Tour Fairmount’s Heritage Rose Garden in June

Make plans now to visit the Heritage Rose Garden at Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery in June.

farirmount-chameleon-blogIf you love old roses, you need to be on the Heritage Rose Foundation’s annual tour of the rose gardens at Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery June 13. The cemetery is located at 430 S. Quebec St., and is home to at least 300 antique garden roses of almost 60 different varieties. The fact that the majority of these old roses are over 100 years old is a testament to their hardiness.

Even if you can’t make the tour, please find time to visit the area on your own sometime in June–you won’t be disappointed. Located on a hill near a large white gazebo, the Heritage Rose Garden, the roses were  transplanted here from other areas of the cemetery by the Fairmount Heritage Rose Foundation volunteers.

Most of the plants are 10 feet tall and 6 feet deep and loaded with pink, white or red fragrant blooms. It’s a spectacular sight.

Antique roses are divided into groups based on their ancestry and include gallicas, damasks, albas, centifolias, mosses and chinas. Many of the roses in the Heritage Garden haven’t been identified, but are marked as “mystery damask” or with just a “?” because their true lineage is unknown.

Some roses are even credited as a “Fairmount” variety, such as Fairmount Malton or Fairmount Chameleon. The photo above shows a Fairmount Chameleon with Dr. Huey in the background to the right.

Dr. Huey is a climbing rose over 10’ tall and covered in dark red semi-double blooms in late spring. Another favorite of mine is Rosa Alba Semi-plena, a highly-scented old garden rose with a cold hardiness that defies its delicate white blooms.

If you’d like more information about the tour, call the Heritage Rose Foundation at 303-322-3895.


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