CGLHS founder Bill Grant    

(1925-2020) touring Val Verde,

Montecito, CA, 2001.

Photo: © Susan Chamberlin


Rainbow! A History of the Rose in California

February 28, 2021 7:46 AM | David Laws (Administrator)

By Susan Chamberlin (February 28, 2021)

This early history of the rose in California by Darrell g.h. Schramm is an essential reference. Native species, varieties introduced by the Spanish colonizers and subsequent settlers, roses arising in California, and a chronological history of California rose nurseries are some highlights. Rose rustlers will appreciate the lists of introductions and lost roses at the end. The history ends in the 1920s. No footnotes but the bibliography is extensive. 

About the Author - Biography from the rear cover of the book 

Darrell g.h. Schramm, rose historian, a retired rhetoric, composition, and poetry professor, and a Master Gardener, is the author of numerous articles in such publications as American Rose, Historic Rose Journal, Heritage Roses New Zealand, Pacific Horticulture, Rose Letter, Rosa Mundi, By Any Other Name and others, including literary, educational, and historical journals and magazines. On the national board of the Heritage Roses Group, he is editor of its quarterly, while also serving on the board for The Friends of Vintage Roses and editing its online newsletter. He lives and gardens in Vallejo, California.

Excerpts from the book can be reviewed at:


Eden is the quarterly journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society. Click below to download pdf copies of past issues.