Celebration of Roses in El Cerrito

Happy Mother’s Day! My mom loved roses, and she would have swooned over the amazing profusion of blooms in George’s garden.

George with roses

All our dear friends: Graham Thomas, Sally Holmes, Mr. Lincoln, as well as Ispahan, Electron, Sombreuil, Double Delight and more are blooming like crazy. George says it’s the chicken poop; I credit his green thumbs.

Rosa Californica (California wild rose)

Whatever the reason, we’re really excited to show them off at next Sunday’s Celebration of Old Roses, our absolute favorite event in El Cerrito. Always the Sunday after Mother’s Day, this year it’s on May 17th, 2015, from 11:00 to 3:30 pm. Sponsored by the Heritage Rose Group Bay Area, the show is held at the El Cerrito Community Centera few blocks east of San Pablo Ave (the main drag in El Cerrito), at 7007 Moeser Lane (cross is Ashbury Ave).  The event and parking are free, and it’s wheelchair-accessible.

Butterscotch Rose bud

The heart of the Celebration is an overflowing 100-foot display of all kinds of roses. Everyone from expert cultivators to casual gardeners bring cut roses to share and show off. The roses are arranged by type, so just by cruising the collection you’ll get a great education! Need a rose identified? Bring it along for an expert’s opinion. This year for the first time children can get a free rose plant courtesy of Tom Liggett and the Heritage Rose Group Bay Area, while supplies last!

Mr. Lincoln rose

Along with the roses there’s a great collection of arts and crafts and flower-related products for you to enjoy -your chance to stock up on gifts for rose and nature-lovers in your life. I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past ten years, and I’ll be there with the things I make from my original photos, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, decorated boxes, purses, cards, prints, and much more!

Rose Show

We’ll have our sublime local honey and all-natural beeswax candles from our beehives. If you can’t wait until the Celebration, you can always buy our honey at Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley, or contact me to arrange for pickup.

George with honey

Put Sunday May 17th on your calendar — go to smell the intoxicating roses and then stop by our table to say hello. If you have any questions about the show, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com

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In Celebration of Roses

It’s April, and that means the roses have taken over our garden!

Blue rose

All of our dear friends: Graham Thomas, Sally Holmes, Mr. Lincoln, as well as Ispahan, Electron, Sombreuil, Double Delight and more are blooming like crazy, so I’m really excited about the upcoming 34th Annual Celebration of Old Roses, my favorite event in El Cerrito.

 

Rosa Californica (California wild rose)

Always held the Sunday after Mother’s Day, this year it’s on May 18th, from 11:00 to 3:30 pm. Sponsored by the Heritage Rose Group Bay Area , it’s at the El Cerrito Community Centera few blocks east of San Pablo Ave (the main drag in El Cerrito), at 7007 Moeser Lane (cross is Ashbury Ave).  The event and parking are free, and it’s wheelchair-accessible. Last year parking was difficult because there was a swim meet going on, but that won’t be a problem this year!

Double delight rose

The heart of the Celebration is an overflowing 100-foot display of all kinds of roses. Everyone from expert cultivators to casual gardeners bring cut roses to share and show off. The roses are arranged by type, so just by cruising the collection you’ll get a great education! Need a rose identified? Bring it along for an expert’s opinion.

Mr. Lincoln rose

Along with the roses there’s a great collection of arts and crafts and flower-related products for you to enjoy -a wonderful chance to stock up on gifts for the rose and nature-lovers in your life. I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past nine years, and I’ll be there with the things I make from my original photos, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, decorated boxes, purses, cards, prints, and much more!

Rose Show

George always brings a vase of roses, and we’ll have his wonderful handmade soap and all-natural beeswax candles from our beehives. For the first time we’ll also have honey for sale! Our new brand is “La Ferme Melliferalle” (the name celebrates the wild honeybees that moved into our hive and have been so hardworking and productive). If you can’t wait until the Celebration, you can buy our honey at Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley.

George with honey

Mark May 18th down on your calendar — go to smell the intoxicating roses and then stop by our table to say hello. If you have any questions about the show, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com

Heritage Rose Show – May 16, 2010

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.

Double delight rose

Double delight rose

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.

Blue girl rose mandala

Blue girl rose mandala

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.

Rose and bouquet collage silk scarf

Rose and bouquet collage silk scarf

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…

Garden Delights booth at Rose Show

If you have any questions about the Show, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com

Despite the cold weather, I have been 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 George, the family gardener, I toted six plants home on BART.   And just as exciting, I also got news yesterday about one of my favorite events in our town (El Cerrito California, just north of Berkeley) — the Celebration of Old Roses, sponsored by the Heritage Rose Group, and held the Sunday after Mother’s Day.  This year, 2010, the event 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, San Pablo Avenue.  The Center is at 7007 Moeser Lane, cross street is Ashbury.  The event and parking are free.