Contrary to what some folks might think, I am a real gardener with a real rose garden. I get up early before work and spend about an hour in the garden everyday, weeding, watering and do whatever chores are necessary to produce blooms. It’s a great joy to grow flowers, in particular roses and an even greater joy to share them with the world around me. I hope you enjoy this month’s walk through my little suburban rose garden.
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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The roses, flowers and foliage, look beautiful. Thanks for the tour! I have a picture of a rose I have never been able to identify from a neighbor’s yard 15 years ago. If I send it could you tell me what you think it is? I’ve always wanted to get one, but I haven’t found it yet. It’s Chicago
Peace-y, but not. Thanks, I’ll send it soon!
Sure send it to me. Ill see if I can id it for you
Your rose garden is simply beautiful! We have had a “deer” problem this year. They love to eat our roses–thorns and all. After trying just about everything, we have decided fencing is the only solution to keeping the deer out. Let’s hope that next year our roses will thrive!!
you have a very nice rose collection, thanks for naming them too, alabama is really hot, do you have trouble with japenese beetles munching on the blooms? many of those roses will not do well in ne ohio, but that social climber is a really nice one, I like climbers more than anything, my fairy rose (i don’t like the name so I call it pink buttons)is in bloom and the blooms are pink as pink can be. I take it being so hot in alabama that would dilute the pink somewhat? my new dawn is done with it s first flush, hopfully it will do another since it is covered with buds, I know what you mean about having to go into the garden regularly to do maintaince and cleaning to keep the roses and garden nice and pretty.
I really like Iceberg and Pope John Paul.
White roses will illuminate the garden at night!
In the Wars of the Roses, I am definitely on the side of York!
I too am partial to white over red….