Heritage Rose Garden
The Heritage Rose Garden is 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 is 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?
- Intense fragrance.
- Cold hardiness.
- Disease resistance and pest resistance.
- Grow on their own root stocks.
- Easy care.
- 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.