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Rosalia—An Ancient Festival of Roses
Rosalia, the ancient Roman festival of roses is our inspiration for this event, a moment to rejoice in the beauty of flowers at the peak of Spring, to adorn ourselves and friends in roses as a reminder of our connection to the earth, and to dedicate bouquets of roses to those who have left this life.
The Friends of Vintage Roses’ mission is to bring attention to the ongoing work of preserving a collection of living beauty, the thousands of historic roses curated in our garden in Sebastopol. We hope to inspire our neighbors to plant, grow and share roses with others. And we will begin by sharing some of our roses with them.
And we’ll showcase some preservation work done on old plantings in cemeteries in Northern California from Sebastopol to Sacramento to Mendocino. Roses adorning cemeteries began with the original Rosalia festivals in Rome.
Finally, to inspire our neighbors to grow roses, both old and new, we will stage a large sale of the old and rare roses we have propagated from our collection here. We’ll be joined by three other small propagating nurseries of roses, perennials and more.
See and smell, touch and wear fragrant old roses. Learn how to propagate roses. Discover what has been done in Sonoma County and California over three decades to discover and preserve old roses from historic sites. Begin your own garden of ancient roses by purchasing roses we have grown from our rare collection.