Posted by: David Giacalone | August 4, 2009

rose garden escape

….. less than 3 miles away RoseGarden09Sign

Schenectady’s Central Park Rose Garden, Central Parkway at Wright Ave. –

Schenectady Rose Garden 2009 Chinese Character "Yuan" (Garden) My friends Yu and Anita Chang literally live a stone’s throw away from Schenectady’s Central Park, and about two blocks from the Central Park Rose Garden, which is located less than three miles from our Stockade neighborhood.  Since yesterday was a particularly lovely, rain-free August day, Yu and I headed to the Garden with our respective digital cameras (his is much larger and fancier than mine, as befits a disciplined and gadget-oriented electrical engineering professor, and renowned haiku poet and haiga artist). The late afternoon sun was a little too bright for a photographic adventure, but we weren’t looking for perfection.

Rose Garden 2009 - rose near the Yuan sculpture . . .  Schenectady Rose Garden 2009 - Yuan Sculpture by Robert Blood

– Robert Blood’s sculpture, Variations on the Chinese Character “Yuan” (Garden),

pointed me to that lovely white and red rose –

marigolds along the path leading to the Central Park RoseGarden 03Aug09 I snapped a lot more photos than I normally would in the hour we spent strolling the Rose Garden, which has over 4000 individual plants, and about 400 varieties of roses.  Being overwhelmed by giant displays and scores of beds, I was attracted to Robert Blood’s sculpture, Variations on the Chinese Character “Yuan” (Garden) and decided to play off of it for a lot of my shots.   Here’s a bunch of rose photos featuring the Yuan character, plus some odds and ends from around the park. [As always, scroll over the picture for a caption and click on it for a larger version of the photograph.]

red roses near the Yuan sculpture in Schenectady Rose Garden 03Aug09 . . . Yu Chang snapping Yuan Sculpture - Central Park Rose Garden, Schenectady 03Aug09

. . . . . . . . .  Central Park Rose Garden 2009 - entryway arbor

two youths on a bench in the Rose Garden woods 03Aug09 . . .

candid shot of Yuan sculpture - Schenectady Rose Garden 03Aug09

a favorite spot for brides …. pond bridge - Central Park Rose Garden, Schenectady - 03Aug09

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view of the Rose Garden arched bridge - Schenectady Central Park 03Aug09 . . . Orange Burst - Central Park Rose Garden, Schenectady 03Aug09

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..  red display - Schenectady Rose Garden display 03Aug09 ..  view northeast - from Yuan sculpture - Schenectady Rose Garden 03Aug09

looking toward Central Park tennis courts from the Rose Garden  03Aug09

Rose Garden Yuan sculpture NW view 03Aug09 . . . Rose Garden terrace - Schenectady Central park 03Aug09

Schenectady Rose Garden - yellow and pink roses 03Aug09Rose Garden miscellanea - 03Aug09 - Schenectady, NY

two boys sit beyond the Rose Garden Yuan sculpture 03Aug09

RoseGarden 3Aug09 - sunny pink roses . . . RoseGarden 03Aug09 touch of pink white roses

looking eastward from the Yuan sculpture - Schenectady Rose Garden 03Aug09

update (August 1, 2010):  I got over to the Rose Garden yesterday, and the resulting post “July ends gracefully at Central Park” has two dozen photos from the Garden. As mentioned in the post, the Garden has been named one of the ten best public rose gardens in the nation.

2011 update (June 20, 2011): See our posting “rose garden in June.”


Responses

  1. Those pale pink roses that look like tissue paper are Old English Roses–my fav. I have one in pale peach.


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