Friday, December 07, 2007

Creating the Rose Garden with a Central Brick Path

After we established the Cutting Garden, there was a narrow portion of our property behind it and next to our deck that was another relatively unused portion of our yard, measuring approximately fifteen feet wide by thirty feet long.

Because this space had full-sun, I thought it was the perfect place for a rose garden. While I have roses in almost every part of the garden, a dedicated rose garden would provide more space for all of the roses that I wanted to grow.

The first picture is taken from the steps of the Cutting Garden looking down the path of the Rose Garden to the Children's Garden.

The main structural element of the Rose Garden is the brick path that you see running through the center. I actually installed the brick path myself, which was a tremendous amount of work that I'm not sure I would want to do again.

After we established the path in the summer, we started to prepare the beds for planting the roses. In the fall, we put down newspaper to kill the grass and covered it with a thin layer of organic matter. In the spring, we dug in significant amounts of composted cow manure and mushroom compost. Then, we planted the roses.

Inspired by the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, I knew that I could fit a lot of roses into a limited space. We now have twenty-seven different roses in the Rose Garden, as well as bulbs and perennials.

Some of the roses are grown on tutuers. The three pictured were purchased from the New York Botanical Garden, which has the best gift shop of all of the gardens I visit:

For pictures of the Rose Garden in season, click here:

For information on the creation of the Cutting Garden, see this post:


Anonymous said...

I'm tremendously impressed that you built that brick path by yourself! It must be a treat to walk through that space when the roses are in their glory.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can't wait to see your rose garden this summer.

You must be very energetic to build a brick path that long. Whew. I get tired just looking at the path. Good Job!

Julia Erickson said...

Nan/Lisa--I finally got around to posting a picture of the Rose Garden when the roses are in bloom:

Thank you for all of your comments.

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