Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 am - 2 pm

At our event last September, Tamara Cermak Johnson gave a great talk about drought tolerant roses, and things you can do to encourage drought tolerance in roses. We now have the notes from her talk, which you can download as a PDF here: Talk on Drought Tolerance and Roses

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'.

Photos from previous events

hips  A basket of rose hips from many varieties of roses

          Our sales tables set up and ready  >roses
Propagation  Dave Bang demonstrated methods of propagating roses.

Varieties of Roses available for September 2015

There may be a few changes to the available roses between now and Sept 26. Roses are $20 for most, $15 for one-gallon plants, and there will be a few bargain roses as well. Cash only!

'Edith Perry' (see at 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. Edith Perry
'Mel's Heritage'  (see on the 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.”
Mel's Heritage
'Orange Triumph' (see at 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" (see at L-10-33)   Polyantha  Found   This little white polyantha came to us from the collection of the late James Delahanty. No longer commercially available. Paris Childhood
'Baby Shower' (see at 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
'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. (You can see it at N-18-24 as a free-standing shrub and at O-24.5-99 as a climber.) Gloire Lyonnaise

'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 form of Rosa arvensis.” Small, semi-double-to-double white flowers have a musk fragrance, and bloom in clusters. Once-blooming spring or summer. Best grown as a climber, we have it on the Santa Clara University fence at SC-55-4

See Photo
'Lemon Blush'  (on nursery fence)   Alba  Sievers 1976    Crossing an Alba with a modern Hybrid Tea Rose produced this large, hefty shrub, growing a good 7' — or even taller. Though it is 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
'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.’ Stars n Stripes

'Charles Metroz' (see at P-5-25)  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?


'Hoot Owl'   (see at P-3-3) 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
'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. 2 plants Sea Foam
"Huilito"  (see at K-8-10) 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. 2 plants. See Photo
'Britannia'   (see at O-7-10) 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'   (see at P-5-13) Pol  Soupert & Notting 1912    Another polyantha from Jim Delahanty. A delightfully-bushy, 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? 3 plants 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'  (see at M-28-7) 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. 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! It's at P-25-22. This is GORGEOUS! See Photo
'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'   (see at O-14-0.5) 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. Rosy Cushion
'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, quickly fading white, are carried in clusters. Moderate fragrance. 4 to 11 petals. Beware the prickles! — Both of Lens’ “Surprise” Shrubs are worthy burglar deterrents. (Our plant is across from the shed, next to Bishop Darlington) Pink Surprise
'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. 2 plants (Our plant is on the Santa Clara University fence at SC-40-2). 2 plants. Alba Odorata
'Lipstick'   (see at L-9-31) 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  Bennett 1892   
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    (see at N-9.5-99) Sympathie
'Verdi'   (see at N-11-4) HMsk  Lens 1984    Verdi
'Stanwell Perpetual'  (see at O-20.5-99);   HMsk  Lee 1838
A well named rose! Nearly always in bloom, even through our mild winters.
Stanwell Perpetual
'Carnea Plena'   O-22-15  HSpn    3 plants. See Photo
"Ferndale Red China"   (see at K-4-1)  China    Found rose. Ferndale Red China
'Laure Davoust'   (see at O-18.5-0)  Hybrid Multiflora Rambler    Laffay 1834
A beautiful pink, double bloom, small flowers in clusters. This rambler will get as big as you allow it to. Good on pillars, pergolas, fences.
Laure Davoust
'Comtesse Doria'   (see at O-19-5)  Moss    Portemer 1854
A lovely souble mauve-pink
Comtesse Doria
"Vina Banksia"   (on the SCU fence at SC-62-4)  Banks    Found rose
Probably Purezza by Mansuino, 1961
Vina Banksia
"Northside Pink"   HP or Bourbon    Found rose
A possible sport of Grandmother's Hat, it may bloom a bit darker.
Northside Pink
'Milestone'  (see at M-21-38)  HT    Warriner 1983
We were offered cuttings of roses from a home in Campbell, and this was a 'must-have', a beautiful double red with pink shadings. Lucky for one of you, we had two cuttings grow.
'Plate Bande'   (see at O-6-20)  Pol   Lille 1887
This variety, aka Rosa polyantha nana, is often grown from seed. Ours are from cuttings of Jim Delahanty's plant. Small single, pink-white blend flowers.
Plate Bande
"Aunt Margy's Rose"   (see at O-6-3)  Pol    Found
Small, very double pink blooms. 3 plants.
Aunt Margy's Rose
'Duchesse de Grammont'   (see at N-5-13)  Noisette   before 1838
Clusters of pink buds open to small white double blooms on a large bush.
Duchesse de Grammont
'Bijou'   see at P-2-27  Poly    De Ruiter 1932 Bijou
'Lady Alice Stanley'   (see at L-16-21, L-16-9)   HT    McGredy 1909 Lady Alice Stanley
'Sunny South'   (see at L-19-20)  HT    Clark 1918 Sunny South
"Mt. Vernon Purple Noisette"   (see at N-11-23)  N    Found rose Mt. Vernon Purple Noisette
'Windermere'   (see at M-27.5-0)  HWich    Chaplin Bros.1932. 2 plants. Windermere
'Reine Olga de Wurtemburg'   (not in garden)  Cl. HT    Nabonnand 1881 See photo
'Baby Donnie'   (see at M-6-24)  Min    1972 Baby Donnie
"Tylor Carll"   (see at P-22-15)  HCh/HP    Found rose Tylor Carll
'Lawrence Johnston'  Cl. Per    Hilling 1923 See photo
'Blaze'  (on Santa Clara Univ. fence)  HMult    Kallay 1932 See photo
'Her Majesty'   (see at P-17-10, P-17-6)  HP    Bennett 1885 Her Majesty
A White Seedling Polyantha    Poly   
We found this in the garden years ago, but it was growing with the Hybrid Teas. It's time for it to find a better home.
'Mme Caroline Küster'   (see at K-13-8 or 11-27)  Tea    Pernet 1872
A pale orange-yellow, fading to white
Mme Caroline Küster
'Red Coat'   (on the Santa Clara Univ. fence)  Austin    1973
A nearly single red English rose, grows upright and tall.
See photo
'Cl. Gold Star'   Shrub    Tantau 1966
This shrub grows 7' to 8', and could also be called a Large-flowered Climber. Not available for sale elsewhere in the US.
See photo
'May Queen'   (see at N-11.5-99)  HWich    Van Fleet 1899
Re-propagated from the last of our original tall weeping standards.
May Queen
'Hermosa'   (see at P-9-26 and 27)  China-Bourbon    Marcheseau 1834
Found in a cemetery. We have more than enough Hermosas in the garden already. But you can't beat it for near constant bloom and excellent drought tolerance.
'Geschwister Scholl'   Poly    Berger   <1974
Another rose from Jim Delahanty's collection
Geschwister Scholl
"Huntington Pink Tea"   (see at K-15-12)  Tea    Found Rose
Huntington Pink Tea
'Sunsprite'   (see at M-11-19)  Fl    Kordes 1973
6 plants.
'Cheshire Life'   (see at M-18-8)  HT    Fryer 1972
Cheshire Life
'Peppermint Swirl'   (see at M-27-13)  HT    Marciel 1989
Peppermint Swirl
'Heidi Jayne'   (see at M-22-17)  HT    Esser 1986
Heidi Jayne
'Chrysler Imperial'    HT    Lammerts 1952
Chrysler Imperial
'Just Joey'   (see at L-26-19.5)  HT    Cants 1972
Just Joey
'Hoot n Holler'    Min    Moore 1993
Hoot n Holler

Roses donated to us by Vintage Gardens

With the closing last year of Vintage Gardens, many of these roses are no longer 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, Friends of Vintage Rosess and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

This page was last updated on 8/21/14.

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