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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.


Nashville Rose Society Announces 2020 Bronze Honor Medal Winners

Bob Bowen was presented with the Bronze Honor Medal at the last workday for the year in the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden by Ron Daniels and John Wendler.
The NRS Awards that are typically (in normal times) given at the annual Christmas Party were announced this year at the December 6, 2020, virtual meeting.

Keith and Martha Garman’s Bronze Honor Medal plaque and medals.
Bronze Honor Medals, the highest award that can be presented by a local rose society, were given to Bob Bowen, the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden manager, and Keith and Martha Garman, co-chairs of the NRS Grand Prix Rose Show.

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Transplanting and Moving Rose Bushes

by Ron Daniels, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian and Master Gardener

Now is the time to plan if you have any rose bushes that need to be moved or transplanted.

Roses are very resilient and will do well in the upcoming Spring. I have moved over 100 rose bushes with great success.

Read more about the steps to take to transplant or move a rose bush here.


Upcoming Meeting and Events

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Stay tuned for the exciting lineup of presenters and topics for 2021.



February 14 – Bob Martin, American Rose Society President

“Things (about roses) I Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten.”

Bob Martin, 56th President American Rose Society
We are excited to have Bob Martin, President of ARS, speak to us virtually (via GoToMeeting) on February 14, 2021, at 2:00pm – our first meeting of the year.

Bob will be sharing with us an updated program that recounts valuable lessons he has learned about growing roses, many through making mistakes, in 50 years of rose growing at seven different gardens in Southern California and Arizona.

Bob has been growing roses for nearly 50 years. He and his wife Dona live in Escondido, California, where they maintain a rose garden of more than 600 roses of all types. He is an American Rose Society Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge. Bob is active in the San Diego Rose Society, which he has served in several capacities, including two terms as President. Bob is the recipient of the ARS Silver Honor Medal for Service to the District, and four ARS Bronze Honor Medals for service to the Pacific Rose Society, San Diego Rose Society, Los Angeles Rose Society and Pasadena Rose Society.

Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. He is also a hybridizer with 15 named varieties, including the show roses, ‘Dona Martin’, ‘Butter Cream’, ‘Peter Cottontail’ and ‘Pasadena Star’. Two of his latest roses are orange blend shrub named, ‘Ruth Tiffany’ and it the orange blend floribunda, ‘Escondido Sunset’.

Bob is also a prolific writer, having authored more than 700 published articles on roses. He is the National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual review by the nation’s top exhibitors of new exhibition roses. Bob is also the author of the book “Showing Good Roses”, and maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at www.roseshow.com. He was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

For more information on how to log into GoToMeeting, please see Marty Reich’s email to NRS members. If you would like to attend as a guest, please submit your request on the Ask a Consulting Rosarian form on the website.