Private rose retreat opened to public
by Peter Burke
Mar 28, 2013 | 1711 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reamses rose garden on Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley is open to the public. Here is one of 14 stations of the cross in the garden. The roses will begin to bloom later this spring and through the summer and fall.
The Reamses rose garden on Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley is open to the public. Here is one of 14 stations of the cross in the garden. The roses will begin to bloom later this spring and through the summer and fall.
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Allen Reames recites a motto while walking by his 185-bush garden on Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley: “You’ve got to slow down and smell the roses.”

The retired lawyer and his wife, Maria Reames, have opened up the 13-year-old garden for the public to visit and enjoy, including stops at 14 stations of the cross.

“We really felt it was a way to do something for the community that does not have a bad impact,” said Allen Reames. “It’s visually pleasant and the gates are open. We want people to enjoy the roses and express the peacefulness of the garden.”

The Reameses began work on the garden in 2002 with one red rose that Allen Reames’ mother planted before her death.

Nearly dead when it was found in the yard, the rose bloomed with care from the Reameses, who had moved into the house. During the next few years, the couple built fences and beds for the roses and added a 12-foot cross in front of a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta and a fountain.

The couple attends Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz and decided last year to build the Catholic stations of the cross in the garden — 14 stations that commemorate Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross during the Easter season.

The garden had been blessed in 2008 by Maria Reames’ brother, the Rev. Carlos Evangelista, who was visiting from the Philippines.

Allen Reames said that because Easter is celebrated early this year, on March 31, only some of the roses are blooming. However, the garden — with nearly 70 varieties of roses — remains open to visitors throughout the year.

He said the garden needs maintenance during about 10 months each year, including pruning in late fall and trimming of spent blossoms throughout the summer. But the drip irrigation system uses relatively little water, Allen Reames said.

Visitors may drive up to the gate, which opens automatically, and park alongside the driveway. The Reameses’ dog, Kara, is friendly to guests.

What: Reames Serenity Rose Garden

Where: 3009 Granite Creek Road, in Scotts Valley

When: Open to the public during sunlight hours

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Edward Reame
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March 10, 2014
Dad and Maria this is so beautiful. I took so much pride in knowing all the love that has been put into this project. It is truly amazing to me to see all the changes in this place from early childhood until present. Only after Alyssa experienced being present in the garden did she understand the magic of it. I so enjoyed talking with her about growing up working under your and drama's guidance, she is glowing with admiration and pride with what both you and Maria have accomplished.



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