Tips for Growing Roses - December 2016

from Marty Reich, Master Rosarian


Nov Roses

Keep watering if we do not have more rain soon. The ground is still very dry in places and all plants are stressed from the drought and summer's extreme heat.

There has been enough cold that it is OK to begin winterizing. There are many ways to do that depending on how your beds are designed, that is, raised or in the ground, and how much energy you can expend. Ron has told you about the collars he uses and many other rosarians use collars. I have always used pine needles with good success. As always with growing roses, there are lots of choices to decide from. It is a good idea to check the pH of the roses before you winterize and add lime or sulfur if required. Click here to see my articles on pH and winterization that ran previously in the real Rose Leaf issues. The winterization one covers some of the different kinds of roses that you might need to protect.

Let's hope we have a mild winter and no surprises in the spring although a little loss is not so bad. An excuse to buy new roses! Marty

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Monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at Cheekwood Botanic Hall/Visitor Services Building at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art on the first Sunday of the month. The meetings are free to guests, as is admission to Cheekwood for meetings. Simply tell the gate attendant that you are there for the Nashville Rose Society meeting. Click here for directions to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Upcoming Events


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December 6 - Christmas Party

6:00 - 9:00 PM with dinner at 6:30
First Baptist Church
108 Seventh Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203
Click here for directions.

Please bring one of the following: appetizer, side, or dessert. NRS will furnish ham, turkey,rolls, drinks, plates, napkins, silverware and cups.
We need arrangements for the tables - please consider making one and let us know if you are doing so.
The gift exchange will be held as usual. Participation is not required but it is fun to do, particularly if we can persuade Larry Baird to preside over it as in the past. Limit of $20, gift for man or woman.

January 2017

There will be no meeting in January.

February 17 - 19, 2017 - TENARKY District Winter Workshop

Contact: Mary Ann Hext -
Holiday Inn University Plaza/Sloan Convention Center
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY 42103
phone: 270-745-0088

Support the Nashville Rose Society!
Volunteers are Needed!

Lawn and Garden Show

We are looking for 4 persons (couples) to form a committee for the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show. The committee would be in charge of setting up the booth on Wednesday and taking it down on Sunday afternoon. Each person (couple) would be responsible for staying one day at the show to make sure the booth is covered. We have people sign up for time slots but just in case someone couldn't make it at the last minute. The show is a lot of fun. You get a chance to see all of the show, go to the seminars and shop! This years show will be Thurs. March 3 - Sun. March 6. Thurs - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 p.m. And Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information on the show visit .


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