Stop and smell the roses at Whetstone’s beloved flower garden

Before I got married, I lived in a little apartment across the street from the Columbus Park of Roses. My back yard was a parking lot, so I regularly visited the park, 3923 N. High St., as if it were my own elegant back yard.

The Park of Roses is aptly named. It contains more than 11,000 rose bushes neatly arranged on 13 acres. It also includes an herb garden, water fountain and gazebo, where band concerts are held on Sunday evenings through August. The romantic scene makes it a popular choice for weddings, especially when the roses are in peak bloom from mid-June through mid-September.

I now like to visit the park with my husband and two children. It’s a splendid place to unwind while watching our daughter dart from rose bush to rose bush, taking in the sweet scent of each blossom.

The Park of Roses, which opened in 1953 and is operated by the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, is free and open daily from dusk to dawn.

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