Rose Gardens in the Area
The Washington, DC, Capital Area has numerous rose gardens accessible to the public, and two of these are located directly on the National Mall. The Margaret Hagedorn Rose Garden of the US Botanic Garden Conservatory under the management of rosarian and USBG volunteer Sharon Hanes, features hundreds of organically grown roses, including many lovely old varieties.
100 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20001
In front of the Arts and Industries Building and east of the Smithsonian Castle you will find The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden. It features Species, Old Garden, and Modern Roses, and is very ably managed by Smithsonian horticulturist Shelley Gaskins. This rose garden maintain a strict policy of no spraying of pesticides, fungicides, or miticides.
922, 900 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20560
Another point of interest is the US National Arboretum. This Old Rose garden in the Washington, DC area is small but absolutely unique. It is located next to the famous Arboretum Herb Garden. Beyond the grapevine-covered arbors, the Antique and Heritage Rose Garden is home to more than 100 varieties and species of roses that are important in the long history of rose cultivation and hybridization. There are no Modern Roses in this garden, and as a normal practice, pesticides are not used in the maintenance of the rose garden.
3501 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Brookside Gardens Rose Garden is the premier rose garden of Montgomery County, Maryland, and is situated in the middle of Brookside Gardens. This garden, a favorite place for weddings and other special occasions, is managed by head rosarian Roger Haynes, a close collaborator with the Potomac Rose Society on many projects. With a wide variety of top performing cultivars added over the years, great care is used in this garden to adhere to best IPM practices in spraying only as needed.
1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
The small but exquisite rose garden of the historic Dumbarton Oaks complex is located in Georgetown. This garden, designed in 1920 by landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand and then updated by her in 1941, has beautiful rose bushes that have withstood the test of time. It is temporarily closed while undergoing renovation of the storm water system and will reopen in March of 2018.
1703 32nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
In the Brookland neighborhood, the Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery has some 1,200 rose bushes and climbers in beautiful groupings, curving half way around the Monastery. A majority of these cultivars are Hybrid Teas, and Floribundas, and spraying is selectively pursued to maintain this impressive collection of rose plantings.
1400 Quincy St., NE, Washington, DC 20017
Established by Marjorie Merriweather Post to accommodate a large collection of Russian and French art, Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is located in Northwest. The roses in this small but beautiful rose garden are all carefully selected Floribundas. Traditional methods of spraying are used to protect this garden.
4155 Linean Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
On the Virginia side of the Potomac, the Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden at the corner of North Lexington and Wilson Boulevard, has an imposing collection of colorful shrub roses in addition to many Hybrid Teas and Floribundas. This garden, established at the end of WWII, is maintained by Arlington County and traditional spray methods are used.
850 North Lexington St., Arlington, VA 22205
Top photo of Julia Child roses by Rich Baer