The future of the American Rose Society is important to me. I have been a member of a number of years and want to see this organization thrive and grow so we might pass it on to a new generation of rose lovers.
I had the honor of chatting with Pat Shanley tonight on the Rose Chat Podcast. Pat is the incoming President of the American Rose Society. She takes office later this year and she spoke with us about her vision for the ARS and also talked about sustainable rose gardening.
I think we need a clear path and strong leadership if we are to survive as a horticultural society. I must say that I wholeheartedly agreed with what Pat had to say.
I am a firm believer that if we are to remain relevant in the social media age we have to find meaningful ways to connect with gardeners and we must treat everyone with respect. Rose societies are not just for an elite group of individuals in polyester pants and bad attitudes, they are for EVERYONE and anyone who is interested in growing the world’s most beloved flower. I for one have worked very hard to tear down barriers that hinder folks from joining and I can tell you that I will get behind anyone who will beat that drum and work to see that everyone comes to realize the true mission of the ARS; to provide information and resources that enhance our knowledge and appreciation of the rose. Hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to this insightful interview. PODCAST LINK
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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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Wonderful interview, loved Pat’s views on sustainability!