Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Coming up Roses.(Final)

Byline: Story by Rick Nathanson Photographs by Drew McDaniel * * * Of the Journal

Since 1948, group has helped make Albuquerque a more beautiful place

According to William Shakespeare, "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." But even the Bard of Avon might have been at a loss for words while strolling through the Albuquerque Rose Garden in May or June, at the height of its blooming glory.

The current collection at the Albuquerque Rose Garden contains 1,203 rose bushes and includes 493 cultivars representing 26 classes of roses.

The seeds of the garden, so to speak, were planted in 1948 with the formation of the Albuquerque Rose Society. The society, along with the Uptown Garden Club and the Green Thumb Garden Club, both also formed in 1948, are the oldest continuously operating garden clubs in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Rose Society will observe its 500th meeting actually more of a reception on Wednesday night at the rose garden. The public is invited to attend the gathering. …

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