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About the Nashville Rose Society

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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.

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.

2024 Nashville Rose Society Executive Committee

Co-President: Janie Hagan
Co-President: Liz Louie
Treasurer: Gary Spencer
Recording Secretary: Diane Coleman
Corresponding Secretary: Martha Garman
Membership Chairman: Marty Reich
Programs Chairman: Lani Rossman
Hospitality Committee: Lisa Schaaf, Angel Cohen, Rose Markham, and Karin Bailey
Rose Show Coordinators: Mary Hext, Gene Meyer and John Wendler
Rose Leaf Newsletter Editors: Pam Brown and Marty Reich
Grand Prix Rose Show: Gene Meyer
Rose Study Garden Manager: Ron Daniels
Consulting Rosarian Chairman/Mentorship: Gene Meyer
Website Administrator: Diane Coleman
Facebook Administrator: Lisa Schaaf
Members at Large: Bob Bowen and Nancy Jones
Tenarky District Director: Lori Emery
Past Co-Presidents (2017-2023): Ron Daniels and John Wendler

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.

For a copy of the Constitution of the Nashville Rose Society (Revised by NRS Executive Committee April 24, 2017), click here.

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 rose.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.