Music In Bloom

This weekend I will have the opportunity to talk about a subject that is dear to my heart. Nashville. I grew up there and have many fond memories of my life in Music City USA. I was raised by parents who loved country music and many times took us to the Grand Ole Opry to witness firsthand an American tradition. First at the Ryman Auditorium and later to the Grand Ole Opry house.

It always amazes me to attend a performance at the Ryman, even today, no matter where you sit, it seems your within arms length of the stage. That’s the beauty of country music, it draws you in and hits close to home.

It was no surprise to me when I began to read about plans to establish a rose garden in the heart of downtown Nashville and even more excited to know that many of the country music legends I have come to love over the years like Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell and Lynn Anderson got involved. The Nashville Music Garden is this weeks topic on Rose Chat Radio. We’ll be chatting with Troy Marden, garden designer and host of the “Volunteer Gardener” a Tennessee based gardening television show. Troy is a big advocate of this garden and will share with us the heartwarming story of how this garden began, what roses are planted there and also about the bright future of this garden that showcases the many roses named for country music stars and their songs.

Our show airs LIVE Saturday Mornings at 9:30 am CST and streams live over the internet and can be heard from anywhere.

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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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