Uniquely qualified for the office of Vice President of the American Rose Society, America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. Locally, a civic leader, 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.
Nationally, 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. His writing is seen at About.com, HomeDepot.com as well as various magazines 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 at one of the nations top financial institutions, Mr. VanCleave is breaking new ground and opening new doors for roses in the social media age.
Corporate & Civic Leadership
A 25 year banking veteran, Mr. VanCleave leads teams to achieve operational excellence at one of the nation's top financial institutions. During his tenure, his prudent financial management skills, experience in process innovation and building strong teams has produced millions in savings. As an appointed leader of a municipal Beautification Board in Helena Alabama, Chris and his team work closely with the City Council, Mayor and city employees on a broad spectrum of issues related to raising the standard of living in this municipality. Learn more about Mr. VanCleave's role in the corporate world by viewing his www.linkedin.com/in/chrisvancleave/ LinkedIN profile.
An Advocate for Roses
American Rose Society
ARS Marketing & Membership Committee
2013 - Present
Editor: The Fragrant Rose e-Membership Newsletter
2013 – Present
Accredited Consulting Rosarian - 1/19/2014 - Present
Deep South District
American Rose Society 2007-Present
District Membership Chairman 2015 – Present
Chairman – Deep South District Mid – Winter Meeting 2017
Local Rose Society Leadership
Birmingham Rose Society Member 2007-Present
2017-2018 (term ending July 2018)
2013 Birmingham Rose Society
61st Annual Birmingham Rose Show - May 2013
2012-2013 (term ending July 2013)
60th Annual Birmingham Rose Show - May 2012
2011 - 2012 (term ending July 2012)
2010 - 2011 (term ending July 2011)
2009 - 2010 (term ending July 2010)
Helena, Alabama Beautification Board
Chairman – 2013 Present
Appointed by the City Council. Chris has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape using earth kind roses in one of the top 100 places to live in the United States.
Earth Kind Rose Trials
Cultivated a partnership with Texas A & M AgriLife program to host the first municipal rose trial in the United States in Helena Alabama.
Bloomingham – Birmingham Home & Garden Show
In 2017, Chris spearheaded efforts to create “Bloomingham” a feature area of the show dedicated allowing horticultural societies to provide resources and information to 20,000 + attendees.
50 Years Forward - Rose Dedication Ceremony
Organized a rose dedication ceremony memory of Coretta Scott King and in commemoration of 50 years of the civil rights movement in Birmingham attended by the Mayor of Birmingham and other city and civic leaders. 'Coretta Scott King' Dedication Ceremony Commemoration of 50 years of the civil right movement in Birmingham
Undeniable Exposure for Roses
Rose Chat Podcast
180 + episodes
700,000 + downloads
February 2012 - Present
"Exploring the World of Roses"
www.RoseChatPodcast.com - LISTEN NOW
#RoseChat On Twitter - Curator & Host
Scheduled events create over 1 million views
Created this hashtag on Twitter to help people grow great roses!
2017 - P. Allen Smith Garden Home Television Show
Syndicated TV Show seen in over 5 million homes weekly.
2017 – Southern Living Interview
Grow Roses Like a Redneck Featured Story http://www.southernliving.com/garden/flowers/chris-vancleave-rose-garden
2016 – Horticulture Magazine Article
2015 – The New Southern Living Garden Book
Contributing editor – Rose Section
2014 – HGTV Interview
Grow Award Winning Roses at Home
10/1/2013 About.com Article
New David Austin English Roses For 2014
9/1/2013 - About.com Article
What's In A Name - Stunning Roses To Remember
7/1/2013 - About.com Article
Drift Series Roses - Star Roses & Plants
6/1/2013 - About.com Article
Roses That Will Fill Your Garden With Color
3/1/2013 About.com Article:
New Roses For 2013
1/1/2013 About.com Article:
New Year's Resolutions For The Rose Garden
12/09/2012 About.com Article:
Success & Failure in the Rose Garden
11/1/2012 About.com Article:
Earth Kind Roses
10/1/2012 About.com Article:
Fall Rose Care Guide
8/5/2012 About.com Article:
The Allure & Historical Significance of the Rose
6/23/2012 About.com Article:
Summer Rose Care
Highlights of Events
January 2015- Savannah Georgia
Social Media & Rose Societies