Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Roses of Leif Erikson Park

When my husband and I went  "Camping as a Couple" for three days, we spent one entire day in the city of Duluth.  We crammed so much into that day, I will have enough to fill four or more travel posts! Last week I showed you the Flowers of Enger Tower Park,  this week I'm excited to share with you the roses of Leif Erikson Park!

Leif Erikson Park is located in downtown Duluth along the shores of Lake Superior.  It contains a rose garden of over 3000 roses and other beautiful flowering delights!  Here are a few close ups of my favorite coral roses:

The roses bed gardens are separated by well-trimmed hedges and grass, and also beautiful brick pathways.

The park is named after the famous Viking explorer Leif Erikson, who is  the first Viking to discover American.  There is even a full-scale Viking ship on display in the park, but we didn't know that when we were there, so we missed it.  Oh well, next time!

It was so hot and humid on this day, which I was not expecting, as Duluth is known for it's cooler weather because of it's proximity to the great lake of Superior.  I started the day with jeans, a shirt over my tank, and my hair down.  I was so uncomfortable and I didn't think I could bear one more minute of the jean fabric sticking to my legs, so we stopped at a gift shop to try and find something else for me to wear.  I ended up buying this Duluth baseball cap to hold my hair up and keep the sun out of my eyes and a pair of children's shorts in a XL size for $5.00.  I then changed in the store dressing room.   I looked terrible in the pictures, but I sure felt better!  It was not one of my most fashionable days, but better than dying of heat stroke!

The rose garden had lantern posts with lush, petunia filled hanging baskets.

There was a lot of architectural interest as well such as this iron and stone gazebo, a stone bench, and a fountain.

Many of the rose bush gardens were bordered with Sweet Alyssum.  The green confers, mature trees and hedges also provided a fantastic backdrop for the roses.

Some rose bushes were even grafted into trees.

I loved this amazing border of Begonias!

The rose garden sits high on a hilltop above Lake Superior, offering breath-taking views.

And finally, I leave you with some of favorite close ups of the yellow and white roses.

There is no admission fee to this beautiful garden.  There is a parking lot, but it's small (although free), and there's also plenty of parking on the street.

Have a great day!  Amy

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  1. I always admire your photography. The flower pics are just lovely. Those roses that have been trained into trees are so special. Thank you for showing us around this lovely park! (also, kudos for fitting into children's shorts! A girls gotta do what a a girls gotta do!!)

  2. Wow! What a wonderful place to visit-and FREE? Amazing. I love the contrast on the borders with the splashes of color and the allysum.
    You got a great deal on those shorts and you look fine.

    Thanks for sharing your field trip on The Maple Hill Hop!

  3. Beautiful! I had no idea there is a park dedicated to my compatriot Leif Erikson... Great :)

  4. Oh, this is a fabulous rose garden! All the colors are so beautiful!

  5. Delightful park and wonderful photos, Amy.
    Many thanks for contributing to Floral Friday Fotos.


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