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21 Days Outdoors – Stop to Smell the Raleigh Rose Garden

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.

When you feel the need to stop and smell the roses in the most literal sense of that phrase, I recommend the Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden for the best rose aromatics in the Triangle. 

Tucked behind Raleigh Little Theater on Pogue Street is a display garden of sixty rose beds with more than fifty varieties of roses, including hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures and antiques. They all smell divine, each and every one (at least all the roses I stopped to smell). If you enter the garden from the stairway off Everett Avenue, the scent builds with each step downward until you’re enveloped in the relaxing aroma and transported to a state of near nirvana. Bliss ensues.

The garden is in peak bloom now and at the time of my visit, those blooms proved the perfect backdrop for wedding and bridal photos as you can imagine. Especially dramatic (and photographic) is a stone trellis arc draped with a white rose vine. Though there are roses of many shades within the garden I was particularly drawn toward the pinker hues (as you can see in my photos). I could spend hours in this secluded garden spot in the heart of Raleigh. If you visit the garden plan your visit shortly before dusk, so you can watch the lightning bugs flicker as they fly among the roses, another of summer’s seasonal treats for the senses.


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