Sunday, the day after our rose show in Rhode Island, we went to our 2ndrose show of the season sponsored by the Connecticut Rose Society in Elizabeth Park in Hartford CT. Mike, an American Rose Society horticultural judge, was one of the judges for the show.
While Mike was judging, I strolled through the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden which has the distinction of being the oldest rose garden in the United States. Elizabeth Park has over 10,000 rose bushes, approximately 800 different varieties, including their trademark arches of rambling roses. These distinctive rows of arches, some dating back 100 years, are surrounded by rose beds and more roses scrambling up and over fences around the garden.
Very few public gardens can compete with the spectacle of roses in the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. Be sure to plan a visit, especially in June, to see an impressive display of roses in a traditional setting.
(Visit http://www.elizabethpark.org/ for more information.)