Tina and I had an opportunity to travel to Nashville over the weekend to attend the Tenarky District Fall Rose Show. Hosted by the Nashville Rose Society, this district event covers American Rose Societies in Tennessee Arkansas and Kentucky, but rose enthusiasts from all over travel to be a part of the show.
The show was held at Belmont University. Steeped in history, Belmont was once the private residence of Adelicia Acklen, a prominent Nashville citizen. The home eventually became a school for women which merged with Ward seminary to become Ward-Belmont and is now Belmont University. For country music buffs, Mrs. Sarah Cannon was a graduate of Ward Belmont. Many know her as “Minnie Pearl”.
The rose show was great. I got there early to watch some of the exhibitors preparing their roses and had hoped to bring some of my own blooms, but it was not to be…. The exhibitors sure had some pretty blooms on display, as well as some breathtaking arrangements. My photography skills will not do them justice.
As always, we met some super people and saw some of our rose friends and one person from our own society that I didn’t know was coming! She won “King of Show” with her blooms of ‘Europeana’ floribunda. Not only were there some wonderful roses and arrangements; several classes and seminars were also offered on various topics such as, “Growing Buck Roses” (roses hybridized by Dr. Griffin Buck), “Rose Growing Basics” plus a keynote address by the Director of the Belmont Mansion entitled “The Historical Heritage of the Gardens at Belmont”.
In my mind, rose shows of any size should serve two purposes: To showcase the beautiful blooms that are grown in that area and to encourage people to grow roses. This show accomplished both. Below are a few of the 100+ photos I took. If you click on an image it should bring up a slide show for better viewing…
Header image courtesy of Belmont University photo archive. Unless otherwise notes, all other photos are my own.