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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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.

Growing Roses Sustainably

by Cindy Worch, Nashville Rose Society member and Consulting Rosarian

Brindabell Pink Princess
A sustainable rose is grown without chemical intervention and in the most earth-friendly way. I will use organics first and only resort to chemical fungicides if necessary.​

Sustainable gardening also works in harmony with nature so not to deplete resources faster than they can be replaced. Such as water and soil.​

Only organic pesticides are used in my garden. I like to attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs. I feed the birds which will eat insects as well. A firm spray of water works wonders on aphids and spider mites. Companion plants work as well to deter bad insects.

Click here to see Cindy’s full presentation that she made to the Nashville Rose Society on April 2, 2023.

Rose Chat Podcast – Dr. Malcom Manners, Rose Culture and History

Dr. Malcom Manners, guest on Rose Chat podcast.
The latest Rose Chat Podcast is very informative, especially if you have ever suspected that your rose was infected with Rose Mosaic Virus.

In this episode of Rose Chat, Dr. Malcolm Manners talks about his work with Rose Mosaic Virus and the beautiful rose gardens and rose collections at Florida Southern College and their history.

After listening to this episode, it will be evident why in 2013 he was awarded the “Great Rosarian of the World” for his many years of work on rose mosaic virus disease and as an educator in the field of rose culture.

Dr. Malcolm has been teaching at Florida Southern College since 1981 and specializes in fruit production, roses, and techniques of propagation of various crops. Dr. Manners is also active in the preservation of heirloom genetic resources in roses and is a trustee of the Heritage Rose Foundation.

Click here for the Rose Chat Podcast.