Rose Hip Jam Recipe

As winter approaches, we stop deadheading to let the roses slow down and store their energy.  Many roses form hips, and some are quite decorative.  They are full of vitamin C and it is nit uncommon to see Rose Hip Tea in the stores.

But you can also make rose Hip Jam and Jelly.  At an upcoming Master volunteer event, Rose Hip Jam made by Terry will be raffled off.

Here’s the step by step procedure to used to make the Jam:


Collect Rose Hips

Boil Rose Hips

Puree Boiled Rose Hips

Strain Pureed Rose Hips

Boil Strained Rose Hip Juice, add lemon juice, pectin and sugar.

Pour in sterilized jars

Boil in pot to seal

Finished Product (it’s actually Jelly not Jam – I always forget the difference)


Recipe loosely based upon this one HERE

How Roses are Created

The process to create a new rose variety can take over a decade of work. As one of a few Test Garden’s in the US, we get to see the new roses before anyone else. But to get to the test rose stage, it takes years of work.

There are a few great videos featuring Ping Lim, of Bailey Nurseries. Lim created Love and Peace, a AARS winner located near the sundial.

They can be viewed HERE and another one HERE.


Bloom Cycles


Bloom Cycles -­‐ what are they? Well everyone knows how beautiful the first flush of blooms are in April and May. The roses have stored up lot of energy over the winter and push out new growth in the spring. What results is the best blooms of the season. But at the Rose Garden, we try hard to keep the garden in constant bloom.

As you know, after a bloom is finished, we deadhead.

This causes a new growth and new blooms to emerge. In about 45 days a new bloom will emerge (your mileage may vary, refer to your rose owners manual!). Then, after that bloom is finished, it is deadheaded again, and so on.

In the Rose Garden, it is not unusual for us to get 5 bloom cycles before winter pruning. You can see the “cycles” by looking at some of the stems. They look like steps. As you know, we like to cut to an outside leaf, to direct the growth in an organized manner.

In this picture, you will see where the January cut was, the 1st deadheading, and the second deadheading, and now it is ready for its third bloom cycle. So take a look at your roses at home, or those in the Garden and see if you can see how many bloom cycles have been produced.