News

Here's the latest news in the Historic Rose Garden.

Old City Cemetery and City news relevant to operations in the Rose Garden is also posted here.

If you have news to be posted, please CLICK HERE.

Technical Advisory

Committee

January 2017

We are still awaiting the formation of the Technical Advisory Committee to advise the City on best management practices for the cemetery and its landscape.  Many of the members have been named but final details including funding, city council approval and scheduling are still to be resolved.

We hope that we are able to resolve matters in an open, participatory process.  We share many of the objectives of the disputed guidelines, which seek to ensure that inscriptions are visible, paths are not obstructed by plants and that cemetery features are not permanently damaged by biological growth.  We object to the strict prohibitions against any form of plant supports and the dictum that monuments be visible from all directions.

The Historic Rose Garden, including its climbing roses, is a contributing feature to the cemetery’s federal designation as a National Historic District.  As such, we should move or remove established roses only when absolutely necessary, and work to improve the garden and its structures rather than diminish it.   We hope to preserve our cemetery’s beauty and its long tradition as a pioneer garden cemetery.

Preservation Commission Sacramento's Preservation Commission will hold a hearing on April 13 to consider the new planting guidelines issued by the City of Sacramento.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend or write to the commission expressing your support.  (See article on the main page)
2016 OPEN GARDEN More than 300 people braved the rain to attend the Open Garden on April 9,  The first to arrive to buy roses arrived at 7:45 and the line snaked back nearly to the Visitor's Center by the time the sale opened at 9:30.  A funeral Friday afternoon delayed our set up until Saturday morning, and nearly 50 volunteers pitched in to get everything ready.  A preliminary count showed that we earned more this year than last - funds that will be used to maintain the garden and repair headstones and plot surrounds in the Historic Rose Garden.  Many thanks to volunteers and the public for your support.
WFRS AWARD

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) award ceremony on April 2 was a beautiful day. Many words of support for the Gardens and the work of the volunteers were shared with the 120 people gathered there. We are grateful for the fine words of support spoken by Sacramento City Councilmembers Steve Hansen and Angelique Ashby, as well as WFRS Vice-President Jolene Adams and past president Steve Jones, former Sacramento mayor Heather Fargo, and former Curator of the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden Beverly Rose Hopper.

After the presentation, there was a reception in the center of the garden, followed by a tour of the Rose Garden in full-bloom. What a sparkling day for all who were there!

WFRS The Historic Rose Garden received a Garden of Excellence award from the World Federation of Rose Societies at the WFRS conference in Lyon, France this May.  Congratulations to all the hard-working volunteers who have helped establish and maintain this garden.
2016  
2015 Dates

The City has acquired funding to open the Cemetery seven days, beginning in January 2015.  Rose Garden volunteers will continue to perform maintenance duties on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.

Rose Garden volunteers announce the 2015 calendar of events.  See Calendar section for details

Pruning Classes

Pruning classes in January will take place on consecutive Saturdays beginning January 17.  Each class will focus on a different class of rose:

  • January 17 - Climbing roses
  • January 24 - Hybrid teas, Hybrid Perpetuals and Floribundas
  • January 31 - Once-blooming old garden roses
  • February 7 - teas & Chinas

Historic Rose Garden Curator

Anita Clevenger has been named as Sacramento's Historic Rose Garden Curator, assuming duties formerly handled by Barbara Oliva. Barbara has agreed to continue in an Emeritus role.

Spring Events

Planning is underway for Antique Roses Class on May 2 and Deadheading At Dusk and Deadheading At Daybreak beginning in May. Please see the Events page for details.
2014 Prior Years' news (In case you missed it!)

Open Garden

Planning is underway for the 2014 Open Garden. If you want to help with this event, please send an email to the CLICK HERE link above. Open Garden will be Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 to 2:00.

Historic Rose Garden DVD

DVD of the Rose Garden has been developed and is available for sale to the public. Copies are available at the Visitor's Center and through the mail. Price is $15 purchased on site and $20 if mail order (covers shipping and handling). Checks made out to: "OCCC, HRG" should be mailed to Old City Cemetery Rose Garden, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 ATTN: A. Clevenger.

November 9, 2012

DVD of the Rose Garden has been developed and is available for sale to the public. Copies are available at the Visitor's Center and through the mail. Price is $15 purchased on site and $20 if mail order (covers shipping and handling). Checks made out to: "OCCC, HRG" should be mailed to Old City Cemetery Rose Garden, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 ATTN: A. Clevenger.A public viewing of the DVD will be held the evening of November 17 at Antiquite Maison Privee at 2114 P. Street, Sacramento. DVDs will be available for sale at that event. Ross Hammond, who provided music for the DVD will also perform.

November 1, 2012

Cemetery continues closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to City staffing/budget cuts. Cemetery will be open on Thanksgiving Day

October 20, 2012

Rose Garden Celebrated 20 years with a very popular and successful symposium held at the Cemetery and the California Auto Museum.

 

Upcoming HRG Events