Don't you just love wandering around an unfamiliar rose garden, in high summer? A riot of colors and scents, and new rose varieties to admire and photograph. I always take my digital camera, you just never know when the "perfect" shot will present itself.
Often, the smaller and relatively unknown gardens are more enjoyable that the larger city gardens. Less people for a start. True, there is generally a smaller collection of roses, but that is not always the case.
Take a look at the gardens presented here. Some of them might be from small towns and cities, but don't let that fool you - they still have much to offer the rose enthusiast.
Located at Caroline Bay, Timaru, this is a favorite haunt during the summer months. It's full of David Austin English roses.
Located near the Murray river, and the NSW southern border, is the "Australian Inland Botanic Gardens". Definitely worth a look, if you happen to be in that area. The slideshow is a selection of roses and scenic shots taken over the 2008-2009 summer season.
The city of roses has a massive test garden that has hundreds of varieties. I visited there in June 2011.
International Rose Test Garden A follow up visit to Portland in July 2012, with more pictures.
Missouri Botanical Garden A really great garden in St. Louis. They have great roses, Japenese, fruit, herbs, and many other types of plants.
Chicago Flower and Garden Show Not a garden, but its an annual show in Chicago that shows many cool types of gardens and flowers.