The Heritage Rose Foundation Garden features roses classified as Old Garden Roses and companion plantings. Notice the rose planted on the right side of the gate, immediately after entering this garden. This is the ‘Green Rose’, so named because the petals of the rose are actually its sepals, and they are all green. It is thought, with some substantiation, that this rose was used by the Underground Railroad to indicate a “Safe House.”
To the left of the gate is a “cottage bed” planted with a hedge of ‘Smith’s Parish’ and ‘Smith’s Parish Red,’ both Bermuda Mystery Roses donated by Dr. Malcom Manners of Florida Southern College.
As we move along the sidewalk, the next rose on our right is the oldest plant in the garden, the rose ‘Fantin-Latour.’ With a little luck, this rose will be blooming during your visit. It is an exceptionally beautiful rose, thought to resemble the roses painted by the artist after whom it is named.