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Two events offer hard-to-find roses

Sacramento Rose Society hosts auction; heritage rose expert holds yard sale

Among the roses for sale May 20 will be Barbara's Pasture Rose, named for the late Barbara Oliva, who found it.

Among the roses for sale May 20 will be Barbara's Pasture Rose, named for the late Barbara Oliva, who found it.

Photo courtesy Anita Clevenger

Love roses? Here are two great opportunities to add unusual (and often fragrant) varieties to your collection.

On Thursday, May 11 (and just in time for Mother’s Day), the Sacramento Rose Society will host an auction of hard-to-find rose varieties, propagated from members’ collections. Many of these miniature, miniflora and polyantha roses came from cuttings from Baldo Villegas’ rose “farm” (with 3,000-plus varieties and counting). In 1-gallon pots, all plants are at least two to three years old and grown on their own roots.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., the auction will be held at the club’s regular meeting at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Bidding starts at $15 for most bushes; cash or check only. Among the featured varieties will be Bees Knees, Gourmet Popcorn, Hello Gorgeous!, Irresistible, Joy, Magic Show, Show Stopper, The Lovely Fairy and Baldo Villegas (not the master rosarian, but his namesake white-pink blend miniflora).

Ideal for container gardening and borders, miniature, miniflora and polyantha roses tend to stay small, often under 2 feet. They’re ideal for rose lovers with less space and many also have fragrance.

Proceeds from the auction will help support the rose society and its programs, such as the just-completed rose show. For more information:

For people who love fragrant – and historic – roses, here’s a fantastic opportunity: a yard sale of all antique roses. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, heritage rose expert Anita Clevenger will host a sale of rare and historic roses at her home, 877 53rd St., Sacramento. Most roses will be priced at $15 with a few larger bushes priced at $25. Cash only please. More than 100 bushes in about 30 different varieties will be available.

Among the unusual roses that will be available are two favorites from the Heritage Rose Group: Barbara’s Pasture Rose and Elizabeth’s China Rose. In addition, find several varieties dating back to the 1800s.

Questions? Call Anita at 916-715-7294.


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