December 3 – NRS Christmas Party, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Nashville Rose Society Annual Christmas Party will be held in the Frist Lecture Hall at Belmont University, 1515 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, just off Wedgewood Avenue. The Frist Lecture Hall is on the fourth floor in the Inman Center, which is Building #6 on the Belmont campus map.

The Inman Center is the beautiful big center building facing Wedgewood that has the circular drive in front of it. There is a parking garage for it up the small drive to the left if you face the building (also a sign saying Inman Center Parking on that drive). Inman parking is to the right clearly marked. There are elevators just as you come into the garage with unloading space in front of them. Visitor parking is to the left. Take the elevators to the 4th floor and turn right when you get off. Our meeting room is there. There will be a cart available if you need it to carry things in. So easy access and a wonderful meeting place. Thanks so much Belmont!

The Society will provide ham and turkey. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. We will be playing a Santa game! Everyone should bring gift (no more than $20) suitable for a man or woman, gardening or not, to exchange.

November 4 – David Cook of the UT Extension Service

David Cook of the UT Extension Service in Davidson County, known fondly as “The Bug Man”, will speak about insects. The meeting will be held in the Potter Room at the Cheekwood Visitor Center.

David’s presentation is an excellent resource for the types of insects that attack our roses in Tennessee. He explains how to identify the culprit based on the damage to the plant, and gives organic solutions for dealing with them.

Click here for the presentation.

October 21 – Christian Bedard, Hybridizer at Weeks Roses

Note new date and place!

The October monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, October 21 (not October 7).

Christian Bedard, Research Director and Licensing Manager at Weeks Roses, will speak, so mark your calendars. The program will be a must-see.

Christian is the recipient of the American Rose Society’s up & coming rosarians award, ARS Rising Stars, for outstanding achievement in the promotion of the culture and appreciation of the rose. Chick here to read the article from AMERICAN ROSE, January/February 2018.

Click here to see the list of roses that Christian has hybridized at Weeks Roses, either individually or jointly.

The meeting will be held at the Frist Lecture Hall at Belmont University, 1515 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, just off Wedgewood Avenue. The Frist Lecture Hall is in the Gordon E. Inman Center, which is Building #6 on the Belmont campus map.

Click here for the press release announcing this event.

October 13 – Ron Daniels Open Garden

Ron Daniels garden being filmed for the Talk of the Town
Ron Daniels will open his garden from 10:00AM – 3:00PM, on Saturday, October 13, at 1000 Gadwall Circle, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Ron’s garden produces many Rose Show winners, including King of the Show at the 2018 Wilson County Fair. Ron’s garden has been featured on Talk of the Town.

If you have not seen Ron’s garden, put this on your calendar!

September 22-23 – The Nashville Rose Society 2018 Rose Show

Arrangement by Sara Jo Gill with ‘Hot Princess’ roses – Best of Show and ARS Royalty Award at the 2017 Nashville Rose Society Rose Show – Photo by Sara Jo Gill

The Nashville Rose Society 2018 Rose Show will be held on Saturday, September 22 (1 pm-4:30 pm), and Sunday, September 23 (11 am-4:30 pm). The Show will be held at the Belmont University Gabhart Student Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee.

“Basics of Growing Roses” seminars will be held on Saturday and on Sunday at 2:00 pm. The seminar on Saturday will be presented by Ron Daniels, ARS Consulting Rosarian. Sunday’s seminar will be presented by Marty Reich, ARS Master Rosarian. The seminars are free to the public.

Parking is free in the Curb Garage, which is Building #27 off of Bernard Ave. Click here for a map of the Belmont Campus.

Click here for the rose show schedule in pdf format.

September 9 – NRS Grand Prix Rose Show

Note new date and place!

The Nashville Rose Society Grand Prix will be held in Botanic Hall in the Visitor Center at Cheekwood. The Grand Prix is an in-house rose show and a perfect opportunity for new members to learn how to exhibit roses. Start now to get your roses ready to produce award-winning blooms by September. Keep up your maintenance schedule – water, feed and spray! Bring your roses to the meeting!

Click here for the show schedule and instructions.

July 1 – David Clemons, “Thoroughbred Roses” Hybridizer

David ClemonsDavid Clemons will share how he hybridizes award winning roses.

David and his wife,Tammy, grow more than 250 exhibition type hybrid teas, miniatures and minifloras. As an avid rose exhibitor, he has competed and won awards on the local, district, and national levels. David is a Consulting Rosarian and past president of the Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society in Huntsville, Alabama. His hybridizing efforts have led to the introduction of several “thoroughbred” minifloras: ‘Ruffian’, ‘Charismatic’, ‘Foolish Pleasure’, and ‘Whirlaway’. Two of his newest introductions include the exhibition miniflora ‘Unbridled’ and the 2008 Award of Excellence winner ‘Joy’, named for David’s mother. ‘Joy’ was the #1 exhibition miniature rose in 2012 and ‘Whirlaway’ was #1 exhibition miniflora in 2012.

June 3 – Annie Owen, “How to Take and Grow Rose Cuttings”

Annie Owen, a long time NRS member and Rosarian, will be doing a program on how to take rose cuttings.

After the first bloom cycle, Ann will invite anyone who is a member of both NRS and ARS that is interested in rooting roses (and other perennials) to her greenhouse. She has a misting cabinet that she roots the plants in and she will keep the cuttings until planting time the following year if needed. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Click here for more information on propagating roses.

Bring a Bouquet or Arrangement of Your Favorite Rose to the Meeting
In addition to our guest speaker, we will have a “Name That Rose” contest to see who knows the most roses!

May 6 – Todd Breyer, “Garden Design and Companion Plants with Roses”

Todd Breyer is a Registered Landscape Architect and chairman of the Plant Collections Committee, Botanic Garden Committee of the Cheekwood Botanic Garden. Todd worked with NRS to obtain the approval for the Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood. He then designed the Garden design, and oversaw its construction.

Todd is also involved in many projects in Nashville, including:
– Nashville City Cemetery Association, past-president, landscape and grounds coordinator
– MNPS Virtual School, Academy Board
– past county Chair Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (District 24)
– Herb Society of Nashville: Dinner Group Coordinator, Herb Sale, Herb Day
– President, Nashville Lawn & Garden Foundation
– Antiques and Garden Show
– Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
– Friends of Richland Park Library
– West Nashville Farmers Market
– West Nashville Community Festival