Mike Chute

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East Providence, RI 02915

Mike Chute specializes in all things roses, especially easy-care varieties. His informative and entertaining lectures on rose horticulture have appealed to university audiences, flower shows, garden clubs, and private groups for over 20 years.

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w: Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening

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Mike Chute is the co-owner of RoseSolutions, a landscape consulting company that specializes in roses. He has been a frequent guest speaker at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show, the Newport Flower Show, and the Boston Flower and Garden Show. He has presented his informative and entertaining lectures and workshops on rose horticulture to the University of Rhode Island (URI) Botanical Garden, the URI Master Gardener Training Program, as well as garden clubs and other organizations throughout the New England area. Mike is a regular guest and rose consultant for Providence, RI’s NBC10 Plant Pro. Both a certified American Rose Society (ARS) Master Rosarian and a University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame Master Gardener, he is also an accredited ARS horticultural rose judge.

An accomplished garden writer, his book – Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening (Forbes River Publishing) – written with his wife Angelina - was published in February 2010. Mike also served as co-editor of the 2008 American Rose Society Annual and published articles in People, Places, & Plants and the American Rose magazines. He co-authored the chapter “Roses” in the University of Rhode Island Sustainable Gardening Manual and wrote the Beginner’s Column for the American Rose in 2005.

He is a co-founder of the Rhode Island Rose Society. Mike and Angelina are consultants to the Chet Clayton Sustainable Rose Garden at the URI Botanical Garden and maintain an active schedule of lectures and workshops throughout the New England area. Visit them at www.rosesolutions.net and read their blog, www.therosejournal.wordpress.com.


Here are some comments from people who have heard me speak:


Robin Cusick, Swansea Garden Club, Swansea, MA


Hi Mike and Angelina,

I can not thank you enough for such a wonderful program last evening. It was the perfect choice for our group and very infomative. Mike, I liked your sense of humor and how you incorporated it into your talk. Our members enjoyed every minute. We heard so many positive comments and feedback afterward. Two guests that came to hear the presentation joined our club!!!  I hope both of you have a healthy Winter and look forward to seeing you at Wine and Roses (Rose Show) June 17th. Most of all I thank you both for your patience and help making it all possible.

Sincerely, Robin Cusick




Kate Corkum, Executive Director, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New Bedford, MA 


Thanks, Mike, I enjoyed your program very much --- just the right blend of knowledge, practical information and fun. I hear  nice comments from participants as well.

Thanks for everything, Kate


Katy Wardlaw, Program Chair, Barrington Garden Club, Barrington, RI

Dear Mike and Angie,

Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation to the Barrington Garden Club. Everyone enjoyed the talk immensely and found it very informative and entertaining. Most gardeners view roses with equal amounts of longing and trepidation and your clear, straightforward lecture made growing thriving rose plants not only possible but fun. I have been reading your book every night and am rethinking the design of my new front garden in order to include more roses.

Sincerely, Katy Wardlaw                                                                                                                                                                


Karla Bassler, Attleboro Garden Club, Attleboro, MA

Hi Mike and Angie,

Thanks for a great program! Mike, you have a fun way of presenting information - folks truly enjoyed it and learned something.

Karla Bassler                                                                                                                                                                                 


Mary Brady, Program Chair, Blackstone Valley Garden Club, Cumberland, RI  

Hi Mike & Angie,

Thank you for your excellent presentation. It's not often that expertise is so well complemented with high level speaking ability. You played with the audience and they loved it! I'm so very glad that you were able to come. Everyone was very impressed and enjoyed themselves thoroughly!! You were a big hit!

We are now all inspired to run out and plan our new rose gardens.

Thank you both again, Mary




Cathi Cote, University of Rhode Island MGA, Advanced Educator Coordinator

Having sat in on your talks on several occasions, I know first-hand how contagious your passion for roses is and what a great way you have of drawing your audience in.



Vivi Duke, Program Chair, Charles River Garden Club

Thank you so much for enlightening our group with everything we need to know about roses. I learned so much and I am far from a gardener. I am only the organizer. You were so direct and funny and had all what it takes to be in a female crowd in the middle of the morning. So nice meeting you both and we will get you back next year for the "200" level class! All the best.



Dana Roberts, President, Hull, MA Garden Club

Thank you so much. The lecture was fantastic. Many of the ladies told me that it was wonderful and very informative. I expect to see many more roses around Hull. Thank you again for making my first meeting a great success.



Lectures & Seminars





Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening

It's easy to grow beautiful roses in your home garden once you know how. Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening is one of our most popular programs because it appeals to every gardener who wants to grow roses. It explains everything you need to know in six easy-to-follow steps that take the mystery out of rose gardening. We include plenty of tips and personal anecdotes from over twenty years of rose gardening experience that demonstrate how easy it is to grow great roses. (Also available as a two-hour seminar.)

We will be available to sign copies of our book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening after the program.





David Austin's English Roses for American Gardens   


This presentation covers the history of English roses as well as the unique David Austin breeding program that focuses on hybridizing healthy, fragrant roses with superior flower form. “David Austin's English Roses for American Gardens” is a collaboration between David Austin Roses and Mike & Angelina Chute and includes old favorites as well as new introductions plus a list of varieties that are known to grow well in American gardens. David Austin, a nurseryman from Shropshire England, combined the charm and fragrance of old garden roses with the vibrant color and remondancy (repeat bloom) of modern roses. He called these remarkable plants “English Roses” and they are now grown all over the world.

We will be available to sign copies of our book Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, after the program.





Selecting Sustainable Roses


Sustainable roses are sturdy, attractive plants that can hold their own in a pesticide-free landscape. This program features modern, recently-introduced varieties as well as old favorites that are disease-resistant, winter hardy, easy to grow and bloom all season. "Selecting Sustainable Roses" delves into the core of sustainability, explains the different grades and types of roses, their growth habits and how to select the best varieties for your garden. We use the experience gained in our own sustainable rose garden as a practical model. (We also include lots of tips on basic rose gardening.) You’ll be amazed at the wide choices of color, size and fragrance that are avaailable and will fit into any New England Garden. (Also available as two-hour seminar.)



We will be available to sign copies of our book Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, after the program.



Creating an Easy-Care Rose Garden



Creating an Easy-Care Rose Garden explains how to build a beautiful as well as sustainable rose garden from scratch. This
program provides a practical blueprint for anyone who wants to create a rose garden beginning with suggestions for rose garden design. It includes everything from the value of water and nutrients; proper soil for rose cultivation; rose bed construction; the all-important selection of vigorous, disease resistant varieties as well as suggestions for hardscape and companion plants. It is modeled on our
rose gardens and includes tips and anecdotes from our twenty years of rose gardening experience.


 We will be available to sign copies of our book Roses for new England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, after the program.





Twenty-five Fabulous Roses


This program showcases twenty-five exceptional roses including new introductions as well as a few old favorites. From soaring climbers to petite floribundas, it features long stemmed beauties, lush sprays and attractive landscape roses – the best roses we have ever grown. Twenty-five Fabulous Roses describes every variety in detail, explaining why each is a great garden rose.


We will be available to sign copies of our book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening after the program.





Beyond the Basics



This comprehensive seminar goes beyond basic rose gardening and explores both the science and the art of growing healthy,
robust roses. It concentrates on rose horticulture including the importance of soil, water and nutrients and focuses on planting and pruning, two of the frequently misunderstood aspects of rose horticulture. We show you an easy to understand, step-by-step approach on the right way to plant roses in New England as well as the proper pruning techniques for different rose classes. Pruning correctly will help you build plants and increase blooms. Learn to control insects and diseases as well as practical guidelines for plant selection. (This can be a two or three hour seminar.)



We will be available to sign copies of our book Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening, after the program.



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  • Roses for New England
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