Spirit of America Tour – World’s Largest Rose – Tombstone Arizona

When I first heard of the world’s largest rose, I imagined a 10 foot climber behind some saintly rose matron’s garden gate, but certainly not a colossal rose spanning an area equal to 9,000 square feet, projecting millions of blooms each spring.  That’s right millions. This “Lady Banks” rose grows in Tuscon Arizona at the Rose Tree Museum and Book Shop and is cared for by a rather saintly rose matron Dorothy Devere. Our friends Lisa Smith and Nancy Reid; a mother-daughter team who host Big Blend Radio on BlogTalkRadio have embarked upon the Spirit of America Tour. It is a multi year effort to visit every single national park in the United States.  They have partnered with my weekly  podcast, Rose Chat Radio and will be doing a series of special reports on Roses as they traverse the country.  The first of these reports was with Ms. Devere. We caught up with Nancy & Lisa tonight on a special broadcast of Rose Chat Radio. It was great to hear about their trip and about this awesome rose!

Dorothy Devere at the foot of the World's Largest Rose - Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

Dorothy Devere at the foot of the World’s Largest Rose – Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith & Nancy Reid of Big Blend Radio and their sock monkey mascot, Priscilla

Lisa Smith & Nancy Reid of Big Blend Radio and their sock monkey mascot, Priscilla


Underneath the World's Largest Rose Tree - Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

Underneath the World’s Largest Rose Tree – Photo Credit: Lisa Smith


To hear our interview with Lisa & Nancy and also hear the interview with Dorothy Devere Click HERE .

I’ve got this on my bucket list. Just to sit for an hour under this rose in full bloom would be heavenly, don’t you think?

Rose Chat Radio


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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8 Responses to Spirit of America Tour – World’s Largest Rose – Tombstone Arizona

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  2. I am so thankful for Lisa and Nancy sharing this experience with us and I agree that this is a site we rose lovers don’t want to miss! I can’t imagine a rose bush with a million blooms! Maybe we need a RoseChat Road Trip to Tombstone!


  3. A-MAZ-ING! Thanks for sharing and kudos to the Lisa and Nancy nomads for novel and highly educational sharing!


    • I love our national parks and until I met Lisa and Nancy never realized that many of these parks act as a conservancy of sort for native plants…. Can’t wait to hear more stories from their travels….


  4. Pamela Baker says:

    I would love to see this largest Rose Tree in Bloom – must be beautiful!


  5. roberta4949 says:

    oh my goodness I love lady banks roses after I seen a picture of one that was like 50 feet tall and almost as wide in full bloom, wow, I would love to see this one in bloom would love to stand underneath it when the sun in shining fully and take alot of pictures of it.


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