Recently, it was my great pleasure to welcome a group of ladies to our garden for a walkabout to experience the beauty of the roses growing here. It is a great opportunity to explain the types of roses and their growth habits. We also did a short pruning demonstration and had a discussion on tools and soil. Of all the questions from the group, almost all wanted to know which roses were fragrant. All agreed that our bloom ‘Francis Meilland’ was the most fragrant of the tour. It was a fun morning….
Visitors this time of year are greeted by a wicked witch and her brood of cats dancing around a cauldron of mums and ivy
New grandiflora in our garden ‘Cherry Parfait’
Every visitor gets a copy of my tips for growing roses and also a little talk on tools and soil
‘Betty Boop’ floribunda
‘Red Drift’ & ‘The Fairy’
Happy Garden Club Members
Rule in my garden: Everyone who visits takes home a rose!
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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 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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Aww that sounds like a wonderful time. Wish I could have been on that tour!
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What a wonderful time they must have had – if they weren’t scared by the witch! 😉 I love that you give each one a rose, and a handy tip sheet. I hope they all go home and plant their own rose!
You have some beautiful roses!
Thank you! So glad you stopped by!
Wonderful shots. Happy WW.
I love roses and yours are very beautiful!
Thank you. So glad you stopped by.
Sounds like lots of fun! Beautiful roses!
Lucky ladies! I know from experience what a great tour they had. Your roses are looking fantastic.