The Columbus Park of Roses in Columbus, Ohio was recognized as one of the world’s outstanding rose gardens last weekend when it was inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Park of Roses has the distinct honor of being the first garden in the U.S. Midwest to be selected for inclusion in the international Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Central Ohio park joins an elite company of the world’s most famous gardens, including world-renowned rose gardens in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium and Germany.
Located in Whetstone Park, the 13-acre Columbus Park of Roses displays more than 11,500 rose bushes of 424 rose varieties. Founded in 1953, the garden is one of 130 nationwide All-American Rose Selection display gardens. Induction into the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame is based on the extent of the collection, display, volunteer support and educational programs. The city-owned Park of Roses is tended primarily by local garden and rose clubs.
A June visit to a Hall of Fame rose garden is inspiring. In the U.S., most roses reach peak bloom between late spring and early summer. Banks of colorful roses showcase the delightful variety that can be found in the color and form of a single flower species. The U.S. boasts several world-class rose gardens, including:
- Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Connecticut, developed in 1894, is the oldest municipal rose garden in the U.S.
- Founded in 1917, the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon is the oldest, continuously-operated public rose test garden in the U.S.
- The 14-acre Tyler Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler, Texas is the largest rose garden in the U.S., displaying more than 38,000 rose bushes and 500 rose varieties.
- The Huntington Library Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California offers the nation’s most comprehensive rose collection, showcasing 1,200 varieties of historic and modern roses.