Available Roses at the Heritage Rose Garden


If you are interested in purchasing any of these roses, contact the Curator, Jill Perry, via the link at the bottom of the page. Pick up is only at the garden on Saturday mornings by arrangement.

'American Pillar'  On the Santa Clara Univ. fence  Rambler  Van Fleet  1902   This well known old rambler is a blooming machine in late spring. 3 plants See Photo
"Paris Childhood" (see at L-10-33)   Polyantha  Found   This little white polyantha came to us from the collection of the late James Delahanty. No longer commercially available. Paris Childhood
"Keith's Bourbon-noisette"    (see at P-11-4)    Red buds open to small cupped white flowers. Repeats over and over throughout the season. Found at an old Victorian home in Santa Cruz, where it's probably been growing for 130 years or more. Keith's Bourbon-noisette
'Gloire Lyonnaise'  Hybrid Perpetual/Hybrid Tea  Guillot  1884  This is a wonderful repeat blooming creamy white rose, well suited for our climate. It makes a large shrub, or can be trained as a climber. (You can see it at N-18-24 as a free-standing shrub and at O-24.5-99 as a climber.) 2 plants. Gloire Lyonnaise

'Thorsbyana'   Ayrshire  1840    Bennett
Mr.Bennet, gardener to Lord Manners at Thoresby, discovered this seedling, circa 1835-1840, growing in a hedge at Thoresby in Nottinghamshire. Described as “a double form of Rosa arvensis.” Small, semi-double-to-double white flowers have a musk fragrance, and bloom in clusters. Once-blooming spring or summer. Best grown as a climber, we have it on the Santa Clara University fence at SC-55-4

See Photo
'Lemon Blush'  (on nursery fence)   Alba  Sievers 1976    Crossing an Alba with a modern Hybrid Tea Rose produced this large, hefty shrub, growing a good 7' — or even taller. Though it is a once-bloomer (like its Alba parent) ‘Lemon Blush’ has been known to repeat generously in late Fall. Blooms are strongly fragrant, VERY double, light golden yellow fading cream. Lemon Blush
'Stars n Stripes'   Min  Moore 1976    Ralph Moore released ‘Stars n Stripes’ in 1976, just in time for America’s Bicentennial. The late Jerry Justice noted that ‘Stars n Stripes’ is one of the classic striped miniatures that made Mr. Moore famous. Moreover, it is the ancestor of many of today’s modern striped roses. Without ‘Stars n Stripes,’ there would be no ‘Fourth of July,’ and no ‘Scentimental’! AND its’ stripes were inherited from its grandparent — the Hybrid Perpetual, ‘Ferdinand Pichard.’ Stars n Stripes

'Charles Metroz' (see at P-5-25)  Pol  Vve Schwartz 1900   A lovely Polyantha was bred by The Widow (Vve) Schwartz — the creator of one of the most loved roses ever: ‘Mlle. Cecile Brunner.’ This beauty blooms “China pink, tinted Salmon-pink and carmine . . . ” Oh, and FYI, there is now NO COMMERCIAL SOURCE in the United States for this very rare Polyantha. Who could resist? 2 plants


'Sea Foam'   Shrub  Schwartz 1963    This 1963 Shrub Rose is a champion of the Earthkind Trials. Small, creamy-white, many-petalled blooms are held in clusters on a spreading bush that’s wider than it is tall. Sea Foam
"Huilito"  (see at K-8-10) China  found in Texas   A delightful China Rose, found in Texas, and distributed first through the Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham, TX. Look to ‘Huilito’ for a continuous serving of small, ruffled, double, pink blooms on a compact plant to perhaps 3 ft. One rosarian notes that “Huilito” is: “Delicate in form, both the plant and its intensely fragrant bloom. Twiggy growth suggests China ancestry, but the scent is pure Bourbon. See Photo
'Britannia'   (see at O-7-10) Pol  Burbage 1929   Our plants labeled Britannia turned out to be Papa Hémeray, so we got cuttings of this from Jim Delehanty, who grew both and could tell them apart. The real ‘Britannia’ is a small, rather twiggy plant, bearing generous clusters of single red blooms with a sparkling white center, displaying yellow stamens. Small blooms are mildly fragrant. Repeats through the year Brit
'Jeanny Soupert'   (see at P-5-13) Pol  Soupert & Notting 1912    Another polyantha from Jim Delahanty. A delightfully-bushy, 3-ft. compact rose bearing large clusters of small, fragrant, white blooms, just shaded blush. Blooms is continuous, through the year. What’s not to like? 3 plants See Photo
'Alba Odorata'   HBr  Marianis 1834    Blooms pristine white, shaded pale straw yellow at the center, and strongly-fragrant. This is a big, BIG vigorous rose, useful as a climber, IF the gardener can cope with numerous, straight, long prickles. Strong fragrance. Medium-large, double (17-25 petals), flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Check out the fuzzy buds! This rose can keep the cattle penned-in, and burglars out. Alba Odorata
'Stanwell Perpetual'  (see at O-20.5-99);   HMsk  Lee 1838
A well named rose! Nearly always in bloom, even through our mild winters.
Stanwell Perpetual
"Ferndale Red China"   (see at K-4-1)  China    Found rose. Ferndale Red China
'Milestone'  (see at M-21-38)  HT    Warriner 1983
We were offered cuttings of roses from a home in Campbell, and this was a 'must-have', a beautiful double red with pink shadings. Lucky for one of you, we had two cuttings grow.
'Plate Bande'   (see at O-6-20)  Pol   Lille 1887
This variety, aka Rosa polyantha nana, is often grown from seed. Ours are from cuttings of Jim Delahanty's plant. Small single, pink-white blend flowers. 2 plants
Plate Bande
'Sunny South'   (see at L-19-20)  HT    Clark 1918 Sunny South
'Baby Donnie'   (see at M-6-24)  Min    1972 Baby Donnie
'Her Majesty'   (see at P-17-10, P-17-6)  HP    Bennett 1885 Her Majesty
'Red Coat'   (on the Santa Clara Univ. fence)  Austin    1973
A nearly single red English rose, grows upright and tall.
See photo
'May Queen'   (see at N-11.5-99)  HWich    Van Fleet 1899
Re-propagated from the last of our original tall weeping standards.
May Queen
'Geschwister Scholl'   Poly    Berger   <1974
Another rose from Jim Delahanty's collection
Geschwister Scholl
"Legacy of Iola Maule"  Cl HT     
To my mind, the Found Rose — the rose which has survived on its own, without irrigation or care through years when it was forgotten — that is the finest sort of rose. It’s particularly the finest choice in a day of diminishing water resources. Thus, we have this cemetery rose from northern California. A treasure for the rosarian with a sense of adventure, and a desire to preserve the treasures of the past.
Legacy of Iola Maule
'Hoot n Holler'    Min    Moore 1993
This is a great mini, vigorous and very floriferous. 2 plants.
Hoot n Holler
Ritchie's Red Climber"  Cl. HT  Found rose   
'Lyda Rose'  Shrub  Lettunich 1994   
The breeder wanted a reblooming Francis E. Lester, and bred this lovely shrub
See photo
'Lady Ann Kidwell'  Pol     
A clone of one of our excellent plants of this wonderful rose, more Tea than Polyantha. 2 plants
'Lo and Behold'  Mini-flora  Desamero 2008    See Photo
'Fair Bianca'  Austin   1982  (see at N-15-26.5) See Photo
"4th & Franklin Rambler  Rambler  (see at O-16.5-99)   
It looks like a smaller flowered version of Russelliana. Clusters of blooms are deep pink or lavendar to start, then fading, giving a Seven Sisters effect.
'Narrow Water'  Noisette   Daisy Hill  1883   (see at O-20.5-0) See Photo
"Morgan Spring"  Hybrid Noisette   Found  Cuttings were donated to us by Malcolm Manners, and fortunately, we have an extra plant. It's said to be synonymous with "Natchitoches Noisette". See Photo
"Gate Tayloe Musk"  R. moschata "plena"    DNA analysis of this rose found it to be identical to the species. Can be grown as a shrub or a climber.    (see at N-9-22) See Photo

At our event in September, 2014, Tamara Cermak Johnson gave a great talk about drought tolerant roses, and things you can do to encourage drought tolerance in roses. We now have the notes from her talk, which you can download as a PDF here: Talk on Drought Tolerance and Roses

You may also be interested in the self guided tour of the Heritage Rose Garden, which you can download by clicking on 'Tour of Rose History'.

This page was produced by Jill Perry with help and pictures from David Giroux, Jeri Jennings, Cliff Orent, Anita Clevenger, Judy Eitzen, Masha McLaughlin, Margaret Furness, Friends of Vintage Roses and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

This page was last updated on 8/21/14.

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