Hansen Park - Roses

Corner of First Street and Holmes in Livermore

Hansen Park Rose Garden is a small island park surrounded by streets where First St meets Holmes St in Livermore. It is located across the street from Noah's Bagels. Most of us park in the medical building parking lot to the west of the park, and you can also park near Noah's and ACE Hardware to the north.

Rose Map of the roses found in the park.

Hansen Park Business Sponsors (In-Kind Donations)

Kellogg Garden Products - Rose Fertilizer
Sanctuary Soil and Feed - Buckaroo Worm Castings
Star Roses - Roses

Next: Tues, May 10, 2022 9:00 am - 11:00ish am.

Next: Thurs, May 26, 2022 9:00 am - 11:00ish am.

Spring has sprung and the roses in the garden have been looking beautiful! Bountiful swaths of colors have entertained our eyes for the last several weeks while fleeting fragrances have teased our noses. Starting in May we will get back to our routine of twice-a-month flower bed maintenance for the summer - the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month. We are usually in the garden around 9:00AM, but sometimes will move our start time earlier if temperatures warm too much over the morning.

Our assignment for May will be to deadhead the spent blooms and tidy up the beds. Deadheading encourages a new blooming cycle, and tidiness helps promote air circulation within the bushes to keep them healthy and improve resistance to diseases.

Please bring rose clippers and a bucket or container for clippings, and wear long sleeves and gloves. We find that rose gloves that cover your forearms offer good protection from scrapes and pokes from the thorns. We will also be removing weeds, which have enjoyed the spring weather too. A long-handled hoe can make easy work attacking these pesky weeds while standing, or weeder or soil knife and a pad to provide cushioning for your knees lets you pull the weeds at a closer range. Come help us for an hour or several, enjoy a snack we provide, share the outdoors with your fellow gardeners, and let your eyes feast on spring!

Several days before each work party we send an email reminder to members who have expressed an interest in working at the rose garden. Being part of this list is informational, and does not commit you to attending. We would like to make sure our email list is current. If you would like to be included, please contact Gayle Pawloski. See the LAVGC Yearbook for her additional contact information.

If you have questions or want to get on the email list, do not hesitate to call or email Dana Boyd or Gayle Pawloski. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

Several previous Hansen activities

In early 2021 LAVGC received a PLANT AMERICA Community Project grant from the National Garden Clubs Inc. In March, 2021, using the Grant money, LAVGC members and City of Livermore workers updated Hansen Garden. Nile Runge photographed the event. The photos are available in slide show manner at the following Dropbox link. Just click on the link, click on the first photo, and at the bottom of the photo in a black box with arrows. Click on an arrow to go to the next photo. We were also featured in the Pleasanton Weekly and The Independent newspapers.

May, 2018. Our May 24 work party.

January, 2014. In the last few weeks, thanks to the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC), there has been a lot of gardening activity at Livermore's Hansen Park. During the holidays and early January, LAVGC held three work parties to plant and prune roses at the park.

On December 28, 2013 and January 2, 2014, a dozen Club members planted 82 roses, 75 of which were generously donated to the park by Star Roses. The goals of the planting were to replace aging roses, add roses found in the original 1960s garden, fill in gaps where roses were missing, and add a planting bed dedicated to roses hybridized by Walter Lammerts, a famous hybridizer of roses (e.g Queen Elizabeth, Bewitched, and Chrysler Imperial) who lived in Livermore in the early 1960s.

In conjunction with the planting work parties, a group of members also pruned roses. The final rose pruning work party was held on January 11 with 22 members attending. All of the work parties were a wonderful example of "many hands make light work". Stop by the park and take a look at the roses.

Pictures: January, 2013. A group of 23 volunteers pruned all of the approximately 460 roses in four and a half hours. The city improved the irrigation of the roses in February by adding more sprinklers and adjusting some of the overhead watering. Our March effort involved spreading Preen on the beds to inhibit weeds. Lydia, the LAVGC Hansen Park coordinator, has done a tremendous job in getting donations of fertilizer from Kellogg (enough to fertilize all of the roses) and alfalfa pellets at a reduced cost from Livermore Feed and Farm Supply. Alfalfa pellets are wonderful fertilizer, especially for roses. LAVGC has also been fortunate to have received a donation of two pallets (70 bags each) of worm castings from Sanctuary Soil and Feed in Vernalis, and one of the pallets went to Hansen Park.

Pictures: April 2013. We had a work party to apply the 70 bags (~1 ton) of worm castings (donated by Mitch Davis of Sanctuary Soil and Feed), ~9 bags (450 pounds) of organic fertilizer (donated by Kelloggs and delivered to the City yard by Western Garden Nursery), and 350 pounds of alfalfa pellets sold to us at a reduced cost by Livermore Feed and Farm Supply.

We continued the task of identifying the roses in the park, and throughout the summer we held several work parties to dead head the roses and pull weeds.

In Summer 2013, we also developed a path forward to replace ailing roses and to add roses where roses have died. Anne Homan, Livermore's historian, has kindly supplied us newspaper articles with extremely valuable information on the history of the park and the original rose layout, and we will use that information to re-introduce some of the original roses back into the park.

Pictures: November 2012. Over 16 members dead-headed roses and The Independent wrote 2 articles; one on the history of Hansen Park and another on the LAVGC efforts to restore the park to its former glory.

Hansen Park
Before
  Hansen Park pruned
January 2013
Hansen Park work party
April 2013
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