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Central Park Rose Garden

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We're at the Central Park Rose Garden in Schenectady, N.Y. Who would have thought! In Schenectady, outside of Albany, they have a big city rose garden!

There are 5,000 rose plants here, with over 150 varieties represented. And you can see that in July or August, it is an amazing place with the flowers in full bloom.

There are all different kinds of varieties here, but most of them are modern hybrid varieties. You can see the different classes of roses represented. There is the hybrid tea rose, which has one rose per stem. It's often the cut flower rose that you see on Valentines Day. There are floribunda roses that have many flowers per stem.

These produce huge clumps of roses! Some look like big heads of hydrangeas, but they're roses! And then there are the grandiflora roses, which are like the floribundas, in that there are multiple flowers per stem, but the flowers are bigger. They are big like the hybrid tea rose.

What I really like about some varieties is that you don't just have single flower colors, but you have multiple hues in each one of the roses. There are some, like the Colorific rose, that starts out a yellow orange color, and then as it gets older, it fades to a red. So why grow three roses, when you can have one that has all three colors to it!

Some vareties have different colors within the same petals and some of them have unusual colors, "Nearly Wild" has this really deep purple single flower to it that you don't often see in roses.

So if you are in the Schenectady area, definitely check out the rose garden here, especially if you are coming through in July or August!

By Charlie Nardozzi

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