Welcome to Columbus Park of Roses, a unique public garden in Columbus, Ohio. It was created in 1953 and has grown to include over 12,000 roses of more than 400 varieties. There are also herb and perennial gardens and display beds of annual plantings. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department owns and maintains the park. The Columbus Park of Roses Foundation provides financial support through dedications and donations and oversees the volunteer program.
We invite you to visit any time of the year. The park is free to all visitors and open every day from dawn to dusk. It is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Here is a list of annual highlights in the Park.
Spring (March – May)
Late March: Many of the flowering trees and shrubs are beginning to show buds. Hellebores, daffodils and other spring bulbs are in bloom.
Late May: The Heritage Rose Garden is in full bloom. Most of these fragrant “old garden roses” only bloom once a year, so don’t miss them! There are varieties in our garden that date back to the Roman Empire. The perennial garden is coming into full bloom- a mix of about 100 varieties of flowers, shrubs and decorative grasses.
Summer (June – August)
The Formal Rose Garden reaches peak bloom in mid-June. Depending on weather, the roses may continue in colorful waves straight through late summer, or come back after a green lull. The Herb Garden looks like a charming cottage garden, with over 200 varieties of plants. Different bursts of color in the perennial garden and annual display beds happen as the summer unfolds.
Fall (September – November)
The plants in the Formal Rose Garden always put on a second peak bloom show in early September as the weather cools. The perennial garden winds down for the season, with some plants left standing to provide food for birds and cover for wildlife. In the herb garden, some plants are just reaching full maturity. Trees throughout the park take on their vibrant fall colors.
Winter (December – February)
Winter is a good time to see the park in a different light. Rose hips provide winter food for birds and small creatures and bird feeders are kept filled throughout the season. A snowfall or frost shows off the trees as beautiful silhouettes.