Rooms With A View

As usual, I was up early Saturday morning and as I dressed for the day I looked out our bedroom window and all I could see was two 5ft tall double knockouts full of buds and blooms! I went through the dining room again looked out the window to see our “Caldwell Pink” roses. On into the living room with a view to the rose garden in full bloom. I realized that from EVERY window in our home, I can see roses! It’s true, from every window and door I can see a rose. It was a great feeling to be surrounded by such beauty.

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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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7 Responses to Rooms With A View

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    How wonderful that must be!!


  2. debsgarden says:

    Thanks for the overview of your fabulous roses. Your roses add a lot of beautiful color to your garden, something to be appreciated in the middle of our hot summer!


  3. jim says:

    Gorgeous, Chris. How much ‘working from home’ do you do? ;p


  4. Teresa says:

    That is so great! Beautiful pictures! How do you do that in the middle of an Alabama summer.


  5. Lara Lewis says:

    I’ll bet your garden smells fantastic…


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