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Favorite Roses of the Members of the Tennessee Rose Society

While many roses will do well in East Tennessee, the table below gives some of the favorites of the members of our society. With reasonable care all should do well in this area. For those who want to find roses that require little or no spraying, see the special section on "no spray roses" provided by University of Tennessee Professor Mark Windham. These roses exhibited the best resistance to "black spot" and "cercospora leaf spot" in trials carried out in the state.

Color Classes
w white, near white, white blend
ly light yellow my medium yellow dy deep yellow yb yellow blend
ab apricot blend ab apricot blend
ob orange and orange blend op orange pink and orange pink blend or orange red and orange red blend
lp light pink mp medium pink dp deep pink pb pink blend
mr medium red dr dark red rb red blend
m mauve, mauve blend r russet

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate the ARS rating according to the latest Handbook for Selecting Roses.

Hybrid Teas Miniature Roses Floribundas Mini-Flora Roses
Cajun Moonw(7.9)
Cajun Sunrisew(7.7)
Crystallinew(8.0)
Double Delightrb(8.4)
Elegant Beautyly(8.0)
Elizabeth Taylordp(8.4)
Geminipb(8.2)
Gold Medalmy(8.4)
Hot Princessdp(7.9)
Louise Estespb(8.3)
Marijke Koopmanmp(8.6)
Mr Lincolnr(8.3)
Moonstonew(8.2)
Signaturedp(7.6)
St. Patrickyb(8.0)
Touch of Classop(8.9)
Veteran's Honord(8.1)
Arcanumab(7.5)
Bees Kneesyb(8.0)
Black Jadedr(8.0)
Fairhopely(8.2)
Figurinew(8.0)
Glowing Amberrb(8.0)
Hot Tamaleyb(8.3)
Incognitom(8.0)
Irresistiblew(9.0)
Jean Kenneallyab(9.1)
June Laverdy(7.5)
Kristinrb(8.1)
Linvillew(8.3)
Memphis Queenw(7.8)
Minnie Pearlpb(9.0)
Miss Flippinsmr(8.1)
Pierrineop(9.0)
Soroptimist Internationalpb(7.9)
Angel Facem(7.7)
Betty Booprb(8.0)
Blueberry Hillm(7.9)
Europeanadr(8.6)
French Lacew(8.1)
Icebergw(8.7)
Nicolew(8.9)
Playboyrb(8.5)
Playgirlmp(8.4)
Sexy Rexymp(8.7)
Showbizmr(8.3
Sunspritedy(8.5)
Autumn Splendoryb(8.1)
Creammy(7.8)
Cachetw(7.8)
Foolish Pleasurepb(7.7)
Tiffany Lynnpb(8.1)
Whirlawayw(+)
Shrubs Climbers Old Garden Roses Polyanthas
Bonicamp(8.4)
Carefree Beautymp(8.6)
Golden Wingsly(8.8)
Graham Thomasdy(8.2)
Knockoutrb(8.6)
Pink Knockoutmp(8.3)
Quietnesslp(8.0)
Sally Holmesw(8.9)
Starry Nightw(7.9)
The Dark Ladydr(7.8)
Altissimomr(8.5)
Americaop(8.3)
Awakeninglp(8.0)
Don Juandr(8.2)
Dortmundmr(9.1)
Dream Weavermp(7.9)
Fourth of Julyrb(8.1)
Golden Showersly(7.4)
Icebergw(8.5)
Jeanne Lajoie (Min)mp(9.1)
Joseph's Coatrb(7.5)
Baronne Prevostmp(8.6)
Comte de Chambordpb(8.3)
Mme Hardyw(8.9)
Sombruilw(8.8
Souv de la Malmaisonlp(8.7)
China Dollmp(8.1)
Perle d’Oryb(8.5)
The Fairylp(8.7)
White Petw(8.6)
No Spray Roses and Moderately Resistant Roses
Resistance rating is (++) for resistant "no spray" and (+) for moderately resistant.
About Face Grandiflora(+)
Baby LoveMin(++)
Belinda's Dream Shrub(+)
Carefree SunshineShrub(++)
Crystal FairyShrub(+)
Fairy QueenShrub(+)
HansaShrub(++)
HomerunShrub(++)
Lovely FairyShrub(+)
KnockoutShrub(++)
Pink KnockoutShrub(++)
Pretty LadyFloribunda(++)
SnowconeShrub(++)
Topaz JewelShrub(++)
Wild ThingShrub(+)
Wildberry BreezeShrub(++)
WildspiceShrub(++)

Our Rose Gardens ( slide shows )

Bates Garden
slide show Michael and Mary Bate's garden is a nineteen year old spring woodland and perennial garden with a sunny side and front yard where they enjoy growing climbers and shrubs including David Austin English roses and over one hundred hybrid teas and floribundas. Michael and Mary first fell in love with roses during their travels through New Zealand while they were employed with the U.S. Antarctic Program. Mary is an ARS Consulting Rosarian.

Brennan Garden
slide show Kathy Brennan's "Bren-rose Garden" features approx. 200 roses, hybrid teas, floribundas, hybrid perpetuals, English roses, Old Garden Roses, climbing and rambler roses on arches and an arbor planted all around the house with a garden pathway. There are three perennial gardens accented with "garden art" scattered through out the plantings. This garden also features numerous container plantings. Kathy is an ARS Consulting Rosarian and President of The Tennessee Rose Society

Spruiell Garden
slide showDr. Joseph and Rhonda Spruiell's garden. Dr. Spruiell is past President of the Tennessee Rose Society and Rhonda currently serves as Social Chairman. Their garden contains over 200 roses in a formal design accented by a water feature and stone paths. Roses are hybrid teas, floribundas and miniatures. Dr. Spruiell and Rhonda are ARS Master Rosarians and  Horticulture Judges.