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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.


June is National Rose Month

Photo credit: Star Roses and Plants

June is National Rose Month, which was established in 1959 to support the effort to make the rose the national flower of the United States.

On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan, signed Proclamation 5574 declaring the Rose to be The National Floral Emblem of the United States of America. With this proclamation, the Rose took its place among the beloved patriotic symbols of our nation, symbols that include the American Flag; the Great Seal including the U.S. Motto; the Bald Eagle; the National Anthem; the official March; and the National Tree, the Oak.

June was chosen because it is when roses are in peak bloom and are a popular choice for weddings. June is a beautiful time in Tennessee! Enjoy your roses!


Upcoming Meeting and Events

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For all currently scheduled Meetings & Events visit the Meeting & Events page.

The 2024 meetings of the Nashville Rose Society will be held at the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens.

The Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is located at 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37205. 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.



June 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm – 2024 Sumner County Garden Tour

Hosted by Sumner County Master Gardeners

The Sumner County Master Gardeners invite you to join us for our 3rd annual self-guided tour of some of Sumner County’s most unique and beautiful gardens. Rain or Shine. Admission is free. Experience five colorful and creative gardens throughout Sumner county.

Begin your tour at any location:

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122 Tamaras Way, Hendersonville
Cathy Davidson, a Master Gardner for 25+ years, uses water features and painted garden art as the focal points for her backyard garden. With an eye for both color and texture, she uses striking ground covers and a beautiful palette of trellis climbers, such as native trumpet honeysuckle, and cottage flowers including hydrangea, daylillies, poppies, iris, and coreopsis to give a sensory experience and create a happy habitat for birds and pollinators.

130 Riviera Drive, Hendersonville
Experienced gardener John Hicks built a wealth of knowledge about shade-loving plants in the years he spent transforming his yard into a woodland oasis. Japanese maples, hydrangeas, ferns and hostas, including Empress Wu, the world’s largest hosta, line the paths surrounding a babbling waterfall to create a peaceful garden. John lost a few trees after the December tornado and used it as an opportunity to plant a bed of wildflowers.

1164 Kimberly Drive, Goodlettsville
Container gardener Dan Sheppard creates a cozy outdoor sanctuary surrounded by vibrant gardens planted in his eclectic terracota pot collection. Bamboo provides privacy and shade behind a fish pond and patio entertainment area, which is bordered with a sloped garden filled with cone flowers, clematis, rhododendron, bottlebrush buckeyes, hydrangeas and more.

1280 Goshentown Road, Hendersonville
Bruce and Alice Mitchell created a rustic, whimsical paradise on this tucked away wooded property with a log home and structures reminencent of the county’s early history. Gardens are filled with native wildflowers, sun and shade-loving plants, and artistic features built from materials on property, including a tree decorated with blue glass bottles and a vegetable garden fence and trellis made from tree limbs. There’s even a koi pond.

441 Gibbs Lane, Gallatin
Since staring Okrashire Farm in 2018, owners Bob and Jennifer Kuhle have incorporated ecologically sound practices, which helped them earn certification as a Tennessee Smart Yard. A greenhouse and rain water collection system help support the self-sustaining farm, which is known for its acres of wildflowers. Colorful zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed Susan and bachelor’s buttons surround a charming shed and fairy garden, where bee balm, lavender, yarrow and herbs grow. Along with an orchard, a shade garden and milkweed areas, this garden is a butterfly and bee haven. Vegetables are grown, too, and Jennifer makes unique okra ornaments, which will be available for purchase.

Click here for printable pdf of the Garden Tour.

Restrooms are NOT available.

Tours are free to the public. Donations support Master Gardener Projects in Sumner county.

Questions? Call Sumner County Extension Office (615) 452-1423