Roses At Biltmore | America’s Downton Abbey

It was a great honor to have Lucas Jack on Rose Chat Radio yesterday. He is the Rosarian at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. This magnificent private residence is the closest thing we American’s have to Downton Abbey and the home and gardens are spectacular.  Though you might not find the Dowager Countess lurking about, you will find a home and gardens fit for the aristocracy. It is well worth a visit.

Famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted designed the gardens at Biltmore and they are pretty much in tact as he designed them.  Lucas shared some awesome information about the history of the gardens (yes, Mrs. Vanderbilt loved roses!) at Biltmore and also offered some excellent advice on caring for roses and handling various pest and disease issues. I hope you’ll take time to listen to this broadcast.

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Here’s is a clip of the Dowager discussing the flower show on Downton Abbey


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 Responses to Roses At Biltmore | America’s Downton Abbey

  1. Pingback: Roses At Biltmore | America's Downton Abbey | Garden Roses |

  2. Great post … who doesn’t love “The Dowager”! Lucas shared the wonderful Biltmore history and so much more about growing roses!


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