Summertime is for flowers and I recently got my fill of them–13 acres full to be exact.
There’s a little hidden gem called the Park of Roses with over 11,000 roses in over 350 varieties of shape, size, and color (plus herbs and perennials too). The petals just go on and on and on. This wonderful garden is part of the community’s parks and recreation department. It’s free and open to the public with the peak season mid-June through mid-September.
A little garden trivia? Construction began in 1952 and it’s one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the United States. Kudos to the members of the Columbus Rose Club & The Central Ohio Rose Society for dreaming of such a place for their community to enjoy. And kudos to the volunteers and staff who keep it going over 50 years later.
Colorful gardens like this only encourage my indecisiveness. Which flower was my favorite? I’ll never be able to decide. Here are a few amazing blooms. The first is called Cherry Parfait. Reminded me of up north Michigan so I had to include it. And while I was caught up in the roses, I’ve also included another favorite–the cone flower.
There are lovely roses in Michigan as well (some of which were in my grandmother’s back yard). Wish I was closer to visit often.
Fair Lane Rose Garden at the Henry Ford Estate
Frank’s Nursery and Crafts Rose Garden, part of the MSU Horticulture Gardens
Garden Park Arbored Rose Garden
Happy gardening, everyone.