>What A Difference A Day Makes


I spent all day Friday at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Plant Sale working the Rose Sale tables. I am also heading back there this morning to work until noon. It was awesome to see literally thousands of people turn out to support our local Botanical Garden. With over 80,000 plants to sell, it was a sight to behold.

The Birmingham Rose Society always volunteers to coordinate and work the Rose tables. It is a labor of love to be sure. Our focus this year was Old Garden Roses and Earth Kind Roses. We began with about 700 plants Thurs night for the Preview Party and by 4 p.m. yesterday, we were down to about 350 left!

It was also great to see friends, family and fellow bloggers stop who stopped by to say hello. A shout out to Randy and Jamie of the “Creating Our Eden” blog who stopped by to say hey… They grow some killer irises and lilies!
It’s a good thing to enhance the lives of people through flowers and I’m glad the Rose Society and the Botanical Gardens pulls so many together each year for this event.
Someone once told me, “separate, we are just little sticks of dynamite, but together, we be da bomb!!!!!
Photo note: Fellow Rose Society member Clayton Richards assists someone with a rose purchase.

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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2 Responses to >What A Difference A Day Makes

  1. >You ARE making a difference! Must follow your link and learn about Earth Kind Roses. Now I am off to assist with a plant sale of another kind: my church is selling plants today to raise money for a church member who recently had two lung transplants. I have to remember I am SELLING, or I'll be buying too many myself. Wish I could be at your sale!


  2. >Pam, it was a great sale and I hope yours was a success also. I stood at the sale table, I kept thinking, so many roses, so little money….. My only purchases from the weekend were a white bearded iris and a rose, "Buff Beauty". The Earth Kind roses would do wonderfully in an English Garden setting. I do hope you will give them careful consideration. If they are hardy to your zone, they should grow without spray and very little maintenance. Chamblee roses in Tyler, TX has the best selection of them if you decide to buy. They start out very small, but grow quickly….


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