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Roses at the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

Posted by sandandsun 9a FL (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 9, 13 at 19:40

Another thread reminded me of my enduring respect for the rose work being done at the New York Botanical Garden.

The link below is to a post about the rose garden and includes a slideshow of some of the rose garden roses. It is recent - Nov 6th, 2013.

Here is a link that might be useful: Delicate Longevity


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RE: Roses at the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

A June 18th, 2013 post about fragrance in the rose garden:

Here is a link that might be useful: Life is Rosy: Hardy & Fragrant


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A NYBG post about their Earth-Kind trials from June 2012:

Here is a link that might be useful: Be Kind to the Earth


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Nice articles... Thanks for sharing...


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It would be interesting to see pictures of the actual garden rather than just bloom close-ups. Haven't heard if they hired Peter's replacement after his retirement. Under city management, it could suffer. Let's hope not.


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Thank you for sharing this. I hope I get to see it in person one day.


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Well, I have to say that I've visited the NYBG rose garden and was not impressed one bit. There was a time when you walked up to the garden and you could smell the fragrance a distance way- not so anymore. They changed over a ton of roses and I'm afraid, not for the better. The only interesting ones left are the DA's, Francis Meilland and a handful of others, that's about it.

A longtime member


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Don't feel bad. I was never impressed before they made the changes. The roses never rivaled the peonies, IMHO, for instance.

One reason that I felt that way might have been that the rose garden was just that - only roses, while the peonies were planted relatively near other plants and so there was more a sense of a garden.

As contradictory as it sounds, a rose garden is not a garden. It is a monoculture or "a collection" at best.


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surya55, so sorry to hear that you've been disappointed with the changes. I've never been to the NYBG and I'm hoping to go next year. Actually, when I was looking around at the NYBG blog, I was really jealous of all you New Yorkers, who can visit there any time and take advantage of some of their programs.

I am sure I would feel disappointed to find such a change. I guess I have to look at it more long term. The rose industry has had to correct a series of wrong turns that were made and 'right the ship' so to speak. I see this as an adjustment period. Now that so many breeders are working on better roses that don't require chemicals, I think we will see more and more great roses with the fragrance you are looking for, eventually. And just think how much healthier everyone will be and especially the workers who would have had to use the chemicals.


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Justs so's we knows how ugly the rose garden is, I thought I should link to at least one photo of it. This one is from June of 2013:

Here is a link that might be useful: One view of the NYBG Rose Garden


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This photo, from June 2011 - about a year after the new installation, shows part of the layout of the rose garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aerial


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