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Princess Grace Rose Garden

Princess Grace Rose Garden is in the Fontvieille district of Monaco, which is the newest part of the principality. The 5,000-square-metre garden was laid out on the waterfront in 1984 by Prince Rainer III in memory of his late wife Princess Grace. She tragically died in a car accident in 1982, at the age of only 53.

Roses in Princess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco
In season, the rose garden is a feast for the eyes with more than 315 varieties.

Princess Grace Rose Garden is laid out in English garden design

The garden was designed by landscape architect Jean Mus and is a beautiful example of English garden design with a touch of the Mediterranean.

Princess Grace Rose Garden is filled with a string of trees, plants and flowers, including olive trees, cypresses, bougainvillea and lavender. There are also several fountains and water features in the garden, which contribute to the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

Prinsess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco
The garden design is English with a touch of southern French botany. – ©

The garden has more than 6,000 rose bushes and a total of 315 different varieties from all over the world. For rose enthusiasts, all roses are equipped with a QR code, so you can read more about the individual variety.

Due to the environmentally friendly practices used to maintain the garden, it has been awarded the label “organic” garden.

Rose “Princess of Monaco”

Princess Grace was passionate about flowers, especially roses and orchids. As a wedding gift, the famous French rose breeder, Meilland, created the rose “Grace of Monaco”. In 1981, another rose was presented at the legendary rose ball “Bal de la Rose. The rose had the red-and-white colors, like the princely flag, and the princess rejoiced so much in it that the rose was named “Princess of Monaco”.

The rose "Princess of Monaco"
The rose named “Princess of Monaco” due to its color resemblance to the family coat of arms and the flag of the principality.

Statue of Princess Grace

In the garden, you can also admire a statue of Princess Grace, which was created by the Dutch sculptor, Kees Verkade. The statue stands in the center of the garden and is surrounded by a lake, which adds to the beauty and grandeur of the statue.

In addition to the statue, there are other monuments and plaques in the garden that pay tribute to Princess Grace. These include a plaque commemorating the day of her death, as well as a plaque honoring her humanitarian work.

Memorial stone with quote about the rose “Princess Grace of Monaco”
Memorial stone with quote about the rose by Princess Grace of Monaco – ©

Princess Grace Rose Garden is open to the public year-round and is free to visit. It is a popular place for both locals and tourists who come to enjoy its beauty and tranquility. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the garden, sit and relax on one of the many benches or simply enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

White rose in Prinsess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco
The view in the rose garden is quite breathtaking. – ©

A peaceful oasis

Princess Grace Rose Garden is a beautiful and peaceful oasis in the heart of Monaco. It’s a fitting tribute to Princess Grace, who was known for her elegance, grace and love of nature. Whether you’re a fan of her or just appreciate beautiful gardens, Princess Grace Rose Garden is definitely worth a stop when visiting Monaco.

By Mette F. Willumsen – 2023

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