The first thought that goes through your mind when you walk into The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden at Tyler, TX, is "Wow! Look at all the roses!"
And it truly is amazing. The Tyler Rose Garden contains over 600 varieties of roses with over 32,000 rose bushes!
The best way to view this garden is leisurely. You could spend the entire day here. Or several hours. But don't try to rush through the experience, or you will miss something!
The roses are, of course, the main attraction. There are numerous classes of roses grown here, and even an entire section of David Austin roses. However, the majority of roses here are modern Hybrid Teas, growing in row after row after row.
I have always loved this wall of climbers (below). This is actually the back of the wall, which was the old entrance to The Rose Garden.
This view from the other side shows how much you can miss if you don't wander the entire grounds.
Wandering around, you will discover a small Camellia Garden,
many shady areas to rest,
a gazebo surrounded by azaleas,
and a water garden. I am mesmerized by water jets spraying in a sequence of events. Are you?
In case you're wondering, the red tents in the middle of the garden were in anticipation of the Queen's Tea, a part of the Texas Rose Festival held in Tyler every year in October.
If you are interested in growing any of these roses, each bed is labeled with the rose name, class, color, and AARS rating, if applicable. This makes it very nice for identification of the beauties growing there, and extremely valuable for taking notes of roses you may wish to grow in your own garden. I thought these were the biggest, most voluptuous blooms I'd ever seen!
Oh, no wonder! ;)
Don't like roses? Don't worry! There are some plantings with no roses. And the Idea Garden has a wonderful variety of different plants. I saw a rose or two here, but they are almost hidden among the other plants. The Idea Garden, in addition to showcasing other plants, is the area in which talks and demonstrations are held. They are held quite frequently here, on numerous gardening subjects, not just roses. So, see? There's something for everyone!
And don't miss the Heritage Rose Garden (located in the far Southwest corner) which includes older and antique roses. Buff Beauty, Old Blush, Souvenir de la Malmaison, and Jaune Desprez are just a few of the 50 varieties in this area. They are surrounded by perennials, such as one would have in a suburban garden. I suggest visiting this area first. Visited last, if you compare this area to the overwhelming number of blooms in the main area, it might feel a bit anticlimactic. However, this area gives the most realistic portrayal of roses in a non-commercial garden, no matter which class of roses you plant in your own garden.
If you come to Tyler, Texas, I hope you take the time to visit the Tyler Rose Garden. Admission is free. If you love roses, I assure you, you will not be disappointed! Want more information? Click here for a pdf brochure.