Chris VanCleave

location-pin Birmingham, Alabama

Expertise: Gardening

Chris VanCleave


Chris, nicknamed the Redneck Rosarian, is a member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society. He served two terms as President. He also created the Rose Chat Podcast and has contributed to Southern Living magazine.

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