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  Climbing Roses in Point Defiance Rose Garden
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  • Climbing Roses in Point Defiance Rose Garden - Tacoma
      Climbing Roses in Point Defiance Rose Garden
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  • roses in Point Defiance Rose Garden, May 17, 2010 - Tacoma
      roses in Point Defiance Rose Garden, May 17, 2010
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  • Gazebo in center of Rose Garden at Point Defiance - Tacoma
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  • Gazebo in center of Rose Garden at Point Defiance - Tacoma
      Gazebo in center of Rose Garden at Point Defiance
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Please note that this is located inside Point Defiance Park, which has a large number of activities and attractions. For basic information on Point Defiance Park, please see my Point Defiance tip which gives a basic introduction to the park, and links to the various other attractions and activities inside the park.

The "main entrance" to Point Defiance Park is at North Pearl Street and North Park Avenue. About 500 feet (150 meters) to the northwest of this entrance is a fenced garden area that serves as the primary Point Defiance Rose Garden. The oldest of the established Rose Gardens here dates back to 1895.

There are over 1,500 rose bushes inside the concentric circles of the Rose Garden area, which spread out from the center gazebo.

There are miniature roses, climbing roses, and a number of other colorful plants.

When I first visited the rose garden in mid-May, I found that most of the roses had not quite yet gone into bloom, yet back home only 150 miles south the roses were pretty well along already. Therefore, it pays to take into account the fact that the local climate at Point Defiance may be somewhat colder than some parts of the northwest.

The Rose Garden is in a fenced area of the park. This is done to prevent hungy grazing animals from eating their way through the garden. If you look closely you will see instructions telling you to close the gate behind you. On most of the gates you just squeeze the handle to open the gate.

The miniature rose garden is north of the main rose garden and simulates the large rose garden in concentric circles, but on a much smaller scale. You will have to go past the fushia garden.

A considerable portion of the work here is done by the Tacoma Rose Society. Their web site is http://www.tacomarosesociety.org/

July seems to be the peak period to visit the Rose Garden in terms of sunlight and color, though a good day in June might be good as well. If you visit on a weekend, you will likely run into wedding parties and significant crowds, as opposed to visiting on a week day.

Website: http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=32

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  • Updated Jul 13, 2010
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