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About the Nashville Rose Society

National Roses Emblem

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.

The Nashville Rose Society meets in the Potter Room of the Botanic Hall/Visitor Services Building at the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at Cheekwood Botanic Hall 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.

2020 Nashville Rose Society Executive Committee

(left-right) John Wendler, Ron Daniels, Gary Spencer, Marty Reich, Bob Bowen, Nancy Jones, Gene Meyer, Lori Emery, Pam Brown, Diane Coleman, Jill Garabedian, Martha Garman, and Keith Garman

Co-President: Ron Daniels
Co-President/Education Organizer: John Wendler
Treasurer: Gary Spencer
Recording Secretary: Diane Coleman
Corresponding Secretary: Lori Emery
Membership Chairman: Marty Reich
Programs Chairman: Jill Garabedian
Hospitality Chairman: Open
Rose Show Coordinators: Larry & Connie Baird, Mary Hext, and Jill Garabedian
Rose Leaf Newsletter Editor: Marty Reich
Grand Prix Show: Keith & Martha Garman
Rose Study Garden Manager: Bob Bowen
Consulting Rosarian Chairman/Mentorship: Gene Meyer
Social Media Administrator: Pam Brown
Website Administrator: Diane Coleman
Past President: Cindy Worch (2015-2016)
Members at Large: Lanni Webb & Nancy Jones

Click here to see the Past Presidents of the Nashville Rose Society.

Nashville Rose Society is a 501c-3 a non-profit, educational organization. The purpose of the Society, in affiliation with The American Rose Society, shall be to encourage interest in the rose and to spread the love of the rose through educational programs. All contributions to the Society are tax deductible. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Gary Spencer.

About the American Rose Society

The American Rose Society exists to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose, through education and research to members, to local rose societies and their members, and to the public.

For more information on the American Rose Society, visit ars.org.

The Rose – Our National Floral Emblem

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.