This month’s Oakland Magazine features an article about the Morcom Rose Garden. Written by local journalist Wanda Hennig, it features the history of the Dedicated Deadheaders.
“Oakland never promised you a rose garden. But thanks to President Roosevelt?s Depression-era Works Progress Administration initiative and rose lovers at the Oakland Businessmen?s Breakfast Club back in the 1930s, the city got one. It was named for then-mayor Frank Morcom. Now, due in no small part to the passion of Oakland Public Works Agency garden crew leader Tora Rocha, the Morcom Rose Garden, which had lost its bloom along with its All American Rose Selection, or AARS, accreditation, is back to its glory days.”