Famous Historic Rose Gardens

Long lauded by rose lovers, some historic rose gardens in the US contain rare examples of roses as well as unique landscaping methods using types of rose plants with different growing habits. These rose gardens are considered famous and historic because of their longevity and wide variety of beautiful rose bushes on display. Some are more than 100 years old and many are open to the public free of charge.

Tyler, Texas Municipal Rose Garden

Open 7 days a week, the Tyler, Texas Municipal Rose Garden is the nation's largest rose garden. It is a large test garden for new varieties of roses and also has an area set aside for antique and heritage roses. Tyler, Texas is located in the northeast corner of Texas. The Tyler, Texas Municipal Rose Garden has one of 22 AARS (All America Rose Selection) trial gardens in the US. In 2003 a section of the park was dedicated to the David Austin line of Old English roses.

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Located in Hartford, Connecticut, the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is 102 acres and contains 15,000 rose bushes that consist of 800 different varieties of roses. The park has numerous heirloom rose varieties and is also one of 22 AARS test gardens in the US. This park is a popular destination for weddings and private parties. The most famous rose developed in recent years is the Elizabeth Park Centennial Rose developed by John Mattia for the park's centennial celebration.

International Rose Test Gardens

Located in Portland, Oregon's Washington Park, the International Rose Test Gardens was established in 1917. Open from June 2 until September 19, the park was founded by a group who were trying to protect heritage rose varieties from being destroyed in Europe during World War I. As more and more types of roses were sent from Europe, the park became a center for rose growing enthusiasts. The city of Portland is very active in preserving their park structure and the plants within the park boundaries. Roses are provided for the park that are grown all over the world. Some interesting and popular rose varieties displayed are the Disneyland rose, the Don Juan, the Fragrant Cloud, and the Double Pink Knockout.

Berkely Municipal Rose Garden

The Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden was finished in 1937 after a four-year construction period that was funded by the Works Project Administration (WPA) during the Depression. The park has 3,000 rose bushes and 250 different varieties of roses. Around Mother's Day is considered the best time to view this park, which is the largest rose garden in Northern California. open to the public year round. Popular and interesting rose varieties on display are: Golden Showers, Black Prince, Joseph's Coat, America and White Dawn.

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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.