- Approximately 200 beautiful roses (100+ varieties)
- Circular pathway surrounding a grass lawn and shaded pavillion
- Master Gardener volunteers frequently available to answer questions
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The Formal Rose Garden circle is planted in themed beds. Themes include love, romance, marriage, children, entertainment, royalty, presidents, etc. Roses such as Cherish, Love’s Promise, Just Joey, Judy Garland, Mister Lincoln, are planted accordingly.
One section contains roses which have previously won the All-American Rose Selection (AARS) winner designation. In the center of the large circular garden are hexagon-shaped beds devoted to miniature roses and AARS winners since 2003. Climbing roses are planted in pairs at the sidewalk arbors.
Rose beds are maintained by sub-teams of gardeners who remove tumbleweeds and prune roses in the spring, fertilize and deadhead roses in the blooming season, watch for disease and insects, and replace roses when needed. Approximately 50 Master Gardeners tend the formal and test rose gardens. Rose care involves:
- Purchasing and planting and roses
- Installing identification markers
- Spring pruning (when the forsythia blooms, typically March-April)
- Deadheading spent blooms
- Mulching, weeding and maintaining
- Meeting with the public
Roses are watered by irrigation. Weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled by Integrated Pest Management techniques. Although roses require consistent maintenance, they provide a continuous bloom appreciated by visitors to the garden May through October each year.
When the Rose Garden was in its planting stage, public donations were encouraged to specify a rose in honor or remembrance of someone. These roses are planted on the northeast side of the formal garden.
The gazebo in the Formal Garden is equipped with electricity and is available for events (weddings, etc.) by contacting the Kennewick Parks and Recreation Department.
1620 S. Union
(In Kennewick’s Grange Park behind the Mid-Columbia Library)
Your donation will help the Demonstration Garden stay beautiful.
Donations are tax deductible and are made to the Master Gardener Foundation of Benton Franklin County, a 501(c)3 organization. Donations of any size are appreciated.