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The Rose Garden

Facts and Figures

The three and a half acre Huntington Rose Garden was designed by Myron Hunt and first planted by William Hertrich in 1908. Beginning in the mid-1970’s, the garden was organized as a “collection garden” displaying major phases of the long history of roses beginning with the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It includes important parent roses, roses from prominent hybridizers, and rose cultivars from around the world that grow exceeding well in Southern California. The Rose Garden has gone through a number of re-designs over the years, with major replanting in 1922, 1945, 1973, 1982, and re-design in 1988.


First bloom starts around April 15th and continues right up to the start of pruning on January 2nd.

Peak rose bloom ranges from late April through early June.

Rose Garden wisteria peak bloom is mid-March to mid-April and the deciduous magnolias December through April.

There are approximately 1,200 cultivars of roses in the collection.

Important components of the collection are: The Old Garden Roses (roses developed before 1901); China, Tea, and Noisette Roses; Shrub Roses (including the David Austin English Roses); and Modern Roses from all parts of the world.

Taxodium mucronatum, Montezuma Cypress, were planted from seed collected in 1912 in Mexico City.

Agathis robusta, Queensland Kauri Pine, was originally planted by the Shorb home and is over one hundred years old.

The deciduous Asian magnolias bloom from early winter to early spring.

Rose Labels display three bits of important information: cultivar name (top center); horticultural class, i.e., Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora, (bottom left); date of introduction or when the cultivar was first sold (bottom right).


The Rose Garden sponsors a number of educational programs each year:

  • Pruning Demonstrations in January
  • The Great Rosarians of the World Annual Lecture Series in January
  • The Huntington Symposium on Old Roses, which alternates with a Spring or Fall Rose Festival every other year

Rose Volunteers assist with deadheading, propagation, and pruning.

Rose Garden Docents with special training are on duty to answer questions.


The Rose Garden is no longer part of the All-American-Rose Selection (AARS) program.

At one time the Rose Garden was planted in a chronological system, this scheme is slowly being phased out.

Replanting of the ‘Sun Flare’ roses in front of the Rose Garden Café was done during the winter of 2003/2004.

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