Historical Park Rose Garden
Located in the Historical Park, the Ruthan Rogers Rose Garden faces Farmers Branch Lane in front of the Park’s 1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage. Dedicated in 2007, the collection of old garden roses was a gift to the City in honor of Ruthan Rogers, a rose enthusiast and past president and member of the Brookhaven Garden Club and the Dallas Rose Society.
“Roses were an important part of my mother’s life,” says Sandi Holzgraefe, daughter of Mrs. Rogers. “She also loved the idea of roses in a historical setting.” Since the Park’s mission is to preserve and share the heritage of North Texas and Farmers Branch, the rose garden will educate visitors about selection and care of roses, their place in Texas landscapes and their history.
The City’s very own Park Landscape Manager, Pam Smith, designed the antique rose garden. Dr. Steve George, Associate Professor and Extension Landscape Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, assisted Ms. Smith with rose selection. The resulting Earth-Kind™ demonstration garden incorporates, roses, annuals and perennials into a lovely period garden.