Park of Roses (Columbus)

It’s not often that you could pick a park based on its smell.  The Park of Roses is such a place and I mean that in a good sense.  Located on a 13-acre section of Whetstone Park in Clintonville, the Park of Roses was named one of America’s Top Ten Public Rose Gardens by the All American Rose Society.  The park is home to 12,000 roses made up of 350 varieties of roses.  It’s also home to the first public Earth-Kind Rose Garden outside the Southern United States.  These roses do not need pesticides, fertilizers, dead-heading, or pruning.

The view of the Formal Rose Garden as seen from the observation tower.
The view of the Formal Rose Garden as seen from the observation tower.

In addition to rose gardens, is a herb garden added around 1976 and now has some 200 varieties of plants.  At the North end of the Formal Rose Garden is an observation tower.  The paths in the Park of Roses are paved for those who require a wheelchair or other assistance getting around.  The roses are in full bloom from mid-June to mid-September, although the park is open year round and is open Dawn to Dusk.

The roses are a part of Whetstone Park and so there are also tennis courts and baseball fields, picnic tables, and a playground as well.  There is also a multipurpose trail at the West end of the park that runs parallel to Ohio Route 315.

The fountain was added to the Park in 1957 but it wasn't much more than a garden hose aimed upwards.  In May 2013 the fountain was updated and repaired to look like this.
The fountain was added to the Park in 1957 but it wasn’t much more than a garden hose aimed upwards. In May 2013 the fountain was updated and repaired to look like this.

While the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department owns & maintains Whetstone Park- and, by extension, the Park of Roses- the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation provides financial support through dedications (engraved stones/pavers in the park) & (financial) donations as well as overseeing the volunteer program which helps to maintain the park.  The Foundation became a 501(c)(3)  corporation in 1973, making contributions to it tax deductible.

This is the East entrance to the Park of Roses and it opens to the Heritage Rose Garden.
This is the East entrance to the Park of Roses and it opens to the Heritage Rose Garden.

The 2015 list of roses and park map is available for download if you want to print a copy prior to visiting:  http://www.parkofroses.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Rose-List5.12.15.pdf

Distances from Ohio cities:

  • 9 miles north of Columbus City Hall
  • 122 miles northeast of Cincinnati
  • 151 miles southeast of Toledo
  • 139 miles south-southwest of Cleveland
  • 134 miles southwest of Akron

Columbus Park of Roses:  http://www.parkofroses.org/

Whetstone Park / Park of Roses
3923 High St.
Columbus, OH  43214

I wasn’t able to find a specific address for the Park of Roses on Hollenback Rd. but the High St. address gets you to the entrance to Whetstone Park and you just take Hollenback Rd about a half-mile and it ends at the Park of Roses parking lot.

For some homes in Clintonville, the Park of Roses really is in their backyards.
For some homes in Clintonville, the Park of Roses really is in their backyards.
As you might imagine, the Park of Roses is a popular place for spring/summer weddings.  This particular Summer 2015 wedding had to make it quick as the rain started to fall only minutes into the ceremony.
As you might imagine, the Park of Roses is a popular place for spring/summer weddings. This particular Summer 2015 wedding had to make it quick as the rain started to fall only minutes into the ceremony.
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