Spring has sprung in Sacramento. Time for the annual Open Garden and Sale at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Festivities include tours of the cemetery and its various gardens, plus a flower sale and silent auction to benefit the facility.
The Historic Rose Garden originated in 1987 when a group of volunteers formed to restore the cemetery to its former beauty. Today the garden extends over three acres and displays over 500 heritage roses -- many "found" in abandoned sites, homesteads, cemeteries and roadsides in the region.
The old city cemetery also houses two other gardens: the Perennial Plant Club's Hamilton Square (combining modern roses with perennial plants) and the California Native Plant Society's Demonstration Garden.
What: 2011 Open Garden Day
Where: Historic Sacramento City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway
When: April 16, 2011
10 a.m. Rose Garden tour
11 a.m. Rose Garden tour
12 p.m. History tour of Cemetery
1 p.m. Rose Garden tour
Throughout event: cart tour of cemetery and gardens
Silent Auction opens at 9:30 a.m, closes at 12:30 p.m.
For more info: phone (916) 443-2146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See also the 2011 Silent Auction Catalog.
Barbara Oliva, Rose Garden curator at the Sacramento Old City Cemetery, holding "General Washington" roses. 2005 photograph by Owen Brewer, Sacramento Bee.