Despite the cold weather, I’m getting signs that spring can’t be far off. The farmer who sells incredible tomato plants at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market had a bumper crop of starter plants yesterday, so after consulting with family gardener George I toted six plants home on BART. And just as exciting, I got news yesterday about one of my favorite events in our town (El Cerrito California, a bit north of Berkeley) — the Celebration of Old Roses, sponsored by the Heritage Rose Group, and held the Sunday after Mother’s Day. This year the Show will be on May 16th from 11 am to 4:30 pm. It’s at the El Cerrito Community Center, a few blocks east of the main drag in El Cerrito, San Pablo Avenue. The Center is at 7007 Moeser Lane, cross street is Ashbury. The event and parking are free.
The heart of the event is the hundred-foot display of roses — everyone from expert cultivators to garden-fanatics to hobbyists to people who just have one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to show. They are grouped and arranged, and the result is an intoxicating display of scents and colors.
In addition to the roses, an array of arts and crafts and rose-related products will tempt you — just view, or purchase if you can’t resist! My favorites include a vendor who sells rose and nature themed books, and two vendors who offer rose flavored jellies and jams and locally-produced honey.
We have had a booth with our artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past five years. This year we’re going to be in the main hall again, competing with the rose display for attention. I’ll bring the work that I make from my original photographs, mostly rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, tiles, boxes, vases, sachets, and much more! Go to smell the roses, then stop by to say hello…
If you have any questions about the Show, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com