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Delicate and beautiful in shape, magnificently scented and varied in colour, the rose is an incomparable flower that has been valued in gardens for centuries. Here are some of the best rose gardens around the world.

 


London

Queen Mary’s Rose Garden

The perfume of roses hangs heavy in the air at the beginning of summer in London’s largest rose garden, laid out in beautiful classical style around a lake spanned by Japanese-style bridges. Although only created in the 1930s, this corner of the much larger Regent’s Park is named after the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots, a 16th-century monarch whose story is recounted in a small museum. But it’s the surrounding 60,000-odd rose plants encompassing some 400 varieties that are the chief attraction. Laid out in formal flowerbeds they include some stunning old-fashioned rambling rose varieties, and spectacular climbers.


WHERE
Regent’s Park in the centre of London.


WHY
One of Britain’s most extensive, beautiful and perfumed collections of roses.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has five flights daily from Doha to London Heathrow.

 


Paris

Jardin de Bagatelle

Ancient trees, burbling waterfalls, landscaped vistas, a fine collection of irises, and, most of all, magnificent roses make the Jardin de Bagatelle one of the most attractive corners of the sprawling Bois de Boulogne, for centuries a green retreat on the western edge of inner-city Paris. The garden was first established in the 18th century but took on its present look in the early 20th century, when its roses were planted to form classical French tapis de fleurs or ‘floral carpets’ in repeated patterns. The emphasis is on hybrid tea roses rather than older varieties, and there are some marvellous climbing roses forming scented arbours.


WHERE
In the Bois de Boulogne.


WHY
A mix of colourful flowers and midsummer music make this a delightful retreat from the hot streets of downtown Paris.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has 16 flights a week from Doha to Paris.

 


Copenhagen

Valby Park Rose Garden

The Danish capital’s largest green space along Hammelstrupvej devotes some of its sprawling parkland to a rose garden with a large variety planted in multi-coloured, circular flowerbeds seen at their best during the annual rose show in early August. Climbing roses, sprawling bushes, and miniatures are among the many beautifully showcased here.


WHERE
Take the S train from Central Station to the Valby Park stop.


WHY
Apart from splendid rose beds, you’ll find other themed gardens, amazing trees, and various exhibitions and concerts.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Copenhagen.

 


Rome

Roseto Municipale

Only open during brief periods in spring and autumn, this garden is an often overlooked treasure on the flanks of the Aventine Hill, and graced with Roman ruins. On show is a large collection of permanently planted roses, as well as annual competition entries and displays of new breeds of rose. The plants sprawl up the hillside, and many climbing varieties are trained to form leafy covered walkways. The roses are arranged chronologically starting at the top of the gardens, so you can follow the horticultural history of this favoured flower, from the early Roman and Damascus roses first planted by ancient cultures, to modern hybrid varieties, in a riot of sometimes surprising colours.


WHERE
Near Circus Maximus in the Aventine district.


WHY
Free entry to a beautifully relaxing garden.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has twice daily flights from Doha to Rome.

 


Montreal

Montreal Botanical Garden

Opened in the 1970s as a section of Montreal’s sprawling botanical gardens, this rose garden has since become one of the most significant in North America, all the more remarkable considering the region’s climate – many of the rose plants are covered with insulating blankets during winter, while others such as Parkland and Explorer varieties have been specially bred to withstand Canadian conditions. Although most rose gardens are traditionally planted in formal and patterned styles, Montreal’s garden is unusual in opting for a more natural style of meandering flowerbeds set among shrubs, trees, and ponds linked by winding pathways.


WHERE
In the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district along Rue Sherbrooke Est.


WHY
One of the most significant collections of roses in North America.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has three flights a week from Doha to Montreal.

 


Tokyo

Sakura Kusabue-no-Oka

With its emphasis on wild and heritage roses, this garden has a charmingly old-fashioned air and showcases the heady fragrance of traditional varieties, which generally surpass their often scentless modern counterparts. The garden is run by dedicated volunteers and includes 200 rare species donated by the late world-renowned rose breeder, Seizo Suzuki.


WHERE
In the city of Sakura some 30 kilometres from Narita International Airport.


WHY
A nationally important collection of over 800 heritage varieties.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Tokyo.

 
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