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