National Herb Garden Roses

National Herb Garden Sign

The National Herb Garden–Part of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.–had the most delightful roses in bloom on our recent visit.

Entering the Rose Garden

Entering the Rose Garden

I’ve loved rose gardens for as long as I can remember. My dad has pictures of me as a happy toddler in the Thomasville Rose Test Gardens in Georgia, despite the time I grabbed an interesting blossom with a bee inside. Apparently I exclaimed, “Ow! Hot! Hurts.” Which I still think is a pretty good description of a bee sting.

Luckily we and the bees parted on better company on this beautiful spring day.

Roses with Arbor Behind

Red Roses


There were so many gorgeous roses, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few pictures to share here, but these were some of my favorites, for both form and scent.

I was struck by the way this golden bloom caught the light and glowed against the dark foliage:

Alister Stella Gray Rose

Rosa ‘Alister Stella Gray’ tea-Noisette rose

And this one both looked and smelled sweet in the warm May sun:

'Sarah Van Fleet' hybrid rugosa rose

Rosa ‘Sarah Van Fleet’ hybrid rugosa rose

This one was so soft, I wish I could bury my nose in it again:

'Souvenir de la Malmaison' Bourbon rose

Rosa ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ Bourbon rose

I would have stayed longer, but not all the children were as interested in the roses as I was. This girl, however, would have stayed with me all afternoon, I think.


My girl who enjoyed the roses as much as I did.

It’s nice to pass on this love to another generation.

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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