Here's What's Going On in the Garden

This page will be updated from time to time to let you know what's up in the garden.

April 1998 Status:


The Spring in Guadalupe Gardens festival is April 25th. See you there!


The garden is rapidly breaking into bloom as this is written (April 3).  R.lavigata, the Cherokee Rose is covered with big single, white blooms. The Chinas and Teas are screaming. Some mosses are at it and many of the HTs and Fs are showing their first blooms.


Planting. We have a heavy planting requirement this year.

400+ varieties of own-root varieties in Tom Liggett's nursery greenhouse. These were grown from cuttings:

we were graciously allowed to take from Vintage Gardens, and

those sent to us by several participants in the rec.gardens.roses newsgroup.

120+ varieties of budded roses donated by Edmund's Roses, Arena Roses, and Regan's Roses.

120+ of our imported varieties newly released from quarantine at Vintage Gardens.

50+ varieties grown by Tom Liggett and Mel Hulse.

Planting preparation


The First increment of over 120 roses have been planted by volunteers.

While Ed Wilkinson completes the database update for locating all of the new plantings, volunteers are removing duplicates from the garden to make room for the new varieties. Many great roses are available to folks who spend a day on this effort.


Volunteers continue to engrave and put computer location plaques on roses in the garden.

Roses are being picked up from Vintage Nursery as space becomes available in the Garden for their planting.

Planting days will be announced in the San Jose Mercury News. This will be accomplished over several different weekends.


Miniatures. The South Bay Heritage Rose Group and the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Corp have voted a total of $1,000 for Miniature Plant Kingdom to propagate heritage miniatures.


Summer Work Days.

Deadheading... Always!

Propagation help. We'll show you how to start cuttings and bud roses if you will help us


Arches. Designs are complete and funding is available to construct 10 arches over paths, between beds.


Volunteer and Education Coordinator. Two ladies are splitting the newly created position. This will give us help in calling folks to help maintain the garden.

Especially needed are knowledgeable rosarians that can take supervisory responsibility for work days.

Mel Hulse
Garden Maintenance Supervisor


Links to past status pages

March 1998 Status:


This page was last updated on 02/27/06.

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