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Treat Yourself to a Visit to Point Defiance Park

December 8, 2014

by Bruce & Barbara Lind

The Point Defiance Park Rose Garden is a centerpiece of one of the great urban parks in our country.

An arbor featuring early ramblers and climbing roses is all that remains from the 1890’s garden. The current garden is an enlarged version of the first designed rose garden planted in 1912. The garden is roughly circular in form, is planted on a symmetrically sloped knoll, and now has a majestic, rustic gazebo at its center.  Looking from the lower edges of the garden toward the gazebo one is treated to a view of colorful waves of wonderful roses cresting at the central structure surrounded by climbing roses grown as pillars.

The Tacoma Rose Society, founded in 1911, and the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden, planted in 1912, grew up together. If you ask any rose enthusiast in the Tacoma area where they will be at 9 am on the first Saturday of March, they will immediately say “I’ll be reporting for pruning duty in the Pt. Defiance Park Rose Garden.”

Read more at the link below about the valuable work of the Tacoma Rose Society and how they bring this beautiful garden to life year after year. 

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"Treat Yourself to a Visit to Point Defiance Park" by Bruce & Barbara Lind was featured in the 2014 Nov-Dec issue of The American Rose, a publication of the American Rose Society.