My First Rose – A Gardeners Tale

The people who come and go as we live our lives have such an impact. Oftentimes we fail to recognize their impact until later. In this short video clip shot at the recent Birmingham Home & Garden show i’m relating the story of how I stumbled across the first rose I ever had the privilege to care for.  My neighbor Mrs. Dodd was instrumental in revealing this hidden beauty to me and I am forever grateful for her presence in my life.

Read the full story of Mrs. Dodd and our Leatherwood Roses HERE

About RedneckRosarian

For Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian", growing roses has become a passion. An American Rose Society Accredited Consulting Rosarian, Chris is an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society and most recently served two terms as President. He is a member of the American Rose Society serving on the Marketing and Membership committees. His writing appears at, on his popular blog, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. Creator and host of Rose Chat Radio, the only broadcast dedicated to growing roses, Chris is a tireless advocate of our national floral emblem; the rose. He and his wife tend a rose garden of over 150 roses just south of Birmingham, Alabama.
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3 Responses to My First Rose – A Gardeners Tale

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  2. Wonderful story!!


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