Wilson Rose Garden
1800 Herring Avenue
Wilson, NC 27893
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Contact: Helen Bass
The Wilson Rose Garden has been established by the Wilson Appearance Commission, with approval of the City Council, on the front lawn of the City Operations Center at 1800 Herring Avenue (NC 42 E., just inside US Hwy 301).
This past year, the garden achieved its initial goal of over 1200 rose bushes, including over 180 varieties of various types from old garden roses of antiquity to the modern English roses recently developed by David Austin. Included also are hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures and climbing roses.
Current features of the garden include a picnic area, an arbor, a pergola, a marble sculpture, a bronze sculpture, a gazebo, and an assembly area for weddings or social events. The garden is being promoted as a public park for the pleasures of the citizens of Wilson and as a significant tourist attraction. The garden's website is sponsored by the Wilson County Tourism Development Authority.
All-American Rose Selection, Inc. (AARS) designated Wilson Rose Garden an AARS Public Garden in 2002. AARS accredits a number of outstanding public rose gardens around the nation as AARS Rose Gardens.
The garden development has been funded by private donations ranging from $25 to $10,000. Gifts may be given in memory of, or in honor of, other individuals or groups. Total gifts of approximately $140,000 have been made. Gifts may be made to the Wilson Appearance Commission, c/o The City of Wilson, PO Box 10, Wilson, NC 27894-0010.
To schedule a wedding in the garden, contact the Parks and Recreation Department, phone 252 399 2261. The rental fee is $150.00 (city resident) or $225.00 (non-resident) for a four hour period, plus $50.00 refundable deposit. Since it is City property, no alcohol is allowed. The garden is in bloom from May through October and restrooms are available.
The garden is open from sunrise to sunset and tour groups are welcome!! To schedule a group guided tour of the garden, contact Sandra Homes, (252) 243-8440, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roses, Over 1200 Rose Bushes, Picnic Area, Arbor, Pergola, Marble Sculpture, Gazebo, Assembly Area for Weddings or Social Events