GVR History


A New Beginning

Garden Valley Ranch got its start in the 1880s by Harrison Mecham as a cattle ranch.  He was a lieutenant of General Mariano Vallejo.  General Vallejo was given a large land grant by the Mexican government for his services and in turn rewarded 4,000 acres to Mr. Mecham.  The site now occupied with over 10,000 rose bushes was once the home to one of Mr. Mecham's three daughters, Isabel.  A truly ornate three story victorian mansion was built here in 1888, but was ravaged by fire in the early 1980s.  Many of the other buildings were saved or rebuilt and preserved to reflect the charm of an age gone by.Rosarian, author and columnist Ray Reddell, and a group of investors, purchased the property in the 1980's with the intention of using the mansion as a bed and breakfast.  After the fire, Ray turned to his passion for roses and began planting field grown cut garden roses for the floral trade.  Today, we are one of the only growers in the United States to offer true, natural and chemical free cut garden roses with over 60 varieties including very fragrant English style, extrordinary Hybrid Tea and special Spray roses.A wedding and event site was added later along with a retail nursery.  The nursery specializes in the highest quality bare root (seasonal) and potted roses with usually over 1,000 varieties available year round.

A New Beginning

Garden Valley Ranch got its start in the 1880s by Harrison Mecham as a cattle ranch.  He was a lieutenant of General Mariano Vallejo.  General Vallejo was given a large land grant by the Mexican government for his services and in turn rewarded 4,000 acres to Mr. Mecham.  The site now occupied with over 10,000 rose bushes was once the home to one of Mr. Mecham's three daughters, Isabel.  A truly ornate three story victorian mansion was built here in 1888, but was ravaged by fire in the early 1980s.  Many of the other buildings were saved or rebuilt and preserved to reflect the charm of an age gone by.Rosarian, author and columnist Ray Reddell, and a group of investors, purchased the property in the 1980's with the intention of using the mansion as a bed and breakfast.  After the fire, Ray turned to his passion for roses and began planting field grown cut garden roses for the floral trade.  Today, we are one of the only growers in the United States to offer true, natural and chemical free cut garden roses with over 60 varieties including very fragrant English style, extrordinary Hybrid Tea and special Spray roses.A wedding and event site was added later along with a retail nursery.  The nursery specializes in the highest quality bare root (seasonal) and potted roses with usually over 1,000 varieties available year round.

How It All Started

In early 2005 Mark Grim purchased the gardens from Ray Reddell (who wished to retire).  Many exciting changes have taken place under his ownership. 


A Working Landmark


Just 32 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Garden Valley Ranch is located in Petaluma, a town unequaled in Northern California for its preservation of pristine Victorian homes and authentic nineteenth century commercial buildings all spared by the 1906 quake.  Several of the buildings constructed here at Garden Valley Ranch in the 1880's have earned National Historical Landmark status.

How It All Started

In early 2005 Mark Grim purchased the gardens from Ray Reddell (who wished to retire).  Many exciting changes have taken place under his ownership. 


A Working Landmark


Just 32 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Garden Valley Ranch is located in Petaluma, a town unequaled in Northern California for its preservation of pristine Victorian homes and authentic nineteenth century commercial buildings all spared by the 1906 quake.  Several of the buildings constructed here at Garden Valley Ranch in the 1880's have earned National Historical Landmark status.