Resolutions for Rose Gardeners

Happy New Year to one and all! For centuries people have made resolutions at the New Year in the hopes of fulfilling a dream or completing a task.

As a rose grower, I have prepared a list of “Rose Resolutions for 2016” that I think every rose grower can achieve.

#1 – Try A New Variety

Whether a new introduction such as Weeks Roses  ‘Neil Diamond’ hybrid tea or a rose that is new to you, why not try a new variety this year? Listed below are my top nine Instagram  posts for 2015. Many are new intros and all have brought us a great deal of enjoyment. 

#2 – Join a Local Rose Society


Birmingham Rose Society Member Nora Coffee & her son enjoying blooms at the 2015 Birmingham Rose Show

I cannot tell you how much knowledge I gained from our local Rose Society. The people there are friendly and are eager to share that they have learned.  At meetings you’ll discover what roses do well in your area, advice on growing, showing and sharing your blooms.
To find a local Rose Society click HERE

 #3 Help Someone Plant A Rose


Local Rosarian Paul Saeger offers tips on pruning roses at a recent rose care event in Birmingham Alabama 

One of the greatest joys of growing roses is showing new rose growers just how easy it is to care for roses. Why not offer to help someone select and plant a rose this year?

#4 – Share Your Blooms
Cindy with Pink Rose

The simple act of cutting your blooms and sharing them with the world around you has multiple benefits. For you: a sense of pride in knowing that you created something beautiful for others to enjoy. For the recipient of your blooms: the joy of knowing you cared enough to share such beauty with them. If you grow roses, by all means, share them with the world.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer, can you?



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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9 Responses to Resolutions for Rose Gardeners

  1. Andrea says:

    Yes! to all 4 resolutions. January is the start of the countdown to spring for me. Our’s is a short season here in the Inland NW, so getting started early and not wasting a single day is important. We lost my sister-in-law recently so I’m sending my nieces each a Sentimental rose early spring in remembrance. I love roses to commemorate births, weddings, etc. Better than trees because you can often find one with an appropriate name and also take them with you if you move. Thank you for being there to keep our gardening spirits alive and well during this off season.


  2. Lovely post! Resolution I can keep 🙂


  3. Laurie says:

    Thank you for the inspiring rose posts. I just brought a potted rose inside to try to overwinter it indoors. The potted ones never survive the winter outdoors. It has put on some new growth in the first week. I’m impressed.


  4. Wow what a lovely display of your beautiful roses and I love the smiling faces! Happy New Year! 😀


  5. Lydia McLean says:

    Thank you for this great idea! This novice is working hard to keep her husband’s favorite rose, the Daun Juan, in good condition, it blooms several times a year. I always hate to cut the blooms off because they are so pretty and he enjoyed them so much. After reading your resolution about sharing your blooms, I think this would be a wonderful way to share apart of him with our neighbors. Thank you.


  6. Giving or receiving a beautiful rose is a joy.
    It is also a jot to see photos of your beautiful roses.


  7. Cheryl Ellenburg says:

    Could you give us the names of the above roses? Thanks.


  8. Andrew says:

    I’ll second the comment on the nine rose varieties in the picture! If I have to dig through a year of instagram posts, i will, but if you know them quickly, we would be so grateful.


  9. franciscocamacho2016 says:

    Wonderful roses..! 🍁

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