Welcome February – While The Rose Garden Sleeps, It’s A Busy Time For Rose Growers


Dunn Formal Rose Garden In Winter – Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Can hardly believe that it’s already February! Luckily, from what I can tell our garden has not suffered any winter damage. Usually by the end of February, we begin the pruning process. Here in Birmingham which is growing zone 8a, we prune at this time for two reasons:

  1. The threat of a heavy frost has usually past and it is safe to do so. By this time any tend new growth would not be damaged.
  2. Our annual rose show is held Mother’s Day weekend at our Botanical Gardens and we want to have blooms to exhibit in the show. Not so much for a ribbon or trophy (although it would be nice to win) but as a display of what can be grown in this area.

So the preparation process begins:

  • Selecting and ordering new roses
  • Creating or doing maintenance to garden beds
  • Has my soil been tested lately?
  • Do I know how to prune my roses?
  • Are my pruners and other gardening tools clean and sharpened?

Two events are happening this month in Birmingham that I wanted to share. Both are geared toward helping answer all your questions about growing and caring for roses in this area.

bhamhomeshow2015The first of these events is happening Valentine’s Day weekend at the BJCC. The Birmingham Home & Garden Show offers an outstanding array of merchants, home improvement and cooking ideas and even the best ways to save! They even invited me to speak on growing roses!

Check out the Line up of Guest Speakers:

Half price tickets are available if you purchase online using the discount code ROSE at checkout Click http://homeshowbirmingham.com/BHGS/Buy-Tickets/45.aspx  I’ll be speaking Saturday Morning at 11 am and Sunday at 1 pm.  For a few lucky winners, I’ll Haven Brand Soil Conditioners to give away as well as gift certificates for roses from the 2015 collection of David Austin English Roses.

Pruning Event 2015If you’ve ever wondered how to prune roses, the Birmingham Rose Society is offering a awesome opportunity to learn! Saturday February 28 they are hosting their annual “Head Over Hills” pruning event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I’ll be there pruners in hand along with my rose growing friends eager to help you learn about growing the world’s most beloved flower! We’ll offer hands on experience and share our tips for pruning for maximum bloom! This event is FREE and open to the public.  Read more at BirminghamRose.org 

There has never been a better time to start growing roses! Hope to see you this month!

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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2 Responses to Welcome February – While The Rose Garden Sleeps, It’s A Busy Time For Rose Growers

  1. Sounds like you have some wonderful things lined up… Sadly Birmingham, Alabama is a little far for me to come to your wonderful-sounding pruning tutorial, but if you ever fancied bringing it to Scotland I’d be first in the queue!


  2. You are a STAR Chris! Congratulations!


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