Rosalia—A Rose Festival
May 18th, 2019—Sebastopol, CA 95472
What: a gathering of rose lovers, a discovery about roses, their history and how to grow them, a sale of rare roses and companion plants, an adornment with roses
Where: Wischemann Hall, 465 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA 95472
When: Saturday, May 18th from 11 am until 3 pm.
Who: The Friends of Vintage Roses, a nonprofit established to preserve an historic collection of several thousand roses, based in Sebastopol, CA, in Sonoma County, and sharing curatorship of the roses with preservation-minded individuals and groups across the United States.
- Contact: Gregg Lowery, Curator at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our website: thefriendsofvintageroses.org
- Post enquiries to The Friends of Vintage Roses, 3003 Pleasant Hill Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Why: To aid in the work of the volunteers who maintain and help to preserve a great collection of old and classic roses
More About Rosalia—For Those Hungry to Know More
The Friends of Vintage Roses announce a special event we will host in Sebastopol on May 18, 2019. 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.
Our purpose is to enlighten, to inspire and to delight all who join us on that day. It is our way of reaching out to the people in our local community. We want them to stop and smell the roses. Our mission is to bring attention to our ongoing work of preserving a collection of living beauty, the thousands of 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.
The event will take place at Wischemann Hall, adjacent to the Sebastopol Community and Youth centers, just a few blocks from town square and The Barlow. Wischemann’s beautiful dance hall will provide the setting for an educational display of roses through history with hundreds of roses in bouquets. We hope to illustrate very simply how roses have been grown through the ages and how both old and modern roses can be used in the garden. We want our fellow Californians to learn that roses are survivors, well adapted to our climate and to varying gardening conditions.
We are inviting rose groups in the North Bay Area to join us and to share information about themselves. And we hope to emphasize rose preservation groups and the work they are doing to keep roses alive, and to remind the public of our rose heritage. 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 are asking other North Bay nurseries to join us, and hope to offer a much larger plant sale of everything from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees.
Rosalia will take place on Saturday, May 18th, the day before the Celebration of Old Roses in El Cerrito, Sunday, May 19th. That amazing event is a must see, and the coincidence of the two rose events in one weekend will, we hope, encourage the attendance at both events. The Celebration has for nearly 30 years shared our magical collection in the displays it mounts.
The details of the event will be provided in announcements we will email out and post on our website over the next weeks and months. Please spread the word and try to attend, and if you are able, volunteer to help us with the mounting of this special event. We hope to give the expression ‘Flower Children’ new meaning and new life!