City of Belfast International Rose GardenThe City of Belfast International Rose Garden is part of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
It contains more than 45,000 blooms every summer and other highlights include:
- trial and display beds of cluster and large flowered, miniature, shrub and climbing roses
- a historical section tracing the history of the rose
- an Irish heritage garden featuring the best roses from award-winning local breeders
- a Princess Diana memorial garden.
Rose WeekEvery July, the garden hosts Rose Week, a hugely popular celebration of trial roses. Summer is the ideal time to get your roses in order - follow the five tips below to produce a good display of blooms at home:
- Roses like their heads in the sunshine and their feet cool and damp. Give them an open site and lots of rich soil to encourage root growth.
- Just as children respond to good food and a healthy diet, so too do roses. Feed them for strong stems and lots of flowers.
- Don't allow your roses to become tousled and unkempt. Make the removal of dead and weak, spindly stems your priority in late winter or early spring.
- For trouble-free blooms, plump for modern shrub roses such as Bonica, Sally Holmes, Graham Thomas, Canary Bird and Our Molly.
Give them room to expand or consider trying 'flower carpet' roses instead.
- Bear in mind that patio and miniature roses are great in pots and you can also move them around your garden.