Our Upcoming Dirt Day
Please check out the curator’s latest blog on the homepage for details about our upcoming Dirt Day on April 7th, 2018.
Each month we organize two “Dirt Day” gatherings for those who would like to volunteer in the care of the rose collection. Dirt Days take place at the current site of the collection:
3003 Pleasant Hill Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Dirt Days for 2018—they’re here!
Below is the schedule of our volunteer days in the garden in Sebastopol. We call these “Dirt Days” and they run the gamut from weeding to potting, planting to mulching. Dirt Days begin at 10 am; we work until about 1 pm, then break for lunch. Some brave souls continue in the afternoon.
On Saturday, May 19, beginning at 9 am, we are joined by members of the Bay Area Heritage Roses Group to pick and label flowers from the collection for the rose display at the Celebration of Old Roses in El Cerrito, the following day, Sunday, May 20th. The 19th of May will be the best day for you to come for a light day of work and a chance to enjoy the roses and see our progress over the past year. Please do join us!
—Gregg Lowery, Curator
|March 24, Saturday||April 7, Saturday|
|April 15, Sunday||May 6, Sunday||May 19, Sat—Flower picking!|
|June 3, Sunday||June 24, Sunday||July 8, Sunday|
|July 21, Saturday||August 5, Sunday||August 18, Saturday|
|September 8, Saturday||September 23, Sunday||October 6, Saturday|
|October 21, Sunday||November 3, Saturday||November 11, Sunday|
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Gregg Lowery if you plan to attend. We do best when we know how many will be on hand.
About our Dirt Days with the Roses
Over 10 years ago a small group of friends started helping with maintenance in Gregg Lowery’s and Phillip Robinson’s old rose collection in Sebastopol. Dirt Days have become a regularly attended tradition. There are now about 35 volunteers who have actively participated in these work days at The Friends of Vintage Roses’ collection. These are held monthly from late winter to late fall, and they have made a significant difference in keeping the rose collection from disappearing. Roses have been planted, both in the ground and in pots. Beds have been weeded, mulched and inventoried. In the process of this labor of love, friendship flourishes and camaraderie makes the hard work great fun. After about three hours of work, the group shares a potluck lunch, and talk about the roses, about gardening and about the world of old roses.
The Dirt Days volunteers have been a valuable resource for the maintenance of this collection and for furthering the interests of The Friends of Vintage Roses. If you are interested in joining our group of enthusiastic volunteers, please send an email to this year’s volunteer coordinator, Gregg Lowery, at email@example.com.
Here are just a few comments about our volunteer work days in the garden, our “Dirt Days” as Luanne Wilson nicknamed them:
“Although I’ve only attended a couple of Dirt Days so far, I was made to feel welcome at once. It feels good to work on the noble enterprise of preserving these heritage roses, the participants are fascinating, and the potluck is always delectable.” —Leslie
“I’ll never forget the first time I met the collection and the garden that holds it. It must have been 1999. It was a warm May day, peak bloom. A beautiful romantic aria was playing. Suddenly I was in the midst of roses many of which I only really knew by name. The colors scents and sights of these beauties were almost too much for me. I actually became dizzy and had to sit down for a while before I could take it all in. It struck me then how very important to the world this collection was. Later as I became more familiar with the roses and the people who had brought them together and cared for them I knew that I wanted to do all I could to help keep such a wonder alive. I was there at the beginning of Dirt Days. Michael and I couldn’t make it to the day that Luanne and Carol were organizing so we came a few days earlier and spent the day weeding. After we were joined by a solid group of folks working together with a common cause. People have come and gone over the years. Friendships have grown. We’ve eaten an amazing amount of wonderful food at our potlucks. The roses survive and the garden evolves. I remain hopeful as all gardeners must. To me roses are a symbol of the promise of beauty. Together the Friends can fulfill that promise.” —Pamela
“I’ve been going to these events for a long time. Never once have I failed to have a good time. One highlight I remember was in the first year, perhaps the first big Dirt Day. I remember we got a humorous email from Jon Dodson sent to the group for the occasion. Life goes on, things change. This is one of the things I enjoy that contributes to the rhythm of my days.” —Paula