Happy New Year! On this first day of 2017 I am excited about a new year of growth. Last year, I was honored to represent the American Rose Society at the Garden Writers Association (GWA) Conference in Atlanta. The National Garden Bureau had a big announcement to make and they requested someone from the world of roses be present and I was excited to attend this event on behalf of our national organization.
Each year the National Garden Bureau selects an annual, perennial, a bulb and an edible for its "Year of" program. These plants are selected for adaptability, being easy to grow and a number of other factors. As you may have guessed, 2017 will be the Year of the Rose!
So, what does that mean to gardeners? Well, in my mind its sort of a challenge and begs a few questions: Could You? Would You? Grow A Rose? What's keeping you from adding roses? How Can I Help You?
If you don't currently grow roses, plant one. Give them a try. Today's varieties are more resilient and disease resistant than ever. I'm always glad to help you select the perfect rose for you particular garden. Just leave a comment below.
If you are already growing roses, plant a few more. Better yet, help someone you know plant some. After all, everyone knows someone who needs a rose, right? If you grow roses and your really good at it, teach a class at a local nursery. Talk about your roses. Share your blooms. It will enrich the recipient almost as much as it does you.
I can't wait to try some of the new varieties coming out this year, but I am also on the hunt for a few Old Garden varieties to add to my collection. We are as the old folks say "slap out of room" in this garden. If I add a new rose, I must now remove one. That makes me a bit sad. So, we are on the hunt for property. Stay tuned on that note.
So many people make resolutions each year. I didn't make any this year. I did resolve on a few things that I'm going to try to avoid:
I believe 2017 will be a pivotal year for many. Make plans now to make it the best it can be.
Chris VanCleave, America's Favorite Rose Gardener. Mr. VanCleave is a tireless advocate of our national flower; the Rose. He is an American Rose Society Certified Rosarian and a member of the Garden Writers Association. He tends a garden of over 170 roses in Helena, Alabama.
1/2/2017 11:10:26 pm
Your new website looks great, Chris, and I can just feel your excitement for a new year of roses. I look forward to hearing all about your rose adventures, learning more and being inspired by what you do!
1/2/2017 11:11:29 pm
Thanks so much Michelle! 2017 will be an exciting year!
1/3/2017 12:23:43 am
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit your updated website. I am always glad to learn more about growing roses as well as tips, tricks, pest and disease control.. and yes the "bling" of a new varietal☆. Wishing you continued success .... and lots of fun. Happy Rose Growing-!
6/21/2017 01:42:03 pm
I lost my rose garden several years ago to a "problem" that took out almost my entire landscaping! Just this year I decided to start fresh with a few rose bushes to see how they'd fare. Although the bushes I selected looked beautiful when I chose them at the (2) nurseries a month ago, they aren't doing so well now. They are struggling with blackspot and over all "wimpiness". I'd sure appreciate any suggestions to help get my rose bushes in pristine condition with abundant blooms! (I live in Helena, Alabama, if that helps) Thank you!!
6/21/2017 06:09:25 pm
As you may know, I too live in Helena and would be glad to stop by and check out your roses. I sent you a friend request on Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.
12/23/2020 12:59:22 pm
Hi, great reading your post
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