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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.

NRS 2020 Grand Prix VIRTUAL Rose Show

Have Some fun! Share Your Quarantined Roses!

Since we are unable to hold an actual rose show this year, we are encouraging everyone to have some fun, take photos of your roses, and enter in our first virtual rose show open to all members of the Nashville Rose Society. This is not an ARS sanctioned rose show. NRS virtual certificates will be awarded.

The entries must be emailed by September 20, at 8:00 pm. You have plenty of time to catch your roses at their best.

Click here for all the information, including the show schedule.

Identifying and Controlling Garden Pests

by Dr. Tommy Cairns, Ortho’s All About Roses, 1999
[with updates from the ARS Consulting Rosarian Manual]


Although our roses have evolved over the past twenty years, it seems that the pests that attack them are much the same.

According to Dr. Cairns, there are three main categories of pests to watch out for – various insects, spider mites, and fungal diseases. This article includes a visual identification scheme and some suggestions for control (with some updates from the ARS Consulting Rosarian Manual).

Click here for the full article.

Upcoming Meeting and Events

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

August 2 Virtual Meeting – David Cook, “Beneficial Insects: Will work for Food”

The August 2, 2020, monthly meeting of the Nashville Rose show will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm as a video meeting using the GoToMeeting app.

Our speaker, David Cook, will introduce the plants that attract beneficial insects to gardens and landscapes and identify specific beneficial insects and mites that feed on other insects that damage plants.

David Cook, University of Tennessee Extension Agent
David Cook is a University of Tennessee Extension Agent for Davidson County, TN, and is involved in educating homeowner and commercial clients about issues concerning horticulture and agriculture. David conducts both commercial and consumer site visits throughout the county to diagnose and resolve issues with insects, plant diseases, and weeds. David is the coordinator for the Davidson County Master Gardener program and other commercial programs for commercial pesticide applicators and programs for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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.

Sept 13 Virtual Meeting – Cindy Shapton, The Cracked Pot Gardener, “Herbs and Roses”

Cindy Shapton, The Cracked Pot Gardener
Cindy Shapton will be the September speaker for the Nashville Rose Society monthly meeting. The virtual meeting will be held at on September 13, 2020, at 2:00pm using the GoToMeeting app. Cindy’s topic is “Herbs and Roses”.

Herbs and Roses is not a famous rock band, although Roses are rock stars in the garden. And since roses are actually herbs with medicinal, aromatic and culinary properties…it only makes sense to put them together.

Like any neighbor, some get along better than others so it’s a good idea to have an understanding of combinations of plants that play well together, this is often referred to as companion gardening.

Explore the possibilities with Cindy as she talks about some of her favorite herbs and why interspersing these easy to grow plants in your garden may benefit you and your roses.

Cindy is a writer, speaker, herbalist, floral designer, and farmer. When she is not speaking and writing, she works growing herbs and flowers on her farm, Fernvale Herb and Flower Farm, near Franklin, TN. Cindy sells herbs and cut flowers by appointment and arranges flowers for weddings and events. She also teaches classes on growing food, herbs, arranging flowers, making remedies and foraging for native food and medicine on her farm.

Cindy is the author of “The Cracked Pot Herb Book” – Simple Ways to Incorporate Herbs into Everyday Life, available on her website cindyshapton.com.

Like her FB Page, and follow her on Instagram as ‘The Cracked Pot Gardener’ for all the latest dirt.

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.