Rayne writes: Dear Cosmos, If you could only visit one garden this spring in Balboa Park, which one would you choose?
Cosmos writes: That’s a decision I hope I’m never actually faced with, but since you’ve asked, for the brightest selection of spring colors and scents, I would have to go with the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.
Why? For me spring is all about color. And given our canine limitations to perceiving certain hues, the more colors I’m exposed to, the better chance I have of enjoying some. Fortunately, when it comes to garden walks, such limitations are more than made up for by our superior snouts…
This time of year just about every bush in the Rose Garden is in full bloom, and this burst of literally thousands of roses means the air is filled with an unimaginable number of fresh floral colors and smells. Colorful, often edible-sounding, names of many of the varieties (over 200 in all) gives you some idea of what I’m barking about: Mardi Gras, Pumpkin Patch, Gourmet Popcorn, Pillow Fight, Apricot Drift, Rainbow Sorbet, etc.
As an official All-America Rose Selection display garden, the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden proudly highlights any varieties that were distinguished by the world’s highest rose award for superior qualities. The 2012 selection is a lovely pale yellow bud known as “Sunshine Daydream.” Other winners include Julia Child (2008), Moondance (2007), Wild Blue Yonder (2006), and the aforementioned lickable Rainbow Sorbet (2006).
If you’ve never been, the Rose Garden is located just across the pedestrian bridge on Park Boulevard, east of the Natural History Museum, and is always dog — and people — friendly. Just follow your snout.