Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden

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This past weekend B & I toured Sacramento with my parents and I got to see more of the area around our capitol.

On Saturday in the 85 degree heat we headed over to these beautiful rose gardens.

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The Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden features over 140 different varieties of roses.

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The garden is part of International World Peace Gardens that currently have 4 other gardens including those in Mexico and Italy. Each garden has a different peace theme.

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In Sacramento theme is Peace for Women, Children and Families. In Atlanta next to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site the theme is Peace Through Non-violence.

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I'm ashamed to say I didn't get any clear pictures of the plaques spread throughout the garden! They were beautiful messages of peace written by local youth.

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This rose was huge!

When I was little my uncle told me that in the highest flower in the garden you could find magic fairy dust. We took a walk out into the garden and he tipped the flower and out came this fairy dust and he gathered it in his hand and gave it to me. It was so magical and amazing!

For days and days and days after he left I kept going out to see if there was more and day after day after day I was disappointed. I was quite obsessed. Finally my mom had to tell me that I wouldn't find anymore dust there and I was very upset.

Apparently it was sugar. Hmpf.

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The rose gardens are a popular place for events and weddings.

I forgot to check the highest flower for magic fairy dust.

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I've never realized how many different kinds of roses there are. I would never have guessed that these were roses.

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The edges of these petals are so unique.

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This one flower would make a beautiful bouquet. I love the different directions of the petals. I've seen this recreated in a bridal magazine where the florist took a rose and then added petal by petal until you had this look.

Here it is in all it's natural glory.

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There weren't that may rose buds to be seen but this bush seemed to be a late bloomer. I can identify. I'm still waiting to really bloom. The blooming always seems to happen in all the wrong places.

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These roses are so sweet. If I could plant any roses these would be the ones. But I don't have a garden. I have a balcony. And a black thumb.

I forget to water. Babies don't require watering, do they?

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Perfect how the rose seems to be lifting it's face to catch the sun's rays.

If you are by the capitol you should take a stroll through this garden. The scent is intoxicating.

How is your garden growing?

9 comments:

  1. Wow, that garden is amazing, love all the beautiful roses! I love the story about the magic fairy dust.. I might have to do that with my kids with sugar and glitter they would freak for it! I planted a tiny little garden and have 2 really tall tomatow plants with no fruits :( but lots of fresh herbs, I'll have to put some spearmint in my water today. Thanks for asking how I am feeling... I am ready for this baby to come out and play!

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  2. Oh how beautiful. I love to walk through gardens like this.

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  3. Your photography is really good!

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  4. I love roses and I too have my very own garden that my hubby and kids have contributed to on Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or just because. I love the more fragrant ones as it reminds me of the perfume Tea Rose.


    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  5. I adore roses and started a rose garden for our new house last summer. It was hard to leave my old one when we moved. My sis-in-law lives in the Sacramento area. I'd love to see this garden when we're out there sometime.

    Gorgeous pictures!

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  6. Beautiful photos. My garden is just getting started. Tomatoes are throwing out flowers tho--a good sign!

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  7. *Sigh* If only I have a garden...

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  8. So pretty. It reminds me of Portland Oregon. They have a place that you can visit that is nothing but roses. It is beautiful.

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