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.


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. Edith Perry
'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
Little Buckaroo
'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.

Cl. Jackie

'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.
Mel's Heritage
'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.
Orange Triumph
"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. Baby Shower
‘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
Blushing Beauty
'Golden Wings'  O-23-8   HSpn  1956    Shepherd. A beautiful, once-blooming pale yellow rose with a wild look. goldenwings
'Galaxy'    Moore  1980  
A deep red miniature.
See Photo
'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. Galleria
'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. See Photo
'Lorrie Freeman- not'  P-7-32   Hybrid Multiflora        This is supposed to be a dwarf sport of Dortmund, named for one of the founders of our garden. But we've just realized that the space has been taken over by a multiflora rambler, and our plants are that rambler, not the original hybrid Kordesii. It's a pretty rose- semi-double, medium pink with a white stripe in the center of most petals. multi
'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
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 for of Rosa arvensis.” Small, semi-double-to-double white flowers have a musk fragrance, and bloom in clusters. Once-blooming spring or summer.

See Photo
'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. Blush Noisette
'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. Lemon Blush
"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. Lewelling
'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! Pompon
'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? CMetroz
"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. Hoot Owl
'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 Brit
'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.    ob flor
'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. Suetta
'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. Chief
'Cooper's Burmese'   Species hybrid  Origin uncertain    This is related to Rosa laevigata (the Cherokee rose), and will get very large. Cooper's
'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. Comice
"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, medium pink, full and fragrant Bald Mtn
'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. Jesse
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! poly
'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. Alba Odorata
'Lipstick'   Fl  Vershuren 1940    Lightly-fragrant clusters of 2-inch Cerise blooms are shaded salmon-pink. This rare rose remains well-worth growing. lip
'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. SDLM
'Sympathie'   LCl  Kordes 1964    Sympathie
'Verdi'   HMsk  Lens 1984    Verdi
'Stanwell Perpetual'   HMsk  Lee 1838    Stanwell Perpetual
'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.

Roses donated by Burlington Rose Nursery:

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.

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