Nicknamed “The Redneck Rosarian,” Chris VanCleave is an active member of the American Rose Society, serving on its marketing and membership boards. In 2009, he created the Rose Chat Podcast, which has reached more than half a million listeners with news and information on growing the world’s most beloved flower. 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. In 2016, through a partnership with DeWit garden tools, he launched “Redneck Rosarian” by DeWit, a line of heirloom-quality garden tools for today’s gardener. 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 100 places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com, the Home Depot Gardening Club and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening.