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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.


March Rose Growing Notes

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

Pruning is on all rosarian minds right now. Should I or shouldn’t I, that is the question? These mild winters are confusing to both roses and rosarians. We used to say prune when the forsythia blooms, but there are newer varieties of forsythia which bloom perhaps too early . In the last Rose Leaf I talked about pruning Austins and climbers in February. I just pruned some shrubs as well. Last year I pruned my HTs and Fls March 16-18, did some touch-up pruning April 28 and the garden was in full bloom (climbers and all) May 14. That is a general plan for me again this year.

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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.


March 16 – Hands on Pruning Demonstration from 10:00-12:00
Sharpen your pruners and grab your gloves for the March Pruning Workshop to be held on Saturday, March 16, at Nancy Jones’ 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 25 – Workday at Cheekwood Rose Study Garden from 3:00 – 5:00pm

Please plan to attend the workday at the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden on Monday, March 25, from 3:00 – 5:00pm, to help get the roses ready for spring! This is the day that we will check pH, fertilize and prune the roses. We will also plant new roses and get the irrigation system up and running.

Bring your pruners and gloves. If you are new to roses or if you are an old-timer, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the spring care of roses.

When you arrive, don’t forget to sign in at the Visitor Center as a Volunteer.


April 2 6:00-8:00pm – Vendor Night, Speaker Jeffery Ezell, The Compost Company

Vendor Night will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Botanic Hall at Cheekwood.
Click here for a list of vendors and order forms to download and send to Gary Spencer by March 20.

At 7:00pm, our speaker will be Jeffrey Ezell, Co-Owner and Products and Business Development at The Compost Company. Jeffery is a SWANA certified Compost Facility Manager, active member of the US Compost Council, and currently serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Recycling Coalition. Prior to working with The Compost Company, Jeffrey served as Recycling Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Works, working to grow and support composting projects at schools, community centers, businesses, and homes. He also served as coordinator and instructor for the Davidson County Master Composter Class. Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Georgia.


The mission statement of The Compost Company is to create a more sustainable future by removing organic waste from landfills and returning it to the soil. They produce the highest quality organic soil and mulch products for farmers, gardeners and landscapers. For more information on The Compost Company, visit www.compostcompany.com.


April 6 – “Cheekwood in Bloom” Rose Workshop 9:00-11:00am

“Cheekwood in Bloom” is March 9 – April 7, 2019. Visit the gardens to see more than 150,000 blooming bulbs.

On Saturday, April 6, “Spring Essentials for Growing Healthy Roses” will be held in partnership with the Nashville Rose Society in the Potter Room.

Admission or membership to Cheekwood is required to attend the event. For more information on “Cheekwood in Bloom”, visit the Cheekwood website.



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