Fall is here and with it some new opportunities for colors in our gardens. On Sunday, October 4, 2020, Davidson County Master Gardener Joan Clayton-Davis shared some ideas on flowers and vegetables that will add spectacular color. Her suggestions include chrysanthums, pansies, asters golden rod, and ornamental cabbage and kale, all of which are fine companion plants for roses.
It’s been shown that gardening has a real and positive effect on mood and brain chemistry. Especially in these days of wearing masks and struggling to take a deep breath, the most obvious benefit is the fact that it allows you to get out into the fresh air and actually breathe. It also gives you a chance to slow down and be in the moment, removed from all the over stimulation our world provides. Continue reading “Gardening…it’s good for your health!”
by Ron Daniels, President – Nashville Rose Society, Master Rosarian, Master Gardner
As I look back on my experiences with growing roses for the last 28 years, I remember who introduced me to the love of roses and was kind enough to mentor me. This fine gentleman was John Curtis, or as NRS members referred to him, “The Rose Farmer”. He earned that name because of his commitment to organic methods of growing roses. Continue reading “Mentors Matter”
Many people seem to think that growing roses is just too difficult or time consuming. I will admit that it takes some work and commitment. But I have found it to be an extremely rewarding hobby. Our hobby that began with six rose bushes, over a few years, grew to a garden of over 100 bushes. My wife Betsy and I joined the Nashville Rose Society and the American Rose Society (rose.org), both non-profit organizations, and received lots of help and advice.