The above photo might give you an idea of the size of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. I say might, because you have to see it to understand the scope of this display.
Designed in 1916, completed in 1988, and renovated in 2006, this garden features “sustainable” varieties – 600 of them. Described as “one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly rose gardens,” it certainly is a rose-lover’s paradise. I still couldn’t determine whether they still spray occasionally or use other chemical treatments on the 4,000 plants, though. Everything looked pretty healthy, and I don’t remember seeing any black spot.
Another lovely climber. Sorry I can’t give you the names of these plants. Honestly, at this point, I was hot and tired and needing to get some shade. This garden is very, very sunny and hot, which roses love – and I don’t.
The garden is home to the Northeastern “EarthKind” trials. Researchers are trying to identify and hybridize roses that thrive without chemicals. The goal is to dispel the rose’s reputation of being chemically-dependent.
In my next post: other stuff I saw on this visit.