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    One of 675 rosebushes is all abloom at the Capitol Park garden.

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    Capitol Park's World Peace Rose Garden makes a beautiful backdrop for anything from a quiet lunch to a formal wedding.

Seeds: Capitol rose garden celebrates 10th anniversary in a big way

Published: Saturday, May. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Friday, May. 10, 2013 - 3:51 pm

The past decade has flown by at the World Peace Rose Garden at Capitol Park.

"It's totally amazing," said co-founder Sylvia Villalobos. "It seems like we did the dedication not that long ago. So much has happened, yet it feels like it's always been part of us."

Named one of the top 10 public rose gardens in America, the 675-bush garden celebrates a milestone Sunday: its 10th anniversary.

"I'm just hoping the roses will look good," said co-founder T.J. David, with an eye on recent hot weather. "But I think (the anniversary) will be awesome. It's really exciting. It's becoming an international event."

The public is welcome to attend the free celebration. Locally acclaimed as one of Sacramento's most romantic settings, the garden is on 15th Street between L and N streets on the eastern edge of the Capitol grounds.

Starting at 2 p.m., Sunday's party stresses the garden's underlying message of world peace. Delegations of children from Jinan, China – one of Sacramento's sister cities – and Mexico will take part along with local students.

"They actually replicated our World Peace Rose Garden in Jinan," Villalobos said. "They wanted to pick one thing that represented Sacramento, and they chose this garden."

Hmong, Aztec and Sikh dancers will add to the event's international flavor. Along with several local dignitaries, more than a dozen leaders from Sacramento's interfaith community will take part.

A special guest will be Sadie Jauch of Lodi, who recently celebrated her 106th birthday with a rose variety named in her honor. The Capitol garden now has its own bed of Lady Sadie yellow and pink floribunda roses.

The Lady Sadie roses are among 80 new bushes added to the garden since last season. These roses are one more personal link between Sacramento and its Capitol garden.

After all, this is the people's rose garden, Villalobos noted.

"I'm very pleased it's enjoyed by so many people," she said. "That's the best part. They value it. They show ownership. We built it for the people, and they love it, too."

Rose days

Can't get enough roses? UC Davis opens up its 8-acre rose fields for tours this weekend during its annual Rose Days.

Hosted by the university's Foundation Plant Services, this free event includes informal workshops on all aspects of rose growing. The first 250 attendees will get a free floribunda rosebush to take home.

The open house and plant sale starts at 10 a.m. each day. Hundreds of bushes will be offered for sale including many of the new "Eyeconic" series of easy-care roses. Field tours will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days.

No registration is necessary. For directions and a catalog of roses for sale, visit and follow the links to Rose Days.

Old shovels needed

If you have some old shovels gathering rust, dig into this recycling project. In a collaboration between the city of Davis and the university, a new art project needs loads of old shovels – 400 total.

The shovels will be incorporated into a 16-foot-tall arch created by internationally known sculptor Christopher Fennell. The shovel heads will form "leaves" among vine-like twisted metal pipe.

Spades, trowels and shovels of all kinds will be part of the project. So far, about 100 shovels have been collected, according to Katie Hetrick of the UC Davis Arboretum.

"We need a whole lot more," she said. "The artist really wants the patina of used shovels to create this piece."

Gardeners can drop off their old shovels from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the city offices, 1818 Fifth St., Davis. Or bring them to the UC Davis Arboretum plant sale at its teaching nursery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18.


When:2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Capitol Park, 15th Street between N and L streets

Cost: Free



When:10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday

Where: Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis

Cost: Free


Call The Bee's Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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