Cochrane Rose Garden
Beauty Abounds in the Cochrane Rose Garden
Imagine the splendor and fragrance of over 1,300 rose bushes massed in a 9,000 square-foot hillside rose garden. This is the allure of the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden, which in 2008 was tripled in size, expanded in variety, and elevated to national significance.
Sensually enchanting, the Cochrane Rose Garden entices visitors to pause, come close and savor its offerings. Its arbors, stone arches, and pavilions are draped in more than 70 varieties of blooming roses that originated from nurseries in France, Italy, Germany and England with an emphasis on genetically superior hybrids bred for diseases resistance, rebloom, and fragrance. Environmental responsibility also guided selection, so as to reduce the need for fungicides. The garden’s hillside location, which provides natural air movement, further minimizes the onset of fungal disease.
An Array of Colors
One unique aspect of the Rose Garden’s design is its modulating color scheme. The central area is planted in whites and creams with pinks, purples, and reds graduating in intensity on one side and yellows, apricots, and oranges graduating in intensity on the opposite.
A Garden with a View
The terraced lawn which tiers downhill from the Conservatory to the Rose Garden provides a spectacular setting for outdoor seating with panoramic views. The stone belvedere and its terrace were designed as a public centerpiece for the garden’s performing arts programs and serve as a memorable venue for weddings and other private events.
A Quiet Place to Learn
The Rose Garden also serves as an educational resource. Professional rosarians and amateurs alike can learn first-hand about the hybridizing, plant culture, and rich history of the genus, which for centuries has been recognized as the symbol of love, life and devotion.
Classic and Lasting Beauty
As the longest bloomed of flowering plants, this dynamic rose collection and its strategic plantings promise passers-by a long season and varied interest.
Planning a Wedding?
The Rose Garden is a popular wedding spot available beginning mid-May.