Looking Back - History of the Rose Garden

Many of us are going through old papers and photos during the pandemic, awash in nostalgia and memories. The task is made much more poignant for we who love the Historic Rose Garden be-cause of how it is being diminished by city staff. In a February presentation to the Youth, Parks and Cultural Enrichment Commission, former Acting Cemetery Manager, Gary Hyden, stated rose garden volunteers planted roses within an area “they have designated as the rose garden,” adding “it was nothing official.” This spurred Judy Eitzen to research the Sacramento Beefiles, and Anita Clevenger to look through old photos and records. They found a very different story.

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