Sac Historic Cemetery Rose Garden campaign

Recently the Sacramento Historic Cemetery Rose Garden has been in the news regarding mandates to remove trellises, arbors and relocate dozens of heritage roses.  The following update may be of interest to MLRS members.


From: Charlotte Owendyk
Date: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 4:39 PM

The City Council placed a moratorium on further action by city staff until they HEAR from the public to determine what actions should be taken.

That same week, the following Public Comments were made at City of Sacramento Preservation Commission meeting on March 16th. (The commission have general oversight responsibility of the City Cemetery).

First time the general public was informed regarding stricter gardening and planting guidelines.
Historical Significance of both the monuments and the gardens.
Need to retain the Victorian/Gold Rush Cemetery Garden as envisioned by the early Sacramento Settlers.
Presence of roses and trellis do not jeopardize listing on National Historic Register and meets Secretary of Interior standards for historic resources. (Per Bill Burg, State Historian for California Parks & Recreation).
Request the Commission to revisit and update guidelines to reflect current Historical and Cultural Landscape practices.
Worldwide tourist attraction.
Library of Roses found in other California cemeteries. Roses are original to Cemetery time period.
Gardens and Efforts of Volunteers have improved Cemetery and reduced vandalism.
Historic Rose Garden recipient of World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Garden Excellence based on their historical, educational and visual point of view.
Volunteers are valuable resource and should be honored for efforts.

Another Preservation Commission meeting is scheduled for April 13th at the new Sacramento City Hall Council Chambers to hear from the public.

Please continue to send letters and emails:

ASK FOR:  Open and collaborative public dialog with City of Sacramento to revise policy and guidelines to reflect a balanced approach to plant management in order to conserve and enhance the historic nature of Sacramento Cemetery and Gardens.

Steve Hansen       Councilmember, District 4                    
Doris Matsui        Local Congresswoman”
Eric Fuller, Chair Preservation Commission       
John Shirey, City Manager                   

Please send copies of your emails to:

​Only a few of the preservation commission have been to the City of Sacramento Historic Cemetery.  ​


“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you do not want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you do not have a soul.”    by St. Thomas More