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Monthly meetings of the Nashville Rose Society will be held as virtual meetings using the GoToMeeting app until further notice.

February 14 – Bob Martin, American Rose Society President

“Things (about roses) I Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten.”

Bob Martin, 56th President American Rose Society
We are excited to have Bob Martin, President of ARS, speak to us virtually (via GoToMeeting) on February 14, 2021, at 2:00pm – our first meeting of the year.

Bob will be sharing with us an updated program that recounts valuable lessons he has learned about growing roses, many through making mistakes, in 50 years of rose growing at seven different gardens in Southern California and Arizona.

Bob has been growing roses for nearly 50 years. He and his wife Dona live in Escondido, California, where they maintain a rose garden of more than 600 roses of all types. He is an American Rose Society Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge. Bob is active in the San Diego Rose Society, which he has served in several capacities, including two terms as President. Bob is the recipient of the ARS Silver Honor Medal for Service to the District, and four ARS Bronze Honor Medals for service to the Pacific Rose Society, San Diego Rose Society, Los Angeles Rose Society and Pasadena Rose Society.

Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting. He is also a hybridizer with 15 named varieties, including the show roses, ‘Dona Martin’, ‘Butter Cream’, ‘Peter Cottontail’ and ‘Pasadena Star’. Two of his latest roses are orange blend shrub named, ‘Ruth Tiffany’ and it the orange blend floribunda, ‘Escondido Sunset’.

Bob is also a prolific writer, having authored more than 700 published articles on roses. He is the National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual review by the nation’s top exhibitors of new exhibition roses. Bob is also the author of the book “Showing Good Roses”, and maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at He was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

For more information on how to log into GoToMeeting, please see Marty Reich’s email to NRS members. If you would like to attend as a guest, please submit your request on the Ask a Consulting Rosarian form on the website.

March 7 – Dr. Mark Windham, “Rose Diseases: Identification and Management”

Dr. Mark Windham, Professor and Distinguished Chair, University of Tennessee
Our speaker for the March virtual meeting of the Nashville Rose Society is Dr. Mark Windham, professor in the Agriculture Department at University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Distinguished Chair of Ornamental Pathology.

Currently, the majority of his research is focused on Rose Rosette Disease, the most destructive ornamental disease in the U.S. However, Dr. Windham is also involved in research on plant health issues with hydrangea and flowering dogwood. Specific areas of current research are:

• Virus and eriophyid mite resistance in Rosa sp.
• Ecology of eriophyid mites associated with Rosa sp.
• Cultural and chemical controls for Rose Rosette Disease
• Cercospora leaf spot management in cultivated roses
• Powdery mildew resistance in flowering dogwood
• Reintroduction of dogwoods as a nursery crop in the Deep South
• Resistance to fungal foliar diseases in hydrangea


Dr. Windham has written numerous articles on his research findings concerning the RRD and is a frequent speaker at local, district, and national rose society meetings and conventions. He is a much sought-after speaker who not only inspires and educates his students, but also rosarians across the country.

The meeting will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm as a video meeting using the GoToMeeting app. In addition to Mark’s presentation, we will discuss pruning, rose bed preparation, planting a new roses, spraying, and the first fertilization.

More information on how to log into GoToMeeting, please see Marty Reich’s email to NRS members. If you would like to attend as a guest, please submit your request on the Ask a Consulting Rosarian form on the website.

For a list of past meetings and events, click here.