An Award & Holiday Cheer Challenge Update

The Birmingham Rose Society held its annual Christmas party Monday night. As a part of the festivities each year, the Bronze Honor Medal is awarded.

The American Rose Society Bronze Honor Medal is awarded for outstanding service to the local society. It is the highest honor given at the local level and I was shocked and deeply humbled to have been given this award for 2013.

2013 Bronze Honor Medal Recipient - Birmingham Rose Society

2013 Bronze Honor Medal Recipient – Birmingham Rose Society

In other news, My “Gift of Fellowship” Holiday Cheer Challenge entry for P. Allen Smith won a top spot and a complete set of holiday greenery is on its way to Fellowship House Birmingham, a local charity.


Awesome Mantle Piece from the P. Allen Smith holiday collection

Awesome Mantle Piece from the P. Allen Smith holiday collection

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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10 Responses to An Award & Holiday Cheer Challenge Update

  1. angelasommers says:

    Congratulations! I have been following your blog and really enjoy it. You deserve this honor from the Rose Society! Merry Christmas and much Happiness and Joy in the New Year!


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  3. Yay for you Chris … well deserved!! Thanks for all you do to inspire and educate! Take a bow!


  4. elenawill says:

    Good news and more good news! Congratulations! Have a great Christmas holiday season with your family.


  5. Oh wow congrats on the award honor. Wow this is an amazing award! Yay for you!


  6. marieabanga says:

    Congratulations You surely deserved it and I am full of admiration for you and your blog and your humility! Cheers and Merry Season.


  7. Congratulations, Chris!! So richly deserved. It is wonderful to see that your dedication recognized and rewarded. Merry Christmas to everyone down in Alabama.
    Connie in Hartwood


  8. Congratulations! A great way to finish up the year!

    Merry Christmas & best wishes in the New Year!


  9. Congratulations! A great achievement!


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