Time for Roses: Come Home to America’s Rose Garden

Hello Rose Lovers! Time for Roses will be the theme of the 2023 ARS National Rose Convention to be held at the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 5-7, 2023.

It is time to celebrate this “Crown Jewel” of the American Rose Society. Most of us have never been there but after seeing the great article and photos by Marilyn Wellan in the March/April issue of the American Rose, didn’t it make your heart desire to see the garden?? The clockworks design is amazing to see. This garden is our heritage and our home and now it has been transformed by the Great Garden Restoration into a stellar destination for all rose lovers. Continue reading “Time for Roses: Come Home to America’s Rose Garden”

2022 NRS Christmas Party and Annual Awards

Gary Spencer with 2022 NRS Bronze Medal Award
The Nashville Rose Society 2022 Christmas party was a big success. The party was held on Sunday, December 11, at the Belmont University Ayers Academic Center. We had approximately 40 members attending including several new members.

One of the main attractions of the NRS Christmas party is always the food. The Society provided turkey, ham, and drinks and the members brought a wide variety of delicious side dishes and desserts. No one should have left hungry!
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October 8, 10:00am-5:00pm – Fall 2022 Open Rose Gardens

Here in Nashville, the summer heat is gone (we hope) and the roses are loving it! This is the time of year that many gardens have one of their best flushes of rose blooms.

Three of our members, Ron Daniels, Gene Meyer, and Marty Reich are opening their gardens from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, October 8. In addition, you won’t want to miss the Rose Garden at Belmont University and the Lynn Anderson Rose Garden at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ron Daniels, Nashville Rose Society Master Rosarian and Master Gardener, will host his Gadwall Abbey Open Garden at 1000 Gadwall Circle, Hendersonville. Ron has over 170 award winning roses of all types and many companion plants in his Gadwall Abbey Garden.

Gene Meyer is known for the Old Garden Roses (OGRs) that are in his garden along with his hybrid teas and miniature roses. Gene is the Tenarky District Committee Chair for OGRs. Gene’s garden is located at 5111 Country Club Dr. in Brentwood.

Marty Reich is one of the Nashville Rose Society Master Rosarians, and most recently her rose “Mango Blush” won Queen of Minifloras at the 2022 Tenarky District Rose Show last month. Marty also grows winning hybrid teas and miniature roses. Her garden is at 5020 Dovecote Drive, Nashville.

The Belmont University Rose Garden may be seen anytime during the day on Saturday or Sunday. You can park in the Belmont Mansion Visitor Parking – the garden is to your right as you walk up to the mansion. On Sunday, October 9, you can visit the garden before the NRS Monthly Meeting which will be held at Belmont University. Our speaker will be Myers Brow, Executive Director of Belmont Mansion. His presentation will explore the gardens and landscaped environment surrounding Adelicia Acklen’s summer home, the Belmont Mansion. Guests are welcome to the meeting. You can walk to the garden from the meeting parking in the Ayers Garage at 1515 Wedgewood Avenue.

The Lynn Anderson Rose Garden at the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park may be seen on Saturday afternoon or all day Sunday. The Lynn Anderson Rose Garden honors country music star Lynn Anderson at her final resting place. The Rose Garden features 114 “Lynn Anderson” hybrid tea roses hybridized in honor of her and her 1970 classic hit song “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”. The garden is to the right of the main building of the funeral home at 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville.

Get out and enjoy the (predicted) sunshine and pleasant temperatures. The roses will be beautiful!

2022 Tenarky District Rose Show Results

Linda Bowen’s Crescendo – Best in Show
The 2022 Tenarky District Fall Rose Show & Convention was held at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens on September 17-18, 2022. Hosted by Nashville Rose Society the Rose Show & Convention was quite a success.

There were 62 registrants and about 38 exhibitors from Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Wisconsin. We were honored to have Diane Sommers, president of the American Rose Society, as an exhibitor, judge, and banquet speaker.

Linda Bowen with her award winning entry – Crescendo
The Show classes included:

Division I – Horticulture
* Section TD – Tenarky District Challenge Classes
* Section A – Miniature Rose Challenge Classes
* Section B – Miniature Roses – Single Stem Entries
* Section C – Large Rose Challenge Classes
* Section D – Large Rose – Single Stem Entries
Division II – Rose Arrangements
Division III – Rose Photography

Linda Bowen, member of the Nashville Rose Society, was the winner of the day. She took away awards for the Best Novice, King of the Show, and Best in Show with her entry of hybrid tea Crescendo.

And now for the Courts!

Miniature Roses-Single Stem – Section B-Class 8

RoseShown byCertificate
QueenSwirly PopJeff & Cindy GarrettARS
KingDottieDiane SommersARS
PrincessDaddy FrankGene MeyerARS
CourtSweet MallieJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
CourtOlivia RoseDiane SommersNRS
CourtArcanumKeith & Martha GarmanNRS
CourtEdistoGene MeyerNRS
CourtMagic ShowJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS

Miniflora Roses-Single Stem – Section B-Class 9

RoseShown byCertificate
QueenMango BlushMarty ReichARS
KingVernon RichardRicky LockhartARS
PrincessSpice of LifeBarbara TaubeARS
CourtConundrumJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
CourtGift of LifeJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
CourtPat ShanleyJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
CourtCabooseJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
CourtShamelessJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS

Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora – One Bloom per Stem – Class 34

RoseShown byCertificate
QueenRing of FireJeff & Cindy GarrettARS
KingCrescendoLinda BowenARS
PrincessBlack MagicLinda SchorkARS
Royal CourtKristen SingerGene MeyerNRS
Royal CourtHot PrincessJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
Royal CourtHot PrinceGene MeyerNRS
Royal CourtBig RedJeff & Cindy GarrettNRS
Royal CourtLouise EstesRicky LockhartNRS

Rose Photography

Class 1-One Exhibition Bloom, HT, Gr, F SubjectPhotographerAward(s)
Grand AmoreKathy BrennanBest in Class, Queen, Gold

For the list of all the winners, click here.

Thanks to our Rose Show Judges!

The American Rose Society judges that give so freely of their time and resources are essential to the success of any rose show. They often travel many miles giving up their weekend time because they love roses, and they appreciate the rosarians and rose societies they serve. The Nashville Rose Society greatly appreciates our 2022 panel of judges.

Horticulture Judges
* Howard Carman – Louisville Rose Society
* Linda Jansing – Louisville Rose Society
* Mike Thompson – Holston Rose Society
* Paula Williams – Louisville Rose Society
* Connie Baird – Nashville Rose Society
* Mary Ann Hext – Bowling Green Rose Society
Arrangement Judges
* Barbara Taube – Nashville Rose Society
* Diane Sommers – Gateway Rose Society, Greater Milwaukee Rose Society
Photography Judges
* Annie Owen – Nashville Rose Society
* David Dahl – Photographer

For more photos, visit the Tenarky District Facebook Page.

Click any individual photo to begin the slide show. Once the slide show begins, click on the image to zoom in.

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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