November 3 – Jason Reeves, Curator of UT Gardens Jackson

Jason Reeves, Curator of UT Gardens Jackson
The November meeting of the Nashville Rose Society is back at the usual time and usual place – 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Cheekwood. Our speaker is Jason Reeves, horticulturist at UT and the curator of the UT Garden at Jackson. Jason will speak on”A Year in the Garden”. He will give tips and techniques on garden care and maintenance as well as top-performing plants for each season.

Jason grew up not far from the West TN AgResearch and Education Center on a farm in rural Carroll County near Huntingdon, Tennessee. As a college student, he interned at the Opryland Conservatories in Nashville and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He received his Masters in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UT in 1999. After school, Jason worked at the famed Longwood Gardens, the former estate of Pier DuPont (of the chemical company) near Philadelphia. He also traveled to New Zealand, where he worked and lived at Palomia Gardens for four months. Recently, Jason was named Contributing Editor at Fine Gardening magazine.

Jason’s major projects at this Research Center include developing the grounds, improving the plant collection, and conducting research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals.

Please join us for this very informative meeting!

October 19 – Workshop at Cheekwood, “Pick Your Own Bouquet”, 10AM-12PM

As the weather cools, what does a rose garden need to thrive? Led by members of the Nashville Rose Society, this workshop will cover fall activities like fertilizing, spraying, watering, deadheading, and winterizing roses. Participants will leave with their own bouquet of roses from the Rose Study Garden.

There is no cost for the workshop, but advanced registration is required. Stay tuned for ticket information.

For more information, visit the Cheekwood calendar event pages on and on Facebook.

October 6 (at Belmont) – Dr. Jim Hering, “Great Garden Restoration Project”

Note! The October meeting will be held at Belmont from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The October meeting of the Nashville Rose Society 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 on the fourth floor in the Inman Center, which is Building #6 on the Belmont campus map. Please note! the meeting will be held 2:00pm – 4:00pm. See below for parking directions.

NRS is honored to have as its speaker Dr. Jim Hering, President Emeritus of the American Rose Society and the Great Garden Restoration Project Fund Raising Chairman. He will be speaking on the Great Garden Restoration Project of the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana – the current status of the Restoration Project, as well as the future work to be completed.

Jim and his wife of 55 years, Anne Hering, live in Marion, Ohio. They have four sons, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. Jim retired from thoracic surgery after 31 years.

Jim joined ARS in 1975; he is a Consulting Rosarian and a Horticulture Judge. He has held several offices in both ARS and his local region and district – Buckeye District Director 1988-1994, ARS Vice President 1994-1997, ARS President 1997-2000, Region 4 Director 2009-2015 – and was ARS Gold Medal recipent in 2006.

Currently, Jim is chairman of the ARS Miniature Rose Committee and the Buckeye District Horticulture Judges and Roses in Review.

Great Garden Restoration Project 2017 – 2022


The Inman Center is the beautiful big center building facing Wedgewood that has the circular drive in front of it. There’s a parking garage underneath the building that you access from Wedgewood Ave. Look for the sign out in front of the Inman Building on Wedgewood Ave, indicating the entrance to the parking garage. Once you turn off of Wedgewood Ave to enter the garage, parking for the Inman Center is on the right and is 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. Thanks so much Belmont!

October 4-6 – ARS Miniature National Conference & Rose Show

The American Rose Society 2019 Mini National Convention and Rose Show combined with the Deep South District and TENARKY District Show dates have been finalized.

With a perfect theme of Music City Roses and the ideal location of Franklin, TN, just minutes to Nashville known for its Legendary Country Music Venues, this exciting convention and rose show have created quite a buzz!!
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Sept 28-29 – NRS Rose Show at Belmont University

The Nashville Rose Society will hold its Annual Rose Show on September 28 & 29, 2019, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Admission and parking are both FREE to the public from 1:00 to 4:30 PM on Saturday September 28th and from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday September 29th.

Over 30 of the most accomplished exhibiting rosarians from across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama will compete for awards in multiple categories – from hybrid teas, floribundas and miniatures to shrub roses and old garden roses – displaying hundreds of absolutely beautiful roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. There will be a competition for best rose arrangements as well.

On each day of the show, at 2:00 PM, a Nashville Rose Society Consulting Rosarian will conduct a FREE workshop on the “Basics of Growing Roses”, designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice. Come and learn how to properly prepare your soil, when and how to prune, as well as proven techniques for fertilizing and protecting roses from damaging insects and diseases. Everyone attending the workshops will receive a complimentary packet of information and tips about growing beautiful roses in Tennessee. After each workshop, guided tours will be available of the Belmont’s two spectacular rose gardens – the original Belmont Rose Garden, which now contains over 200 roses of 70 different varieties, as well as the new Adelicia Acklen Rose Garden, which contains some of the same rose varieties Adelicia grew back in the 1860’s when she occupied the mansion.

The Rose Show will be held in the Gabhart Student Center, rooms A & B, on the campus of Belmont University, located at 2002 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN. Parking is FREE. Click here for a map of the campus.

Click here for the Rose Show Schedule.