Princess Grace Memorial Rose Garden
Princess Grace Memorial Rose Garden (Avenue des Guelfes, Monaco) — conceived by Prince Rainier III in memory of his wife Princess Grace, the Rose Garden is laid out according to the principles of an English garden, while maintaining a Mediterranean character through the planting of hundred-year-old olive trees. When it was officially opened in 1984, the rose collection covered an area of 3,000 m2; it was expanded in 2000 and again in 2014 to mark its thirtieth anniversary.
Although the gates bearing H.S.H. Princess Grace’s monogram have been conserved to maintain the garden’s sense of history, the “new” Rose Garden can now be accessed freely, so that visitors can discover it at any time of the day. The bronze statue of H.S.H. Princess Grace created by sculptor Kees Verkade in 1983 dominates the garden and watches over the location’s tranquility. Visitors are invited to enjoy a refreshing break in the central square, laid out around a bronze fountain at the foot of the wall of water, which is lit up at night. Free admission.