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“Largest rose garden in the US”
Review of Tyler Rose Garden

Tyler Rose Garden
Ranked #6 of 38 things to do in Tyler
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The Tyler Rose Garden Center is huge! At 14 acres, it is the largest rose garden in the US. The roses are laid out in a grid pattern, and the varieties are clearly marked so it is easy to get names if you find a favorite. Be warned, there is no shade anywhere near the roses, so if it is a hot sunny day, it will be a hot sunny tour of the roses, but they are certainly worth it. The best time to view them is spring or October, when they are in full bloom, but there were lots of beautiful blooms even in July. There are also several other smaller gardens with different flowers and plants scattered around the grounds, many of them very pleasantly shaded with tall trees and relaxing water features. Well maintained walking paths connect all the gardens, and there are lots of benches if you want to sit and relax. All are worth a visit, especially the Meditation Garden, the Camellia Garden and the Idea Garden. Depending on how much you like roses, and if you want to see absolutely every one, your visit can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours.

The Rose Garden center is located across from the Tyler Convention Center, nice break if you’re there at a conference. There is no fee for admission to the rose gardens, and they have volunteer guides that have a wealth of information about the gardens and the Texas Rose Festival, held in October every year.

The Texas Rose Festival is a very elaborate affair, with a Rose Queen and a parade and lots of functions and parties. The Rose Museum, part of the Rose Garden Center explains the history of the rose industry and the festival – especially the gowns worn by the queens. OK – its mostly about the gowns worn by the queens. There are several gowns on display and lots of pictures. The gowns really are impressive. They are all hand sewn with beads and sequins and really long trains. Each festival has a theme, and the dress is created each year to match that theme. There are other historical displays interspersed among the dresses, but be prepared for a lot of absolutely gorgeous dresses. There is a charge to get into the museum. I was there on a group tour, so the admission was included, but I don’t think it was very much. You can probably get through the museum in about an hour, depending on how much time you spend gawking at the gowns!

There are washrooms available and food for sale (vending machines) and a gift shop - with everything roses! I think it’s kid friendly – there are lots of wide open spaces for kids to play in if they get bored looking at flowers. Don’t know about the museum, though. While there are lots of gowns for little girls, there isn’t much there for little boys.

3  Thank DorisBH
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

If you like roses or flowers this is a must visit. This is the largest (28,000 rose bushes) Rose Garden in the USA. I found several varieties I just had to have for my personal garden. But be carefull when you visit. The Spring peak blooming which I would guess would be late April to early May in Texas would be a good time. Another would be mid October when their Rose festival is held. But one word of caution, don't go there after Labor Day in Sept or you will not find any roses blooming. Them cut off all blooms and buds around Labor Day to force a mass blooming for the Rose Festival in October. Roses re-bloom on average every six weeks after deadheading, so you do the math regarding Sept and October.

3  Thank navybng
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Even in the "fresh-out-of-the-oven" heat, you can see which roses fare the best. Most are okay, a few are bare twigs, and a few are just blooming like they love it. My younger daughters, as usual, were entertained for 5 minutes, and then enjoyed dousing themselves in the water fountains.

Thank lfredregill
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Roses made Tyler famous and this is ground zero for Tyler Roses. Even though we had passed the "peak" season, there were still plenty of beautiful gardens filled with beautiful blooms. This is a MUST SEE when visiting Tyler. Stroll the gardens, relax under the trees or on the lawn, enjoy the company of your significant other in a picture perfect serene enviroment!

Thank Saudiologist
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

With so many roses the senses are filled. In the heat of the summer the roses are in full bloom and beyond. You will learn many things about roses while enjoying the sights of the many different colors. Water features are spread throughout the gardens. Great walking paths with some benches. Thanks to the many people who tend the roses and keep it looking nice. All this and it is free for the garden. The museum has a fee.

Thank Rose C
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