Each time that we come to Columbus, Ohio, we enjoy making a visit to the Park of Roses section of Whetstone Park. This is such a peaceful and beautiful area, even in the dead of winter. Founded in 1953 in the Clintonville section of Columbus, the park is owned and maintained by the Columbus Parks and Recreation department, but is funded by the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation. With free admission, this 13 acre site is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk and displays over 12,000 roses from over 400 species. It is one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the United States and one of just 133 public gardens certified by the All-America Rose Selection, Inc. While the most spectacular time to visit is during the annual Rose Festival (second weekend of June), we've found it delightful throughout the year. To acknowledge this, we photographed the Park of Roses over time, during our visits in both summer and winter (which are displayed below).
Even while visiting in late winter/early spring, this wrought iron gazebo was popular with photographers.