Chinese Heritage Rose Garden

The Jiang Entian Chinese Heritage Rose Garden celebrates the amazingly strong heritage and influence of roses from China on many, if not most, modern garden roses. It is estimated that as much as 75% of the genetic makeup of most current hybrid roses derives from Chinese roses, dating back to the their introductions to Europe in the late 1700's.


This garden was funded by a capital campaign in 2010 and 2011, planted in spring and dedicated in July, 2012. The supporters who made the garden possible are listed in the Donor section below. The garden is named for prominent rosarian Jiang Entian.  Madame Entian is also honored with a rose garden in her hometown of Taicang, China for her stewardship and study of roses in China, and a lovely velvet-red rose variety bears her name.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts in the Rose Garden

The beauty and uniqueness of the Heritage Rose Garden create a perfect setting in which to memorialize a loved one, honor a friend, or mark a special occasion. The person to whom you pay tribute will be permanently commemorated by an engraved paver or brick set in the garden's pathways, or on the garden's honor plaque. 

Donation & Tribute

$ 5,000 Special Recognition
$ 1,000 Engraved Paver -  8" x 8"
$ 500  Engraved Brick -    8" x 4

Contact 707-996-3166 or email info@sonomabg.org to inquire about making a Tribute Gift in the Heritage Rose Garden

Donors who made the garden possible and a delegation of Chinese dignitaries representing some of that country's most prestigious gardens were on hand for the garden's dedication.


From left to right: Sun Jianhua of the Consulate General of China; Zhang Zuoshuang, President of the Chinese Rose Society and Former Director of Beijing Botanical Garden; Steven Hightower, former President of Quarryhill Botanical Garden; Howard Higson, former Head of Horticulture for Quarryhill Botanical Garden; Shen Meilin, Vice-Director, Taicang Agricultural Committee


The Legacy of the China Rose

China roses arrived in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from southern Yunnan, China and other parts of Southeast Asia, to forever change the course of rose breeding and culture in the western world.  The particular traits that enthralled the rose world were repeat-blooming, or remontancy, which was as yet rarely known outside the East, and the stunning beauty of scarlet to crimson colored flowers.  Those characteristics were previously unknown in the western world. The four "Stud Chinas", three of which are extant and represented in the center of the Garden's Chinese Heritage Rose Garden, and other Asian introductions combined their genes with those of long-standing European varieties to produce myriad rose classes, now ubiquitous and dominant in rose culture the world over.


Rosa chinensis var. spontanea and Rosa odorata var. gigantea, two wild Chinese species roses which thrive here at the Garden, are the two native species widely believed to have contributed most to those original Stud Roses, and hence to the the China and Tea roses, two groups that have maintained their separate identities despite extensive hybridization. 

Descendents of China roses include the Noisettes (China x Musk Rose) and Tea-Noisettes, Bourbons (China x Autumn Damask), Teas (Tea-Scented China x Bourbon/Noisette), Hybrid Chinas (China/Noisette/Bourbon x Once-blooming European varieties), Hybrid Perpetuals (Hybrid China x Portland/Noisette/Bourbon), Hybrid Teas (Hybrid Perpetual x Tea), Polyanthas (China/Tea x Rosa multiflora/Rosa wichurana), and Floribundas (Polyantha x Hybrid Tea). 

Clearly, these relatively few Chinese introductions from two hundreds years ago have had a profound and lasting influence on horticulture and the seemingly endless appetite for roses of every size, scent and shape.


The Garden is a member of the Great Rosarian's Rose Garden Hall of Fame in recognition of its outstanding dedication to the preservation of Asian species roses and cultivars.

We gratefully thank the donors who have made the rose garden possible:

Anonymous donor
Tom & Tamia Anderson
Kathleen Aspenns
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Barbaccia
Matthew & Janice Barger
Linda Barr
Mrs. Elizabeth Hogan Bechtel
Mary & Mike Benziger
Cassandra & William B. Bernstein
Kimberly & Simon Blattner
Katherine & Richard BUll
Matt Burgesser
Mary Kate Carter
Dean & Ella Chen
Rosemary Chen
Stephanie & Jack Clark
William & Sara Clegg
Gay Collins
Susan & Lewis Cook
Alice Cooney
Tony & Stephanie Correia
Michael P. Craib
Joan W. Dinner & Michael H. Smith
Dana & Richard Dirickson
Kathleen Ecker
Pat & Steve Edelstein
Anthony & Suzie Eglin
Sheila Einhorn
Lexie and Bob Ellsworth
Judy Enochs
Karen Ernsberger
Cynthia Evans
Jeanette & Whitney Evans
Renee Belanger
Carol Baker Farkas
Ann and Bob Fisher
Brenda Flatland
Sandra Frary
Helen Giss
Alice & Peter Hall
Maud Hallin
Anne Halstead
Joan Harris & Steven Veit
Kaye & Richard Heafey
Troy & Steven Hightower
Jack & Eleanor Higson
Dianne & Ron Hoge
Charlene Hsu-Winges & Jerry L. Winges
Veronica Johnson
Susan & Stafford Keegin 
The John Kirkpatrick Trus
Mary Kroniger
Richard & Tatwina Lee
Josie Lee
Sally MacBride
Don & Amy MacNair
Suzanne Loomis
Rosemary & Eugene McCreary
Bill & Joanna McNamara
Joyce McNamara
Shirley Meneice
Ron & Chris Mickelsen
Doris Middlebrook
Patti Motta
Jane Mraz
Willa and Ned Mundell
Christine & Michael Murray
Barbara Oliva
Cornelius & Sara Ann Ough
Dr. & Mrs. John Q. Owsley
Peninsula Rose Society
Sherry Perkins
Tom & JaMel Perkins
Bev & Bill Raaka
Marde Ross
James Rundel
Bill & Mabeth Sanderson
Patricia Seawell
Elaine Sedlack
Deborah & Harvey Shein
Robert Smith
Cathy & Doug Stevenson
The Taicang Agricultural Commission
Shanna Thompson
Barbara Tuffli
Lyman P. Van Slyke
Sarah Vella
Lorraine Wedekind
Gail West
Christine Whelan
Fran & Cameron Wolfe, Jr