Stonehenge in Kansas City?
No, this is not an archaeological dig, although I've often thought that it looks like a Stone Circle. Nor is the photo out of focus; it's just snowing in Kansas City!
This is actually the Rose Garden at Loose Park.
Ella Loose donated the land, to be used as a park, to the city in 1927. The park is named Loose Park in memory of her late husband, Jacob Loose.
In 1937, Laura Conyers Smith formed the Kansas City Rose Society. The Rose Society raised the money to buy just over 100 rose plants; today there are about 4,000 roses.
The Kansas City Rose Society continues to furnish all of the roses for the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden. Kansas City Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining the garden.
Memory, or Friendship Roses, may be purchased through the Rose Society. No signs are displayed, but the family receives a card in the mail and note is made in the Memory Book. Costs range from $25 for a single rose bush up to $1,000 for a perpetual bed. The Memory Book is kept in the Loose Park Garden Center (the building by the herb garden). Office hours: M-F 9-5. Horticultural Library T-Sat 9-5. Arrangements for weddings and other special occasions may be made at the center. (816) 784-5300.
Single Family Homes around Loose Park range in price from $450,000 - 2,700,000. There are a number of condominiums between Loose Park, the Plaza and the KCMO Public Library (Plaza Branch) that range in price from $124,000 - 2,100,000. Many of these homes, like the Rose Garden, were built during the 1920's and 30's. Just as popular now as when they were originally built, these Kansas City homes command premium prices due to their coveted location.