Cheekwood 2021 Century Star Award Presented to NRS

The Nashville Rose Society received the Cheekwood Century Star Award for providing more than 100 hours of volunteer service during 2021. Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society, accepted the award on behalf of the NRS members who worked in the Rose Study Garden during 2021.

The Nashville Rose Society members are solely responsible for maintaining the Rose Study Garden.

Sept. 17-18 – 2022 Tenarky District Fall Rose Show & Convention

Hosted by the Nashville Rose Society

Photo courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Exciting news for everyone! After two years without a Tenarky District Fall Convention & Rose Show, we are on for 2022! Please mark your calendars and plan to come to Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville for the big event hosted by the Nashville Rose Society.

The convention and show will be Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18. For all of our exhibitors, we will be having horticulture, arrangements, and photography divisions. As this is our district rose show, we will have the 13 Tenarky District Challenge Horticulture Classes which includes the much sought-after Moore and McFarland trophies. Arrangements will include (for only the second time) the Sam Jones Memorial Arrangement Challenge class. This is your opportunity to enter your roses in district classes that are not available at our local shows.

You will also be able to meet ARS President, Diane Sommers, who is our banquet speaker Saturday evening and also a judge at the show on Saturday. This may be your first opportunity to meet an ARS president in person, so mark your calendars for September 17 to enter at the show and attend the banquet. And, most importantly, you will be able to make new rose friends from across the district and learn how they grow roses.

The show schedule can be found here. The the registration form and schedule of events for the weekend will be posted soon, so SAVE THE DATES – SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2022!

We hope to see you at the convention,
NRS Convention & Rose Show Committee

Cheekwood Rose Study Garden – Photos by Emily Kight

August 6, 8:30am-3:30pm – Designing with Roses

Seminar and Hands-On Workshop


The Tenarky District of the American Rose Society is excited to host a seminar and hands-on workshop to learn how to make arrangements with roses. The workshop will be held in the Potter Room at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens on Saturday, August 6, from 8:30am till 3:30pm.

The workshop will be lead by Connie Baird from Tennessee, Sandy Dixon from Florida, and Joanne Maxheimer from Georgia.

The cost of the workshop is $25, which includes supplies and lunch. Please bring 2 containers as well as roses (if you have them), foliage and/or line material you might have available to share with the group.

Please complete the registration form and send with your $25 fee registration fee to:

Paula Williams
2650 Shumate Road
Ekron KY 40117-7831


Bee Pollinators

by Shelly Wilkinson, Davidson County Master Gardener


Shelly Wilkinson’s June 5, 2022, presentation to the Nashville Rose Society helped us understand the importance of bees, characteristics of the main species of bees, and where and how bees live. She also covered how to make our own gardens and landscaping more pollinator-friendly.

Shelly has kindly allowed her presentation to be posted on the NRS website. Continue reading “Bee Pollinators”

July 10, 2-4:30 – Susan Lyell Young, “Old Garden Roses”

NOTE! The July meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will be held on July 10, 2022. It is moved to the second Sunday of the month due to the July 4th holiday. The meeting will be held in the Potter Room at Cheekwood Estate & Garden.

Susan Lyell Young, owner of Restoration Rose
Our speaker, Susan Lyell Young, will discuss the development and hybridization of roses and her efforts to collect them from cemeteries and old homes in Louisiana and California.

Susan is a native Nashvillian. She lives in the Belmont area in the home her grandfather built in 1928. She has been gardening all of her life and growing roses for the last 10 years. She does not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers and believes that Mother Nature finds the perfect balance when left alone to do her thing.

Susan is on a mission to encourage folks to grow roses in their gardens. Not the roses seen at big box stores nor the modern roses that require endless pampering but the antique and heirloom healthy hardy shrubs that have been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. She has traveled all over the country collecting rare varieties so that she can propagate them and get them into the hands of interested gardeners and public rose gardens, preserving the DNA of these fragrant garden workhorses for future generations of admirers and hybridizers.

She estimates she has grown and loved more than 1500 roses over the years but she is particularly fond of the roses bred for Southern gardens — the Teas, China’s and Noisettes. Her home garden has roses and all sorts of their companion plants.

In the spring of 2019 Susan launched her line of clean beauty products infused with the organic roses she grows. You may find her rose goodness at

Please plan to join us. Admission to Cheekwood is not required – let the gate attendant know that you are attending the NRS Meeting in the Potter Room.