Monday, March 13, 2006

Exposition Rose Garden to re-open March 15, with four varieties added

LOS ANGELES – When it re-opens on March 15 following its annual winter pruning, the renowned Exposition Rose Garden, a facility operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, will feature four new varieties that are deemed to grow in 2006.

The additions are Rainbow Sorbet, Tahitian Sunset, Wild Blue Yonder, and Julia Child, named in honor of the late gourmet chef, who died in 2004. The quartet was chosen by the All-American Rose Selections organization as the best roses for the upcoming season.

In addition, at least three as-yet unnamed varieties that will be the 2007 roses of choice, will be among the 165 styles of this enticing flower which can be viewed and enjoyed. In all, the garden is home to about 10,000 rose bushes, as well as other distinctive landscaping.

Since 1928, the Department has operated and maintained the Rose Garden, which is visited by thousands of Angelenos and tourists annually, and is often used by residents as a place of quiet and refuge in an urban setting.

It offers a classic formal display of rose beds arranged in a grass-girded oval around a picturesque central fountain, with beautiful gazebos, making it a popular location for weddings and other events, and as a backdrop for photos and filming, all of which permits are needed for

Exposition Rose Garden is located at 701 State Dr., near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. For more information, call (213) 763-0114.

Jane Kolb: (213)928-9294, or cell, (323)816-6712
Harvey Drut: (213)928-9296, or cell, (323)816-6711