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.

Cemetery Rose Documentary

ABC Roses video

Deadheading at Dusk

Monday, September 7 - Deadheading At Dusk

Join us for Deadheading at Dusk in the Historic Rose Garden at 6:00 p.m.  The sun sinks slowly in the west as volunteers enjoy being outdoors at the best time of the day.

Bring pruners and gloves; additional tools will be provided.  We're cleaning up spent blooms and pulling weeds and tidying the garden.  On-street parking is available.


Propagation Class

Kathryn Mackenzie will conduct a propagation class on Saturday, September 12 at 10 o'clock in the Historic Rose Garden.  Join us to learn how you can propagate roses at home.  Kathryn is one of our most successful propagators and will share her tips and techniques for success.



We will also talk about our plans for propagating roses from the Cemetery for Open Garden next spring; we're looking for volunteers who want to grow roses.

Open Garden 2015

This year's Open Garden was a great success as hundreds of visitors came to see the garden in full bloom, purchase roses and spend time with rosy friends. We sold all but a few roses, earning enough funds to continue with garden maintenance, irrigation and repairing headstones. 


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

Anita Clevenger's picture

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!


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