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Friday, March 6, 2009

Rose Garden gets new pergola



Posted by E.J. Hook, Facility Operations Supervisor

The famed Woodland Park Rose Garden, noted as one of 24 All-America Rose Selection Test Garden, has been a favorite local spot since it opened in 1924. Now, thanks to funding provided by the Seattle Garden Club and Committee of 33, a new pergola is gracing the south end of the garden. The pergola restores the traditional symmetry and north-south views to the landscape. Constructed with wrought-iron and stone pillars designed to match the existing fence that surrounds the garden, the pergola will provide the capacity to grow varieties of climbing roses. Horizontal wooden slats from salvaged lumber will create an open "roof", providing further structure for roses. Built-in benches inside will allow visitors the ability to enjoy a view of the garden filtered through a canopy of flowering rose blossoms.

Construction is nearly complete and roses will soon thereafter begin to be planted. Another new addition to the garden, less obvious but no less exciting, is that the Rose Garden is now 100% organic---no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides are used! The zoo's talented Horticulture Department is continually looking for organic and sustainable ways to care for the more than 100,000 plants, trees, flowers and shrubs that live at the zoo. Learn more about the rose garden on the zoo's website.

Photos by Ryan Hawk

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