Heritage Rose Garden in Bloom
by Susan Price, UCCE Master Gardener of Amador County
The idea was to create a public garden that would showcase the old roses that were lovingly collected and nurtured over the years by Judy and Bob Dean of Mountain Ranch. The 2015 Butte Fire burned part of their property making it evident that a “backup” garden would be needed to ensure these old and rare varieties could be enjoyed by future generations. These roses, unlike many modern roses sold today, are grown on their own rootstock. They are easy care plants, with many offering intense fragrance, cold tolerance, and disease resistance with little need for chemicals.