It is the tenth of the month and you know what that means. I am joining my friends today for another Ten on the Tenth project. This time we have gotten together to share random acts of kindness. Last time we shared flower related ideas.
A few weeks ago, I had promised all of you the second part of my New York Botanical Garden series and I felt it was a good a time as any. It is a bit lengthy but it is more photos and less blah blah. Because the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is one of the best in the world.
Be sure to scroll all the way down to see what my blogging friends came up with this month.
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is located at the north east corner of the grounds. It is situated in a valley and covers 1.04 acres of land.
The visitor descends into the garden by way of a massive granite staircase. The garden itself is shaped into a loose triangle with a gazebo in the center.
It was originally designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1916.
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It was completed in 1988 with the generous support of David Rockefeller who donated $1 million, and named the garden to honor his wife Peggy, a horticulturalist and conservationist, who loved roses.
Many of the roses are named after celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Child and Paul McCartney. This one is named the yellow submarine.
Looking up towards the stairs and the main gate.
During this renovation new gates, walkways, a new gazebo and new fences,were added to discourage the rabbits from feeding on the rose roots.
The rose garden has 83 different garden beds, with more than 4,000 plants and almost 700 rose varieties.
The gazebo and fence could not be finished during the original construction in 1916 because of a shortage of iron due to the war.
The rose garden underwent additional renovations in 2006-7 at a cost of $2.5 million with the help of Mr. Rockefeller.
The variety of plants have been selected for their resistance to disease and pests, making it one of the most sustainably managed public gardens.
An automatic irrigation system has been installed to keep the roses watered in the summer heat.
The fence serves as a trellis for the flowers to grow.
The roses are in peek bloom from mid-May till October.
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden was inducted into the Rose Garden Hall of Fame in 2010.
It is recognized as one of the best rose gardens in the world!
If you are interested in more, I found two short videos here and here.
To see the first part of the New York Botanical Garden Series click here.
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is one of the best in the world. But how does this post tie in with the theme for this month? I believe it was an act of kindness for all the people who work there and all those who have contributed to create this magnificent garden so that we can have the pleasure of strolling through and admiring these mini-masterpieces. Because everyone who is involved must have great love for the flowers and plants.
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