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Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden

City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated in 1995

 

—Vernon M. Dean, Landscape Architect - 1933-1937 —

 
Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
1. Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden Marker
Inscription. The Rose Garden was a joint creation of the City of Berkeley and the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), whose public works provided employment during the Depression. Vernon M. Dean, the City's landscape architect, designed the garden in a rustic style, with a redwood pergola and semi-circular stone-walled terraces facing San Francisco Bay. Hundreds of tons of native rock were quarried by in the Berkeley hills to construct the terraces. The garden was sculpted into the hillsides west of the Euclid Avenue streetcar line that crossed the canyon of Codornices Creek on a trestle. More than 2,500 rose bushes were selected by the East Bay Counties Rose Society, led by Charles V. Cowell. The planting arrangement emphasized one color per terrace, starting with red at the top and descending through bronze, pink, and yellow to white at the bottom.

The entry overlooking the garden was redesigned by architect Helene Vilett in 1996 and rebuilt with community donations and funds from the City.
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project 1998
 
Erected 1998 by City of Berkeley.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 37° 53.11′ N, 122° 
Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden Marker - Wide Shot image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
2. Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden Marker - Wide Shot
15.772′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Euclid Avenue near Eunice Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Loma Steps (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Hunrick Grocery Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hillside School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Live Oak Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Annie and Bernard Maybeck House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the entrance of the Rose Garden, about 15 feet from the sidewalk, mounted on a cement retaining wall adjacent to the steps leading down into the garden.
 
Also see . . .
1. Friends of the Rose Garden. The Friends of the Rose Garden webpage, giving a brief overview of the history of the Garden. (Submitted on May 4, 2009.) 

2. Municpal Rose Garden. Berkeley Landmarks' webpage history of the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden, with pictures. (Submitted on May 4, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Berkeley Rose Garden - Exterior from the Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
3. Berkeley Rose Garden - Exterior from the Southeast
Berkeley Rose Garden - Interior from the Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
4. Berkeley Rose Garden - Interior from the Southeast
Berkeley Rose Garden - Interior from the Northwest image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
5. Berkeley Rose Garden - Interior from the Northwest
Berkeley Rose Garden Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
6. Berkeley Rose Garden Entrance Sign
 
 
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