Jun 2017 Program

June Program

Tue., Jun. 6 at 1:30 PM,  “Plymouth Pioneer Cemetery Heritage Roses” by Beverly Rose Hopper

Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA


Pulich Children rose
Pulich Children rose

The historic gold-rush cemeteries throughout the Mother Lode were once filled with heritage roses, lovingly brought across the plains by pioneers.  For over a hundred years, these historic roses survived drought and neglect, until the advent of herbicides such as Round-Up which killed the weeds but also killed the roses – and alas – many of these historic beauties were forever lost.

In the summer of 2014 Jill Perry, the Curator of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden contacted Pine Grove resident Beverly Rose Hopper and asked for her help saving the remaining heritage roses in Plymouth.  Hopper was well experienced with rose rescue, having led the rescue and transformation of the historic landmark San Jose Municipal Rose Garden several years previously.  Hopper agreed, and has been supported in the rescue endeavor at Plymouth with her “rose-enabler” spouse, Martin Hopper.  Under their care, the historic roses – many which had been in critical shape – have been recovering and thriving.

The June program will share the story of the Plymouth Pioneer Cemetery Heritage Roses, what methods have been used (and what you may want to use in your own garden) and some of the local history of the area and of course, the roses.