Columbus Park of Roses

The Park of Roses, part of the larger and considerably less flowery Whetstone Park, was one of the first Columbus sightseeing destinations that was recommended to me when I first moved here almost two years ago. It’s known as a popular spot for dates, photo shoots, and other stuff I try very hard to avoid while I’m there.

Established in 1953, the park has over 12,000 roses of more than 400 different varieties, which is like, out of control when you really think about it. (I didn’t even know there were that many types of roses???) It’s won all sorts of awards for flower-related stuff, but for me it’s mostly just a calming place that gives me a lot of opportunities to stick my nose or camera lens into some flowers.

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I feel like every time I visit (which to be fair has only been twice so far) I’m tempted to take a photo of EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF ROSE but that’s obviously impossible.

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My favorite thing about the garden is finding the roses that look nothing like what you’d find at your typical florist’s. Roses that change colors from inside to outside, roses with speckles or scalloped edges, roses that look like someone dipped the tips of their petals in a different color of paint…
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It can also be a great place for dogspotting. This time, we met these two Very Good Boys, aka two rescued Italian Greyhounds who were very happy to make some new friends:

 

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You can see the rest of my photos from the Park of Roses in my Flickr album.

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