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 Southern Living Magazine in print and online. His writing is seen at About.com, HomeDepot.com as well as various other magazines and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening.
Curator of the nation’s first municipal Earth Kind Rose trial, Brian has a passion for sustainable gardening and for helping others achieve gardening success. Brian put his design and planning efforts to good use as Vice Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he helped transform the cities landscape into a veritable paradise of plants using native perennials and Earth Kind Roses. This effort has caught the attention of other municipalities who are now reaching out for advice and guidance as they transition into the world of sustainable landscape design.