Emilia and I went to the 22nd Columbus Rose Festival in Whetstone Park. Over 11,000 rose bushes were in bloom of every color imaginable. The formal opening of the Columbus Park of Roses was in June 1953. In January 1954 the American Rose Society Headquarters relocated from Hershey, Pennsylvania to Columbus, staying until 1974 when they moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where they are today. The park is 13 acres and well maintained by several local rose societies.