Candace Taylor

Volunteers Emmie Makishima, left, and Adena Kalal tend the flowers at the Pioneer Memorial Rose Garden in Rio Linda.

Sacbee garden: Pioneer garden blooms for Farm and Tractor Days

Published: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 12:00 am

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What are they doing down on the farm? This week, they’re smelling roses –and a whole lot more.

It’s the Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society’s 20th annual Farm and Tractor Days, set for Friday and next Saturday at the Dry Creek Ranch House, 6852 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda. Featuring vintage tractors, hayrides, farm animals, crafts fair and more, the event is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Suggested donation is $3 per car.

Among the attractions at this annual celebration of Sacramento’s rural roots is the historical society’s Pioneer Memorial Rose Garden. According to volunteer Candace Taylor, nearly 100 rose bushes are in their first flush of bloom. “The varieties, ranging from old garden roses to floribunda to hybrid teas, represent a labor of love for two local residents that began in 1995, the year the rose garden was planted,” she said.

Adena Kalal, who founded the rose garden, and Emmie Makishima, a founding member of the historical society, continue to demonstrate a deep commitment to keeping the Pioneer Memorial Rose Garden healthy and blooming, Taylor said.

“The rose garden really enhances the Dry Creek Ranch House and grounds,” said Kalal, whose late husband, Bob, was also instrumental in creating the garden. “It’s a peaceful place to come and enjoy,”

Makishima coordinates the garden’s volunteer efforts. “People always notice the roses and comment on how delightful they are,” she said.” But sometimes, it’s a challenge finding volunteers.”

Makishima regularly tends the garden and is happy to share her knowledge with visitors.

“Everything I learned about roses was from Adena,” she said. “She’s a great teacher.”

In her own garden, Kalal grows more than 500 rose varieties. During Farm and Tractor Days, the volunteers will sell roses from Kalal’s garden to help support the society’s projects including the Pioneer rose garden.

For more information on Farm and Tractor Days, call (916) 747-4426.


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