Celebrate The Joy That Roses Bring – Prom Week

Its prom season in Alabama. We welcomed a group of young people to our garden today who wanted to take pictures among the roses. We were happy to oblige them. The entourage swept in and in no time at all, they were gone. Just like our youth. When we were there, we thought it would last forever, now i’m just wondering where it went……

This last photo is me and Tina at our Prom. Vintage 1983… My, how times have changed….

Vintage VanCleave circa 1983


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.
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12 Responses to Celebrate The Joy That Roses Bring – Prom Week

  1. Greggo says:

    Quite dapper there Chris.


  2. Chris, it was prom day here for us as well. We got some photos of my own daughter among the roses at home, and many parents around here flock to the K-State rose garden. It’s nice of you to open your garden to provide memories to the teens and parents!


  3. What a lovely photo of you and your wife! It is so nice of you to allow people to get photo’s in your garden. Garden’s are for sharing are they not!


  4. It must have been quite a treat to have your roses as the backdrop for the big day, beautiful pictures!


  5. deborahelliott says:

    Your wonderful garden was the perfect backdrop for some great prom shots.Yes, those were the days. I love the photo of you and Tina! You both look like babies!


  6. I agree with the others…your garden is lovely and will be remembered each time the families look back on those school memories. Kudos to you guys…what a great way to be a part of the community.


  7. What a special evening. I just love the picture of you and Tina.


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