December 11 , 6-8:00pm – NRS Christmas Party

Enjoy the holiday spirit with your fellow Rose Society members and guests at the 2022 Nashville Rose Society Christmas Party! The party will be held on Sunday, December 11, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Belmont University. NRS will provide turkey, ham, rolls and drinks, and dinnerware; members are asked to bring their favorite dish.

There is also a gift exchange if you would like to be a part of it. Bring a gift costing no more than $20 suitable for a man or a woman. We will be entertained by the Belmont student who played the piano for us last year.

The party will be held in Belmont’s Ayers Academic Center, rooms C and D (the same rooms as our last Belmont meeting).

Please see Marty’s email for more information on the gift exchange and RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5 if you plan to attend.

Parking: The Ayers Academic Center is located 1515 Wedgewood Avenue at the corner of Wedgewood and 15th avenues. Turn into the short drive labeled “Inman Center” and then left into the Ayers parking garage. There are two elevator banks in the garage underneath the Ayers Academic Center – the South and North elevators. Members should park by, then use, the North elevators to the 4th floor. These open up directly across from our meeting room – which is Ayers C & D. It is not easy to find the meeting room from the South elevators!

Nov. 6, 2-4:00pm – Gerry Mahoney, “Josephine’s Gardens at Malmaison”

Empress Josephine Bonaparte
“Josephine’s Gardens at Malmaison” – WOW! Please join us on Sunday, November 6, 2022, for our guest speaker Gerry Mahoney’s presentation. Josephine’s Gardens were part of the beginning of formal rose gardens in Europe, and where some of the horticultural experiments were done that brought us the “reblooming” roses we know today.  In this program we look at how the gardens started – who was there to get the gardens growing – and what happened to the gardens after Josephine’s death. 

For over 20 years, Gerry Mahoney, Master Rosarian, has judged Horticulture, Arrangements or Photography throughout the Pacific Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, NCNH and the Rocky Mountain District as well as District and National Rose Shows for the American Rose Society.  She has written rose care articles for the local society newsletter, and for the Pacific Southwest District newsletter. 

Gerry Mahoney
Currently, Gerry is serving as the Arrangement Judge Chair for the Pacific Southwest District and as the Editorial Advisory Committee Chair for the ARS magazine “The Rose”. Gerry and her husband Dave were the National Consulting Rosarian Chairs during Bob Martin’s Presidency. Currently, Gerry and her husband have started “A Bed of Roses” – a business that helps people care for their rose gardens. 

Gerry will be presenting to us virtually from Phoenix, Arizona. Join us to discover some of our rose “history”!

After Gerry’s presentation, Ron Daniels, NRS Co-President, will present “When,Why,and How to Winterize Your Roses”. Afterwards, there will be Q&A. Bring your questions and get prepared to winterize your roses.

The November meeting will be held in the Potter Meeting Room in Botanic Hall at Cheekwood Garden and Estate. The Cheekwood Campus Map shows the location of Botanic Hall.

Note: Admission to Cheekwood is not required – let the gate attendant know that you are attending the NRS Meeting in the Potter Room.

Souvenir de la Malmaison, 1843, Bourbon Old Garden Rose

LOCATION CHANGE! Oct 9, 2:00-4:30pm – Myers Brown, “The Belmont’s Landscape”

Adelicia Acklen, Portrait by William Brown Cooper
The October 9 meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will not be at Belmont as planned. The meeting will be held at Cheekwood in the Frist Learning Center in the meeting room on the courtyard level (see details below).

History buffs as well as rosarians will not want to miss the October 9,2022, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society at Belmont University. Our speaker will be Myers Brow, Executive Director of Belmont Mansion. His presentation will explore the gardens and landscaped environment surrounding Adelicia Acklen’s summer home, Belmont Mansion.

The home featured gardens, statuary, aviary and zoo and included a steam engine powered water tower to provide irrigation. This unrivaled wonder impressed Nashvillians and outsiders alike but was heavily damaged by the Union troops who constructed earthworks on the property during the American Civil War.

Myers is a Fellow and a current officer of the Company of Military Historians and is on the advisory boards for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. Prior to joining Belmont, he served as Director of Archival Collection Services and Chief Historian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He previously worked as a curator with the Tennessee State Museum, the Alabama Historical Commission, and at the Atlanta History Center. He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

He is the author of two books: Images of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen (published in December 2008) and Images of Tennessee Confederates (April 2011). He served as editor of the Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume 5, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in West Tennessee (published April 2013).

The Frist Learning Center “New Meeting Room” is on the 1st floor. It is smaller than the Potter Room so it will be a bit tight (they say it can accommodate 30 people theater style). Enter Cheekwood through the back gate at 111 Cheek Road and park either in Lot C, which is located next to the Frist, or Lot D, which is a bit further away but still within walking distance of the Frist. The main entrance to Cheekwood will be very crowded with visitors and quite a hike from the Frist Learning Center. Once you enter the building, there is an elevator to the left or stairs straight ahead. Once you come up the stairs or elevator, take a left to get to the meeting room. It is not marked, but on the map in front of the elevator it is identified as “Meeting Room”. The Cheekwood Campus Map shows the parking lots and the location of the Frist Learning Center.

October 8, 10:00am-5:00pm – Fall 2022 Open Rose Gardens

Here in Nashville, the summer heat is gone (we hope) and the roses are loving it! This is the time of year that many gardens have one of their best flushes of rose blooms.

Three of our members, Ron Daniels, Gene Meyer, and Marty Reich are opening their gardens from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, October 8. In addition, you won’t want to miss the Rose Garden at Belmont University and the Lynn Anderson Rose Garden at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ron Daniels, Nashville Rose Society Master Rosarian and Master Gardener, will host his Gadwall Abbey Open Garden at 1000 Gadwall Circle, Hendersonville. Ron has over 170 award winning roses of all types and many companion plants in his Gadwall Abbey Garden.

Gene Meyer is known for the Old Garden Roses (OGRs) that are in his garden along with his hybrid teas and miniature roses. Gene is the Tenarky District Committee Chair for OGRs. Gene’s garden is located at 5111 Country Club Dr. in Brentwood.

Marty Reich is one of the Nashville Rose Society Master Rosarians, and most recently her rose “Mango Blush” won Queen of Minifloras at the 2022 Tenarky District Rose Show last month. Marty also grows winning hybrid teas and miniature roses. Her garden is at 5020 Dovecote Drive, Nashville.

The Belmont University Rose Garden may be seen anytime during the day on Saturday or Sunday. You can park in the Belmont Mansion Visitor Parking – the garden is to your right as you walk up to the mansion. On Sunday, October 9, you can visit the garden before the NRS Monthly Meeting which will be held at Belmont University. Our speaker will be Myers Brow, Executive Director of Belmont Mansion. His presentation will explore the gardens and landscaped environment surrounding Adelicia Acklen’s summer home, the Belmont Mansion. Guests are welcome to the meeting. You can walk to the garden from the meeting parking in the Ayers Garage at 1515 Wedgewood Avenue.

The Lynn Anderson Rose Garden at the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park may be seen on Saturday afternoon or all day Sunday. The Lynn Anderson Rose Garden honors country music star Lynn Anderson at her final resting place. The Rose Garden features 114 “Lynn Anderson” hybrid tea roses hybridized in honor of her and her 1970 classic hit song “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”. The garden is to the right of the main building of the funeral home at 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville.

Get out and enjoy the (predicted) sunshine and pleasant temperatures. The roses will be beautiful!

Sept. 17-18 – 2022 Tenarky District Fall Rose Show & Convention Schedule and Registration Form

Hosted by the Nashville Rose Society


Photo courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Exciting news for everyone! Mark your calendars and plan to come to the 2022 Tenarky District Fall Rose Show & Convention at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville.

The show and convention will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18. We will have 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.
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