This magnificent rose garden was created on the site of a family olive grove, which has been owned by the same family for half a century. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, this olive grove was originally developed by the railroads, before recently being transformed into orange groves.
This truly spectacular rose garden is in California's San Joaquin Valley, at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Owner Christopher Whelan, a lawyer, who now owns the farm along with his siblings, created the rose garden in an old olive grove that has been in his family for decades.
The roses—beautiful and extravagant—are part of a larger story of the land, which has slowly been transformed from a working olive grove into an orange grove, with these 10 acres left as family property.
Click to the next slide to start reading our Q&A with Christopher Whelan and to learn more about the remarkable story of these roses planted in an olive grove.—Claire Lui, Online Editor