Susan Lyell Young spoke to the Nasvhille Rose Society on July 10, 2022. Click here to view her garden tour with Volunteer Gardener on Nashville Public Television (NPT).
NOTE! The July meeting of the Nashville Rose Society will be held on July 10, 2022. It is moved to the second Sunday of the month due to the July 4th holiday. The meeting will be held in the Potter Room at Cheekwood Estate & Garden.
Our speaker, Susan Lyell Young, will discuss the development and hybridization of roses and her efforts to collect them from cemeteries and old homes in Louisiana and California.
Susan is a native Nashvillian. She lives in the Belmont area in the home her grandfather built in 1928. She has been gardening all of her life and growing roses for the last 10 years. She does not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers and believes that Mother Nature finds the perfect balance when left alone to do her thing.
Susan is on a mission to encourage folks to grow roses in their gardens. Not the roses seen at big box stores nor the modern roses that require endless pampering but the antique and heirloom healthy hardy shrubs that have been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. She has traveled all over the country collecting rare varieties so that she can propagate them and get them into the hands of interested gardeners and public rose gardens, preserving the DNA of these fragrant garden workhorses for future generations of admirers and hybridizers.
She estimates she has grown and loved more than 1500 roses over the years but she is particularly fond of the roses bred for Southern gardens — the Teas, China’s and Noisettes. Her home garden has roses and all sorts of their companion plants.
In the spring of 2019 Susan launched her line of clean beauty products infused with the organic roses she grows. You may find her rose goodness at www.restorationrose.com.
Please plan to join us. Admission to Cheekwood is not required – let the gate attendant know that you are attending the NRS Meeting in the Potter Room.
Teresa Byington took us on a tour of her garden, Bloom Thyme Cottage Garden at the November 7, 2021, monthly meeting of the Nashville Rose Society. The Bloom Thyme Cottage Garden, which Teresa has tended for 30+ years, is a large cottage garden that weaves together her love of roses – from the oldest to the most modern shrubs and their garden companions. Roses alongside annuals, herbs, shrubs, trees, perennials and a few veggies fill this garden.
Teresa was kind enough to let us record her GoToMeeting presentation that is filled with cottage garden history, gardening advice and plant recommendations. You can revisit Teresa’s presentation by clicking here.
At the August, 2021, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society, Jeff & Cindy Garrett gave an excellent presentation with tips on growing roses and preparing them for a rose show.
The Garretts moved to their current home on Lake Chickamauga in 1989. That spring they added two rose beds with about 96 plants. Over the years they have continued to develop their landscape to its current capacity of just under 350 roses.
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.
Jeff and Cindy were kind enough to allow us to post their presentation.
R. Curtis Aumiller is the author of the American Rose Society first Guidelines to Judging Rose Photography. Curtis has been judging rose photography for over 14 years and has given presentations about judging and taking rose photos across the nation. At the May 2, 2021, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society, Curtis explained how to make sure you are taking and entering your best rose photos and will also cover those factors judges use to pick the winning rose photos.
Click here to watch Curtis’ presentation to the Nashville Rose Society via GoToMeeting.