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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.

Note! The scheduled February and March meetings will begin at 1:00pm.

See below for details.


2019 Winterization of Roses

By Marty Reich, Master Rosarian

winterizing rosesIt is time to put the kids to bed. The last big rose chore before we get to put our feet up and enjoy the rose catalogs needs to be done by about the first week of December. A general rule is to wait until there have been two real (not just a couple of hours) freezes below 28degrees F. Protect too soon and the bush will not have time to gear up its internal winterization mechanism.

Read the entire article here.


2019 Roses in Review Summary Report Available

The Tenarky District 2019 Roses in Review Summary Report compiled by Jeff Garrett, Tenarky District Roses in Review Chairman, from the reports submitted by Tenarky members of the American Rose Society is now available.

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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.


February 2, 1:00pm – Danielle Hahn, Owner of Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, CA
Danielle Hahn, founder and owner of Rose Story Farm, and honored in 2014 with the Great Rosarian of the World Award

Note new time!! The February 2, 2020, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will be held in Massey Hall at Cheekwood at 1:00. Danielle Hahn, founder and owner of Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, CA, will be our speaker.

Danielle will discuss the evolution of Rose Story Farm from its beginning in 1998 with 1000 rose bushes to the premier boutique rose garden grower in the U.S. with 30,000 rose bushes of over 300 varieties. She will also offer tips on rose garden design as well as how to create beautiful floral arrangements with roses.

Rose Story Farm® began in 1998, when Danielle Hahn and her husband Bill decided to try growing 1000 rose bushes on a half acre of their lemon and avocado farm.

Danielle has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, Veranda, the Wall Street Journal and other publications as well. She has had articles published in the Annual Review of the American Rose magazine. In 2014, Danielle was honored with the Great Rosarian of the World award, joining an elite group of recipients including David Austin (UK), Peter Beales (UK), Wilhelm Kordes (Germany) and Alain Meilland (France). This award honors men and women who have made significant contributions to the cultivation and appreciation of roses.

For more information on Rose Story Farm, visit their website.

Click here for the press release announcing this event.


March 1, 1:00pm – Jason Powell, “Petals From the Past” Nursery and Cheekwood Greenhouse Tour
Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past Nursery

Note!! The March meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will begin at 1:00 pm with a tour of the Cheekwood greenhouses. Many of the flowers that you see in the Cheekwood gardens are grown in their own greenhouses. This is a special opportunity to see the greenhouses on a tour lead by Peter Grimaldi, Vice President of Gardens & Facilities. Members are to meet in front of the visitor center and can walk or ride the shuttle to the greenhouses.

At 2:00 pm, Jason Powell owner, “Petals From the Past” Nursery, in Jamison, Alabama, will discuss great varieties of antique roses for the garden, how to incorporate them into the landscape, and care and maintenance techniques for success.

“Petals from the Past” specializes in antique roses, heirloom shrubs and hard to find perennial flowers and herbs. They also offer guided tours of their lovely gardens. The nursery is managed by Jason and Shelley Powell, horticulturalists, whose skills complement each other. Jason has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and Shelley has a BS in Horticulture from Texas A&M. Since starting Petals from the Past in 1994, they have applied contemporary techniques in growing the finest old-garden plants along with new varieties.

For more information on Jason’s nursery, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



Rose Chat Podcast with Chris VanCleave and Teresa Byington

Click here for the Jan 26th, 2020, podcast Glorious Garden Tours 2020 – Paul Zimmerman.

Join award winning rosarians Chris VanCleave and Teresa Byington each week for the Rose Chat Podcast. This top rated gardening podcast explores the different aspects of roses. With topics ranging from where to plant roses, how to select roses for your garden as well as how to maintain them to achieve the garden of your dreams.