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.

May 1998 Status:


The Spring in Guadalupe Gardens festival on April 25th was a great success.


The garden peaked on Thursday, April 30th, though the difference could only be detected by daily observation! R. lavigata, the Cherokee Rose was still blooming. The Chinas and Teas are still screaming. Most of the old European once bloomers are at it and all of the Hybrid Perpetuals, damask perpetuals, portlands, bourbons, HTs and Fs are in full bloom. Gallicas and polyanthas and a few others are about ready to bloom.


From now on, the individual roses will flush at different times so that the garden will be under constant change until late fall.


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 has been planted by volunteers.

While Ed Wilkinson completes the database update for locating all of the new plantings, volunteers continue 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.

We are planning a major planting day on Saturday, May 30th, starting at 9:00am, if planning can come together.


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.

"A Celebration of Old Roses" is held in the El Cerrito, California, Community Center on Sunday, May 17th, 11-4:30.  This is a fun show and rose sale all rosarians will enjoy.


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. - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Deadheading... Always!

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

Additional plant removal and planting


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

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


Arches. Designs are complete, but funding has been delayed to support signage and mulch requirements.

Mel Hulse
Garden Maintenance Supervisor


Links to past status pages

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This page was last updated on 04/25/03.

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