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The Nashville Rose Society serves all of Middle Tennessee by sharing knowledge and information about our national flower, the rose. Through a monthly newsletter and meetings that feature regional and nationally recognized speakers, we bring you advice and instruction geared to growing roses in the specific soil and climatic conditions of this area. For all scheduled Meetings & Events, click here.


Historic Christmas Freeze for Nashville Rose Society

The temperature in Nashville on December 22, 2022, was a balmy, sunny 50 degrees. By Friday, December 23, 2022 the temperature dropped to -1 degrees, marking the first time the city has seen temperatures below zero since 1996. In surrounding areas, the temperature was even lower, with windchill factors down to -17 degrees.

The frigid weather stayed around through the weekend. With temperatures not making it above freezing until Monday, Dececember 26, Nashville was at or below freezing for almost 84 hours.

Continue reading for more information and photos.


Upcoming Meeting and Events

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The Nashville Rose Society meets at the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in either the Frist Learning Center or the Massey Auditorium on the first Sunday of the month. 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.



February 5, 2:00-4:30pm – NRS Members’ Favorite Tools & Gadgets

It is February. It is cold outside and the roses are still enjoying their winter nap.

For us humans, now is the time to begin to assess the supplies we will need in the spring, including new roses, fertilizers, soils, tools and gadgets. It is time to start making your list for Vendor Day.

On February 5, 2023, members of the Nashville Rose Society will share what their favorite gardening tool is and how they use it. If you plan to attend the meeting and have a favorite tool or gadget that you would like to talk about, please email Diane Coleman.

The deep freeze in December damaged many of the roses in the Nashville area. At the meeting Ron Daniels will lead the Rose Care discussion on what to do and how to care for freeze damaged roses.

The meeting will be held in the Massey Auditorium of Botanic Hall / Visitor Services Building at Cheekwood Garden and Estate. The Cheekwood Campus Map shows the location of Botanic Hall.

Note: Admission to Cheekwood is not required – let the gate attendant know that you are attending the NRS Meeting in the Massey Auditorium.


February 18, 8am-4pm – 2023 Tenarky District Winter Workshop & Photo Contest

The Tenarky District Winter Workshop & Photo Contest will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Massey Auditorium in Nashville.

The Workshop will include educational seminars, a photo contest, and a silent auction. The Workshop will conclude with the Tenarky District Business Meeting.

Dr. Gary Rankin will kick off the Workshop at 9:00am with “Best Miniature and Minifloras to Grow”. Peggy Martin will talk about the rose that was named after her in “Hurricane Katrina Survivor Rose”. Dr. Satish Prabhu will share his ideas for “Simplifying Growing Great Roses”, and Connie Baird will wrap up the Educational Seminars with “Rose Arrangements”.

Find more information about the Workshop in the links below:

The price of the Workshop includes lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, 3106 West End Ave. Nashville TN 37203.

The meeting will be held in the Massey Auditorium of Botanic Hall / Visitor Services Building at Cheekwood Garden and Estate, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205. The Cheekwood Campus Map shows the location of Botanic Hall.

Note: Admission to Cheekwood is not required – let the gate attendant know that you are attending the Tenarky Workshop in the Massey Auditorium.