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Tyler, TX

Population: 100,806
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A single red rose has served as inspiration to hundreds of romantics. Just imagine what an entire garden can too. The 14-acre Tyler Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler, TX, is the largest rose garden in the United States. Obviously known for its beauty, the garden becomes an especially popular tourist attraction in both the spring and mid-October when the garden is in full bloom. More than 38,000 rose bushes exist representing 500 different varieties, ranging from tall grafted rose trees to miniature roses that are no larger than a dime.

The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark, seven days a week, and admission is free. It can also be rented for special events such as weddings, parties, corporate functions and reunions.

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is also one of 24 All American Rose Selections test gardens in the nation where the newest varieties are evaluated over a two-year period. Ones that pass the test for vigor, flowering and disease resistance are then nationally introduced to the gardening public.

Specific sections within Tyler Municipal Rose Garden include the David Austin roses that are reminiscent of traditional English garden roses, and the Heritage Rose and Sensory Garden that features 50 varieties of roses and perennials that bloom all summer long. There is also a Vance Burks Memorial Camellia Garden, daylilly beds maintained by the East Texas Daylily Society, and the Hosta Variety Trail that showcases perennials adorned with large, attractive leaves.

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