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Welcome to an 'Hour' of weddings, roses

SDG's Debbie Arrington among experts at Fair Oaks event

Early Fair Oaks residents may have grown roses such as this Lady Hillingdon, a fragrant hybrid tea introduced in 1877.

Early Fair Oaks residents may have grown roses such as this Lady Hillingdon, a fragrant hybrid tea introduced in 1877.

Debbie Arrington

This program puts a little romance into local history.

Saturday, June 3, the Fair Oaks Historical Society will salute two romantic aspects associated with the month of June – weddings and roses.

June has long been associated with weddings; these events can unite families and change the course of local history. Roses are the official flower of June (and the nation). Both offer an opportunity to learn more about local people and floral traditions.

From 11 a.m. to noon at the Fair Oaks History Center, the society will host its “Welcome Hour” with the theme, “Weddings and Roses in Old Fair Oaks.” Guest experts – including master rosarian Debbie Arrington, co-creator of Sacramento Digs Gardening – will be stationed at tables to discuss their topics and answer questions.

(Questions don’t have to be limited to historical events. Ask gardening questions, too.)

Admission is free and the public – as the name indicates – is welcome. This outreach event aims to get more residents interested in Fair Oaks’ past.

“We started the Welcome Hour in September 2022, and its success is growing,” says program director Sandra Navarro. “The program is a community-based, interpretive history program.”

It’s a unique approach to making historic connections.

The Fair Oaks History Center is located at 10340 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, next to the Sunflower Drive-In.



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