Elegant & Enchanting Rose Garden Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016

10AM to 4PM

Hosted by the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain
American Rose Society Affiliate
26th Year Commemorative Tour

Image is from a previous Elegant & Enchanting Rose Garden Tour


California Garden/California Dreamin’…

“California Garden” is the theme of this year’s Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour. We will be exploring the true essence of California Gardens. To some it reflects a plant palette of plants from the Mediterranean, to some it evokes the Old West, and to others it is the opportunity to have a year round space where there are no boundaries to the imagination. We will travel into the hills of San Clemente and visit a true California Ranch Garden, then on to a Landscape Architect’s succulent garden with a view of the ocean. We will explore a small cottage behind the San Juan Capistrano Mission which pushes the limits of an artist’s creativity. While touring a New England inspired garden, there is the feeling of the East Coast. We notice it denotes something truly Californian with its movie theater and stables. Come join us as we celebrate what California Gardens are…

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain has, for over 25 years, been offering its members and guests the experience of seeing first hand some of Southern California’s most beautiful gardens. We hope, from these experiences, you will glean the California Garden is ever changing and always affords the opportunity to redefine what living in California is all about.

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain has, in the last nine years, awarded over $50,000 in Horticulture and Plant Sciences Scholarships to worthy recipients. Last year we embarked upon a partnership with Fullerton Arboretum to fund two Rose specific internships at their facility. These internships gave students the ability to have a “hands on” arboretum experience. Our scholarship programs include students attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State University Fullerton, and Saddleback College. Garden Tour proceeds facilitate these very important endeavors and fund the maintenance of the American Rose Society designated “Year of the Rose” garden at the Mission Viejo Library. This garden was designed and planted in 2002 and redesigned in 2012 by our members.

Come share the beauty! A Pre-Mother’s Day Event!

For more information please phone ... .

A portion of the tour proceeds sponsor Biological Science and
Horticulture Scholarships to local universities and colleges.

Download the Rose Garden Tour Flyer here:

Rose Garden Tour Flyer 2016

Download the Rose Garden Tour Media Pack here:

Rose Garden Tour Flyer 2016
Garden Tour Press Release

RSSM Bulletin Board

RSSM Backgrounder

Read a Blog Entry by Lydia about the Rose Garden Tour here:

Get Your Ticket for California Dreamin' this Mother's Day Weekend


Purchase Tour Tickets

I'm sorry but online purchases for the 2015 Rose Garden Tour are now closed.
Please see the FAQ section below for details on how to purchase tickets at this time.

• Rose Garden Tour Tickets are $25 each if purchased in advance. The tickets can be purchased via tha Paypal button above; via printed flyer below; at the Dana Point Nursery 34100 Coast Hwy Dana Point (receive a $10 complimentary gift certificate with each ticket purcased); or at our Rose Society Monthly Meeting April 14th, 2016.

• After April 29, 2016, no tickets will be mailed. All tickets purchased after April 29, 2016, through PayPal need to be retrieved at "Will Call" located at 3 Maracay San Clemente CA 92672-6049.

• "Will Call Tickets" are available after 10am, May 7, 2016, at 3 Maracay San Clemente CA 92672.

• After 6:00 PM on May 6, 2016, tickets are no longer available for purchase from the PayPal button above.

• Day of tour cost is $30.00 and may be purchased at 3 Maracay San Clemente CA 92672-6049

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Frequently Asked Garden Tour Questions [ Top ]


How do I get my ticket?

When we receive your check or payment from PayPal, we mail your Ticket Brochure(s) to the address you have designated. The Ticket Brochure is THE TICKET. All Tickets will be mailed, except Ticket Brochures purchased after April 29th, 2016 must be picked up at “Will Call” located at the first garden site: 3 Maracay San Clemente CA 92672-6049. Guests' whose orders are received after April 29th, 2016 will be directed by email or telephone to the "Will Call" address.

Online ticket sales will end May 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Tickets may then be purchased at first garden site, 3 Maracay San Clemente CA 92672-6049.

How do we know where to go to start the tour?

The Ticket Brochure is also your Ticket. Each garden address on the tour is listed beginning with garden #1 with directions to each garden.

You may tour the gardens in any sequence.

You will not be admitted into the gardens without your ticket.


How do guests get to the garden sites?

There are driving directions in your TICKET BROCHURE to assist you. All garden sites are listed in the Ticket. This is a self-guided tour. Guests may drive their car to the garden sites in any sequence from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. You may begin at any garden site. Parking may be limited at some locations, but is not a major issue. All gardens are located within walking distance to the street parking. Please do not park in front of driveways or block cars. Please drive carefully and be considerate of the properties in the surrounding areas.

Please carpool to help with parking.

What to Expect:

Can we bring children?
Sorry, no children under six; no strollers.

Do children over six need a ticket?
Yes, all attendees need a ticket.

What kind of terrain will the tour be like?
The tour is not wheelchair accessible. The terrain is variable and can be uneven; including gravel, DG walkways, and steps without handrails. All gardens are on flat ground or viewable from flat ground, but guests will need to negotiate some steps or stairs without handrails.

Wear comfortable shoes, hats, and sun screen.

Is the tour cancelled if it rains
The tour will be held regardless of weather conditions.

What are the hours of the tour?
Garden locations will open at 10:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM on May 7, 2016.

Do I need to have some cash on hand?
The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain, because of the generosity of Beryl and John Hourian at Garden #1, is offering for sale three rooted cuttings in a pot of Poor Man's Orchid for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the RSSM Scholarship Fund. You may also want to include lunch as you travel along the route. There are many delightful eating establishments in the area.

For additional information or questions, whom do I contact?

Please call ... at ... .

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