2021 NRS Glenda Whitaker and President’s Award Recipients

Glenda Whitaker Award – John Wendler, Lori Emery, and Ron Daniels

The Glenda Whitaker Award was presented to Co-Presidents Ron Daniels and John Wendler on December 5, 2021, at the Nashville Rose Society’s (NRS) Christmas party by Lori Emery, District Director – Tenarky.

The American Rose Society (ARS) award was created to pay tribute to Nashville’s own Glenda Whitaker. She received numerous accolades over the years; but may be best known for her amazing gift to recruit and encourage new members to the NRS and ARS.

Ron and John have worked diligently to stimulate growth in the society. NRS has flourished under their leadership and increased membership during the pandemic. They have been innovative in the face of a national health crisis; being one of the first to use zoom meetings for the monthly meetings and speakers.

NRS President’s Award – John Wendler, Gary Spencer, and Ron Daniels
The Nashville Rose Society Executive Committee created a new NRS service award at the November, 2021, committee meeting. The award will be called the “NRS President’s Award” and will honor any member who has demonstrated continuous support for our Society and has made significant contributions over time. A member who steps up when asked, goes above and beyond when needed and serves as a positive example for all NRS members.

The first award was presented to Gary Spencer, NRS Treasurer. In addition to being NRS Treasurer for more than 10 years, Gary has served in many areas – chairing Vendor Events, leading the set-up for Rose Shows, and purchasing supplies for the Roses Study Garden and other projects, as well as helping other members with a need. Gary is always supportive of NRS and our leaders.

Congratulations to John, Ron and Gary. The members of the Nashville Rose Society appreciate everything you do.

Press Release – The Nashville Rose Society to Host “2021 Music City Rose Show”

Calling All Rose Lovers!
The Nashville Rose Society to Host “2021 Music City Rose Show”
September 25 & 26, 2021, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee


Nashville, TN – The Nashville Rose Society will host the “2021 Music City Rose Show” on September 25 & 26, 2021, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Admission and parking are both FREE to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 25, and from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 26.

More than 60 of the most accomplished, award-winning rosarians across Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia will compete for awards in multiple categories – from hybrid teas, floribundas, and miniatures to shrub roses and old garden roses – displaying hundreds of absolutely beautiful roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. There will also be categories for best rose photography and best rose arrangements.

On each day of the show, a Nashville Rose Society Consulting Rosarian will conduct a FREE workshop on the “Basics of Growing Roses,” designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice. Come and learn how to properly prepare your soil, when and how to prune, as well as proven techniques for fertilizing and protecting roses from damaging insects and diseases. After each workshop, guided tours will be available of Belmont’s two spectacular rose gardens – the original Belmont Rose Garden, which now contains more than 200 roses of 70 different varieties, as well as the new Heritage Rose Garden, which contains some of the same rose varieties Adelicia Acklen, who built the Belmont Mansion, grew
back in the 1860s when she lived in the Mansion.

“The Nashville Rose Society is excited to host the “2021 Music City Rose Show” at Belmont University and invite the public to attend. It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with our Middle Tennessee neighbors. I hope folks will come to the Show to be inspired and to learn that really anyone can grow beautiful roses,” said Ron Daniels, Co-President of The Nashville Rose Society.

The “2021 Music City Rose Show” will be held in the Gabhart Student Center, rooms A & B, on the campus of Belmont University, located at 2002 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN. Parking is FREE. Click here for a map of the campus.

Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information as well as directions to the Rose Show, visit the Nashville Rose Society website at nashvillerosesociety.org or contact John Wendler, the Society’s Co-President and Chair of Public Relations for the event.

Click here for a pdf of the press release.

Rose Chat Podcast – Ron Daniels, “Growing Your Rose Society”

Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society
Nashville Rose Society Co-President, Ron Daniels, is once again a guest on the popular Rose Chat Podcast, hosted by Chris VanCleave & Teresa Byington.

During the past eighteen months of the pandemic, and early on with the shut down of the Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood, the membership of NRS has grown, while many societies within ARS have struggled to maintain membership. Under the leadership of Ron Daniels and John Wendler, NRS Co-Presidents, the NRS has over 150 members.

Ron’s Personal Mission Statement:

“To grow roses and to share with others. Teach beginners rose-growing basics. Open my personal garden up to public garden tours. To continue to learn about growing roses and remain teachable. Committed to mentor and encourage others on how to care for and share roses.”

Listen to Ron’s talk, “Growing Your Rose Society” with Teresa Byington on some of the actions by NRS to grow the society.

Nashville Rose Society Announces 2020 Bronze Honor Medal Winners

The NRS Awards that are typically (in normal times) given at the annual Christmas Party were announced this year at the December 6, 2020, virtual meeting.

Bronze Honor Medals, the highest award that can be presented by a local rose society, were given to Bob Bowen, the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden manager, and Keith and Martha Garman, co-chairs of the NRS Grand Prix Rose Show.
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