In 2014, a hard freeze killed more than 60 percent of the roses in the Tyler Rose Garden. Over the last two years, restoration efforts have been made with half of the rose bushes being replaced. Tyler Parks and Recreation will hire a team to finish the last half of the replanting thanks to some generous donations.
Sam Goldwater with Lone Star Roses, Laurence Valdez with Certified Roses and Helen Caine with David Austin Roses have made donations that will save the city $10,000 in this effort to restore the glory of the Rose Garden.
In addition to restoring the Rose Garden back to its original grandeur, some of the existing infrastructure will receive a facelift. These improvements include painting and improving all light poles by utilizing LED lights, refurbishing the gazebo and bridges in the Meditation Garden, repairing signage throughout the garden and replacing aged site furniture and fixtures.
“Tyler is known for its roses,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Stephanie Rollings. “The Rose Garden needs to reflect our pride and love for our City’s symbol. These updates are overdue and we are excited to bring back more roses and beauty to our community.”
The Tyler Rose Garden Park is free to the public and open daily from sunup to sundown. The Rose Garden Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the Rose Garden, please call 903-531-1212.
- City of Tyler