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ARS 2004 San Diego National Convention Garden Tour

The San Diego convention featured two garden tours. The first tour held on Friday, May 7th, featured five stops in the Temecula area of about 1.5 hours north of San Diego. It included three private gardens, one public garden, one winery, one nursery, and lunch. The second tour was held on Sunday, May 9th and also featured five San Diego area stops. This tour included two private gardens in El Cajon, one in Bonita, one in San Diego, the Balboa Park rose garden, and lunch in the park. The two garden tours were enjoyed by all. Here are a few pictures that definitely do not do justice to the beauty of the gardens.

Temecula Area Gardens - Friday, May 7, 2004

The Friday tour to Temecula was a great way to start the convention. We visited the private gardens of Virginia and Roy Boos, Diana and Walt Kilmer, and Kevyn and Dave Perry.

Our first stop was a visit to Wine Country Flower Farms, the prettiest nursery you can imagine. It is owned and operated by Patti and David Sakata who also live on the premises with their delightful young family. They grow several thousand roses as well as other plants. As an example of the quality of the roses you will see there, take a look at the row of white floribundas which are routinely rented out for weddings in the area.


This is the first time I have seen hanging baskets with ivy geraniums like this. This was an unforgettable sight.


Fuschias were also everywhere ... but no sign of the blister mites on them.


Some of the flowering plants were at their best.


View of this great nursery.


The tall cascading rose trees were also a sight to see. This lined the entrance to the nursery.

Our second stop was at the Maurice Carrie Winery exemplifies the many wineries now thriving in the Temecula area is the Maurice Carrie Winery. It was founded in the late 1970s and now has some of the children of the founding family involved in the operation. Everyone in the tour enjoyed the wine tasting and many bought some wine which the brought along at the luncheon held at the Klimer garden. I didn't take any pictures of this winery and its surroundings as everyone was too busy tasting the wine!

Our third stop was at the home of Diana and Walt Kilmer who moved to Temecula three years ago and now have 375 roses planted on their half acre lot. They grow all types of roses including many Old Garden Roses. Terracing has made their land usable for all these roses, fruit trees, and a shade garden. The Kilmer garden is an outstanding example of how much growth can be expected from roses in a short period of time, given an ideal climate and good growing practices.


Garden designer, Diana Kilmer, in front of one of her many raised rose beds which many found quite unique and easy to build.


The raised beds were build using pressure treated logs and held in place with cinder blocks at the corners. The cinder blocks are naturally grooved on the side and this made it perfect for raise bed construction


The terraced garden area in the front yard.

The next garden was the home of Virginia and Roy Boos who have ten acres which they developed about fifteen years ago. One acre is in roses and nine are devoted to grapefruit and avocado orchards. With 500 roses plus their fruit crops, they have plenty to keep them occupied.


The Boos raised beds had ample walkways for people to walk and view the roses.


Yes, the combined the rose garden with 9 acres of citrus and avocados.


View of the back of the house with more rose beds.


View of the main rose garden and its raised beds.

Next stop was the public rose garden in Temecula called Rose Haven. It contains about 1000 plants of all types except OGRs. One of the outstanding features of this garden is that it was planned and carried out by the Temecula Valley Rose Society and is totally maintained by them. They pay for the utilities, sprays, and fertilizers used there. Most of the roses were donated by Jackson & Perkins and Weeks Roses. Rose Haven was planted 12 years ago.


Sign welcoming everyone to the Temecula Valley Rose Society's Rose Heaven rose garden. Close to 1000 roses were planted at this garden.


Amble parking was noted in front of the garden. Apparently one of the biggest losses is the rose sign names. Apparently when visitors come to view the roses they also take along some of the signs so they can remember their favorite roses.

Next was the rose garden of Kevyn and Dave Perry. They have a two-acre garden planted with 300 mostly Old Garden Roses mixed among perennials and other shrubs. It is a delightful landscape of mature plants, with paths leading through the huge rose plants to all corners of the property.


This two acre mansion had plenty of roses and expectacular view for every one to see.


Even rosarians from New Mexico enjoyed the gardens!


Roses were everywhere!

San Diego Area Gardens - Sunday, May 9, 2004

The garden of Karen Mannino in El Cajon in east San Diego County: Her first rose, purchased for its fragrance at a grocery store, was Oklahoma. She now, after only four years, has 200 roses of all types on her two-acre lot. One of the first areas developed as a rose garden three years ago was a bed of thirty seven roses dedicated to her mother-in-law whose name was Rose. Karen has jumped into rose growing with a passion, and she is an avid exhibitor of both specimens and arrangements. She recently earned her horticulture judge accreditation.


Karen Mannino


Waterfall and fish pond, a newly finished project by the Mannino's.

The garden of Dick and Sue Streeper in El Cajon, east San Diego County: The Streepers have lived on their property for over forty years and have planted most of the trees, roses, and annuals that thrive there. At present they have about 400 hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, and miniatures. Since Dick is a long-time garden writer, he always has an interesting collection of yet-to-be-introduced new roses growing in pots and in the ground.


Ann Mansker, Barbara Lane-Piert and Terry Hart, enjoying the beauty of the Sally Holmes archway.


Dick Streeper explaining the new hybridizing crosses that he has performed.


A new seedling seen in Dick's rose garden.


Sue Streeper in front of an English style garden bed. I loved the mixed ornamentals around the roses.

Steve Berry's garden in Mission Hills caps the home gardens on the San Diego tour. Steve joined the San Diego Rose Society in 1999 and spent a year or so learning about roses and rose growing. Then he planted 170 roses among the existing landscape on his beautiful property, creating a showplace that has already been included on other garden tours.


Steve Berry in front of one of his many rose beds.


Another rose bed showing the mixture of roses and ornamentals. Di Marcus on the left.


The front of the house

The garden of Bea and Dick Ericksen in Bonita: A unique feature of the Ericksen garden is the garden railroad, still in the early stages of construction. It has 600 feet of track and a pond depicting Puget Sound with tide that raises and lowers. Part of the garden is planted with miniature roses and tiny conifers that may earn a place one day in the railroad area. Most of the 188 roses in the yard are hybrid teas, floribundas, and miniatures. The garden is meticulously grown and the hosts are enthusiastic, welcoming people.


Bea posing in front of her backyard rose garden.


Steve and Suzy Jones enjoying the beauty of the rose garden.


Soosie Villegas at one of the rose beds.


Yes, the train!!! Great project enjoyed by all.


Janene & Gail enjoying the fantastic view from the backyard.

The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park:. Lunch was served in the park. Tour attendees will have plenty of time to browse through the 2200 roses in the nearby garden. This garden was recently chosen as one of the two best rose gardens in the United States, along with the ARS garden in Shreveport, by the World Federation of Rose Societies. It was planted in 1974 and has become a favorite venue for weddings in San Diego.


The rose garden


Miniature rose bed ... why the fence?


Tommy Cairns presenting a recognition award from the World Rose Federation of Rose Societies to the San Diego Rose Society.



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