In 1958, the Rose Garden from Overton Park was moved to Audubon Park, now the current site of Memphis Botanic Garden. 11 years later, Mrs. Vance Norfleet donated the fountain that is currently the centerpiece for this garden.
The Rose Garden's current renovation in 2015 included a large wedding court that transformed this garden into the perfect place for weddings, meetings, or other private parties. It's also now more horticulturally interesting throughout all seasons, even outside of rose bloom, due to the inclusion of annuals and prennials that are complimentary to roses (companion plants).
The garden, curated and designed by former MBG horticulturist Chris Cosby, is actually a timeline of rose - human interaction and was designed to illustrate the diversity of roses. It includes the earliest cultivated roses, to modern hybrids, and there is at least one rose from the more than 20 classes of roses—such as species roses, noisettes, china roses, hybrid teas, and hybrid musks.
Also, worth noting are the arbors built by the Metal Museum of Memphis that feature climbing roses and native American Wisteria.
The Rose Garden begins blooming in late March or early April, and continues throughout the warm season, with some still blooming as late as Thanksgiving. It is maintained with the support of The Memphis & Dixie Rose Society.
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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)