Connie Hilker has been a life long gardener, digging in dirt and watching plants grow. She is also a history geek who loves nothing more than to read or listen to a true story from the past. Years ago she was given a copy of Thomas Christopher’s book “In Search of Lost Roses”.  It told the stories of rose historians and rustlers, who visited old homes and cemeteries, collecting stories and cuttings. She dreamed, at that time, that she might become one of them. And, she did. 

Connie works at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va, to manage the rose collection. Hollywood was designed in 1847 specifically to be a garden cemetery.
Garden cemeteries became popular starting in the mid-1800’s, as combination cemeteries, gardens, and public parks.
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Follow this link for Connie’s tips on taking rose cuttings.  LINK


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