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Official Publication of The Nashville Rose Society Serving Rose Enthusiasts Throughout Middle Tennessee

NRS Meeting at Cheekwood Guest Speaker: Matt Pilcher - Summer Rose Care & Companions + 6:30 PM - Ice Cream Social! 7:00 PM - Program AUGUST 2013 Volume 46, Issue 7


Affiliated with the American Rose Society -

‘TahiƟan Sunset’

Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Rose Research Project Completed – Five Winners Named Allen Owings, Professor (Horticulture), LSU AgCenter and Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Rose Research University Representative and Claude Graves, Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Rose Research Coordinator Gardeners who have shied away from growing roses because of the fungicides and care needed to grown them well can take heart in a recently completed research program that took place at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport, LA. Many members of the American Rose Society are aware of exciting research that was completed last fall at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport. The “Easy Tea” Hybrid Tea Research Project was initiated to identify hybrid tea cultivars that will flourish under minimum care conditions. This project was started in February 2009 and the last data from this four year study was taken in October 2012. The research project was a joint effort of the American Rose Society and the American Rose Society with some financial support provided by the ARS Research Endowment Trust. Based on the highly successful Earth-Kind rose program initiated and managed through the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service, the Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Project, as it name implies, focused on hybrid tea cultivars rather than the shrubs (Cont’d on page 3)

‘Milwaukee Calatrava’ Biltmore InternaƟonal Rose Trial Winners Announced The Official Blog of Biltmore Asheville, NC Our first International Rose Trials came to a close on Saturday and our jury selected winning roses in 12 categories. Since 2011, Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has been home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials. During this time, more than 75 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s horticulture team. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During Saturday’s judging, the jury conducted the final round of judging for the first trial group of 25 roses.

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President’s Column The summer is flying by one hot day after another. For those of us who labor outside every day, the occasional rains have provided some relief. The rain has also kept much of Nashville greener than normal for this time of the year. I don’t see many burned lawns as I drive around. The expense of watering our roses and landscapes has been reduced somewhat. Let’s hope that august will be as generous. Those of us who were able to attend, had a wonderful time at the Dollinger’s house. Millie and Dudley graciously hosted the NRS Annual Picnic. Attendance was high. Ken took a group photo which required a fair amount of direction on his part. Millie’s roses were in great form. She has three raised beds directly behind the house which she can view from their many windows or from the deck. Though Millie is the rosarian in the family, she has received enthusiastic support, as well as tons of free labor from Dudley. We have been discussing whether or not we should continue the Fortuniana Rose Sale. Charles Lott has been chairing this event but may need to take a break. Charles and I drove to Alabama to pick up the roses and I’ll be glad to do that again. Volunteerism is an important part of every organization. It is said that ten percent do ninety percent of the work. Please join our ten percenters and become more active in our society. This is my second year as president and I need assistance in scheduling our monthly meetings. My list of guest speakers has run thin. In order to keep our meetings informative, as well as fun, consider asking an acquaintance, or decide to present a topic yourself, to our group. You will receive our full support. Our topic for this month will be summer rose care with a discussion of soil building and plants that thrive alongside our roses. I’m twisting the arm of a gentleman whose opinions I respect, Matt Pilcher. He is the operations manger at Perfect Landscapes and has been instructor at Nashville State Community College in horticultural propagation. 2

Needless to say Matt is very knowledgeable and we are fortunate to have him as our August Speaker.

how to kill good roses because THAT is something that comes naturally for me, unlike public speaking.

Our August meeting is the traditional Ice Cream Contest. Bob Bowen is the man to beat again this year. He brought his trophy winning ice cream to the Picnic, I think to psych some of the competition out. Don’t let him do it. He is formidable but every dog has his or her day. So bring your best and let the competition begin.

Despite my protests, Jim had that “you’re not talking me out of this” look in his eyes, so as he prepared his charts and slides for “our” presentation, I rehearsed the various ways a person could say “I don’t know” in response to a question without sounding ignorant. (This could also be of use to me should I one day decide to run for political office.) On the day of the workshop, Jim, who routinely speaks before small and large audiences alike, seemed almost excited. Meanwhile, I’m suddenly realizing what my poor little dog experienced every time I dragged him to the vet. Jim and I were a couple of impostors who were facing certain public exposure, not to mention humiliation, and all he could do was hum and whistle like a happy little gnome.

Let us all keep in our thoughts and prayers, the many members who have suffered with illnesses and surgeries recently, as well as those who are scheduled for surgery. We humans are wonderful beings that unfortunately don’t last forever. More valuable even than our lovely roses, is the friendship we share with one another. — Tom Beath

Editor’s Desk Several months ago, Jim breezed through our front door and casually mentioned that he volunteered “us” to be the guest speakers at a workshop on “rose growing” sponsored by our local nursery. My very first thought was that I should schedule an immediate MRI because, clearly, my husband had recently suffered a severe blow to the head. My second thought involved delivering one final blow to his head myself, thereby eliminating the necessity of both MRI and the rose workshop. As I searched for a heavy, blunt object, Jim tried to ease my panic with his usual cavalier response: “It will be fine”. I can no longer count the times those four little words wound up preceding debt, regret or a trip to the emergency room. It would really “be fine” with me if Jim never uttered those words again. What was he thinking this time? True, we own approximately 200 roses. What a lot of people don’t know is that our cumulative rose purchases are significantly higher than 200. If my math serves me correctly here, it could well be argued that our ability to grow roses is only marginally greater than our keen apt for killing them. In fact, I would feel more comfortable conducting a workshop on


As the seats quickly filled up, my heart began to sink. There were simply too many people present to hope that nobody would ask a single question, thereby exposing our ignorance. Fortunately, there was really no room (nor reason) for me to join Jim at the speakers helm, so I sat in the audience, only to have him immediately point me out and introduce me to everyone, by name no less. No sooner had he advanced the very first slide when an inquiring hand flew into the air. I braced myself. Should I stand by my man, or make great my escape? Let’s see. Jim was my ride home, the walk back exceeded ten miles, I am wearing pretty, rather than comfortable shoes and, I am just now discovering why planting myself smack-dab in the middle of a row of people was not one of my better decisions. Let’s face it; oftentimes nothing is more conspicuous than someone who is desperately trying to remain inconspicuous. Thankfully, I would not be called upon to prove this point just yet as Jim effortlessly answered the first very simple question. Before I could sigh in relief, another hand shot up, followed by another and a few more! (Cont’d on page 6)

Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Rose Research Project (Cont’d from page 1) and old garden roses primarily included in the Earth-Kind research. As with the Earth-Kind Program, the Easy-Tea Hybrid Tea Research has attempted to identify already existing rose cultivars that can meet the project criteria to be designated earth-friendly. Several years ago, Dallas resident and ARS member Claude Graves, who chaired this project stated that “The American Rose Society is seeking to encourage citizens to enjoy growing our national floral emblem, the Rose, by developing a testing program that will identify hybrid tea rose cultivars that require a minimum of care - including minimal application of chemicals that are considered by many to pose potential harm to the earth’s ecology. The function of the ‘Easy-Tea’ Hybrid Tea Rose Research Program is to evaluate 30 carefully selected cultivars of hybrid tea roses to identify those with the highest level of natural disease resistance.” Rose cultivars that were included in the study were determined based on an extensive national survey of ARS consulting rosarians around the country. Research for the project was conducted by LSU AgCenter horticulture professor and ARS Gulf District Director Allen Owings. Some of the criteria for the research included: • Initial bed construction following Earth-Kind recommendations • Once annual fertilization with a slowrelease fertilizer in late February • Four applications of Fertilome Systemic Fungicide with propiconazole annually in late February, April, June and September during three years • Four applications of Bayer Advanced Garden Systemic Fungicide with tebuconazole annually in late February, April, June and September during one year • Pruning in February and late August

as recommended for hybrid tea roses in north Louisiana • Irrigation applied only when absolutely necessary • Compost, mulch applications midway through the study • Blackspot susceptibility ratings and visual quality ratings taken four times annually – peak spring bloom, early June, prior to late summer pruning and peak bloom fall The study was scientifically designed as a randomized complete block and was properly replicated. Data was statistically analyzed at the conclusion of the study. Growing conditions in Shreveport over the four year period with environmental conditions very favorable for blackspot disease development, one year with conditions that would be consider average for blackspot development and two years of dry conditions that would lessen blackspot disease on roses. Two years ago, the early top performers in the trial included Frederic Mistral, Mister Lincoln, Pope John Paul II, Rio Samba, Shreveport, Tahitian Sunset, The McCartney Rose, Tiffany, Traviata and Tropicana. A year or so later, Pink Traviata and Sunset Celebration were beginning to show promise. However, after four years we have completed all data analysis and the final winning roses are Traviata, Pink Traviata, The McCartney Rose, Tahitian Sunset and Frederic Mistral. This selection was based on blackspot susceptibility and overall landscape performance in terms of flowering, vigor, and visual plant appearance. Top performers (ranked first through fifth) in visual quality of overall landscape performance: Traviata, Tahitian Sunset, Frederic Mistral, Tropicana and Pink Traviata. The top overall

performers in terms of blackspot resistance (ranked first through fifth): The McCartney Rose, Traviata, Pink Traviata, Tahitian Sunset and Tiffany. Summary of the top ten overall best perfoming cultivars in the Easy Tea Hybrid Tea evaluation based on blackspot disease ratings and visual quality ratings (2009-2012). Gardens of the American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA. Traviata is an older hybrid tea that was released in 1962 by Meilland and is marketed by Conard-Pyle in the US. It has brilliant dark red flowers with 90100 petals per bloom. The flowers have more of an old-fashioned look and foliage is very dark glossy green. Long stems are typical and plants in Shreveport reached 5 1/2’ tall. This rose was the overall number one performer in the Easy Tea Hybrid Tea rose trial. Pink Traviata is a mutation of Traviata that was released in 2005. The deep pink flowers have the same form and petal count as Traviata. Folaige is dark glossy green. Stems are slightly shorter than Traviata. Plants reached 5’ tall in Shreveport. Pink Traviata was the third overall ranked Easy Tea rose. The McCartney Rose is a Meilland introduced rose distributed in the United States by Conard-Pyle. Plants have very fragrant, brightly colored deep rosy pink flowers. This rose was offered as a birthday present to Paul McCartney by his record company. A tall, upright grower, plants reached almost 6’ tall in the ARC gardens in Shreveport. This was the fifth ranked Easy Tea rose. Frederic Mistral is another Meillard rose that is an Easy Tea winner. This cultivar has classic looking hybrid tea flower buds. Blooms are dusty rosy pink, double, 4.5 inches in diameter and have 40 petals. Blooms are very fragrant and plants have rich green, semi-glossy foliage. This was the fourth ranked Easy Tea rose. (Cont’d on page 4)



(Cont’d from page 3) Tahitian Sunset is an All-America Rose Selection winner from 2000. It was bred by Keith Zary and was introduced by Jackson and Perkins. This brightly hued rose has flowers that start as orange-yellow buds. When flowers fully open colors go to a peachy-apricot-pink with yellow highlights. Petal count averages 30 with 5 inch diameter blooms. Stems are 14-16 inches and the flowers have a licorice fragrance. Foliage is semi-glossy. This was the second ranked Easy Tea rose. Variety

Visual Quality Rating Rank

Blackspot Disease Rating Rank

Overall Ranking





Tahitian Sunset




Frederic Mistral






not ranked


Pink Traviata




Mister Lincoln






not ranked






The McCartney Rose




Chrysler Imperial


Tenth (tie)



not ranked

Tenth (tie)


Midas Touch

not ranked



Pope John Paul II

not ranked



Reprinted with permission from Richard C. Bogren, ABC, Professor, Science Writer and Editor of LSU AgCenter Headline News - Previously published in Miss-Lou Quarterly Bulletin for the Gulf District of the American Rose Society - Summer 2013

2013 ARS “Mini Magic” Rose Show 2013 American Rose Society “Mini Magic” National Miniature Rose Show to be held September 20-22, hosted by the Winston-Salem Rose Society, North Carolina. If you have any questions about registration please contact Steve Lawson, President of the Winston-Salem Rose Society, at 336.301.8437 or click the to visit the WSRS website.


2013 Roses in Review Survey It’s that time of year again and the American Rose Society needs your help to evaluate new roses! The 2013 Roses in Review Survey (RIR) marks the 88th time members of the American Rose Society evaluate new rose introductions. A broad base of participation is needed to make this project worthwhile. We need your evaluations, whether you grow one of the varieties on the survey list or dozens of them. We welcome evaluations from you whether you are a new rose grower, a “garden” rose-grower or a seasoned veteran grower; whether you grow roses for your landscape and garden or if you also grow them to exhibit. We are happy to get reports from non-ARS members as well, so pass the news along to all your rose-growing friends (and encourage them to try an ARS Trial Membership as well.) Results of the survey will be included in the January/February 2014 issue of American Rose and will determine ratings in the ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses as well. For these results to be meaningful, we need everyone to participate. So please, take a few minutes of your time to evaluate your new roses. http://


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This is the first international trials on the East Coast, and only one of two held in the U.S. Rose trials in Europe are a more common occurrence, with trials held in 20 different locations in 15 countries. ”The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens,” said Paul Zimmerman, coordinator of the trials. “Trials of this type are usually open to all rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner.”

The winners of the first Biltmore International Rose Trials George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose Of The Trials (Best in Show) ‘ATHYfalaa’ bred by Mike Athy of Mike Athy Roses, New Zealand Award of Excellence For Best Established Rose ‘Belinda’s Dream’ bred by Dr. Robert E. Basye, United States (Wisconsin)

Our own rosarian, Lucas Jack, had an integral part on the rose trials. “Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,” said Jack. “We’ve enjoyed introducing these new varieties to our guests as they stroll through the gardens. It has been an educational experience, and it complements the work we do to care for Biltmore’s collection of heirloom roses.”

Award of excellence for International Jury Favorite

New rose varieties will be planted for trials each May. They are evaluated for garden performance, fragrance, disease resistance and ability to be used in varying landscape situations. The next awards will be in 2014 for the trials planted in 2012 and will continue annually. Below are this year’s winners:

Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda

‘Belinda’s Dream’

‘Darcey Bussell’

‘ATHYfalaa’ bred by Mike Athy of Mike Athy Roses, New Zealand Frederick Law Olmsted Award for Best Groundcover ‘Roxy’ bred by Kordes Rosen, Germany

‘Milwaukee Calatrava’ bred by William Radler of Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, United States The Honorable John Cecil Award for Open Group

‘Sunshine Daydream’ Grandiflora rose bred by Michèle Meilland Richardier, France Gilded Age Award for Best Climber ‘ATHYfalaa’ bred by Mike Athy of Mike Athy Roses, New Zealand Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea ‘Beverly’ bred by Kordes Rosen, Germany Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub ‘Darcey Bussell’ bred by David Austin of David Austin Roses, United Kingdom Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose ‘Beverly’ bred by Kordes Rosen, Germany William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit ‘ATHYfalaa’ bred by Mike Athy of Mike Athy Roses, New Zealand Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant ‘ATHYfalaa’ bred by Mike Athy of Mike Athy Roses, New Zealand



Serial Killer on the Loose By Gene Meyer, Consulting Rosarian I met a lady once. I forgot her name. She said there was a serial killer on the loose in Brentwood. I remember telling her I hadn’t seen or heard of this and didn’t think it was true. And then he struck right in my own yard. His name was Rogue Rosette. He struck a blow to some of my best friends. Lyda Rose was incurably sick and like a lame horse I had to put her down. I won “Best Spray� with her once in a Grand Prix. Easy Livin’ was such a disease-free bush until Rogue Rosette came a calling. Thus far, twelve of my best friends have been cut down in their prime. Subsequently I thought where did this dastardly killer come from? Was the lady, whose name I can’t remember, right that he was all over Brentwood killing at random? I started to look and see for myself. I soon found another homicide in progress. Right across the street was a large acquaintance of mine, and he had been completely Knocked Out by Rogue Rosette. I told my neighbor that her friend was fatally wounded. But nothing happened. She was elderly and her husband had died recently so I gave her a new friend, Mons. Tiller. My neighbor next door kept 5 friends in front of his house and three in back. They had looked fine

Editor’s Desk (Cont’d from page 2) While preparing my demand for a blindfold and a cigarette, I noticed that the audience seemed to be asking easy questions.... questions for which even I could possibly stutter out an answer. But, were they really that easy? Actually, they were very good questions. In fact many were the very same questions Jim and I had asked at rose society meetings years before. Questions many of you kindly answered for us. Now, not only was Jim answering rose questions with ease, he was doing so swiftly and 6

this spring and then Rogue Rosette struck. The five friends in front were completely Knocked Out. The ones in back were partially Knocked Out. After sharing my diagnosis with him, he put down his friends in front, but kept the ones in back. Regrettably, they are doomed because he only gave them a hair cut instead of a cane amputation. At best, I have found that amputation only works up to 25% of the time. Now, I am looking farther afield to see if the lady whose name I can’t remember was right. It seems she was correct in that he is killing everywhere in Brentwood. I found an office building and a bank as its neighbor sitting on top of a hill where Rogue Rosette completely Knocked Out them both. He showed no mercy, killed them all, a total massacre. I spoke to the authorities at both places. They smiled and nodded their heads in agreement as I told them about how their friends have been completely Knocked Out. Unfortunately, nothing has been done to the crime scene. Well, I guess I should apologize to the lady whose name I can’t remember. You were right and I was wrong. My name you ask? It’s Consultar the Rosarian. I’ve been given a badge and a job to do. And a big job it is. with authority and THIS is when it happened, folks. With great confidence, fluidity and relevance, mind you, the word “translaminar� rolled off my husband’s tongue. I love this word! Not only does it sound incredibly important when spoken, I actually know its meaning. Could I speak in depth to a scientist about it? No. But to a novice rose grower, I think I could get the point across. In fact, as the workshop continued, I found myself adding input to Jim’s answers, even when not solicited. What do you know? Maybe some of the knowledge that many of you have attempted to impart to us over the years has actually taken root.



It is a hopeful thought. Knowledge, like goodness, comes with an unwritten responsibility to pass it on to others. Be patient with us, our rose friends, we are trying to do just that. In the meantime, our biggest lesson to date has been that MUCH remains left for us to learn. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Starla & Jim Harding Editors Note: Full disclosure dictates informing our readers that, while the editors used and purported to know the meaning of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;translaminar,â&#x20AC;? both editors were quickly humbled by the need to ascertain its proper spelling.

A Rose Lover’s Calendar

Ice Cream Social!

NRS, Tenarky, & ARS Coming Events

Bring you favorite flavor


NRS Meeting at Cheekwood 6:30 PM Refreshments: I Scream You Scream - Ice Cream Social! 7:00 PM - Program: Matt Pilcher with summer rose care and companion plants for roses

to share at the August meeting


NRS Meeting at Cheekwood - Grand Prix II 6:30 PM Refreshments 7:00 PM - Program

20-22 2013 ARS “Mini Magic” National Miniature Rose Show WinstonSalem Rose Society, North Carolina. Contact Steve Lawson, at 336.301.8437 or click the


NRS Meeting at Cheekwood 6:30 PM Refreshments 7 PM - Program Tenarky Fall Convention & Rose Show - Fern Valley Hotel & Conference Center, Louisville, KY 12-13 NRS Rose Show - Cheekwood

Details & other event news available at Nashville Rose Leaf is printed by: The Print Authority, Brentwood, Tennessee

Contributions Nashville Rose Society is a 501c-3 organization and all contributions to the society are tax-deductible. Contributions may be made as memorials or to honor some person, group or occasion. Checks for contributions should be made payable to Nashville Rose Society and mailed to: MILLIE DOLINGER 59 Vaughn’s Gap Rd. Nashville, TN 37205 (615)352-3927

Nashville Rose Leaf The Nashville Rose Leaf is published eleven times annually by the Nashville Rose Society, Nashville, TN Editors: Jim & Starla Harding, Sam Jones & Leann Barron Editorial Advisory Committee: Marty Reich

Nashville Rose Society 2013 Officers President Tom Beath.........(615) 481.3589 Vice-Pres Gene Meyer........(615) 373-0303 Treasurer Gary Spencer......(615) 662-3819 Rec. S’ty Hayes Gibson .......(615) 794-1708 Cor. S’ty Millie Dolinger.....(901) 628-7137

Nashville Rose Society Membership We are a non-profit organization serving the middle Tennessee area to educate persons on growing and exhibiting roses. Membership is open to everyone who supports the objectives of the organization. Annual dues of $20.00 per household include a subscription to The Nashville Rose Leaf, the official newsletter of the society. To join, send a check payable to Nashville Rose Society to: Marty Reich, 5020 Dovecote Dr., Nashville, TN 37220-1614 Phone: (615) 833-0791; E-mail:

Disclaimer: While the advice and information in this newsletter is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, neither the authors nor the editor(s) accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The Nashville Rose Society makes no warranty, expressed or implied with respect to the material contained herein.

ARS Consulting Rosarians South Nashville Leann Barron Marty Reich*

(615) 269-0240 (615) 833-0791

West Nashville Tom Beath (615) 481.3589 Keith Garman (615) 352-6219 Sam* & Nancy Jones (615) 646-4138 Brentwood Area Cecil* & Bessie Ward (615)373-2245 Gene Meyer (615) 373-0303 Franklin Area Anne Owen* (615) 794-0138 Logan* & Joan Shillinglaw(615) 790-7346 Robbie*&Marsha Tucker(615) 595-9187 Hendersonville Area Ron Daniels (615) 330-7083 Charles Lott (615) 824-5614 Jack Wedekind (615) 824-8696 Murfreesboro Area Dillard & Diane Lester(615) 896-0203 Columbia Area Lyle Worsham*

(931) 388-4547

Lebanon-Watertown Area Jeff Harvey (615) 268-7089 Jennifer Harvey (615) 268-7032 Denise Thorne (615) 237-9757 Duck River-Centerville Area Larry* & Connie Baird(931) 729-5259 Manchester Area Cindy Worch

(931) 723-2142

*Indicates ARS Master Rosarian




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The Th he King King and and d Queen Que ueen en of of the th he 2013 2013 NRS NRS Picnic - Hosts Dudley & Millie Dolinger

Ron & Francine Daniels - Ron gets the award for the oldest member to attend their first NRS Picnic

Both young and old enjoyed both the picnic and the beautiful Dolinger garden

NRS 2013 Annual Picnic Highlights

Hayes Gibson, Marty Reich, Laila Isa & Millie Dolinger

Photo courtesy of Ken Wood

Dillard and Diane Lester are all smiles after enjoying the great food and deserts

Pictured from left to right - a bunch of happy NRS members!

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