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Enjoy roses? So does Rosemary


POSTED May 26, 2012 1:37 a.m.

COLUMBIA — Love roses?

Then Rosemary’s Roses at 12600 Yankee Hill Road in Columbia just north of Sonora is the place for you.

It is Tuolumne County’s largest rose garden, with over 1,300 roses of all types growing in the ground. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning when the roses show a good bloom, usually in early June and continuing through Oct. 21. They would appreciate your calling before you come out, since they are “off the beaten track” and wouldn’t want you to make an unnecessary trip. There is no need to call during their open gardens from June 4-17 as well as Oct. 2-21. There is a $5 fee per person for touring the gardens.

Their rose nursery, featuring hard to find roses grown in containers, is open year around, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no need to call before coming out if it is during the Open Gardens dates noted above.

You can reach Rosemary’s Roses at (209) 536-9415 or by emailing You can also go to www.Rosemary’s for more information.

They moved to Columbia from Modesto in 1998, bringing 320 of their favorite roses with them. Over the years, they just kept planting roses and now there are over 1,300 of all types growing in their garden

For ease in identifying the roses in the garden, each rose has an easy readable metal label with the name of the rose, type, date of introduction and color.

The roses are situated in a picturesque country setting in the Sierra Foothills amongst oak trees and ponderosa pines, with green tree studded hills in the background. You can take pictures to your heart’s delight while meandering along the gently sloping paths, viewing roses from the gazebo or while resting under the big oak at the bottom of the garden. Bring a picnic lunch and stay as long as you like.

Having grown rose for many years, Rosemary is a Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge, both accredited by the American Rose Society. She is happy to answer your questions, and will propagate rose varieties older than 20 years, upon request.

The nursery at Rosemary’s Roses was begun on March 23, 2005, with the aim of providing good quality container-grown roses, on their own roots.

Own-root roses have several advantages over budded roses:

• They are not grafted, hence no rootstock to take over if the original rose dies.

• They have a far better chance of survival during severe winters, as they can freeze to the ground and still spring back from their roots and bloom the following summer, whereas a budded plant might be dead, with only its rootstock sending up new shoots.

• Own-root roses have a much longer life than budded roses.

They offer Modern Roses introduced more than 20 years ago as well as Old Garden Roses for sale, and currently have over 1,000 roses, 300 varieties, in the nursery:

• Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, Polyanthas, Miniatures, Shrubs (Both Modern and Classic) and Climbers, including those hybridized and registered by Rosemary

• Old Garden Rose:

• Alba, Bourbon, China & Hybrid China, Damask, Hybrid Bracteata, Hybrid Gallica, Hybrid Multiflora, Hybrid Perpetual, Moss, Noisette, Portland, Species and Tea Roses

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