MADRID SECRET ROSE GARDEN
The spring came to Madrid a long time ago, and that means that it would be wonderful to go for a walk now around parks and gardens… While we are waiting for such an opportunity in reality, here’s a virtual walk along one of the most beautiful corners of Madrid, which though is never full of tourists.
So here is the Rose Garden of the Parque del Oeste (Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste)
This garden is located by the park del Oeste. The park with its beauty and how well cared it is can rival Retiro, but thanks to its less popularity it remains a park for “locals”. The same as the park, the rose garden by its side is mainly visited by local madrileños and a very rare foreign guest.
The rose garden counts with 500 types of roses from around the world. The aroma and beauty of the flowers is a great background for a walk as well as a photo shoot.
Apart from those roses that are always in the garden, there are also city competitions held here. During their celebration, you can see absolutely unique flowers.
The development of the garden’s project was headed by Ramón Ortiz. It was open in 1956. However, inveterate travellers will recognise in its design the gardens of Paris, Rome, and Geneva; they served as the inspiration for the Madrid garden.
In the centre of the rose garden, there is a pond with water lilies. Also in the garden, you can find the Youth Fountain, a Federico Valera’s work (he also elaborated the monument to Cervantes on the Square of Spain and the building of Metropolis on Gran Vía).
Throughout the garden’s years, its gardeners have multiplied the richness of the Rose Garden. Nowadays, this garden is considered one of the best in the world. For instance, in 2006, it received the Award of Garden Excellence, which confirmed the uniqueness of this garden.