Historic Christmas Freeze for Nashville Rose Society

The temperature in Nashville on December 22, 2022, was a balmy, sunny 50 degrees. By Friday, December 23, 2022 the temperature dropped to -1 degrees, marking the first time the city has seen temperatures below zero since 1996. In surrounding areas, the temperature was even lower, with windchill factors down to -17 degrees.

The frigid weather stayed around through the weekend. With temperatures not making it above freezing until Monday, Dececember 26, Nashville was at or below freezing for almost 84 hours.

The Rose Study Garden and NRS member gardens took a big hit, particularly the climbing roses. Even the RSG climbers that had some protection from the building they are attached to were severely damaged.

When Ron Daniels, NRS member from Hendersonville (north of Nashville), recently pulled back some of his winter protection to check his roses, he did find some green canes. Any Old Garden Roses, shrubs, and roses on their own root, should recover well. The roses will have to be cut back pretty low to take off the deadwood when we prune in the spring, but for now, keep your roses covered for protection. We could still have some freezing winter weather in Nashville.

Ron will discuss how to take care of your freeze damaged roses at the February 5, 2022, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society at Cheekwood. See the February meeting announcement for more details.

Roses Damaged from Christmas Freeze

Photos by Ron Daniels

Pick-Your-Own-Bouquet Workshop with The Rose Society

As the weather cools, what does a rose garden need to thrive? Ron Daniel and John Wendler, Co-Presidents of the Nashville Rose Society, led a workshop on Sunday, September 18, 2022, that covered fall activities like fertilizing, spraying, watering, deadheading, and winterizing roses.
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Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood – as of October 16, 2021

The Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood has a two-fold purpose: provide a beautiful garden of roses for Cheekwood visitors to enjoy, but primarily to function as a teaching garden for new and experienced rosarians.

This photo gallery is as of October 16, 2021. Cheekwood is full of fall color and the Rose Study Garden at Cheekwood is in full bloom for the “Cut Your Own Bouquet” event. Twenty-five participants attended the workshop to learn about taking care of roses. Each participant was able to leave with their own bouquet of beautiful Rose Study Garden blooms. The workshop was conducted by NRS members John Wendler, Gene Meyer and Ron Daniels.

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A Year in the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden as of Dec. 7, 2020

Enjoy our gallery of the Cheekwood Rose Study Garden as it evolved in 2020 from being sheltered in place, to its summer-time peak and on into being but to bed for the winter. This gallery is as of November 9, 2020.

Photos by NRS Rose Study Garden Manager, Bob Bowen.
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