Rose Garden



One-hundred-year old climbing roses enclose Blithewold’s entrance garden where dozens of hardy and disease-resistant shrub roses grow pesticide-free alongside annuals, perennials, shrubs and bulbs. Peak rose bloom occurs in mid-June with another flush in late summer. The one-hundred-year old chestnut rose (Rosa roxburghii), located in the south east corner, is one of the largest of its kind in the Unites States. It blooms only once in early June and its flowers are followed by distinctively spiny and decorative “hips”.

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