Beds, Bulbs & Blueprints

But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays / Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days 

5000 plus Tulip bulbs for Lyndale Gardens. The larger beds in the annual – perennial gardens got about 1000 each with a six inch grid drawn out with a bulb placed every three inches.

Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, / And one by one back in the Closet lays.

One of our last tasks was removing the twenty plus tree roses from their beds, and placing them in the pit. This is a winterizing procedure known as “The Minnesota Tip Method” and will protect them from exposure. It will also prevent those bourgeois burglars from stealing SIX of them like they did last fall. Seriously. We came into work one morning and there were six holes where rose trees used to be.

On a more historical note, I’d like to present three versions of the Rose Garden. This first one is from 1908. Among the changes, their is no longer a road connecting Roseway Road and 42nd Street.

The first design of the Rose Garden

The second map is from 1940, and the third from 1947. These blueprints have more detail and include numbered list of the roses and their locations. They also give some information as to the names of the park board officials of the time.

The most significant differences are the layouts of the smaller beds towards the top of the garden and around the fountain.

This version was recently created by the same gardener who created the display signage. Thank you Chelsea for sharing this. It contains the names of the roses in the main beds and their approximate coloring.

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