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The Rose Garden


May is a beautiful time to visit our Rose Garden, which was completely renovated thanks to a generous gift from John D. Canale, III in honor of his father,  John D. Canale, Jr. 

The Rose Garden was renovated in the summer of 2015 with multiple design concepts in mind. First and foremost was to make the garden more botanically educational and inviting for our visitors. We added suitable trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to create a "garden with roses', rather than a "rose garden", which serves to provide structure and interest alongside and in between the peak bloom periods of the roses as well as attracting pollinators and beneficial insects.  To illustrate the great diversity of roses, the garden now features twenty-seven classes, ranging from ancient Damasks to modern Hybrid Teas, simulating a timeline of rose cultivation from its inception to the present.  We also wanted to make the garden more event-friendly. This was accomplished by widening the entry path and removing former rose beds to create what is now informally known as the bridal court, an all-weather space suitable for both large and small gatherings. In addition, we corrected long-standing drainage challenges by incorporating pervious concrete walks and a subsurface drain system to capture excess rainfall and facilitate evaporative cooling, which is beneficial for roses and guests alike. Finally, numerous benches were installed to offer visitors places to pause and enjoy the lavish colors and scents of the roses and their companions.


There will be a special Members-Only Open Garden event, Thursday, May 19, at 5-7 pm, in the Rose Garden.  Chris Cosby, Senior Manager of Gardens, will share the inside scoop on the work we’ve done on the Rose Garden project over the past year, significance behind the hardscape and plantings, and what we can expect as the roses grow into maturity.  Members of the Memphis Rose Society will be on hand to share information and discuss rose cultivation and care.  It will be a nice social time to get to know our staff and other members, grab a glass of wine, and take an evening stroll through the Garden.

 If you are not a member, we encourage you to come out that day and join the Garden to have access to our member only events.

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 5:20 PM


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