>Aquatic Gardens Visit

>Tina and I spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon meandering through Hanna’s Nursery and Aquatic Gardens. I have purchased many roses from Hanna’s and one day hope to purchase a custom water feature from Aquatic Gardens. Not sure where I would put it.. Perhaps the roof….. If you can imagine it water, the folks at Aquatic Gardens can create it for you. I have seen their handiwork all over town in gardens private and public. Here is just a few things that caught my eye:

Cherub couple would be a stunning centerpiece to any water feature

“Lady Banks” Rose spilling over the rock walled Koi Pond
(You knew I would find a rose on the place)

Tina went wild over the fish!

Love the pelican statue eyeing the fish in the pond

My dream fountain. If I only had the room
(and the $$$)

Love the Romanesque bust. Makes a bold statement.

Neat Lion head fountain

Another awesome bust.

A true Southern delight. Wisteria. Lovely Wisteria……

They have a very informative website:


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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