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June weddings on hold at Capitol landmark

The International World Peace Rose Garden at the state Capitol is one of the most romantic spots in Sacramento. (Photos courtesy International World Peace Rose Garden)

Gatherings restricted at famous rose garden

Some rose gardens were made for romance.

On the state Capitol grounds, Sacramento’s International World Peace Rose Garden seems to overflow with love.

With its heart-shaped pavilion and dozens of inspirational plaques bearing words of love, the half-acre garden on 15th Street is a favorite spot for weddings as well as engagements and other romantic events. (In a 2018 Sacramento News & Review reader poll, it was named “The Best Place to Visit on a First Date.”)

Hundreds of weddings have been held in this rose garden, among the most photographed locations in Sacramento.

But not this summer. COVID-19 has put this rosy wedding tradition on hold.

Restrictions on gatherings are affecting this favorite venue.

“I am still getting requests for weddings,” said T.J. David, the garden’s co-creator and chief operating officer.

David refers those requests to the California Highway Patrol, which handles permits for all gatherings on the state Capitol grounds.

“The state Capitol is not approving permits for events through the end of June,” David said this week. “We’ll wait and see if that changes at the end of June.”

More red roses have been added to the garden for dramatic backdrops.
What will happen to June weddings already permitted is unclear. On its online calendar, the CHP still lists at least nine June weddings plus eight others in July that were approved before the coronavirus shutdown.

Part of its appeal: This venue is available free. The only catch: Event organizers need a valid CHP permit. The garden (“Area No. 1” on the state Capitol permit website at ) can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.

In anticipation of a busy wedding season this summer, David and his volunteers along with the state Capitol maintenance crew made several major improvements to the garden during the winter months. Decomposed granite walkways were replaced with pavers – much better for walking down the aisle in high heels.

Near the garden’s arbor entrance, David added several deep red “In the Mood” roses to create a dramatic backdrop for wedding photos. The garden’s large fountain is surrounded by the same red roses.

The planting was designed “to create a new highly photogenic area with a high number of various angles to delight garden visitors and photographers,” David said. “The garden is a living artistic canvas of roses of various colors and fragrances.”

Overall, 40 new bushes were added to the Victorian-inspired garden, bringing its total to about 700. Right now, the garden is at its peak of bloom with a spectacular display of “living bouquets” for the public to enjoy.

Weddings or not, the garden continues to be open free daily to visitors from sunrise to sunset. Smell (and photograph) the roses all you like. “Every rose has fragrance, from slight to strong,” David noted.

But hands off the flowers, he added. “The garden has a policy of ‘Do Not Pick the Roses,’ so everyone can come and enjoy a lovely experience of waves of roses in bl oom.”


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This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

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* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

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