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The Rose Garden

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The Rose Garden

Approximately nine hundred roses grow within the Rose Garden in a scheme that is dictated by color, from pinks, reds, and whites in the southern portion to oranges and yellows in the northern portion. This terrace is the largest in the series descending east from the Orangery to Lovers' Lane Pool, and it was the Blisses' favorite part of the garden. Their ashes are interred in the crypt beneath a lead canopy set into the west wall.

Of the roses planted, most are remontant, with their strongest bloom in the spring followed by repeat blooming throughout the summer and autumn. Particularly beautiful are the Hybrid Musk rose 'Buff Beauty', the Hybrid Tea rose 'Chrysler Imperial', and the Grandiflora rose 'Gold Medal'. A few are once-bloomers, including climbing 'Joseph's Coat' and 'Bloomfield Dainty'. Several of the cultivars have been grown here since the 1920s including 'Cecile Brunner', 'Gruss an Aachen', 'Lady Hillingdon', and 'Katharine Zeimet'. Farrand thought that the Rose Garden would be "much seen in winter" and added boxwoods as accent plants to each of the rose beds and at the entrances to the garden. She suggested that the clipped boxwood in the center of the garden could be as tall as fifteen feet, with other marker boxwoods secondary to its size. She lined each bed with Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', which was replaced by bluestone in the late 1960s to simplify maintenance.

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