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Disney Rose Gardens

Hello, Joshua here. I’m a bit of a rose fanatic and when we went to Disney World for the first time in many years, I had to stop and smell the roses!

Hidden in plain sight near the base of Cinderella Castle, to the right of the circle toward Tomorrowland, is an horticultural treasure. In 1980, Disney opened a rose garden intended as a tribute to the All-American Rose Selections (AARS) breeders and judges. The garden was so successful that in 1985, AARS presented Disney with a plaque:

Plaque

When we visited Disney World, I had to walk through the gardens and snapped a few quick pictures. This was an especially nice Sweet Surrender hybrid tea.

PinkRose

Disney has grown their roses on a special rootstock. Rose grafts aren’t too pretty but the Rosa fortuniana rootstock does help them thrive in the warm Florida sun.

Rootstock

If you have a green thumb and would like to bring some Disney home, there is a Disneyland floribunda rose that grows in many regions of the US. My rose garden is full at the moment (Anyone else have that problem?), but I may have to find a way to squeeze one of these in.

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