Blooming rose arches steal the show at Elizabeth Park

West Hartford, Conn. — When it comes to garden goals, the roses at Elizabeth Park have set the bar high.

The rose garden, centrally located within the park, reaches peak bloom during June but continues flowering through September. But the arches, covered in rambling roses, only blooms once — reaching  peak bloom in late June-early July. The 75 rose arches are spread across 2.5 acres.

Now's the time to visit the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States to catch the blooming ramblers before they fade.

The rose varieties on the arches includes the pink ‘Dorothy Perkins’ and ‘Excelsa’ roses. There is a 'Crimson Rambler' and a ‘White Dorothy’ variety as well. The rose arches “radiate” from the center vine-covered gazebo.

The arches were being restored in 2016 when I last wrote about the garden, so I was happy to see they were returning to their former glory this season.

It's easy to see why the rose arches are so adored by visitors and photographers.

Of course, there are other roses to view as well; 15,000, or 800 varieties in fact.

The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. While there is no admission charge, donations are accepted to help care for the park.


  1. Those are marvelous, wish I lived nearby.

    1. It's worth the trip. :-) Hopefully sometime in the future you will be able to experience them as well!

  2. They look better than the roses in England, and that's saying something. Someday, I simply must go there.~~Dee


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