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Heritage Rose Garden

Almost all the roses in this special collection were discovered along roadsides and on old homesteads and ranches here in Mendocino County. These old roses came to the region in the nineteenth century when the West was being settled. Pioneer families brought cuttings of their most cherished roses and kept them alive, in some cases, by sacrificing their own drinking water. Loved for centuries and planted wherever they would grow, the roses took root like the settlers.

Today, dedicated rosarians have made it their mission to collect and save these wonderful old roses for all to enjoy. Among this group, two sisters, Virginia Hopper and Joyce Demits, scoured the Mendocino coast searching for plants and gathering cuttings at abandoned homesites. They have documented nearly 400 varieties of heritage roses throughout Northern California and established our Heritage Rose Garden.

To see more of our heritage roses in bloom, visit our Photo Gallery.