Gallery Elizabeth Park A Century of Beauty

Gallery of Pictures and Interesting Facts

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Rose Arches in Winter
Rose Arches
Protected in Winter

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Elizabeth Park
Rose Garden

Elizabeth Park Rose Fence
Elizabeth Park
Rose Fence

Elizabeth Park<br> Rose Arches
Elizabeth Park
Rose Arches

Elizabeth Park's famous rose arches were designed by noted rosarian Theodore Wirth in 1904. All the rose arches are 100 years old. Pictured are the rose arches in their winter protection. Wirth created a rose garden with a decidedly Continental feel. The development and maintenance of a rose garden using public funds was a mid 19th century European idea. The multi-variety rose garden was the inspiration of Josephine of France. She had 250 rose varieties in her rose garden in 1799 including varieties from Japan and China. French soldiers returned from war campaigns with rose specimens for the Empress. The Elizabeth Park Rose garden with its arched pathways was created before the famous 1912 Roseraie in the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris, France. The eight arched pathways emanating from a center like the spokes of a wheel resembles the Botanical Garden in Padua, Italy created in 1545. Wirth’s original design for the rose arches remains today. One variety of rose is used in each walkway to create a unified look. Red Crimson Rambler and Excelsa are used for the crosswalks and White Dorothy and pink Dorothy Perkins are used for the diagonal walks.

Baronne Prevost Hybrid Perpetual Rose
Baronne Prevost
Hybrid Perpetual Rose

Betty Boop Floribunda Rose
Betty Boop
Floribunda Rose

Heart N Soul Hybrid Tea Rose
Heart N Soul
Shrub Rose

Pink Peace Hybrid Tea Rose
Pink Peace
Hybrid Tea Rose

Elizabeth Park has been testing roses since 1912. Its first affiliation was with the American Rose Society who requested that a test rose garden be added to its original rose garden design by Theodore Wirth. Elizabeth Park became the first rose test garden site in the United States. In 1936, another rose test garden was added to the Elizabeth Rose Gardens at the request of the American Rose Society. Their convention was held in Hartford in 1937. The All-American Rose Selections was created in 1938 to continue the rose testing program in the United States. The American Rose Society became an organization for the promotion of home rose gardening.

Perennial Rudbeckia
Perennial Rudbeckia

Weeping Spruce
Weeping Spruce

Perennial Red Peony
Red Peony

Shagbark Hickory
Shagbark Hickory's
Unique Bark

Charles M. Pond was a lover of trees and flowers and had many unique species on his estate. It was this special interest that set Elizabeth Park apart from the other Hartford parks in the design phase. Rather than create a pastoral park in the manner of other parks designed during the American Park Movement, it was decided to create a garden park for the enjoyment of the masses. Visitors can walk a historic tree route in the park and view the interesting specimens.

Elizabeth Park Sign
Elizabeth Park Sign

Elizabeth Park Pavilion
Elizabeth Park Pavilion

Original Greenhouses at Elizabeth Park
Original Greenhouses
at Elizabeth Park

Pond House at Elizabeth Park
Pond House
at Elizabeth Park

The historic greenhouses are original to the creation of the park. They were designed by Lord & Burnham and were restored for the Centennial celebration. The greenhouses are open to the public. Visitors can view current cultivations and purchase flowers during public sales. The Pavilion is the newest structure in Elizabeth Park.

Tulips in the Annual Garden
Tulips in the
Annual Garden

Clematis Vine
Clematis Vine
on the Pavilion

Marigolds and Ageratum
Annual Marigolds
and Ageratum

Perennial Red Poppy
Red Poppy

Every spring, thousands of visitors flock to the annual garden to view the tulips. 11,000 tulip bulbs are purchased anew every year. After blooming, the tulip bulbs are sold to the public. The beds are then planted with annual flowers started in the greenhouses weeks before.