Slideshow: The Jewel of McKeesport
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Steve Mellon and Bob Batz Jr.
It's not well known, even though it's the second biggest in Pennsylvania, and right now, it's near full bloom: The rose garden in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.
The public garden and arboretum, started in 1938 in what locals call Renzie Park, has more than 1,800 roses of various varieties in some 40 beds, plus large plantings of perennials and a water garden. That means a lot of work for members of the Garden Club of McKeesport and the Pittsburgh Rose Society, who in the last 15 years have brought it back to gorgeous. Volunteers from all over the region gather on Wednesday mornings to prune, weed, deadhead and weed some more.
A tour of the garden is free, and this week visitors can catch it near the peak of one of the three flushes of floral fireworks that explode there each season, typically in June, July and September.
First Published June 15, 2006 12:00 am