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As rose enthusiasts know, there is no replicating the vigor, the intensity, of a rose's first bloom. We're lucky enough to have received some freshly cut blooms and will be making a point of seeking out more over the next 2 weeks of prime first bloom season.

No amount of fertilizer, deep watering or praying can make a rose bloom in the same way it does that first time each Spring. So take a moment to (wait for it) stop and smell the roses:

  • Descanso Gardens has a wonderful Rose Garden that is no doubt exploding with blossoms right about now. Check out their calendar of events for great gardening classes and lectures.
  • The Natural History Museum has an incredible rose garden that you can hang out in (or bring a picnic to) on a sunday afternoon.
  • Los Angeles Arboretum
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood and check out your neighbor's roses.
  • Swing by your local nursery and check out what you might like to plant next year.