My Fuller Garden Experience

I still remember how I felt as I headed for the entrance to Fuller Gardens this past summer.  Oh, such a picturesque entrance with a sea of fragrant, fresh roses just beyond! 

The fee was quickly paid, and in case you were wondering, the garden’s worth every penny. I was handed a brochure, and we were told that a volunteer would give us some information before we entered. 

Now I consider myself a patient person, however, I was not ready for a history lesson, no matter how brief, while garden beauties were waiting just behind the gate.  However, I needed to focus my attention on the kind volunteer, before I could focus my camera on the roses. 

I smelled them, photographed them, enjoyed them. 

photo by Jeff

 Hundreds of varieties… So many roses, so little time. 

 Sure, I read some of the labels, only to be forgotten later. 

photo by Jeff

Perhaps you recognized some of them?

There is an interesting history here, so if you want to know more, here is the link:

And the beach is nearby!

I am linking this post to Mary at The Little Red House.  She hosts Mosaic Monday.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Wow i can even smell the scent this distance! But kidding aside i haven’t smelled this scent for a long time in real gardens. I remember when we were kids we still have a very thorny pink rose that smells like the real rose. But we lost it. It is now difficult to manage a rose plant due to diseases and pests. We have a red rose without thorns but scentless too. I guess the thorn is related to scent, lol. Lovely photos too, I love that mosaic.

    ... on January 12th, 2012
  2. Holleygarden says:

    Wow! Look at all those roses! How wonderful to be able to feel and smell each one!

    ... on January 12th, 2012
  3. debsgarden says:

    The sight of all those beautiful roses is refreshing on this drab January day! You must have savored the experience all over again while creating this post. Thanks for sharing. For sure I saw Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’. It grows in my own garden and is wonderfully fragrant.

    ... on January 12th, 2012
  4. Donna says:

    This is quite the selection of roses. I bet you were in heaven being in such a beautiful garden. I think I would like that house and greenhouse too.

    ... on January 12th, 2012
  5. allan becker says:

    Wow! That was the best pick-me-up for a winter weary soul. Thanks

    ... on January 12th, 2012
  6. Gone Tropical says:

    thanks for just visiting my blog :-)
    the rose pictures here are stunning! I wish I could grow roses half as beautiful….

    ... on January 13th, 2012
  7. Indie says:

    Beautiful! That must have been a fantastic place to visit! And so fragrant.
    I am loving that lavender cupped rose – stunning!

    ... on January 14th, 2012
  8. Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens says:

    This is a garden I could visit when I am in Maine this summer. Would it be worth visiting in July or August? Does it have other gardens besides roses? Your photos are very vibrant.

    ... on January 14th, 2012
  9. Chris says:

    Carolyn, I can’t speak for August, but we went on July 1st. They also have perennials, Japanese Garden, and Conservatory.

    ... on January 14th, 2012
  10. Risa says:

    I’m adding Fuller Gardens to my list of places I MUST visit. And it’s relatively close. Thank you for the introduction!

    ... on January 15th, 2012
  11. Debra @ Gardens Inspired says:

    I spotted ‘The Fairy’ in this collection. They are all beautiful and such a nice pick-me-up on a cold Michigan day in January. Thank you!

    ... on January 15th, 2012