Day Trip to Columbus Part I: Park of Roses
Berlin, OH - Events of Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Rain was still in the forecast for several days last week, but we also got a couple of beautiful, sunny days - finally. We took advantage of one of those sunny days and took a day trip to Columbus on Wednesday. Our first stop was the Park of Roses located in the northern Columbus suburb of Clintonville, which was about a two-hour drive from Berlin.
The Park of Roses is a 13-acre garden within a larger park called Whetstone Park. Whetstone Park has walking trails, picnic areas, athletic fields, basketball and tennis courts and a playground. The Park of Roses has 12,000 rose bushes representing about 400 different varieties. Admission is free.
The main part of the garden is a long mall with a central fountain.
There is an observation deck at the far end of the mall where visitors can get a good view of the entire main garden.
Although the website says the peak blooming season for the roses is mid-June, many of the blooms had already faded. The large amount of rain over the previously week was probably responsible for the deterioration of many of the flowers, but there were still quite a few beautiful blooms to see. The photo below shows just a few.
The Park of Roses also has several secondary gardens featuring perennials, annuals and herbs.
In addition to our regular camera, we also took along our smart phone and our new selfie stick. We had fun practicing taking selfies. Margery later deleted several dozen photos that didn't turn out very well.
Even though the roses weren't as spectacular as we hoped they would be, we still had a nice visit to the Park of Roses.
We had scoped out several restaurants ahead of time, and the one we decided on was City Barbecue located about 10 miles north of the rose garden on the way back to Berlin. We were still hungry for good barbecue after our disappointment with the ribs at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen the Friday before.
When we were almost to the restaurant, we saw a sign for another garden. Since it was still before noon and we like to eat lunch a little later anyway, we decided to take a detour to check out the garden. We'll tell you about it in our next post.