The Nashville Rose Society + Cheekwood Estate and Botanical Gardens

A Partnership in Education

By Jill Garabedian


The Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood in full bloom.
After many years of Nashville Rose Society meetings being held at Cheekwood, Ron Daniels, current Co-President of the NRS, wondered why there was not a rose garden on the grounds. Since one of the Nashville Rose Society priorities is rose education and a core value at Cheekwood is botanical education, it seemed a natural fit to have a study garden on site. Continue reading “The Nashville Rose Society + Cheekwood Estate and Botanical Gardens”

Cheekwood 2019 Century Star Award Presented to NRS

John Wendler and Bob Bowen receiving the 2019 Century Star Award from Cheekwood.
On March 29, 2020, John Wendler, Nashville Rose Society Co-President, and Bob Bowden, NRS Rose Study Garden Manager, received the Cheekwood 2019 Century Star Award for providing more than 100 hours of volunteer service during 2019.

The award is presented to the organization with the most volunteer hours during the year. This is the second year in a row that the Nashville Rose Society has been recognized.

The Nashville Rose Society members are solely responsible for maintaining the Rose Study Garden.

Danielle Hahn, World Renown Rose Expert, to Speak at Cheekwood


Danielle Hahn, founder and owner of Rose Story Farm
Danielle Hahn, founder and owner of Rose Story Farm in Carpenteria CA will be a guest speaker at Cheekwood on Sunday February 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Hosted by the Nashville Rose Society, 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.
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2020 Nashville Rose Society Executive Committee Announced

The 2020 Executive Committee of the Nashville Rose Society was announced at the December 8, 2019, meeting and Christmas dinner.

The next term of the Society president position will be co-lead by Ron Daniels and John Wendler. By sharing the responsibility of president, Ron and John will be able to bring even more leadership to the Society and to the rose community in Nashville.

The new position of Program Director was announced and will be fill by Jill Garabedian.
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Roses: Queen of the Garden

NRS Member Marty Reich gave a rose talk to the Spring Hill Garden Club in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The following is the coverage by the by the local paper, The Advertiser News:

By Susan Lobo
The Advertiser News, August 28 – September 3, 2019

Marty Reich, Membership Chairman and Newsletter Editor of the Nashville Rose Society (Photo by Susan Lobo)
“Few flowers have gained such universal celebrity and love as roses. The rose has been hailed Queen of Flowers. It has been a garden staple for centuries. Has given us some of the most famous lines of romantic poetry ever written.” – Julia Stowe, blossomartstn. com.

Straight from Romeo, “… a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare wrote.

The secret to growing roses? Location, location, location! says our garden guest, Marty Reich, Membership Chairman and newsletter editor of the Nashville Rose Society.

Finding the perfect location to plant your roses is in the east so that the sun dries the dew. Roses need six to eight hours of sunshine a day, as they can’t grow in the shade. Second in importance is watering.

“Roses like two to three gallons of water a week. More when very hot. You want to water. I’m going to say that about fourteen million times,” Reich said.

Soil, too, is important. She replaces the clay in her garden with a special mix of 1/3 organic peat, 1/3 sand, 1/3 native soil. Dig a deep hole, then make a little mound at the bottom, spread the roots over it, and fill with your special soil mix.

“Roses like to eat. Organics are great. I recommend Mills Mix which is a combination of blood meal, bone meal and alfalfa. I can’t say enough good things about Mills Mix and it’s reasonably priced”, she said.

Reich recommends mulching with pinestraw which keeps moisture even, deters weeds well, and eventually breaks down nicely. If you have pine trees the price is definitely right. Free.

She invites a visit to the Nashville Society’s website for the Ten Steps to Growing Good Roses:

1. Locate Bed for Best Growth
2. Buy only #1 Rose Bushes
3. Plant Properly
4. Spring Pruning for Established Roses
5. Fertilize
6. Water
7. Spray
8. Prune
9. Fall Care
10. Winterization


“Gemini” is Marty’s favorite rose. For rosy scent she suggests “Fragrant Plum” and “Wild Blue Yonder”. She has eighty-three roses of her very own. The Nashville Rose Society cares for twin rose gardens at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens.

Membership in the Nashville Rose Society is $20 a year, which includes a complimentary rose and four months membership in the American Rose Society.

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Beyond landscaping and flowering beauty, the rose possesses medicinal benefits.

“Providing us with the most beautiful herbal remedies,” Stowe shared. “Throughout the history of herbal medicine roses have held a prized place in the herbalist’s matria medica, and have been used to prevent infections, relieve headaches, lower fevers, support the immune system, heal injuries, reduce inflammation, and beautify the skin. Of course, the heavenly scent of rose has long been sought for its ability to lift spirits and heal the heart.”

Roses offer culinary gifts as well, from sweet to tart:

Rose Lavender Vinegar

2 parts fresh rose petals
½ part dried lavender buds
Raw apple cider vinegar

Gather fresh rose petals just after the dew has dried but before mid-day to capture the maximum healing benefits. Fill a jar with fresh rose petals, add the lavender, cover with apple cider vinegar. Store in a cool, dark place. Shake daily for 4 to 6 weeks. Once steeped, strain the rose petals and use to make delicious salad dressings. (This works as a gently astringent face toner, too!)

One last bit of advice, in all you do, take time to smell the roses!