Rose Show Results

Planning a rose show is quite an undertaking. We begin planning each year in December for a Mother’s Day weekend show.  The list of tasks to be performed is daunting; judges must be invited from out of town. (Judges cannot judge a local show), publicity schedule must be set, clerks for the show must be lined up, hundreds of vases must be removed from storage loaded, delivered, unpacked, filled and then afterward emptied and packed up and placed back into storage.  yet when the day comes and the people and roses come out, it is all well worth our efforts. The show is held each year on Mother’s Day weekend at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It is the perfect backdrop for one of the southeast’s finest rose shows.

Garden Center at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We had over 80 photographs entered in the show this year and some of the finest photos of  roses I have ever seen.

Birmingham Rose Show Photography Division

My photo of ‘Dream Come True’ made a second place showing in the Hybrid Tea/Grandiflora category

2nd Place “Dream Come True’ Hybrid Tea/Grandiflora Category

We have had major problems this year with thrips and our blooms have not been as spectacular as in previous years, yet we managed to enter a few in the horticulture division.

We placed first in the climbing rose category with this bloom of ‘Christine’ a large flowered climbing rose

1st Place for ‘Christine’, a Large Flowered Climbing Rose from my garden

We placed second in the same category with a bloom of ‘Don Juan’, another great climber in our garden

2nd Place for “Don Juan” Climbing Rose from my garden

Our finest achievement in this category was with our spray of ‘Lavaglut’, a floribunda. It was placed on the awards table and judged “King” in the court of floribunda winners.

Spray of “Lavaglut” Floribunda wins King in the Floribunda Court

One of the highlights of any rose show is the Arrangements Division and this show was no exception. Take a peek at some of the finest in the show.

Miniature Arrangement in the Oriental Manner

Line Arrangement

We had an exceptional turnout for the show. Estimated attendance of 500!

People & Roses! This is why we’re here….

As the 2012 Birmingham Rose Society President, one thing I was adamant about this year, was the introduction of educational programs geared toward getting people involved in growing roses. We held our first “Growing Roses In Alabama” seminar on Saturday and had a good turn out. Local Rosarian Gloria Purnell shared some solid rose growing advice.

Growing Roses In Alabama – Educational Programs that keep people in the GROW!

Show Stats:
Photography: over 80 entires
Horticulture: over 300 entries
Arrangements: over 50 entries
Fun Factor: Over The Top!

Thanks to everyone for your support and kind words.  Until next year, its back to the garden for me! My blooms are a waitin…..

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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12 Responses to Rose Show Results

  1. Congrats to you and your wife, lovely!


  2. CurtissAnn says:

    Bravo! !!!!!!!! (clapping for you) Thanks for sharing the beauty and inspiration.


  3. This post was so interesting!! While I love roses and grow lots, I didn’t know anything about rose shows. 🙂
    Congratulations on such a wonderful show and your award!!


  4. Excellent job! You’re an inspiration to rose growers. Keep up the good & beautiful work.


  5. Wow, Chris, you all had a great turn-out for your show! Congratulations on your ribbons … especially for that beautiful spray of Lavaglut.


  6. Holleygarden says:

    Congratulations! Great showing! Loved your picture. I picked it out from the group even before I knew it was yours – it stands out as a great photo. The line arrangement is very interesting. I’ve never seen anything like that before.


  7. roseman7stan says:

    Congrats on all the ribbons Chris! So glad you posted the photos of the show. I like the idea of the special ribbons for the photography division too. I will have to look into that here locally too. Special touch it is!


  8. Brian says:

    Congrats! I think this is an awesome hobby!


  9. Greg says:

    Nice job Chris! You must be very proud as well as humble. What fun to see a plant follow through.


  10. this looks like a wonderful show and congratulations for your winners. i am entranced by “christine” having never seen her before. I need a bright single climber and wonder where she has been hiding. do you know her full height?

    lovely all of them and your photo is beautiful! thanks for stopping by my blog too…it’s always nice to meet a fellow rose lover and that you surely are!


    • ‘Christine’ is a new rose to my garden but am told it will reach about 5′ in height. Heirloom roses carries this one. It is a sport of ‘Altissmo” another beautiful rose. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your roses are a joy to the eyes!


      • interesting it is a sport of altissmo as that is a beauty and does well here. i saw the resemblance but know nothing about rose breeding! 🙂 i wonder if i can get one around here- i am in the bay area of ca. do you know where i might look?


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