Nothing Ventured……..

Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”  With that in mind, what new roses are you planning for this year?

I have at least 15 new roses coming this Spring. That will put me over the top on my “road to 100” quest. Not sure where I will go from there. I am slap out of room!  Well, maybe I could line up some nice pots in front of the garage, who uses that garage anyway???


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 Nothing Ventured……..

  1. Deborah Aldridge says:

    Wow! 100 roses! That’s a lot of work, but well worth it for someone as knowledgeable and dedicated as you are. I’ve put visiting your gardens on my bucket list.


  2. my vote is for the rose lined garage Chris fun to be growing with you <|;-) Annie


  3. I totally understand. The roses are quickly taking over my yard. Only ordered 3 this year, cause I’m out of room!


  4. The catalogs are just so hard to resist! I just looked at my 2012 list and I have 11 new roses coming. Gonna be busy. Gonna be amazing. And, by the way, I’m thinking it may be time for you to start a schedule of official tours to your garden. I’m in!


  5. Rev Roses says:

    I’m adding four Buck roses: Distant Drums, Queen Bee, Folksinger, and Prairie Harvest. I also have cuttings of two Hybrid Rugosas: F.J. Grootendorst and Sir Thomas Lipton and the groundcover miniature Red Cascade that I hope take as well. Wishing you the best with your new roses and your 100 project.


  6. Lona says:

    Who needs a garage indeed Chris. LOL! I am going to try the new Ketchup and Mustard rose. The colors intrigued me. I will see if it lives up to its claims.


  7. debsgarden says:

    Your rose garden must be a sight to behold! I am planning on redoing an area beside the patio, where the herb bed is. It’s one of the few spots in my yard that receives full sun, and I am planning on planting more roses here. You are an inspiration!


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