Santa Rosa Junior College Rose Collection
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Public rose garden Listing last updated on 09 Jul 2020.
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Santa Rosa Junior College
has two large rose gardens and several smaller rose displays. There is also a display of over 130 'Scarlet Meidiland'
roses at their campus in Petaluma.
The Mendocino Rose Garden: The largest and oldest rose garden on the main campus is located at the northeast corner of the campus along Mendocino Avenue. It was established in the 1930s and features more than 150 plants. A list of the original roses planted in this garden is available. This list was compiled from an old diagram of the original garden drawn on a piece of cardboard and stuck away in the back corner of a Maintenance store room for years until it was discovered 10 years ago. Although many of the roses in this garden are modern, it is the goal of the Grounds Manager to restore the garden to its original design. 23 varieties of the older roses have been identified or replaced. 19 names on th eoriginal list remain unidentified or are gone from the garden altogether.
The Garcia Rose Garden: This garden was established in 1978 and originally included 51 hybrid tea roses, some bush roses and standards. It is located just south of Garcia Hall. The garden was established by the grounds crew and designed by the former Grounds Supervisor, Bill Bowen. The roses in this garden are interplanted with iris, and the perimeter is planted in agapanthus and daylilies.
Roses are used in other areas of the main campus. Roses are pruned in January and cuttings are usually available to anyone who is interested if they make arrangements in advance.