It’s rose season.
At least it’s rose season officially as of Sunday afternoon, when Mayor Barbara Bass, representatives from the American Rose Society and more than 50 Tyler residents gathered at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden Center to kick of the season officially.
Tim Alexander, who served as Master of Ceremonies at Sunday’s event, said the event commemorates more than just the flowers growth.
Alexander, the current president of the Texas Rose Festival, said applauded the efforts of all those who help keep Tyler’s garden the largest in the southwest United States.
Mayor Bass, who officially declared Rose Sunday and the rose season during the afternoon’s event via a proclamation, said Tyler residents should take pride in the garden and what it means for the city.
“It is the crown jewel of Tyler, Texas,” she said. “Let’s showcase Tyler in a way it’s never been showcased before.”
Attendees to the ceremony were treated to snacks and the voices of the Grace choir.
The choir rang out the Broadway musical number “Everything’s Coming up Roses” to a captivated audience.
Dr. Allison Thompson delivered a invocation to start Sunday’s event after a short speech.
She said Tyler residents should take time to appreciate the garden, not only for its beauty as the plants flower and bloom from now until the year’s first frost in the fall, but for what it represents of the city’s heritage.
There are roses in the garden more than 100 years old, she said. Its important people realize that past, she said.
“You are part of a long and wonderful history,” she said to the audience.