RoseChat on BlogTalkRadio

Something exciting I have wanted to share with the readers of this blog is the creation of RoseChat radio program on BlogTalkRadio. It’s the only show on the radio dedicated to growing roses. It is a work in progress and we are having a great time chatting with rose gardeners from all over the U.S.A. With the rose industry as a whole in a flux and interest in horticultural societies on the decline, I thought I would jump in and do my part to try to revive the industry to its former bloom.

Am I a professional radio announcer? NO. Do I love to talk about roses? YES! At some point I had to balance the two and so I just went for it!

If you get a minute, you can listen to archived episodes of RoseChat Radio by clicking on the link. If you have an idea for an episode or questions you’d like answered on the air, just drop me a line or comment on this post….

The kind folks at Haven Brand Soil Conditioners have been kind enough to sponsor our show. 

Help us spread the word about the show by visiting the RoseChat Radio page on BlogTalkRadio and share with your friends….

We are still working out the kinks and should be able to announce a regular schedule of shows in the near future…. Stay Tuned….


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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3 Responses to RoseChat on BlogTalkRadio

  1. Thank you so much for visiting my photo blog! As a rose gardener you must have been dismayed at my photos, but my blog does say I am a beginning photographer! 😆 I hope you were able to find at least some beauty there! Most of the photos were taken along the “Rose Walk” at Lake Junaluska, NC. Starting in mid-summer it is one of the loveliest places to visit, and I invite you to come up to the mountains and visit! I believe you will be delighted. The landscapers and gardeners at the Lake are extraordinary artists in their work, and I know you would find it a pleasing walk to take.

    I have a question! Last year we planted a climbing rose to grow over the pergola/arbor of our front porch. It took off beautifully and grew far beyond what we ever expected, but with one small problem: no roses on it! We believe we over-fertilized it, so we gave it our apologies, and waited until this spring for the blossoms that were sure to come. Sure enough, as spring began – very early (for that take TOO early!) We had no real winter here in the mountains. Odd weather!) Anyway, the bush had, literally hundreds of buds on it and we were so excited! Before the buds opened, we were hit with an extremely hard freeze, and all the buds were frozen and died. (BTW, we “dead-headed” as many of the buds as we could find and/or reach. If you would like a photo, please let me know and I will send you one.) Tell me, as a rose gardener, will it bloom again – or at least try? We have seen no buds in several weeks, and we expected to see some by now. Poor thing! It seems destined not to bloom. We have added some “blooming” fertilizer as a boost, but really don’t know what to do.

    Interestingly enough, we have a tea rose that we put outside two years ago after having it indoors in the pot it came in – a gift from my husband. It has bloomed beautifully every year, and even after the freeze has continued to put our beautiful blossoms.

    Any advice you can offer would be so appreciated, and I thank you again for visiting my photography site. I also have a writer’s site at called “Reflections From a Cloudy Mirror.” You are welcome any time, and I shall visit here frequently!



  2. Sassy Judi says:

    I will have to tune in. Thanks for the info!


  3. Thanks for visiting my brand new blog on gardening. I am without a doubt the laziest gardener there is. However, I am unbelievably blessed as each year it turns out more beautiful than the last. The majority of my time is spent writing about children (and training churches to enhance their ministry to children) – church raised children at and at-risk kids at


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