Tina and I drove up to Chelsea Alabama Saturday morning to pick up an exhibitors box from a fellow member of the Rose Society. We had only heard descriptions of their rose garden and so we were also hoping for a tour. True to form, we were greeted with wide grins, a friendly welcome and a tour of the garden. The pictures speak for themselves, but I must say that they have created a little piece of heaven out there. Over 200 rose bushes with a mixture of iris and day lilies on a terraced lot. It is a beauty to behold.
'Soroptimist International' - Miniature
'Abraham Darby' - David Austin English Rose
'Graham Thomas' - David Austin English Rose
'Gertrude Jekyll' - David Austin English Rose
- ‘Nemisis’ – Miniflora
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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 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.
Beautiful! I bet the fragrance in the garden was wonderful, too! Lovely roses.
Gardeners are the friendliest people! The Abraham Darby is a lovely rose. I tried to grow it once, but it sadly perished after a couple of seasons. I can only dream of a garden with 200 roses. That must be fabulous!
It was beautiful indeed. I am told Springtime in that garden is heaven!