Crepe Murder Must Stop! Offenders, you know who you are…. read on….

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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  2. I’m very happy you posted this, since I have two young crepe myrtles and have not yet learned much about the care. This is very useful to me thank you!


    • So good to hear from you. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Steve provides great advice at Southern Living Magazine and I always enjoy reading his column . I have three crepe myrtles myself and every year the guy who does our landscaping murders them! We had a talk and hopefully mine won’t be desecrated again….


      • Thank you the holiday was great I hope the same was true for you.
        It is a pity when a beautiful plant is not as good as it can be. They have wonderful examples of crape myrtle at Wave Hill in Riverdale, NY multi stemmed specimens old enough to have that beautiful bark in winter. Good luck with the myrtles, they are so beautiful and I like that they bloom during the heat of the summer when many things suffer.


  3. Showers of Roses says:

    There is a beautiful crepe myrtle tree in my neighborhood park. I only just learned the name of the tree. I love when it blooms.


  4. Then we are neighbors… I live in Kew Gardens and I do gardening and lots of it. You can see some of my garden photos at


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