Day 30 – National Rose Month

Well, It’s day 30 of National Rose Month and so draws to a close my daily posting of roses in honor of this occasion. I hope you have been inspired by the photos. Inspired in such a way that you will plant a new variety to add to your collection or maybe plant a rose in your garden for the very first time. If you are otherwise an admirer of the rose, I hope you will  paint, photograph or create art that will use your talents to promote rose culture in your community. 

The American Rose Society and my local rose society Birmingham Rose Society have been good friends to me. They have encouraged me when I didn’t think I could, helped me when I needed it and applauded me when I produced blooms of excellence. They have encouraged me so much so, this past Monday, they elected me to serve as this year’s President of the Birmingham Rose Society.

Rose Societies are about two things: People & Roses. Societies need both to survive. I hope you will take the time to seek out your local rose society. Here is a link to a few around the U.S. Attend a meeting, be encouraged and get inspired to grow! LOCAL ROSE SOCIETIES

Today’s photo set is a compilation of photos taken at various society events and shows, as well as a few shots from my garden.  Enjoy!

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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 and on his popular website;, 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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9 Responses to Day 30 – National Rose Month

  1. Holley says:

    Congratulations! You are very enthusiastic about roses and the rose society, so I’m sure you’ll make a great President. I’ve enjoyed your rose tour, and can’t believe June flew by so fast!


  2. Susan Hemann says:

    Wonderful photos Chris! Your roses are stunning! Such a talent you have!


  3. Congratulations again Mr. President and thank you for taking the time to share your passion for the beautiful rose with all of us. I am truly honored to be growing in the garden with you Annie <|;-)


  4. Kathy says:

    Lovely, lovely share Chris! Thanks for the joy you share with other gardeners! I’m so glad to see to that you’ve created the #Rosechat group for fellow rosarians to come together 🙂


  5. Paul Daniels says:

    #gardenchat @RedneckRosarian National Rose Month was great, I enjoyed everyday this month, thanks for the photos and the info……..


  6. Teresa says:

    I am sad to see June go and to have your daily rose articles end. Beautiful and educational!


  7. Autumn Belle says:

    Congratulations on your latest appointment! Your enthusiasm and dedication have certainly inspired me to plant roses and continue to do so.


  8. Beautiful roses. I love the rose hat (or headband? ha).


    • Thanks Lisa. That head was done by a dear friend of mine. She did several as centerpieces for a luncheon for Mental Health Month in Birmingham. “Heads Up Alabama” was the theme!


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