Part II: The Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

 
The Scepter'd Isle Rose © Britt Conley

The Scepter'd Isle Rose © Britt Conley

This garden has some of the most stunning roses I have yet to see anywhere.  What I like best about the garden is that it carries my very favorite type of rose:  The Scepter’d Isle Rose, bred by a man named David Austin in the UK.  This lovely 45 petal English Rose blooms all through the season and has a strong Myrth sent.  So if anyone is considering adding roses to their garden, this would be one of my top choices for visual reasons.

Another hit for me is the Wild Blue Yonder Grandiflora rose by American Tom Carruth.  This rose has a strong scent of spice and festive pink and red hues with a light purple center.

The Wild Blue Yonder © Britt Conley

The Wild Blue Yonder © Britt Conley

And this French Cherry Parfait by Alain Melland is exactly as described.

The Cherry Parfait © Britt Conley

The Cherry Parfait © Britt Conley

Louise xxx © Britt Conley

Louise Cochrane gift © Britt Conley

In 2001 Rose enthusiast Louise B. Cochrane reconfigured the Rose Garden and enlarged its offerings.  This commemorative sign for her rests on the rose covered walls of this stone sitting area in the garden.  Here the roses climb onto the stone walls, fully incorporating the structure into the garden.

The Rose Garden's Stone walls © Britt Conley

The Rose Garden's Stone walls © Britt Conley

On my recent visit last week, the stone pergola was being used as a stone trellis for Rose Christmas lights that are part of the holiday light display this year.

The Rose Holiday Lights © Britt Conley

The Rose Holiday Lights © Britt Conley

This open aired, treeless garden is unprotected from the beating sun so I would suggest using the lovely stone walls and roof as a viewing point on hot days.

Within the book Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: 25 Years and Growing, Lynn Kirk tells us, the Stone Pavillion, “is draped in more than eighty varieties of blooming roses that range from classic favorites to new hybrids, and unusual to rare specimens.”  She also points out that the garden puts, “an emphasis on genetically superior hybrids bred for disease resistance, rebloom, and fragrance.”

The view from the Rose Garden © Britt Conley

The view from the Rose Garden © Britt Conley

As a photographer, this Bee just knows it’s amazing to shoot here.  The blooms are beautiful and this is just one of the many gardens here.  The rose garden overlooks the pond and the Children’s Garden, which is where we’re headed to next, unless we take a slight diversion : )

For more information please visit www.lewisginter.org

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt

Related posts:

  1. Rose Fest Weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 10/2-10/3
  2. Part I: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  3. Part III: The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  4. The Photo Garden Bee Lifts off in a Hot air balloon over Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  5. Part V: The Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

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