Mar 27

Tyler Rose Garden: The Rose Capital

RoseTouted as America’s largest public collection of roses, the Tyler Rose Garden was sure to be something special.  As we were making plans for our vacation to New Orleans and looking for places to stop and spend the night we came across the city of Tyler, Texas which is roughly 100 miles east of Dallas.  We noticed that the city of Tyler had a well-respected zoo and a famous rose, but we weren’t sure what to expect from their municipal garden as we were visiting at the end of winter but we were pleasantly surprised that there actually were several bushes with full beautiful blooms.  This must be thanks in part to the Southern climate that tends to bring spring on a little earlier than in other parts of the country.  The grass was green, pear trees and azaleas were in full bloom and it was a really beautiful atmosphere.Rose BudThis garden must be absolutely stunning in the height of the season.  They have a collection of 38,000 rose bushes encompassing over 600 different varieties.  The fourteen acre grounds are well laid out and were in very good condition.  They also have reflecting pools, winding walkways and several eye catching fountains.Spring BloomSome other areas of the garden include the meditation garden which is near a quiet pool and flowing fountains.  Also the Vance Burks Memorial Camellia Garden and several daylily beds round out the selection that can be found at the Tyler Rose Garden. In all there are 14 acres of garden space and with tens of thousands of plants the garden does not lack for beauty anywhere.Tyler Rose GardenWhat makes the Tyler Rose Garden so unique is that while lots of cities of Tyler’s size (100,000 people) or bigger have rose gardens this is one of only a handful of All American Rose Selection test gardens.  What that means is that this particular garden will have the newest varieties of roses bushes that are not yet available to the public.Spring FlowersKaren and I really enjoyed our time at the Tyler Rose Garden as we were traveling through Tyler on our way to Louisiana.  It made a great stop to get out and stretch our legs and since the 14 acre garden is free it was well worth the stop.   We just wish we would have been able to see the garden in all of its glory, but we were probably a week or two away from that.  Hopefully we will be able to go that way again in the near future at a little bit later in the season.At the Tyler Rose GardenTyler Rose Garden
Located at 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas
Hours of Operation: The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark seven days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Garden Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at  http://www.cityoftyler.org/

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  1. freda

    Wow that is beautiful, Is the second picture a rose? It is very delicate and pretty but the leaves don’t look like a rose.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      I do not think that it is a rose even though the flower kind of looks like one, but like you the leaves look like it has to be something else. There were signs that told us but for the life of me I cannot remember. Thanks for taking the time to comment sorry I could not be of more help. Maybe somebody else could tell us what it is.

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