Where Roses Are Red

These five places are the best in show when it comes to roses

There’s no better time  to view roses in all their glory than June—National Rose Month. If you don’t have roses in your garden, or just can’t get enough of them, numerous spectacular displays are nearby, in Madison and beyond.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison)

Accredited by the All-America Rose Selections, Olbrich’s Rose Garden includes hardy, environmentally friendly shrub roses and traditional garden roses—hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas.

Old World Wisconsin (Eagle)

Throughout the living-history park’s heirloom gardens, hardy roses appear much as they would have in Wisconsin’s nineteenth- and early twentieth-century ethnic gardens.

Rotary Botanical Gardens (Janesville)

Many of the impressive roses here are low-maintenance—requiring no spraying or deadheading, and minimal fertilizing and winter protection.

Boerner Botanical Gardens (Hales Corners) 

More than 5,000 rosebushes from 550-plus varieties are on display—many of them planted when the gardens first opened in the 1930s.

Sinnissippi Gardens (Rockford, Illinois) 

Roses here were planted in the mid-1920s by the Rockford Park District. Also accredited by the All-America Rose Selections for many years, the gardens feature more than 2,000 rose plants.

Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer and creator of the gardening blog PlantPostings.com.

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