Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden

Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden (HMC7Z)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94708 Alameda County
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N 37° 53.11', W 122° 15.772'

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City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated in 1995

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

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
HM NumberHMC7Z
Series This marker is part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series
Year Placed1998
Placed ByCity of Berkeley
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 564819 N 4193330
Decimal Degrees37.88516667, -122.26286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 53.11', W 122° 15.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 53' 6.60" N, 122° 15' 46.32" W
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Area Code(s)831, 510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1250-1284 Euclid Ave, Berkeley CA 94708, US
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