Can you smell the roses? The Nashville Rose Society’s 2022 Music City Rose Show will be held at Cheekwood’s Botanic Hall the first weekend of Cheekwood Harvest, Saturday, September 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with our Middle Tennessee neighbors,” says Ron Daniels, Co-President of The Nashville Rose Society. “I hope folks will come to the show to be inspired and to learn that really anyone can grow beautiful roses.”
More than 60 of the most accomplished, award-winning rosarians across Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia will compete for awards in multiple categories — from hybrid teas, floribundas, and miniatures to shrub roses and old garden roses. There will also be categories for best rose photography, best rose arrangements and for roses that have been named after country music stars, such as Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson, Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash, Alabama, Reba McEntire and more.
On Saturday afternoon from 1 – 3 p.m., a Watercolor Roses class will take place in the Frist Learning Center Painting Studios. Participants will explore the beauty and versatility of roses by painting their own masterpiece in this botanical drawing and painting class. Advanced registration is required and capacity is limited for this class. Reserve your spot at cheekwood.org.
Then at 3 p.m., Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society Ron Daniels is conducting a drop-in lecture on the “Basics of Growing Roses,” designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice. Visitors will learn how to properly prepare the soil, when and how to prune, as well as proven techniques for fertilizing and protecting roses from damaging insects and diseases.
On Sunday morning at 10 a.m., the Nashville Rose Society will hold a “Pick Your Own Bouquet” event, in which attendees will learn about the unique roses at Cheekwood, some of which date back to the 1700’s. Guests will then have the opportunity to pick their favorites, right out of Cheekwood’s rose garden, to create their own bouquet. Space is limited for this event, so those interested in attending should register in advance at cheekwood.org.