Lights, Camera, Action – Ron Daniels’ Garden on NPT July 28

On Thursday, July 28,  Ron Daniels’ Gadwall Abbey Rose Garden will be featured on Nashville PBS channel 8 (WNPT) Volunteer Gardener at 7:30. It will repeat on Sunday July 31 at 9:30am. Ron is an ARS Master Consulting Rosarian, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society, and a Master Gardener.

Ron will showcase his garden with over 150 roses of all types with PBS host April Moore.

Climbing rose Peggy Martin

Produced by Nashville Public Television, Volunteer Gardener features local experts who share gardening advice, landscape design tips, and environmentally conscious farming practices. The show features growers, plant collectors, and hobbyists alike who share insight and experience.

This program will broadcast on all of Tennessee’s PBS stations (5 in addition to NPT) at different days and times after NPT’s Thursday premiere. On July 28, episode 3102 will be available to stream on

Volunteer Gardener airs Thursday nights at 7:30 and Sunday mornings at 9:30 on NPT, channel 8. You do not want to miss it!

As an extra bonus, listen to Ron talk to Rose Chat Podcast host, Teresa Byington, about his success with roses and why PBS photographers came to his open garden. Listen to the show here.

Cheekwood 2021 Century Star Award Presented to NRS

The Nashville Rose Society received the Cheekwood Century Star Award for providing more than 100 hours of volunteer service during 2021. Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society, accepted the award on behalf of the NRS members who worked in the Rose Study Garden during 2021.

The Nashville Rose Society members are solely responsible for maintaining the Rose Study Garden.

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 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.