Theodore Wirth, the first superintendent of Elizabeth Park, created the now-famous rose garden because, in his words, “It would please the people,” according to the Elizabeth Park website. The garden has been pleasing the people for over 100 years offering a visual and olfactory feast throughout the summer. But mid-June is when the two and a half-acre garden is in it’s full splendor, enthralling visitors with a magnificent display of blossoms from brilliant reds, to the palest pinks, to deep purples. Over 15,000 plants and about 800 varieties include shrub roses and climbers, tea and miniatures, floribundas and grandifloras.
I headed to the rose garden the other day searching for a feature photo to use in the next day’s Courant. After finding a shot, I put my Nikons away and headed back into the garden with only my iPhone. The overcast light was perfect to use the photo sharing app, Instagram, and the roses were at their peak. A brief rain shower had dappled the blossoms with water droplets, enhancing the beauty of each flower. So, take a moment to stop and smell the roses.