The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is a mecca for gardeners and flower lovers. The 14-acre Garden blooms with over 35,000 bushes displaying approximately 500 varieties of roses. A Municipal Garden of this scope requires an approximate five percent replanting each year to maintain the garden's lush, vibrant appeal. All are manicured to perfection for the annual Rose Festival.
Since its opening in 1952, the Municipal Rose Garden has brought Tyler critical acclaim nationwide as it caters to both the home gardener and the horticulturist. It is more than just a popular attraction, as it is both a display garden and a trial garden. Many of the vivid floral displays are also test areas for new rose varieties.
Tyler's All-America Rose Selection (AARS) trial garden is one of only 24 throughout the country. Roses in the AARS trial garden are evaluated over a two-year period and must be varieties not previously introduced in the United States. Roses that pass the test and become patented are planted in the Tyler Rose Garden and designated as AARS award winners.
The roses are tested for vigor, flower characteristics and disease resistance. Following a two-year test period, the best of the group are recommended as superior new rose introductions. Thus, visitors to the Rose Garden are seeing the "best of the best." This year-round research has attracted rosarians and rose hybridizers from the world over to the City of Tyler. Significant results have come about through these AARS trials.
Today, the 14-acre Rose Garden has something for everyone. A favorite of many visitors is the one-acre Heritage Rose and Sensory Garden, which has antique rose varieties that date back to 1867. This popular section is located in the southwest corner of the Garden and contains over 30 varieties of 19th century garden roses. The Heritage Garden also features a perennial border demonstrating plants that combine well with roses.
Located in the southeast corner of the Garden, the award-winning IDEA Garden offers a tranquil setting, designed for the serious gardener seeking new ideas and for the enjoyment of the casual visitor. The 90 varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs, and plants.
Other attractions of note are the Vance Burks Memorial Camellia Garden, the Edna Lankart Daylily Collection and the Meditation Garden near the reflection pools.
After Labor Day, rose bushes are pruned to produce new blooms for the Texas Rose Festival, so it is advisable to call in September to check the status of blooms. Also, please note that periodic closings of the Rose Garden are necessary for treatment of pests and plant diseases.