The Thankful Gardener – ShelbyCo Magazine

I hope you will take a moment to read The Thankful Gardener . My latest article for ShelbyCo Magazine. A Business & Lifestyle publication for Shelby County, Alabama.

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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2 Responses to The Thankful Gardener – ShelbyCo Magazine

  1. Holleygarden says:

    Nice article. It made me pause and reflect a bit. I am very thankful for my garden, and all the peace and enjoyment it gives me. Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Great article and reflection Rev. And an apt piece coming out this close to Thanksgiving.

    (the “sprayed myself” story, BTW, if expanded would make a good humor piece for a national magazine like Horticulture.


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