Cemetery Rose

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The Historic Rose Garden is dedicated to the preservation of California's heritage roses.  It contains nearly 500 antique and old garden roses with particular emphasis on those roses found in abandoned sites, homesteads, cemeteries, and roadsides throughout northern California.

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Pruning Class - January 17

On January 17, Stephen Scanniello, author of Climbing Roses, will visit the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery to demonstrate pruning climbing roses.  We will focus on the fence roses and roses on structures in the Rose Garden.  Classes will be held at 9 a.m and 1 p.m..  Please RSVP via Contact Us on this website if you plan to attend.  This is a hands-on class so bring your tools and wear gloves.

Stephen Scanniello on Climbing Roses

Stephen Scanniello, author of Climbing Roses, will visit Sacramento on Saturday, January 17 to demonstrate his skills with climbing roses.  We will focus on the fence roses and other climbers on structures in the Historic Rose Garden.  Classes will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP via Contact Us if you plan to attend.  (we will hold classes the following day if it should rain on Saturday)

This is a hands-on class, so bring your tools, gloves and dress warmly.

500+ Roses

More than 500 roses have been propagated (some 95 varieties) and should be available for sale at the Open Garden on April 18.


The Historic Rose Garden consists of about 500 old garden roses.  The collection includes several species roses, including those native to California.  Many roses with study names are included; roses found on sites throughout California.  Rose lovers discovered surviving roses in neglected and abandoned sites (pioneer cemeteries, old homesteads mining camps, etc.).  Cuttings were taken (with permission, when available), the roses grown, identified (where possible) and planted in the cemetery.  Many remain unidentified and may be unknown in modern times or perhaps "bird drops" or cuttings ro

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Cemetery Musk Seedling

We're propagating this rose. A unique seedling that appeared in our garden about ten years ago, it continuously bears clusters of single flowers with a strong spicy fragrance.  Without pruning, it's grown into a fountain-shaped shrub about five feet tall and six feet wide.  It can be kept smaller with moderate pruning and shaping.  A great landscape rose!

Pruning Party - January 10, 2015

Plant to join in the fun of our annual Pruning Party.  It will be held on Saturday, January 10 in the Historic Rose Garden at the Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento.  We'll get started around 9:00.  Wear warm, protective clothing, bring gloves and your own tools. (If you need tools, we'll have them, too.)  Volunteers knowledgable about pruning antique roses are encouraged, but all are welcome.  We'll provide some initial training for those who need it and you can work alongside an experienced volunteer.

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