Originally opened in 1984 to commemorate the late Princess Grace, consort to Prince Rainier III, the Princess Grace Rose Garden has been expanded to 54,000 sf, increasing its offering from 4,000 to 8,000 rose bushes in 300 varieties. The twist: it’s also tech-driven.
QR codes can be found on rose bushes; when scanned, groups receive a list of facts for each plant, along with an interactive terminal near the main entrance that can be used to navigate the grounds and discover facts about the garden. Designed with ecological sustainability in mind, the garden will be maintained without pesticides or chemicals, and new irrigation methods will limit waste water. As an added bonus, a 164-foot water wall located in the center of the garden forms a balcony offering aerial views of the rose beds.
“Visitors can follow any number of footpaths to discover sculptures, including one of Princess Grace, olive and palm trees, and roses organized into themes. Ranging from flowers named after members of the Princely family including the bright pink Grace de Monaco rose, the themes also identify rare and award-winning varieties,” according to the Monaco Government Tourist Office.
The rose was the favorite flower of Princess Grace; the refurbishment modernizes the garden to enhance its appeal as an incentives destination, including space for cocktail receptions and other events.