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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.


R. Curtis Aumiller, author of the ARS Guidelines to Judging Rose Photography, presentation video

A New Shot: Rose Photography in Your Show

R. Curtis Aumiller, author of the ARS first Guidelines to Judging Rose Photography
R. Curtis Aumiller is the author of the American Rose Society first Guidelines to Judging Rose Photography. Curtis has been judging rose photography for over 14 years and has given presentations about judging and taking rose photos across the nation. At the May 2, 2021, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society, Curtis explained how to make sure you are taking and entering your best rose photos and will also cover those factors judges use to pick the winning rose photos.

Click here to watch Curtis’ presentation to the Nashville Rose Society via GoToMeeting.


Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood – as of June 7, 2021

The Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood has a two-fold purpose: provide a beautiful garden of roses for Cheekwood visitors to enjoy, but primarily to function as a teaching garden for new and experienced rosarians.

On June 7, a workshop was held in the Garden for new NRS members.

This photo gallery is as of June 7, 2021.

Click here to see the gallery of the garden.


Upcoming Meeting and Events

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

We are excited to announce that beginning in June, 2021, the monthly meetings of the Nashville Rose Society will be held in-person either at Cheekwood Estates and Gardens or on the Belmont University campus. See meeting announcements for details.



July 11, 2:00-5:00pm – Jolene Adams, “Growing Roses in Containers” PLUS Ice Cream Social

Jolene Adams, 54th President of the American Rose Society.
The Nashville Rose Society is pleased to have Jolene Adams as our speaker for our first in-person meeting at Cheekwood in 2021. Jolene will be joining us from California via GoToMeeting. Her topic will be “Growing Roses in Containers”. In her former garden Jolene had about 200 roses and 42 of them were in the ground – all the rest were potted, including climbers on down to miniatures.

Jolene Adams was the 54th President of the American Rose Society and now serves as a Past President. She was the District Director of the Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii District from 2003 through 2009.

Jolene served the World Federation of Rose Societies as a Vice President for North America, representing the three countries in North America who are Members of the WFRS – Canada, USA and Bermuda and still serves as Chair of the World Federation of Rose Societies Publications Committee. She is an ARS Master Rosarian, ARS Consulting Rosarian, ARS Horticulture Judge and an International Horticulture Judge. She is also a California Master Gardener.

Jolene’s ‘Perle d’Or’, a polyantha, in a decorative pot.
Jolene is the recipient of the Bronze Medal from the three local societies she belongs to, the Silver Honor Medal from the NCNH District, the Gold Medal and the Klima Medal from the American Rose Society.

She has held every office in her local societies (not all at once) and lectures widely on roses and gardening in general. In her small garden in California Jolene grows approximately 50 roses of all types – Climbers, OGRs, Minis and Minifloras, Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, Floribundas, Polyanthas, Modern and Classic Shrubs.

She travels as often as she can to visit rose friends and attend rose functions around the world. She fell in love with roses as a teenager and hasn’t gotten over it.

The in-person meeting will be held in the Potter Room at Cheekwood. Our annual ice cream social will be held after Jolene’s presentation.

Anyone who wishes to join the meeting virtually should see Marty Reich’s email to NRS members for information on how to log into GoToMeeting. If you would like to attend as a guest, please submit your request on the Ask a Consulting Rosarian form on the website.

Don’t forget – The July meeting will be the SECOND Sunday of July, due to the 4th of July holiday.

Following the July program, the Nashville Rose Society will plant a hybrid-tea rose, “Ring of Fire”, in memory of Clayton Beaty. Clayton was the President/Owner of Beaty Fertilizer, Inc., and a friend of the NRS for many years, as a speaker, consultant and Vendor Day supplier. Members of NRS will think of Clayton when they apply Mills Magic Rose Mix to their gardens.