In 2003, Sue Vieth and Tamera LeBeau, directors of the South Natomas library and community center (respectively) with Natomas volunteer Marni Leger began exploring the possibility of creating a rose garden next to the library. In partnership with the city’s parks department, the group planned fundraisers, hired a landscape designer, and began the process of creating Natomas’ first all-volunteer community rose garden.
November 3, 2005
Fundraising reception sponsored by Mayor Heather Fargo and Council Member Ray Tretheway at the South Natomas Community Center
5:30 – 7:00pm
Design Approval / Trellis Installation
The Sacramento City Council approved the master plan in early 2006.
In summer of 2006 hardscape construction began of the rose beds, decomposed granite walkways, solar irrigation system and first steel trellis was installed.
In the Spring of 2007, over 100 volunteers planted 400+ perimeter trees and perennials.
July 19, 2007
Coverage by 5 local TV stations put the Natomas Rose Garden on the map.
First Rose Plantings
In late 2007, volunteers planted 170 roses in the heritage and veterans sections of the garden.
Garden Officially Opens
The rose garden committee hosted a Wine & Roses reception for 150 guests to open the rose garden for public use on May 28, 2008.
Second Rose Plantings
Volunteers planted 242 roses in the spring of 2009 to bring the total to over 500 roses.
Perimeter Fence Build
Thanks to Dodie Newman and the Fort Natomas volunteers who supplied materials and labor, the rose garden perimeter fence was completed in June 2009.