Park of Roses


To date I have showed you some really impressive parks in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. But I have saved THE best till now.

There is only one word that fits The Columbus Park of Roses – spectacular.

In June, 2006 USA Today named The Park of Roses as one of the top ten best places in theUnited States to view roses, saying:

…..this is one of the largest and most celebrated municipal rose gardens in the USA.

The Columbus Park of Roses is a 13 acre garden sitting in the center of Whetstone Park featuring over 11,000 roses plus some specialized gardens such as a Herb Garden, a Perennial Garden, a Daffodil Garden, and a miniature and heritage roses garden.

The Columbus Park of Roses is one of 133 All American Rose Selection approved public display gardens in the United States.

To the east of the park is High Street, one of the busiest streets in Columbus. To the west  is State Route 315, a six lane divided state route. Less than three miles to the south of the park lay the campus of one of the nation’s largest universities, Ohio State.  Park of Roses Map

The park is a quiet oasis of tranquility in the middle of the hustle and bustle and noise of modern life.

But enough of facts and figures. Let’s visit the park. Let’s see some roses.

I wish someone would invent a camera that would capture aroma. If there was one you would be smelling heaven right now.

Part 1 – The Rose Gardens ~ An Overview

Featured Recipe    Cherry Chicken Salad

This is another easy and cool summer salad made tastier with the addition of some Champagne Vinegar.

It is also a lovely way to use up left over chicken. If you don’t have any left over chicken…not to worry. Just poach some chicken in chicken broth.

With the dried cherries this is a pretty salad too, and with the addition of apples very delicious as well.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

Salad Ingredients

1 cup of cooked chicken diced

1 cup dried cherries*

2 stalks celery

1 apple of your choice*

¼ cup pistachios*

1-2 cans chicken broth if you are not using already cooked chicken

*NOTES: Can also use cranberries. I already had dried cherries and mixed berries in my pantry and so I used them up. Can use any kind of dried fruit you like.

Same for the nuts. Substitute walnuts, pine nuts or pecans. What ever makes your heart flutter!

I used a Gala Apple. Any apple you like will do.

Dressing Ingredients

½  cup mayonnaise

1-2 teaspoons canola oil

1 tablespoons Champagne Vinegar

1 teaspoons sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do.

Cut the cooked chicken into small bite size pieces. Place in a bowl. Scroll down to The REST OF THE RECIPE.


If you need to cook chicken, poach it in chicken broth, making sure the chicken is covered completely with broth, turning at least once during the poaching.

Do not over cook as you want the chicken to be juicy, not dry. This should take about 20-25 minutes depending on size and number of chicken pieces.

I chose chicken tenders today because they are small and both cook and cool down quickly.

When cooked through remove chicken from the broth and let the chicken cool completely.

You can proceed to the steps in THE REST OF THE RECIPE while the chicken is poaching and cooling.

LEFTOVER CHICKEN BROTH TIP: Strain the chicken broth and use later in the week to make some noodle or rice soup with diced celery and diced carrots.


Shell the pistachios and rough chop the nuts into medium pieces. Set aside.

Wash the celery and apple.

Dice the celery and the apple into a small to medium sized pieces.

How To Dice Celery
How To Dice an Apple

When the chicken is cool cut it into medium to large chunks and place in a large bowl.

Add two-thirds of the dried cherries to the chicken, reserving the rest for garnish on the finished salad.

Place the diced celery and apple in the bowl with the chicken. If using add some salt and pepper now.

In a separate bowl place the half-cup of mayonnaise. Add the canola oil 1 teaspoon at a time and whisk well. This makes for a lighter textured and smoother mayonnaise. This also prevents huge globs of mayonnaise on the chicken and vegetables. You can skip this step if you like.

Add a tablespoon of the vinegar and the sugar; whisk well. Taste. Use more vinegar or sugar if desired.

You will get a creamier salad dressing using the canola oil and other additives as you can see below.

When the mayo is to your liking add it to the bowl with all of the other goodies.

Toss gently to blend. Tatste and adjust seasoning if you like.

Place on individual plates and top with some of the  reserved cherries and the chopped pistachios. Serve with some soup and buttered bread, or as I had, sesame crackers.

Bon appétit!!!


Salad Ingredients

1 cup of cooked chicken       $4.43

1 cup dried cherries             $4.50

2 stalks celery                     $0.24

1-2 apples of your choice     $0.88

¼ cup pistachios                 $1.60

1-2 cans chicken broth         $1.98

Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise               $0.50

1-2 tspns canola oil              $0.06

1 tbspns Champagne Vin      $0.25

1 teaspoons sugar                $0.03

Total cost = $14.47
Cost per serving = $3.62

Quote of the Day

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Tom Wilson from the “Ziggy” comic strip


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6 comments to Park of Roses

  • I love this chicken salad!

    I want to put this gorgeous park on my must-see bucket list. I love roses! I wish we had a park like this near here.

    • Roberta

      The Park of Roses is certainly the ‘jewel in the crown’ of parks for Columbus for sure.

      I love this chicken salad too. 🙂

  • You got me with the wish to smell and taste! I’m all about both! I’d move to be able to live near a place like that just so that I could take a walk through every day! I’m making this salad for dinner! (nobody knows it, yet!!) We still have 7 children at home, so hopefully a nice loaf of crusty bread and dessert will fill’em up if it doesn’t give us huge servings. Can’t wait.
    Love your blog. I don’t have too much time to read, but I hope to be able to come here often. I find a lot of recipes on Pinterest, but I’d much rather build a personal connection!

  • Barb H. (@iamwritermom)

    Hi Roberta! As always, loved your post! Oh, to walk in that park and just inhale, and inhale and then inhale some more. Sigh. Lovely that you’ve shared this with us. And as for the chicken salad…Yummo! I think my Hubs will love it so I must include it in my menu plan for next week. Cheers!