It was my great pleasure to have been interviewed by Mick Telkamp for HGTVGardens on growing great roses and my thoughts on the Biltmore International Rose Trials recently held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. I hope you’ll click through and read the article.
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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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Hooray for roses and you!
Does that come with a guarantee?
Fine work here Chris. Truly outstanding! I am honored and proud to know a fine Rosarian such as you. Thank you for your friendship.
Mick and Chris,
Every one tells us they want a rose garden. 85% of people ask say roses are their favorite flower and would like to have a rose garden or add roses to their garden. When I ask them why they don’t have roses they say they think roses are difficult to grow. Roses can be as simple or as difficult as we want to make it. I am so glad Chris provided this great interview for everyone and we had the opportunity of a lifetime to be judges at The Biltmore Rose Trials together thanks to the amazing Team that Parker Andes, The Biltmore’s Director of Horticulture, Lucas Jack, and LeeAnn Donnelly has assembled with the assistance of Paul Zimmerman conducting the Biltmore Rose Trials. The Biltmore International Rose Trials bring real world experience to the world of rose growing so regular folks can know what roses to look for and buy for their garden and that will do well anywhere under most any growing conditions. Thanks Chris and Mick!