We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.Dale Carnegie
Perhaps the coordinators of Knoxville’s 2021 Dogwood Arts Festival events had Dale Carnegie’s quote in mind as they invited guests to stroll through Open Rose Gardens two weekends in a row.
Right outside our windows, so to speak, gardens in the west end of our town were available for touring — and photographing. And we couldn’t resist.
The home of Michael and Mary Bates provided more roses than we’ve seen anywhere. First planted by Kathy Brennan who sold the home to the Bates, the gardens showcased over 300 rose bushes, laid out in miniature garden settings, spreading underneath old-growth trees and climbing trellises in the backyard.
Roses of many colors (some labeled with botanical names) leaned toward the sun as if welcoming photographers and rose lovers to lean in as well.
Since getting into the hearts of flowers is what I love to do best, I tried to move in without stepping on anything, focusing my camera on the hearts of the flowers in order to enter the private worlds of these tender, ephemeral beauties.
Even though the rich reds with their velvety petals made us linger longest, it was the pinks that must have been a favorite of the original owner of the garden. They dominated the gardens while allowing their “cousins” time to shine as well.
A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.William Carlos Williams
If you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “I never promised you a rose garden . . . ” Thank you, Dogwood Arts, for a promise well kept.
Travel for beauty,
Rusha & Bert