Exposition Park Rose Garden near downtown Los Angeles has been described as the largest rose garden in the world. The garden opened in 1927 with over 15,000 rose bushes in over 100 varieties. Currently the garden boasts more than 20,000 rose bushes and more than 200 varieties spread over seven acres.
Operated by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks, the garden is popular for weddings and family gatherings as well as a beautiful backdrop for movies. I saw four ladies with their art gear looking for a good spot to set up and draw or paint.
Through the years the Rose Garden has been threatened by being demolished for a parking garage and a football field. But thanks to the citizens of Los Angeles rising up in opposition, this did not happen. Let’s hope the garden will continue for generations to come.
Last week my mother’s senior living residence planned a trip to the Rose Garden and I decided to ride along. I have been to the Rose Garden in past years but this year seemed to me to be especially colorful. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and aroma of all these wonderful blossoms in a multitude of shades of reds, pinks, yellows and whites—a spectacular sight indeed.
The park includes four gazebos and a central fountain. Enscribed on one of the pedestals at the entrance is the sentiment, “Flowers are the poetry of the earth.”
I don’t know how long the blooms last but right now they seem to be at their best. So if you want to visit the roses I would suggest sooner is better than later. (The park is closed to the public from January 1st to March 15th of each year for annual maintenance.)
(All photos copyright roslyn m wilkins.)