Part III: The Rose Garden at Brookside Gardens.

 
The Brookside Gardens Rose Garden © Britt Conley

The Brookside Gardens Rose Garden © Britt Conley

All Rose Gardens are not the same.  Some Garden Like Brookside Gardens have decoratively created a Romantic spot filled with dozens or rose varieties of nearly every color and kind that I can think of!  Here, the Rose Garden is geometrically laid out with both roses and setting fauna that provide backdrops for many of the visual areas that feature the roses.  This makes it perfect for flower photographers. There are about one hundred individual rose varieties here in exceptionally fun hues.  This lavendar Silver Star is one of my favorites to photograph.

The purple Silver Star © Britt Conley

The purple Silver Star © Britt Conley

Throughout the Summer and Early Fall the Roses are tremendous in full bloom.Roses grow to their full potential here © Britt Conley

Roses grow to their full potential here © Britt Conley

Although there are still those hearty floral hold outs that are still popping in November if you look for them.  I shot these flowers below, a week ago, in mid November.

Fall Flowers can still be found in the Rose Garden © Britt Conley

Fall Flowers can still be found in the Rose Garden © Britt Conley

The garden is a fun, maze like setting filled with the scent of roses. There are benches around the edges but, so far, I’ve been too busy buzzing about the flowers themselves to ever get a chance to sit down.

Another unexpected element to this particular garden is the fantastic variety of rose titles. One of my very favorite is the Julia Child.

The Julia Child Rose © Britt Conley

The Julia Child Rose © Britt Conley

I rather love the purity in the white petals of Moondance.

Moondance Rose © Britt Conley

Moondance Rose © Britt Conley

The Rouge-Royal Hybrid Tea rose is plush with possibility.

The Rouge Royal Rose © Britt Conley

The Rouge Royal Rose © Britt Conley

The Rio Samba transitional yellow-orange rose is a show stopper.

The Rio Samba is lovely © Britt Conley

The Rio Samba is lovely © Britt Conley

The garden is also full of other wonderful explosive plants of all textures and feels.

They make this garden a sweet and romantic place to visit.

The Rose Garden offers more textures for its Roses © Britt Conley

The Rose Garden offers more textures for its Roses © Britt Conley

Brookside lists some of their rose varieties as, “hybrid tea, rugosa hybrids, grandiflora, English, miniature, floribunda, shrub, groundcover, polyantha, climber, Gallica, hybrid musk, and the garden rose. Other plants of interest in this garden are crape myrtle or Lagerstroemia x ‘Apalachee’, Amsonia hubrechtii or blue star, Fagus sylvatica ‘Rohan Obelisk’ or upright purple beech.” This points us to “Look for the many All-America Rose Selections awarded by the American Rose Society.”

This Rose Garden is a perfect for photos © Britt Conley

This Rose Garden is a perfect for photos © Britt Conley

There are some gardens I’ve suggested bringing a book to read to in order to sit back and enjoy the scenery. This is not one of those gardens. The Rose garden has too many varieties and pleasant surprises tucked in every possible flower grouping. These visual treats can not be captured from a bench. So come and explore this selection of roses and surrounding floral and fauna textures. They are worth the trip!

Rose Varieties © Britt Conley

There were too many varieties to get all their names! © Britt Conley

Join me tomorrow for a visit to this years Flights of Fancy Butterfly exhibit! There are so many butterflies here you have to have yourself checked for hangers-ons before you can leave!

For information visit www.brooksidegardens.org

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. Part II: The Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  2. Part V: Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights!
  3. Part I: Brookside Gardens: An Overview
  4. Part VI: Some of the Flowers and Garden areas at Brookside Gardens.
  5. Bicentennial Rose Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden

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