Rose bowers are the most striking features in this section of the gardens. As impressive supports for climbing roses they are similar to the famous bougainvillea bowers at The Getty Center gardens in Los Angeles.
Imagine how beautiful when the roses are in full bloom. Or imagine they brought space aliens to earth to enjoy all this rosey goodness. Those are Texas Bluebonnets at their feet.
No surprise to see plenty of roses available for purchase like these edging the lawn.
This gentleman provides perspective.
Wedding guests enter the gardens directly from the parking lot to avoid the sales area.
The Chapel was built on site in typical local style. For beautiful photos of weddings at The Antique Rose Emporium during peak rose season check out this link.
Although set in a turf grass lawn you can see a hint of the prairie terrain.
We wander back through the gardens
The plant selection is quite different here so I was disappointed to find few native perennials and even fewer ornamental grasses on offer as compared to the now-closed San Antonio location. I did purchase a Digiplexis which seems to do okay in our summer heat, an echeverria featured in a previous post, and a Mexican Beautyberry which I'll show when it produces berries.
Around the base of the windmill.
Back in the parking lot and another view of the chapel with our Texas Bluebonnets blooming in front.
On the way out I spotted more rose bowers on the lawn behind the sales office that I had missed earlier.
We'll need to return during Fall Festival of Roses in November to see all of this at peak season. Next up is a tour of Peckerwood Garden in nearby Hempstead.