September 9 – NRS Grand Prix Rose Show

Note new date and place!

The Nashville Rose Society Grand Prix will be held in Botanic Hall in the Visitor Center at Cheekwood. The Grand Prix is an in-house rose show and a perfect opportunity for new members to learn how to exhibit roses. Start now to get your roses ready to produce award-winning blooms by September. Keep up your maintenance schedule – water, feed and spray! Bring your roses to the meeting!

Click here for the show schedule and instructions.

July 1 – David Clemons, “Thoroughbred Roses” Hybridizer

David ClemonsDavid Clemons will share how he hybridizes award winning roses.

David and his wife,Tammy, grow more than 250 exhibition type hybrid teas, miniatures and minifloras. As an avid rose exhibitor, he has competed and won awards on the local, district, and national levels. David is a Consulting Rosarian and past president of the Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society in Huntsville, Alabama. His hybridizing efforts have led to the introduction of several “thoroughbred” minifloras: ‘Ruffian’, ‘Charismatic’, ‘Foolish Pleasure’, and ‘Whirlaway’. Two of his newest introductions include the exhibition miniflora ‘Unbridled’ and the 2008 Award of Excellence winner ‘Joy’, named for David’s mother. ‘Joy’ was the #1 exhibition miniature rose in 2012 and ‘Whirlaway’ was #1 exhibition miniflora in 2012.

June 3 – Annie Owen, “How to Take and Grow Rose Cuttings”

Annie Owen, a long time NRS member and Rosarian, will be doing a program on how to take rose cuttings.

After the first bloom cycle, Ann will invite anyone who is a member of both NRS and ARS that is interested in rooting roses (and other perennials) to her greenhouse. She has a misting cabinet that she roots the plants in and she will keep the cuttings until planting time the following year if needed. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Click here for more information on propagating roses.

Bring a Bouquet or Arrangement of Your Favorite Rose to the Meeting
In addition to our guest speaker, we will have a “Name That Rose” contest to see who knows the most roses!

May 6 – Todd Breyer, “Garden Design and Companion Plants with Roses”

Todd Breyer is a Registered Landscape Architect and chairman of the Plant Collections Committee, Botanic Garden Committee of the Cheekwood Botanic Garden. Todd worked with NRS to obtain the approval for the Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood. He then designed the Garden design, and oversaw its construction.

Todd is also involved in many projects in Nashville, including:
– Nashville City Cemetery Association, past-president, landscape and grounds coordinator
– MNPS Virtual School, Academy Board
– past county Chair Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (District 24)
– Herb Society of Nashville: Dinner Group Coordinator, Herb Sale, Herb Day
– President, Nashville Lawn & Garden Foundation
– Antiques and Garden Show
– Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
– Friends of Richland Park Library
– West Nashville Farmers Market
– West Nashville Community Festival