Submitted by Lynn Breshears –
COULTERVILLE – Celebrate Earth Day weekend by taking a few moments to smell the roses while enjoying a leisurely step back in history.
Please join the Coulterville Rose Rustlers on Saturday, Apr. 21, for their annual Heritage Rose Tour through the historic old Gold Rush town of Coulterville.
Participants will meet in the courtyard of the Northern Mariposa County History Center, 10301 Highway 49, at 10 a.m. to begin a docent-led tour of the hardy roses planted by early settlers in remembrance of the homes they had left behind.
Fill your senses with Austrian Copper, Fortune’s Double Yellow, Cecile Brunner, our own Coulterville Red and a dozen more. Knowledgeable docents will lead both the usual trek around town and a new, shorter version.
After the tours enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to purchase locally propagated roses of your own. Two dozen varieties of local roses, both heritage and more recent, will be offered in one-gallon containers, and a dozen of those are in five-gallon also.
All proceeds benefit the history center and its many projects.
Rose lovers and history buffs owe a debt of gratitude to Connie Welch of Greeley Hill, rose propagator extraordinaire, for her tireless efforts to save the old roses of Coulterville for future generations.