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.
Over the years my parents acquired more acres of olive trees and at one time we had more than 400 acres of olives in California. We were extremely busy growing olives with little time for roses. However, now only the home place with the surrounding original 10 acre grove remains in the family.
I, my brother and my oldest sister are lawyers, and two sisters are teachers. My mom raised olives, lawyers, and teachers by herself after my father died in 1971.