April 3, 2-4:30pm – Joanna Deck, “Spray and Fertilizer Program for Championship Roses”

Photo is of Joanna with her dog, Magnum, at the 2018
Tenarky District Fall Rose Show where she won the ARS National Portland Traveling Trophy along with 10 district challenge classes, hybrid tea queen, miniflora queen, and a few other best of classes.

Joanna Deck is a top exhibitor in the Tenarky District having won 68 Queens of Show which includes hybrid teas, miniatures, and minifloras and 47 district and national trophies. She is a member of the Memphis & Dixie Rose Society and lives in Sheridan, Arkansas.

At the April monthly meeting of the Nashville Rose Society, Joanna will discuss the rose fertilization method she has used in the past and the one she is transitioning to. She will talk a little about how she prepares blooms for a show and how she transports them.

Joanna has been growing roses for 34 years and have been showing them for 24 years. It all started with one neglected rose in the back yard of a rental house where she lived. She bought a book on how to care for roses, and the rose responded quite well so she bought about 18 more hybrid teas from local nurseries. When she relocated from there to another city and realized she wanted to take her roses with her should she move again, she decided to grow them in 15 gallon pots.

2021 09 NRS Rose Show Queen – Joanna Deck’s “My Mary Ann”

A few years after that, she joined the American Rose Society and then a local rose society. She learned about miniature roses and nurseries like The Mini Rose Garden and Nor’east Miniature Roses. Her collection of minis started to grow. Two years later she entered her first rose show and won some challenge classes. She was hooked. Joanna now grows 80 hybrid teas, 60 minis and minifloras, 6 floribundas, and 4 climbers in raised beds. She exhibits at rose shows that are within reasonable driving distance. She also like to share blooms with friends and neighbors. During the last five years, Joanna has been doing a little photography and arranging and has won several certificates and rosettes.

Good news! Belmont has removed their mask mandate!

The April meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will be held at the Ayers Academic Center (Rooms C & D) at Belmont University, 1515 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, just off Wedgewood Avenue. Ayers Academic Center is Building #8 on the Belmont campus map, and is the building next to the Inman Center where the Frist Lecture Hall is located (location of previous NRS meetings).

Parking: The Ayers Academic Center is located at the corner of Wedgewood and 15th avenues on the northern front of campus. The entrance to the parking garages for both buildings is the same as we used last year. There are two elevator banks in the garage underneath the Ayers Academic Center – the South and North elevators. Members should park by, then use, the North elevators to the 4th floor. These open up directly across from our meeting room – which is Ayers C & D. It is not easy to find the meeting room from the South elevators!