Great Times at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show

We had a wonderful time talking roses at the recent Birmingham Home & Garden Show. We were greeted by large crowds who were eager to learn about growing roses, hear home remodeling tips and the latest from those Fabulous Beekman Boys.


Arriving backstage at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show

I am always looking for a way to haul my “stuff” to and from these events. I was introduced to United Solutions totes last year and it has served me well. The tote comes with a strap that is adjustable and has proved very handy on these trips. Many times you have to park a distance from the venue you are speaking at and walk. Being able to throw my things in the tote, sling it over my shoulder and go is awesome! I even use it at home in the garden. Throw it over my shoulder and off I am to do my rose gardening chores. Makes for a handy clippings basket and allows me to keep both hands free to work.

Once I got setup with the AV folks, I set out to meet some of the other speakers.

Awesome to meet John & Whitney Spinks from HGTV's Flipping The Block

Awesome to meet John & Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping The Block

Met up with John & Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping the Block – this dynamic couple really does have a passion for all things design. You can hear it when they speak and see it in the designs and makeovers they create while keeping it all on a budget. They were the winners of last year’s Flipping The Block Series and have a design business in Jacksonville, Florida.  Check out the Drab 2 Fab blog

Super excited to meet Josh & Brent aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Super excited to meet Josh & Brent aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Before I went on stage, we got to chat a few minutes with  Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge better known as the Fabulous Beekman Boys. I tell you these guys are the real deal.  Many of you know them from their hit reality television program on The Cooking Channel where they chronicle their lives on Beekman Farm. They raise goats on the farm and have a goat cam! It is the coolest thing. Check it out. Here’s a link to the cam.  They also won “The Amazing Race” Focus. Goats. Mercantile….. Check them out!

Talking Roses at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show

Talking Roses at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show

Now for the roses. From selecting the right type of rose to fit your personal needs to combating common problems with disease and pests, coupled with a live pruning demonstration, it was a great time.

We always take things to giveaway at these events. This one was no exception.

We gave away a copy of  Paul Zimmerman’s book “EveryDay Roses” courtesy of Star Roses & Plants. 

We always have a supply of Haven Brand Soil Conditioners that folks always clamor for. It is simply the easiest way to fertilize all indoor and outdoor plants without worrying about using harsh chemicals.

Haven Brand Soil Conditioners

Haven Brand Soil Conditioners


The awesome folks at David Austin Roses sent me gift certificates to give away at the show. Lucky winners walked away with a choice of two of David Austins latest introductions:


Maid Marion


The Lady Gardener








This young lady walked away with an awesome rose from the David Austin Collection of English Roses

This young lady walked away with an awesome rose from the David Austin Collection of English Roses

As you can see from the photo this young lady was filled with great joy! Check out her flower covered tights. Her mom told me she insisted on wearing those in honor of the day! Thought that was precious.


It was a great show. I am honored to be asked to come and be a part of these events. Growing roses tends to bring out the best in people, I know they have brought out the best in me.




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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1 Response to Great Times at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show

  1. You’re the BOMB!!! xo


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