Rose garden tea party at FRHP June 24

Proceeds from the tea party go to the maintenance of the rose garden

The Ernest Jacobsen Rose Garden at Fraser River Heritage Park

The second annual Rose Garden Tea Party will be held on June 24 from 2-4 p.m. at Fraser River Heritage Park with proceeds going to support the Ernest Jacobsen Rose Garden.

There will be light refreshments, door prizes and draws. Tickets are $10 at Murdoch’s Book Shoppe on First Avenue or at the park.

The Ernest Jacobsen Rose Garden was named after the long-time Mission resident, who had a passion for growing the flowers. His garden on Lawrence Lane once contained as many as 700 rose bushes and was a member of numerous rose societies, gaining an international reputation.

Following his death in March 2001, his family donated 300 rose bushes to Fraser River Heritage Park.

With donations from the community, a southern exposure of the park was selected for the garden to receive ample sun and provide breathtaking views of Mount Cheam and Mount Baker.

Ernie’s widow, Rhona Jacobsen, continues to reside in Mission and cares for the roses with other volunteers.

If you would like to become a rose garden volunteer, or would like further information, please contact the Mission Heritage Association at 604-826-0277 or e-mail mhaadmin@telus.net.