Roses along the way

There are 64 beds of roses within the garden and several dozen more varieties planted around the borders. Recently one of our gardeners combined her digital media skills with the gardens’ physical need for signage. This first set of images are roses along the walkway. They are presented as you would see them if you were looking to your right as you walk along the walkway from the lake toward the fountain, and then back to the lake. If you don’t turn around as you walk backwards back towards the lake, you would then turn your head to the left.

The year refers to when the rose became available for sale to the commercial / home market. I’m glad to see a notation for fragrance as well. We are often asked which are the best smelling roses, which is a very subjective thing actually and hard to answer. There will be times working in the garden when a breeze will pass through with an intoxicating brief smell that makes me stop and turn around as if I could maybe find where that particular scent came from. I wonder if that skill set exists to be able to smell test roses? “That’s Lasting Peace, I’d know it anywhere.” “No, you’re wrong. That’s Easy to Please if it’s anything.”

Chelsea not only made these but took all the rose photographs, so thanks again for sharing them. The only other information I would have included would have been a scale of thorn intensity, this being the Game of Thorns after all.

These last images are from the beds South of the walkway that separate the tree roses. These would be the last 8 beds as you walk along the long walkway back towards the lake. As of this writing many of these roses are in their last yet still glorious blooms. It’s been a good year for the roses.

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