But in the middle of all of this flux…life was building and growing in gardens – especially the rose garden at Central Park. I stopped by last night for a few photos and was blown away by how much bloom took place since I last passed by. The Rose Garden is a crown jewel in Schenectady…it was maintained for years by the City and then the job was taken over by a committee of hard-working citizens when budget constraints caused the city to give up the greenhouse and the Rose Garden operation and maintenance. Since the committee took over, the area has been improved, a central fountain was added, and the “bridge” area has been expanded with a larger waterfall feature added. It truly is an amazing place and a testament to how hard work and determination can save a landmark.
Of course, the park is beautiful as well…Iroquois Lake, the Duck Pond, picnic areas, tennis and softball courts, Music Haven…just to mention a few. But my focus today is on the Rose Garden itself, and the beauty that is appreciated by thousands yearly.
I will head back over quite a few times before the season is done. Breathing in the scent of roses…listening to the splash of fountain and waterfall…hearing the birds and watching people come in with their cameras, kids, or just for a stroll. To read more about the Rose Garden, visit their web page: