Rose Hill Garden Tour 2012

One of the great blessings of being a member of a local rose society is the opportunity to visit members gardens. We had the great privilege to visit one such garden this past Monday. “Rose Hill” was constructed around 2000 and has about 300 roses planted there. It was a great joy to see the roses at their peak of bloom this week. This is the second flush of bloom in this garden. Our gracious hosts treated us not only to a beautiful tour of the gardens, but also to a delicious luncheon.


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 Rose Hill Garden Tour 2012

  1. LA Edwards says:

    Your site reminds me so much of my dad and his love for roses. I love it! He would have loved this new world of blogging and following a blog such as yours. I love your roses. We have a rose garden here in Portland that is spectacular. My husband and I love to go there and look at the hundred varietals of roses. My favorite is one that I posted on our Memorial Day post I am not sure of its name but it is a peach color with dark red edges. You can see it for yourself if you check out our blog for that day. I would love to know its real name. Thanks!


  2. It’s kinda funny that whenever I look at the photos of roses that you post, I become like a child watching fireworks…ooing and ahhing! Thanks!


  3. Holleygarden says:

    Oh, beautiful! I can only imagine how wonderful it was to walk around, looking and smelling all the roses, and being in the company of other rose lovers. And then luncheon, too!!! Heavenly!


  4. Lara says:

    How wonderful! ‘Daybreaker’ looks like a real stunner. Wow. Thanks for sharing these photos!


  5. deborahelliott says:

    Wow! 300 roses in such a beautiful setting. What a great way to spend a day!


  6. seniorhiker says:

    These are beautiful gardens. Although your pictures are beautiful, it must have been a real pleasure to see all of these beauties in person.


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