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.