Learn How to Maintain your Pruners

A virtual presentation by FELCO General Manager, Ryan Amberg

Baby, it is cold outside! It is a good time to get ready for the spring weather that will come to Middle Tennessee soon. One item that you may have on your TODO list is to sharpen your pruners. Ryan Amerg, General Manager of FELCO North America, joined Diane Summer, President of the American Rose Society, to teach us the basics for maintaining our pruners.

Ryan Amberg began his career at his family’s nursery, where he first got his hands on FELCO red-handled tools. After attending Cornell University to study business management, marketing, and agricultural science, he was recruited by the FELCO team in Switzerland to further develop the business in North America.

Ryan worked his way up through various facets of the company, from product management to marketing and business development. He has traveled around the world working for FELCO, developing different markets from Australia to South Africa. Today as the company’s General Manager, he continues to work on and develop the FELCO business in the USA, striving to introduce more consumers to the iconic Swiss brand.

Click here to watch Ryan’s virtual presentation on the American Rose Society YouTube channel.

2023 Tenarky District ‘Roses in Review’ Report

Some call it shovel pruning, meaning dig it up, throw it away, and replace it with a new rose that has been proven to thrive well in your area. There are many reasons a rose may need to be shovel pruned. After the December 2022 freeze, there may be roses that just did not perform this past summer. Rose Rosette is another reason, or a rose that has out grown its assigned space in your garden.

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Arranging with Roses – Lanni Webb, NRS Member

Lonnie Webb, NRS Member, and Floral Arranger

While the judges were judging the 2023 Fall Grand Prix entries, Lanni Webb shared information on how to make award winning floral arrangements.

Lanni demonstrated and explained the guidelines of three types of arrangement designs – traditional, modern, and Oriental (East Asian).

Traditional Designs
Modern Design
Oriental (East Asian) Design

Lanni also reviewed the ARS Score Card for Judging, explaining how the 100 possible points that the arrangement is judged by, are allocated.

To see Lanni’s PowerPoint presentation, click here. Her main message – “Have Fun with It!”

Lanni has been a member of NRS for 13 years and has won awards at rose shows, including the Nashville Rose Shows and the Wilson County Fair Rose Shows. She has many roses in her garden and spends much time doing flowers for weddings, showers and other events for family and friends.

Proven Winners – Roses and Companions

Learn all about roses in this fun and informative YouTube video from Proven Winners. Natalie Carmolli with Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs, discusses the history of roses, how to grow them, what varieties of roses they offer and what plants make great companions for planting with them. In addition, this 30 minute video shows some of the automation that Proven Winners uses in its greenhouses.

Three of Proven Winners lines of roses are:

Oso Easy Roses
Oso Easy roses are indeed easy to grow, and they offer the broadest color range of any landscape rose series plus surprising hardiness, with some varieties that thrive in USDA zone 3. Dark green foliage shows exceptional disease resistance, and tidy habits make them ideally suited to any sunny landscape.

Reminiscent Roses
This series of roses combines the lush, full, fragrant flowers you remember with modern day disease resistance and continuous blooming. Developed in Serbia, trialed and tested in Michigan, these roses bloom all summer without deadheading. They resist common rose diseases, like black spot and powdery mildew, and they are hardy and heat tolerant – they thrive in USDA zones 4-9.

Rise Up Roses
Cover your world in flowers with Rise Up climbing roses. These roses are super versatile: they can be grown on a post, trellis, railing, or fence, or in a garden bed. They bloom all summer without deadheading and resist common rose diseases, like black spot and powdery mildew.

As our friend Austin from Bates Nursery said at the July 2023 NRS monthly meeting, “Just look for the white container.”

Rooting and Budding Roses

by Jeff Garrett, ARS Master Rosarian and National Trophy winner


Have you ever tried rooting roses only to have them all die? Rooting roses is actually pretty easy.

At the June 11, 2023, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society, Jeff Garrett demonstrated how anyone can be successful at it. His methods do not require a greenhouse or any other special equipment.

He first showed how to select and prepare stem for rooting. Next he showed how he buds roses onto multiflora rootstock.

Jeff is kind enough to share his presentations with us to help others learn how to root or bud new rose bushes. To learn more about each process, click the links below.

Jeff and his wife Cindy have both served their local society, the Tri-State Rose Society of Chattanooga, as President on numerous occasions. Currently they are editors of their local society newsletter, Basal Breaks and Jeff is the current president. The Garretts have been honored with the Bronze Medal from their local society. Both Jeff and Cindy are active in the American Rose Society and are Master Rosarians. They and have been honored with the Silver Medal from the Tenarky District of the American Rose Society. They have both also won the Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award for the Tenarky District. For many years Jeff has been the Tenarky District Roses In Review Coordinator. They are also regional editor’s for the annual Horizon Roses publication.