For the second consecutive year, many of the out-of-town duchesses will be on display in full costume and available to meet the public during the party. These duchesses will be seated at the Rose Show display, inside the Rose Garden Center.
The queen's Rose Garden Party is a grand celebration of the Texas Rose Festival and Tyler with this year's theme, “Tyler, Tapestry of Blessings,” setting the stage.
The Tyler court, ladies in waiting, the duchess of the Texas Rose Festival and the queen's royal attendants will be in their lavish costumes, seated traditionally in tents on the Queen's Lawn of the Rose Garden.
A very special guest will also be in attendance — Queen Mary-Lawson's horse Caleb.
The Garden Party will offer guests a first-time, in-person opportunity to view the collection of this year's Rose Festival costumes.
Food Stations: Guests can refresh themselves at two fanciful refreshment tables at the center of the lawn, decorated with hundreds of ribbons and jewels.
Special Invitation: By special invitation, the second grade girls from the city of Tyler are asked by Queen Mary-Lawson to assist in offering candy tied in taffeta pouches to all guests attending the garden affair. As an act of community service, 10 selected senior boys will assist with the refreshments.
Sponsors for the 2010 Texas Rose Festival are: KYTX-CBS19, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Nancy A. Bracken/Bracken Resources O.L.C., Samsung, Texas Bank and Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Britt Brookshire, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Mewbourne, Marilyn and Lanier Richey, Tyler Morning Telegraph and TylerPaper.com, AT&T, Austin Bank, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Betty Jo Riter, Melinda and Tom Shoemake, Cynthia and Whit Riter, Bob L. Herd, Brookshire Grocery Co., Citizens 1st Bank, City of Tyler, Classic Toyota, Delk Photography Inc., Dillard's Inc., Flowers Baking Co. of Tyler, LLC, Giglio Distributing Company, Oncor, Order of the Rose, Tyler Today, RPR Construction Co. Inc., South-side Bank, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Willis Interests/Sherilyn and Patrick Willis, Adams & Coker, P.C., BSCENE Magazine-BSCENE TV, Cavender's Boot City, Chesley and Ted W. Walters, Citizens National Bank, Clements Fluids, Dennis D. Darryl-Genecov Group, Dermatology Associates of Tyler, East Texas Title, Flowers - Davis, Eiche Mapes & Co. Inc., Findlay Craft, First Bank and Trust, H&M Buie Investments, LTD, Hilton Garden Inn, KETK-TV, Kitchens Unique, KLTV, Channel 7, Peltier Chevrolet, Inc., Potter Minton, Teletouch, The Hamptons at Pine Forest LP, The Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant and Wagner Cadillac.