Monday, June 10, 2013

The Rose Garden

 Entry to the Rose Garden

This afternoon the sun did come out after a morning of clouds and cooler weather.  Bob asked me if I would like to visit the Rose Garden at Woodland Park, I said yes, so we did.  I am not sure how many people are aware of this lovely garden.  It is located right next to the Zoo and only had a few people wandering among the rose bushes when we visited. 

The roses range from award winners to new varieties being tested.  A five stage area demonstrates natural gardening—no pesticides, no or very little watering and composting to enrich the soil. Throughout the garden there are roses of all colors of the rainbow, single petals, doubles, and even triples or more.  Climbing roses, bush roses, tiny roses, and huge roses.  Some roses were so perfumed that I could smell them before I could determine which flower it was coming from to others that did not have much of a scent at all. 

There are several small pools; one pool even had blooming water lilies and yellow irises.  There is a nice Gazebo with benches and other benches are placed here and there throughout the gardens. 

If you don’t mind walking up from Lower Woodland the entire visit can be free.

Water Lily pond

 Water Lilies

 Closer view of two water lilies

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