Tyler Rose Park
Construction started 1939, roses planted 1952
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Welcome to Tyler ...
"The Rose Capital of America”!
Established in 1952, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the nation's largest rose garden, spanning 14 acres.
The gardens include over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, as well as reflecting pools, walkways and fountains. It was listed in 2011 in Livability.com's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA.
|All-America Rose selections in the Tyler Texas Rose Garden
The gardens are a popular destination for both local residents and for visitors, and offer a diversity of photographic opportunities.
They are the location for numerous wedding photo shoots, school group photos, parties, reunions and professional photography as well.
It is one of 24 All American Rose Selection (AARS) test gardens in the country, and also includes a unique Idea Garden created and maintained by the Smith County Master Gardeners.
|The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Rose Museum
Another popular area is the 1-acre Heritage Rose and Sensory Garden, which has antique rose varieties dating to 1867. Situated in the in the southwest corner of the Garden, it contains over 30 varieties of 19th century garden roses.
Other areas frequented by Garden visitors are the Vance Burks Memorial Camellia Garden, the Edna Lankart Daylily Collection and the Meditation Garden near the reflection pools.
In 2012, a new feature is being added to the Rose Garden: Spring bulbs! More than 8,000 bulbs were planted for bloom during the spring of 2012. More than 10,000 square feet of beds containing narcissus (daffodils), crocus, hyacinths, tulips, Dutch iris, allium, crinum, spider lilies and caladiums have been planted.
Actual construction of the garden began in 1938
as a part of the federal Work Projects Administration (WPA) under the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In March 2011 the City of Tyler and the Texas Rose Festival Association entered into an agreement to develop a master plan to enhance the Tyler Rose Garden.
|The Tyler Rose Museum
Located adjacent to the Rose Garden is the Tyler Rose Museum, which showcases and documents the history of the annual Texas Rose Festival. The 81st Texas Rose Festival will be held on October 16-18, 2014, with "Cirque de la Rose" as its theme.
The rose parade, an arts and crafts fair, floral shows, and many more activities attract thousands of visitors annually to Tyler for this spectacular event.
The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark, seven days a week. Admission is free.
The Tyler Rose Garden is located on West Front Street, Texas Highway 31, just west of downtown Tyler. A map of the location of the Tyler Rose Garden is shown below, courtesy of Google Maps.
For more information, we recommend a visit to the Tyler Rose Garden web site operated by the City of Tyler. Or call the Rose Center at (903) 531-1212 for hours, events and more information.
We love to buy cut roses in Tyler ... our favorite vendor is available most any day from spring to fall.
For years, she sold her roses from her van parked in the corner of the parking lot at Brookshire's on South Broadway Avenue and Rice Road.
Today, she sells out of her van parked in the French Quarter Shopping Center, at the corner of Loop 323 and Broadway, near Einstein Brothers Bagels.
She has many different roses to choose from, they are inexpensive, and they last for days! Look for the white van!
Welcome to Tyler and the Tyler Rose Garden ... the Rose Garden of America
Photo of the grounds of the Municipal Rose Garden, Tyler, Texas
Grounds of the Municipal Rose Garden, looking south, Tyler, Texas
Rose Garden, Tyler
Rose Garden, Tyler
Rose Garden, Tyler
Quiet sanctuary at the Rose Gardens, Tyler, Texas
Idea Garden, Tyler, Texas operated by Tyler Master Gardeners
Overview of the Tyler Texas Rose Gardens
Thousands of rose bushes ... at the Tyler Rose Garden
Tranquility at the Tyler Rose Garden
Summer clouds overhead ... at the Tyler Rose Garden
Acres of blooming roses, in Tyler
Arch way in the Tyler, Texas Rose Garden
The gift shop inside the Tyler Texas Rose Center
Entrance to the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, Tyler, Texas
Greetings from the Tyler, Texas Rose Festival