Meetings & Events

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Monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at Cheekwood Botanic Hall in the Visitor Services Building on the first Sunday of the month, usually from 2:00 – 4:00pm. The meetings are free to guests, as is admission to Cheekwood for meetings. Simply tell the gate attendant that you are there for the Nashville Rose Society meeting. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens are located at 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205. Click here for a map.


August 4 – Karen Snyder, “Hybridizing Daylilies”

Karen Snyder will speak at the August meeting of the Nashville Rose Society at 2:00pm in Potter Hall at Cheekwood. Karen will share her experience of becoming a “pollen dabber”, as hybridizing is fondly called, of daylilies.

The modern daylily has developed to heights no one could have foreseen 40 or 50 years ago with pleating, doubling, cresting, bearding, and carving on the petals. The color palette of the modern daylily is equally exciting with color combinations or kaleidoscope patterns that have produced a mania similar to that of tulips in the mid-1600’s. The possibility of creating something striking that other gardeners would crave struck Karen’s creative gene with a vengeance, and thus began her hybridizing career.

Karen’s hybridizing program is not as methodical as the mass producers who line out 15,000 seedlings every spring, but there is a method to her madness! Her daylily “babies” are tucked into special beds where they are observed for three years before registering, if they make it that far. There are over 70,000 registered daylilies now. Karen registered her first two in 2018 and plans to register 12 more next year.

Bring your rose questions and your daylily questions to this informative meeting of the NRS!


August 15 – 2019 Wilson County Fair Rose Show

If you have never been to the Wilson County Fair, this is your chance! Thrilling rides, food, concerts, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, pageants, livestock shows, Fiddlers Grove Historic Village and much more. Lots of exhibits such as fine arts, photography, stained glass, quilts, and the list goes on. There are farm and exotic animal exhibits and educational shows, poultry and rabbit shows, antique car show, school exhibits, commercial exhibits, kids night activities, parades, Pick Tennessee exhibit, and entertainment on 8 different stages- AND an opportunity for Nashville Rose Society members to show off their roses in the Wilson County Fair Rose Show.

All horticulture and arrangements entries must be entered Thursday August 15, between 2:30 and 6:45 PM at the Wilson County Fairgrounds at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center, Lebanon, TN. The Fair is being held August 16 – 24, 2019.

Click here for the 2019 Rose Show Schedule.


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.


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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