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The Rose Garden is in full bloom!

We have had many questions about when the Rose Garden will begin blooming. The garden is currently in full bloom.  This first full bloom should extend well into May, if not to early June.  Enjoy the beautiful roses!

(Updated April 22, 2005)


The Rose Garden, consisting of approximately 1,200 cultivars, is arranged historically; in it, the story of the rose can be traced for more than a thousand years. The oldest roses, those that were cultivated in Medieval and Renaissance times, are represented. Most of the old European roses bloom only in the spring. Roses that bloom repeatedly during the growing season were introduced into Europe from China about 1800; the beds north of the rose arbor feature some of those original Tea and China roses and many of their descendants. On the south side of the rose arbor are 19th-century shrub roses, descended from the old European roses. Climbing and rambling roses, from all periods and groups, grow on the arbors, arches, and pergolas.

The central portion of the rose garden contains the hybrid teas, floribundas, polyanthas, and miniatures. Separate beds are planted with the classic pre-1920 hybrid teas and with roses from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Roses introduced since 1950 are in the section on the near side of the main axis walk, indicated by tall metal arches.

Planted in the long bed nearest the tempietto is a collection of English roses hybridized by David Austin. Although repeat blooming, these shrub roses harken back to the many-petaled full flowers, fragrance, and soft colors reminiscent of old garden roses.

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