In the middle of San Diego’s most beautiful park lies what may be its most beautiful patch of land — a three-acre world renowned rose garden with over 180 varieties of the flower. Gardeners introduce new varieties each year, with 2,400 roses in bloom for most of the year.
The rose garden is a lovely place to take a stroll, and is meant to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Paths wind throughout the various plants, with a variety of colors and sizes of roses is remarkable to see. Fountains, gazebos, tiles, and columns act as backdrops for the colorful flowers.
The number of roses also creates a wonderfully scented experience. Maintained by volunteers, it has a community feel while still being one of the most elegant places in San Diego. The garden has won multiple awards for excellence, including being named an Outstanding Rose Garden in the USA.
The garden is located on the eastern side of Balboa Park and is free to enter. It is beautiful year-round but sees its peak bloom season in April and May. There’s an adjacent desert garden in the park that’s also worth a visit.