Elizabeth Park and Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Aerial view of the rose gardens - vintage postcard, circa 1930-1945.
The much-photographed rose arbor - vintage postcard, circa 1930-1945.
A more recent view of the rose arbor.
Rose garden with gazebo in background.
Gazebo closer up, with arbor.
One of the historic, yet still-working, greenhouses.
Backstory and Context
The organization began their efforts to save the rose garden by first raising enough money to replace the rose bushes that had died of neglect. After restoring the garden to its former appearance, the Friends decided to raise funds and volunteer their time to provide ongoing care of those rosebushes and the park’s other plantings. The volunteer effort is still active under the authority of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy, a local nonprofit that holds fundraising events as well as contributing their time to restore and maintain the park’s historic buildings and grounds.
One notable absence from the park's grounds, however, is that of the original Pond house. This structure, having fallen into disrepair, was demolished in 1956, but was replaced just three years later with a building called the Elizabeth Pond Memorial. This attractive red brick structure now houses an auditorium, a banquet hall, a snack bar and an upscale restaurant called the Pond House Café.
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