Cemetery Rose

Welcome to Cemetery Rose

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

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. 

Romance & Roses

Romance & Roses

Saturday, April 25, 2015

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Come join us for a romantic twilight event among the roses.  The garden will be in full bloom and so will our costumed docents who will beguile you with stories of roses and Sacramento's early residents and their true loves.

Tickets (just $10.00) may be purchased at the gate. 

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

1000 Broadway, Sacramento 95818


Heritage Roses Group Event

Join your rosy friends!

The Heritage Roses Group is hosting a seminar in San Juan Bautista on Saturday, May 2.  Featured speakers are Darrell Schramm, Jill Perry and Clay Jennings.  The event includes tours of the cemetery roses and Old Town.  A dinner will be held on Friday night.  Registration info and details on the website: www.theheritagerosesgroup.org

Click on Read More to view the event flyer.

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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