge number of them, gave this advice: Prune and feed them in mid-February. Since I started doing this, it has seemed to make a difference from the years I waited until late March.

Climbers should generally be pruned in late February just before the leaves start really coming out. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing and makes it simpler to clean out old canes and attach canes to trellises. You must know what kind of climber you are pruning. Some kinds bloom on old wood and can only have dead wood cut out early,whereas others like America, which is a large flowered climber (LCl) and blooms on new growth, should be done in February. Blooms on America come on the laterals that occur on the long horizontal canes. Prune the laterals back to 2 or 3 bud-eyes.

Pruned climber on trellis
Pruned climber on trellis

Be sure to clean up any leaves that remain on the ground after you prune any rose and pick off any diseased leaves you see that remain after pruning. Do not panic if you have to prune all the way to the ground to get good wood. A grafted rose will likely come back from the bud union if the graft ( knot )has been protected thru the winter. If you spray, be sure to start just as soon as the leaves begin to come out. Better to stop blackspot before it starts than to try to get it under control later.

Come to the pruning demonstrations so you can see first-hand how it is done. I think most new rosarians get a real shock when they see us cut. This is a very important service for your roses.

Upcoming Meeting and Events

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Monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at Cheekwood Botanic Hall in the Visitor Services Building on the first Sunday of the month, usually from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

For all currently scheduled Meetings & Events visit the Meeting & Events page.

February 23 – Hands on Pruning Demonstration from 10:00-12:00
It is time to start planning to prune the roses for their new spring growth. The first Pruning Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 23, at Lynda and Gordon McClellan’s garden near Opryland from 10-12 PM. New members will have a chance to have hands-on experience with trimming roses by learning from experienced rosarians.

The garden is located at 2615 Davidwood Court, Nashville 37214. For more information, call Marty Reich at 615-833-0791 or 615-319-9487. Learn more about pruning roses here.

March 1, 2:00 pm – Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Interactive Workshop

Secrets to Growing Beautiful Roses

Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

Tennessee’s largest and most popular gardening event will return February 28 – March 3, 2019, at The Fairgrounds Nashville. On Friday, March 1, at 2:00 pm, the Nashville Rose Society with host an interactive workshop on the secrets to growing beautiful roses.

Learn everything you need to know to grow beautiful roses in Tennessee from this interactive workshop designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice – from preparing your soil and selecting and planting your roses to watering, fertilizing, spraying and pruning. The workshop is conducted by Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society and a Master Rosarian. Ron will share his proven techniques for growing and caring for roses that have enabled him to win numerous awards as an exhibiting rosarian at local and regional rose shows. Ron will be joined by other members of the Nashville Rose Society who will be available to answer all your rose growing questions.

“The Nashville Rose Society is excited to participate in this year’s Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, said Ron Daniels. It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with people from across Tennessee. Roses have a reputation for being “fussy” and challenging to grow. I hope folks will come to the Lawn and Garden Show to be inspired and to learn that anyone can grow beautiful roses.”

Door prizes will be awarded to attendees who hold the winning tickets from a drawing that will take place during the workshop. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of Ron’s presentation as well as a complimentary packet of information and tips for growing healthy roses.

Visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com for more information.

March 3 – Ron Daniels, “Growing and Caring for Roses – Part 2”

My roses are hungry!

Roses however are heavy feeders. At the March meeting Ron Daniels, NRS Co-President, will present the spring time tasks for growing and caring for roses. Ron will talk about how, what, and when to fertilize – affectionately we say feed – your roses.

We will also have Consulting Rosarians share information about pruning your roses, which will need to be done soon.

The meeting will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Potter Room at Cheekwood.

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