The Friends of Vintage Roses

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About The Rose Collection

The Friends of Vintage Roses owns and maintains the historic roses from the "Lowery-Robinson" collection, currently located in Sebastopol, California, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Rosarians world-wide consider the collection to be one of the most comprehensive multiple-class collections of old roses ever assembled.

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To comprehend the struggle The Friends of Vintage Roses face working to save 3500 old rose varieties, we offer this aerial view of the garden, the pots and roses we must care for, and pass along to others who’ve volunteered to help us preserve. This image comes from 2 years ago, just prior to our […]

Please note: our Dirt Day for April 7th has been cancelled due to heavy rain and flooding. Our next scheduled date is Sunday, June 15th.  Next Saturday, April 7th will be our first Dirt Day of 2018. I am very excited to have your help in continuing our work.   The rose adoptions project was […]

Over the past week we’ve measured 4 inches of rain here in the Friends’ garden of old roses. That drenching bodes well for the year to come as the old European section of the garden has come full circle from a tangled, secret garden to a bright open haven for flowers. Our 2017 Blackberry eradication […]

In late May this year our collection of roses faced a new peril. Funding for hired help had diminished just at a time when we most needed the extra help. As I dragged hoses through the container plants to water—the start of a long, dry summer—I realized just how fragile those plants were. Three thousand […]