For my first Mother’s Day we spent the weekend in Nags Head with great friends and the pups for our traditional Yuengling 5K race. When we got home on Sunday we walked down to the Rose Garden, which is just two blocks from our house. We were too late for their annual Mother’s Day brunch celebration (mimosas and yummy food) so we just walked around and enjoyed the fantastic sights, smells, and company. The Rose Garden can also be rented for weddings and other events (hint: no money needed on decorations).
Wandering through the rows and rows of roses
Lovely shades of peach, hot pink, and light pink roses
The rose garden is located in the circular, below-street level area at 301 Pogue St. Parking is limited to around the circle and the nearby neighborhood streets. There are a few different entrances with stairs or you can walk down the paved entrance way near the theater. The grass height in the gardens is kept pretty low so you can easily push a stroller.
There are over 50 varieties of roses to touch (no snipping) and smell. One end of the garden has a beautiful pergola covered in white roses and the water feature and the other end has a gazebo with other varieties of shade-loving plants. There are benches and picnic tables covered with large shade trees for great picnic spots.
You can’t visit the Rose Garden without scoping out the latest plays at Raleigh Little Theater, which is adjacent to the garden. RLT is a community theater that produces 11 shows each season. I’ve been to a few shows and know folks who work on the production so be sure to check them out!
Thumbs up: picnic spots, shade, sights/smells, photo ops, gardens, theater
Thumbs down: parking (at times)