Fall Highlights

Cranford Rose Garden: Late Bloomers, Bright Fruits, and Wildlife

Fall roses? Yes, after a glorious summer of blooms, a lovely second flush usually occurs in September, with flowers lasting into October or even early November. Fall is also the time to see hips, the fruit of the rose.

Look for

  • Hybrid tea roses. Almost all of the modern hybrids have been bred to bloom repeatedly into the fall. The pink, double-flowered Rosa 'La France', a specimen located in the garden's westernmost bed, was introduced in 1867, marking the birth of the modern hybrid rose tradition.
  • Grandiflora roses, like Rosa ‘Sunshine Daydream’, many of which are also beautiful fall bloomers.
  • Rose hips in all shapes, textures, and colors—round, oblong, pear-shaped, spiky, or smooth, and anywhere from bright orange to deep red and black.

The Cranford Rose Garden is also an excellent place to watch fall wildlife: Squirrels and birds come by to eat rose hips. Mockingbirds are especially frequent feeders here. You might hear their call before you spot one.

Also see

Bonsai Museum

Carefully pruned specimens to be contemplated for their unique beauty, up close—a quiet counterpoint to the sweeping scenes in the Japanese Garden.

Herb Garden

Pumpkins and other squashes in a fantastic array of colors and shapes, ripening apples, and colorful ornamental corn.

Rock Garden

Beautiful boulders, set off by bright fall foliage and alpine evergreens.

Rose 'Sunshine Daydream'
Rosa 'Sunshine Daydream' in the Cranford Rose Garden. Grandiflora. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden in autumn. Photo by Dave Allen.
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