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Mme Isaac Perriere Introduced: 1881 Class:  Bourbon

Mme Isaac Perriere
Introduced: 1881
Class: Bourbon

Fortuniana Introduced 1850

Fortuniana
Introduced 1850

Antique Roses in Lynchburg are in bloom in the Old City Cemetery!  Each year Old City Cemetery gives the public the opportunity to purchase antique roses that are grown on the grounds.  This is a great opportunity for you to add to your collection.  If you don’t have a yard but enjoy roses, April and May is the perfect time wander the grounds and enjoy the roses that are in bloom.  The antique rose collection was planted in 1986 along the 500 foot remains of the 1860′s old brick wall.  The 60 varieties were chosen to represent the history of the rose from the mid 1500′s through the 19th century.  These roses came from around the country as well as Canada and include plants that were donated by local gardeners. Additionally there are numerous other varieties of antique roses throughout the rest of the 26 acre cemetery.  All are botanically labeled at the site. If you are visiting Lynchburg or you live here, take time out of your schedule to stop and smell the roses.

 

Jessica's Rose early 20th century

Jessica’s Rose
early 20th century

The Old City Cemetery is located at 401 Taylor Street and is just 5 minutes away from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  They are open daily and can be reached by calling 434-847-1465.  This year, the cemetery is holding its 13th annual Antique Rose Festival May 17th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Cemetery “rosarians”–rose experts will lead guided tours at 10:00am and noon.  In addition there will be planting demonstrations and tips on how to care for rose beds throughout the day.

Please note that there is some degree of speculation as to the true identity of  certain antique roses and the Cemetery welcomes expert opinions and enjoys the rediscovery of the mystery of these garden treasures.

The grounds of The Old City Cemetery has over a thousand plants, trees, flowers that are marked.  There is something blooming in the Spring, Summer and Fall, not to mention the great fall colors, especially in the Confederate burial section.  No wonder this is Lynchburg’s most visited site.

Starting next month every Saturday morning throughout the summer there is a free walking tour of the cemetery.  Wear comfortable shoes as the tour includes walking over uneven ground.  One of the cemetery employees will lead the tour.