Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden
Save the Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014!
9 am to 2 pm
The South Bay Heritage Rose Group and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invite you to join us on September 27, from 9AM-2PM. Come see the Heritage Rose Garden fall bloom and rose hips, hear a talk on growing roses in a drought and have your rose questions answered by experts on heritage rose care. We will have more than 100 heritage and hard to find roses for sale.
We have a parking lot on Seymour St. If you haven't been here before and are using GPS or a map program, put in 412 Seymour St, San Jose, CA 95110.
- 9am-1pm Sale of Heritage Roses. These are extras from our propagation program for the garden, and our efforts to make rare roses available to the public in order to ensure their long term survival. We also have roses that have been generously donated to us to sell by Vintage Gardens, Burlington Rose Nursery and Tom Liggett. See list below for varieties.
- 11am Talk by Tamara Cermak Johnson on growing roses in a drought. Everything you need to know! This will be held in the area under the trees across from the rose sales tables.
Varieties of Roses for Sale
Jeri Jennings has created a downloadable Catalog in PDF format which you can get by clicking on Catalog. If you are coming to the sale, 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'.
|'Edith Perry' K-9-9 Tea, NIC, Seedling of Bon Silene, and named for the Curator's Mother-in-Law. Light/medium pink. Like its parent, it blooms over and over throughout the year. 3 plants.|
|'Little Buckaroo' L-2-18, L-2-21 Min Moore 1956.
Bright red with white center and pointed petals, Little Buckaroo was one of Ralph Moore’s early successes, and remains one of the best early miniature roses. Found as far away as Texas, this little fella is a real survivor. 2 plants
|'Cl. Jackie' Not in the garden, yet. Moore 1957 This light yellow, repeat-blooming climber is “miniature” only in terms of the dainty blooms. The plant can, if allowed to, grow to the stature of a full-sized climbing rose, providing enough color to make a real statement in the garden.||
|'Mel's Heritage' Nursery fence. seedling × Crepuscule, Paul Barden, 2009
Peachy pink/copper blooms, fading to pale pink, on a tall, lax, climbing rose from 8’ to possible 20’ Smallish (2.5-in) but very full pom-pom blooms are carried in generous clusters. The uncommon apple fragrance is a delightful surprise – and one you won’t soon forget. The fragrance floats on the air, delighting passers-by. ‘Mel’s Heritage’ repeats quickly, for almost-continuous color. Glossy foliage is a rich medium green. This beauty combines the Wichurana and Noisette classes, to create a climber that seems custom-made for California gardens: Vigorous, heat-tolerant, and resistant to blackspot, mildew, and rust. In almost any garden, this beauty should “shine” as a Climber, Ground-Cover, or Pillar Rose. Rights to this rose were a gift from hybridizer Paul Barden to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, in memory of the garden’s late Director, Col. Mel Hulse – who was its greatest fan. We know Mel’s smiling — knowing that it is here, today.
Paul Barden said of ‘Mel’s Heritage’: “It’s one of those seedlings that ALMOST slipped through my fingers and into the compost pile. It survived solely because of Mel's decision to plant it on the fence at the Heritage. If it were not for him, it would be long gone. This may well turn out to be a superb repeating Rambler for many California climates. It has a lovely scent.” 8 plants.
|'Orange Triumph' P-7-6, P-7-22 1937 Kordes
No, it's not orange, it's red. The classification is Floribunda or Polyantha, but its ancestry includes Hybrid Musk and Wichurana rambler. We grow it with the Polyanthas.
|"Paris Childhood" Not in the garden yet Polyantha Found This little white polyantha came to us from the collection of the late James Delahanty. No longer commercially available.||See Photo|
|'Baby Shower' O-22-28 Cl. Mini Per the breeder (whose name is not listed!) this rose has no Miniature breeding in its pedigree. And yet, here it is — covered in spring with lightly-fragrant, very dainty pink and white blooms. ‘Baby Shower’ was never registered, nor placed in commerce — but Sequoia Nursery offered it, from time-to-time, via its “Supplemental” list.|
|‘Blushing Beauty’ (not in the garden) LCl Burbank 1934
We grow this on the Santa Clara University fence. It’s a nice once blooming climber, pale pink, double.Lovely pale pink, double blooms make a striking contrast to glossy, deep green leaves. Not in Commerce. 2 plants
|'Golden Wings' O-23-8 HSpn 1956 Shepherd. A beautiful, once-blooming pale yellow rose with a wild look.|
|'Galaxy' Moore 1980
A deep red miniature.
|'Galleria' P-25-13 Hybrid Rugosa Weddle 1990 What a delicate beauty this is! Softly-crinkled petals cradle a boss of vivid golden stamens. Its main bloom will be seen in the spring, but some later repeat is enjoyed.|
|'Lorrie Freeman' P-7-32 Hybrid Kordesii ~1995 Liggett This is a dwarf sport of Dortmund, named for one of the founders of our garden.|
|'Petite Pink Scotch' Found at an old plantation in North Carolina in 1949. It makes a mounding shrub, suitable for a hillside or cascading over a small wall.||See Photo|
'Thorsbyana' Ayrshire 1840 Bennett
|'Rise n Shine' Min 1977 Moore||See Photo|
|'Blush Noisette' Noisette 1814 This is the second recorded cultivar of the only class of roses ever created in the United States. That, alone, would make ‘Blush Noisette’ important — but it’s also fragrant, blooms generously and repeatedly, is disease-free, and makes a great shrub in any mild-climate garden. Very light pink blooms, often very large sprays, morph to warm white. ‘Blush Noisette’ grows anywhere from 3-4 feet to a hefty 6 feet or so, making a lovely picture, and scenting the air around it. Remember to deadhead ‘Blush Noisette’ after each flush of bloom — to encourage repeat bloom, and to prevent her from holding onto her petals longer than she should. She’ll appreciate the attention, and quickly flower again.|
|'Lemon Blush' Alba Sievers 1976 Crossing an Alba with a modern Hybrid Tea Rose produced this large, hefty shrub, growing a good 6 ft. in height — or even taller. Though it is said to be 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.|
|"Lewelling Blvd Red HT" HT found We don’t know the name once-given to this handsome red Hybrid Tea Rose — we know only that it was found on Lewelling Blvd. in Hayward. It may have been planted there in the years after WWII, when young families moved there to establish homes and families — and in some places — gardens. We do love its old-fashioned, almost-quartered look. We think you will, too.|
|'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.’||See Photo|
|'Francesca' HMusk Pemberton 1922 Tea-scented apricot blooms on a disease-resistant shrub of some 6-10-ft. tall x 6-ft. wide.||See Photo|
|'Pompon de Paris' Min/Lawr 1839 Never heard of “Lawrenciana” roses? You’re not alone! But you’ll love what you learn about them, and you’ll love ’em in the garden. ‘Pompon de Paris’ is the Lawrenciana most-familiar to Rosarians of the 21st Century — but it’s still not exactly “well-known.” No one is better-qualified to explain the mysterious Lawrenciana roses than rose historian supreme, Brent Dickerson. Take time to visit his exploration of these delightful little roses on Paul Barden's website Dickerson believes ‘Pompon de Paris’ is “probably simply Colville's 'Pompon' of circa 1806.” Read the whole article, though! It’s interesting!|
|'Charles Metroz' 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?|
|"Mary Queen of Scots" HSpn (in trade as) The Scots Roses, including cultivars of R. spinosissima / R. pimpinellifolia and some hybrids of that species. The rose in commerce as “Mary Queen of Scots” is one of these — a rose whose origin is shrouded in time and mystery. This is a single rose, with petals of white/pink — a wonderful bit of history for a 21st-Century garden.||See Photo|
|'Hoot Owl' Min Moore 1990 A bright and cheerful smaller Ralph Moore Miniature — Single red blooms have a bright white “eye” and yellow stamens. ‘Hoot Owl’ makes a plant anywhere from 12-ins. To 24-ins.. Expect it to bloom through the year.|
|'Sweet Nothings' Min Zary 2000 Deep lavender flowers with a strong-to-moderate “old rose” fragrance. The bloom form is deeplycupped — an inheritance from ‘La Marne.’ Think of this as a Miniature Polyantha, and you’d be close to the mark. Growth can make a good 30-inches — so it can slide right in with a collection of other Polyanthas and “Poly-Teas”. Repeat is rapid, and blooms are pretty in all phases.||See Photo|
|'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.||See Photo|
|"Huilito" 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' 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|
|'Jeanny Soupert' Pol Soupert & Notting 1912 Another polyantha from Jim Delahanty. A delightfully-bushy, short (to 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?||See Photo|
|"Orange-blend Floribunda" Fl This rose plant was given to us, and we don't know what it is, but it's a lovely blend of orange and yellow, and blooms most of the time.|
|'Suetta SE' HT found This rose, a beautiful yellow blend, no longer grows in the cemetery where we originally found it, so we are glad that it flourishes in the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden — and that it can also brighten YOUR garden. 3 plants.|
|'Jens Munk' HRugosa Svejda 1964 Exquisite 3-Inch pink blooms of 17-25 petals, bourn in clusters. Bloom form is cupped. Repeats in flushes through the season. The plant ranges from 4– to 7-ft. x 4– to 5-ft. in width, and is well-armed with prickles. Highly disease-resistant. Take a look! This is GORGEOUS!||See Photo|
|'Jeanne d'Arc' Alba Vibert 1818 This plant came from an abandoned house in Coulterville. A plant must be very hardy to survive there with no care whatsoever, and this one was thriving!||See Photo|
|'The Chief' HT Lammerts 1940 Orange blend, very rare, and very happy in San Jose.|
|'Cooper's Burmese' Species hybrid Origin uncertain This is related to Rosa laevigata (the Cherokee rose), and will get very large.|
|'Rosy Cushion' Shrub Ilsink 1979 A handsome Shrub, well-armed with prickles, covered with an abundance of Light pink blooms, centered white. Blooms are small, single to semi-double, bourn in large clusters. ‘Rosy Cushion’ (like its parent, ‘Yesterday,’ blooms prolifically through the season.||See Photo|
|'Comice de Tarn et Garonne' Bourbon Pradel 1852 Carmine-red blooms of medium size, in profusion on a plant of good size. 'Comice de Tarn et Garonne' blooms in flushes throughout the season.|
|"Bald Mountain" L-28-9 HP/HT found A gift from a rancher near Sonora, it has done very well in San Jose. Blooms are large, full and fragrant|
|'Pink Surprise' HBr Lens 1987 This Shrub of generous size (8-ft? 10-ft.?) and incredible disease resistance repeats very well in mild-climate gardens. Light pink blooms, with a white reverse and red stamens, are carried in clusters. Moderate fragrance. 4 to 11 petals. Beware the prickles! — Both of Lens’ “Surprise” Shrubs are worthy burglar deterrents.||See Photo|
|"Jesse Hildreth" Tea found Clearly a Tea Rose, “Jesse Hildreth” is named for the young man whose grave the rose has guarded since 1862. Long, graceful buds open to reveal an occasional blush of pink, before opening to very double, fragrant, lemon-white blooms. This rose was almost lost, and there are very few plants, so this is a rare opportunity. 7 plants.|
|A Pretty, Perky, Polyantha Seedling Pol 2014 This cute little guy popped up in the garden. Small pale pink flowers quickly turn white. We already have all the polys we can handle, but maybe you have room. Can be grown in a pot or a mixed border. And you can name it!|
|'Alba Odorata' HBr Mariani 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.|
|'Lipstick' Fl Vershuren 1940 Lightly-fragrant clusters of 2-inch Cerise blooms are shaded salmon-pink. This rare rose remains well-worth growing.|
|'Souvenir de la Malmaison, Cl.' Bourbon Beluze 1843 The bush form of justly-famed ‘Souv. De la Malmaison’ was introduced in France, in 1843 — the climbing form appeared a half-century later, half a world away, in Australia. ‘Souv. de la Malmaison, Cl’, may bloom less than the bush form, but it is hands -down more vigorous. Blooms are light pink, with subtle cream shading. The fragrance is described as “moderate” — BUT . . . Curator of Roses Jill Perry finds it among the most fragrant of roses, describing the scent as that of “Fruit- Brandy” The bloom form . . AH! The bloom form is famously, gracefully, quartered, making ‘Souv. de la Malmaison’ the quintessential Old Garden Rose.|
|'Sympathie' LCl Kordes 1964|
|'Verdi' HMsk Lens 1984|
|'Stanwell Perpetual' HMsk Lee 1838|
|'Carnea Plena' O-22-15 HSpn 3 plants.|
Roses donated to us by Vintage Gardens
With the closing this year of Vintage Gardens, many of these roses will no longer be commercially available.
- Casino LCl 1963 See Photo
- Flora #2, (Raspberry Ripple) HSet See Photo
- Fritz Nobis S 1940 See Photo
- "Legacy of Elizabeth Moore" HT See Photo
- Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James LCl 1933 See Photo
- "Ritchie's Red Climber" ClHT
- R. banksia banksia See Photo
- Virginian Rambler HArv <1885
- 2 Windermere R 1932 See Photo
- Blaze LCl 1932 See Photo
- 2 Lawrence Johnston 1923 ClHF/LCl See Photo
- Leverkusen 1954 ClFl See Photo
- Purity 1917 LCl See Photo
- 3 Reine Olga de Wurtemberg 1881 ClHT See Photo
- America 1915 R See Photo
- 3 Chevy Chase 1939 R See Photo
- 3 Ramona 1913 HLaev See Photo
- 2 Cl. Queen Elizabeth Gr See Photo
- 2 Cli. Goldilocks 1951 ClFl See Photo
- Ellen Willmott 1935 HT See Photo
- Mary Queen of Scots HSpn See Photo
- 2 Gold Star 1966 S/Pillar See Photo
- White Cockade 1969 LCl See Photo
- Rosa palustris scandens Sp See Photo
Roses donated by Burlington Rose Nursery:
- 2 Lo and Behold 2008 Mini-Flora See Photo
- Peach Delight 1994 Mini-Flora See Photo
- Roller Coaster 1987 Min See Photo
- Popcorn 1973 Min See Photo
- Over the Rainbow 1972 Min See Photo
This page was produced by Jill Perry with help and pictures from David Giroux, Jeri Jennings, Cliff Orent, Anita Clevenger, Judy Eitzen, Masha McLaughlin, Vintage Gardens and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.
This page was last updated on 8/21/14.