Heritage Rose Garden
A project of the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County in cooperation with the Mother Lode Land Trust near the Chichizola Store on Jackson Gate Road.
Our Mission - to create a heritage garden to showcase historic roses, California natives, and pollinator plants to be used in educating the public on sustainable gardening practices.
We are doing this project to:
Collect and preserve old roses from oblivion
Propagate and nurture pieces of local history
Showcase these almost forgotten beauties
Enjoy distinctive roses with wonderful fragrance
Honor the homesteaders of our pioneer past
Share our love of growing things with our community
Encourage good gardening and rose-growing practices
What is a Heritage Rose?
An old garden rose discovered or hybridized 100 years or more ago
…or as some people say, “any rose that isn’t modern.”
Why are they special?
Many have been collected, identified, and lovingly preserved for future generations to enjoy.
But they are a piece of history in danger of becoming extinct
What do they offer us?
Disease resistance and pest resistance
Grow on their own rootstocks
Low water requirements
Where did they come from?
They have been collected along roadsides, from old homesteads, ranches and local cemeteries in Calaveras, Amador and many other California counties.