NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Rose Society’s 2022 Music City Rose Show will be held in the beautiful setting of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. The two-day event brings focus to this popular and beloved flower. The show will take place in 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.
“The Nashville Rose Society is excited to host the 2022 Music City Rose Show at Cheekwood and invites the public to attend,” says Ron Daniels, Co-President of The Nashville Rose Society. “It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with our Middle Tennessee neighbors. 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 – displaying hundreds of beautiful roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. 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, so be sure to reserve your spot at cheekwood.org.
Then at 3 p.m., Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society 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.
For more information on the event, visit nashvillerosesociety.org. For a map of Cheekwood, visit cheekwood.org.
With its intact and picturesque vistas, Cheekwood is distinguished as one of the leading Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the 1930s estate, with its 30,000-square-foot Mansion and 55-acres of gardens, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and art museum with furnished period rooms and galleries devoted to American art from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. The property includes 13 distinct gardens including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring outdoor monumental sculpture. Each year, Cheekwood hosts seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest and Holiday LIGHTS. Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and nationally as a Level II Arboretum. It is a three-time voted USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden and in 2021 was recognized by Fodors as one of the 12 Most Beautiful Gardens in the American South. Cheekwood is located eight miles southwest of downtown Nashville at 1200 Forrest Park Drive. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended days and hours of operation depending on the season. Check cheekwood.org for current hours and to purchase advance tickets required for admission.