Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc. - Hamilton Square Perennials


Hamilton Square Perennials
Hamilton Square is located on the southwest side of Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, near the Old Mortuary Chapel. The garden is the burial site of William Stephen Hamilton, the youngest son of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasurer of the United States.

Stephen Hamilton came to California in 1849 and died in Sacramento in 1850.  He is the cemetery’s most restless resident.  He died once (1850), was exhumed twice (1877, 1889) and buried three times in three different locations.

Visitors are encouraged to visit this garden any time of the year on self-guided tours. Many roses are labeled.  During the Open Garden event in April, docents are available in Hamilton Square for tours.

The majority of the plants in Hamilton Square are from the five Mediterranean areas of the world – California, the Mediterranean Basin, Chile, South Africa and Southern Australia. Roses donated from the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, City of Sacramento, Heirloom Old Fashioned Roses and Barbara Oliva, are modern versions of “old fashioned” roses. These roses bloom almost continuously for eight months of the year. Perennials are mixed with the roses.

Restoration of several plots in the area was made possible through a grant from the T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation and the Perennial Plant Club of Sacramento. Brick restoration was completed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Work Release Program. When restoration began in 1997, the only plants in Hamilton Square were a few roses and trees. Plant donations from Robert Hamm of Valley Perennials, Dr. Marla McClaren, Target, and Perennial Plant Club members have turned this area into a perpetually blooming site.

Volunteers are always appreciated to work in Hamilton Square. There's weeding, deadheading perennials and roses, pruning, reworking plots and planting chores. Please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator or telephone at (916) 4448-0811 and leave a message if you are interested in this opportunity.


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