Roses forum: "Formal" (HA!) rose garden in downtown Denver

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Jul 5, 2013 12:16 PM CST
We decided to actually go outside (well, I'm *always* trying to get outside when I'm not at work, but DH isn't much for outdoors) yesterday because the weather was SOOO nice, so we went to City Park, which is near downtown Denver. That's where the Denver Zoo & the Denver Museum of Science & Natural History is at. I'd noticed earlier this year that there was a couple of rose gardens, so I told DH that I wanted to check them out this summer. So we went there yesterday. Very nice roses, well pruned, but almost 100% NO tags! NO idea what rose was what!! And I have a far wider variety than they do... Trying to figure out why there was no mulch or ground cover either. Some pictures of said "formal rose garden".

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And some closeups. Some of the roses were their normal dark colors, but had extremely light canes with extremely light leaves on it. Odd.

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Downtown Denver with the mountains in the background, plus yesterday's sunset.

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jul 5, 2013 3:39 PM CST
It is "formal" because it is all laid out square, perhaps? Mulch is clearly too informal...

Beautiful photos.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Jul 6, 2013 1:29 PM CST
Hm, this is what the garden of an obsessive compulsive friend of mine looks like. Very tidy, all straight lines, etc.Hers has all the plants trimmed to look exactly the same, too.

Sure would look nicer and be happier with a good cover of mulch! I'd think the blooms would last longer into the fall with mulch on the beds, too, given how early there can be cold weather up there in Denver!

What a shame there were no ID tags. Maybe find out who is responsible for that garden and e-mail them some suggestions? There might be a volunteer group that tends them . . so look out, they'll ask you to come help!

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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Jul 6, 2013 4:28 PM CST
Maybe they ran out of funds for mulch.

I wonder who is in charge of the garden. They could probably get all of the free mulch they would need from either a local utility company that has to limb trees to protect electrical lines or even from another division of the parks department.

The city of San Jose provides chipped wood mulch to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every year. It's good for the garden and the city.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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