Pruning @ The Gardens 2012

We had an awesome time on Saturday pruning the Dunn Formal Rose Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.   Volunteers from the Birmingham Rose Society and the Alabama Master Gardeners program all turned out to help. This annual effort in March clears all beds, removes any dead and dying canes as well as any spindly growth, and sets in motion an even growth pattern for this magnificent show garden.

The garden will will be in its glory just in time for Mother’s Day and the 60th Annual Birmingham Rose Show. I am privileged to be this years show chairman and would love to see you at the show.

Volunteers spread out to prune over 400 roses planted here

Clayton gets a birds eye view of this hybrid tea.

Notice be difference between a pruned bed and one not yet pruned. quite a difference

400 roses pruned in 4 hours time! Ohhh, my aching back…………

Birmingham Rose Society volunteers pruning a bed of hybrid tea roses.

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 Pruning @ The Gardens 2012

  1. Holleygarden says:

    The beds look beautiful even with no rose blooms. I first thought that March was late for pruning, but it will be glorious for Mother’s Day! Good way to time the blooms! I hope you get to rest a bit now!


  2. Lona says:

    That is a job pruning all of those roses. I am sure they love all of the volunteers. I would love to see it when the roses are in bloom. It must be beautiful.


  3. Greggo says:

    Good fellowship I’m sure!


  4. Chris, I just saw your twit back to me about pruning roses!! So late, sorry. But oh my, you guys have got quite a work out 😉

    I also thought that March was too late – but seeing that Birmingham Rose Society was pruning at the same time gives me a sigh of relief 🙂

    Cannot wait for pictures from this garden – must be outstandingly gorgeous.


  5. Greggo says:

    BTW i awarded you the versatile blogger award..


  6. Gardeners, make that rose lovers, are great people!


  7. Lara says:

    Wow, 400 roses! Make sure you share pics of that beautiful garden when it’s in bloom! 🙂


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