WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN ROSE CENTER:
America’s Rose Garden
The spectacular Gardens of the American Rose Center are located on a 118-acre wooded tract near Shreveport, Louisiana. The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. We are the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. The gardens were dedicated in 1974, when the American Rose Society headquarters moved to Shreveport, Louisiana from Columbus, Ohio. Today, the American Rose Center features a vast variety of roses across numerous gardens, with a multitude of companion plants, sculptures and fountains, including the beautiful Dudley Watkins Reflection Pool. To see articles featuring the American Rose Garden, CLICK HERE.
WELCOME TO AMERICA'S ROSE GARDEN
Home of the Rose, AMERICA’S NATIONAL FLORAL EMBLEM, as decreed by President Ronald Reagan on November 20, 1986!
The Gardens are carved out of our 118 acres of magnificent pine forestland which is the American Rose Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. It is easily reached at Exit 5 on Interstate 20 between the city of Shreveport and the Texas border.
The national headquarters of the American Rose Society, a 125-year old organization with members around the world, and local societies in every state of the Union, is located at the American Rose Center. ARS is the largest single plant society in America. All functions of the society, including publishing and maintaining the gardens, are managed from the historic headquarters at Shreveport, soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary on the site.
GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION PROJECT ( 2017-2022)
NOTE: The gardens are undergoing a total restoration. Please visit Great Garden Restoration to see the new garden design and the plans we are making for the total restoration of the garden.
We ask you to “pardon our dust” as the restoration is ongoing, even as we open the garden for visitors. There is still much to see and much to learn. The gift shop is open during garden hours. The tranquility of the garden invites you and welcomes you to spend some of your valuable leisure time here.
OFFICIAL ROSE GARDEN SEASON
OPEN: APRIL 1 - CLOSE: OCTOBER 31
You will find a visit to the Gardens to be a peaceful, serene and cathedral-like setting created by the towering pines surrounding the garden areas. There is a lot to see throughout the Garden Season (see dates above). The garden does specialize in roses; the roses and rose gardens are at their best from Mid-April to Late-May and from Mid-September to Late-October — with weather always being a factor.
The American Rose Center and Hering Gift Shop are open during the following hours:
Garden Season: 9-5, Monday through Saturday, 1-5 Sunday except for federal holidays.
Off Season: 9-5 Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.
We love that we are able to offer our admission by donation to our gardens. As long as we have generous visitors, we will be able to offer this. Admission is not free, a donation must be made. Please enter though the Hering Gift Shop at the Klima Education & Visitor Center. All children must be supervised by an adult.
The American Rose Society and its headquarters home, the American Rose Center are non-profit educational organizations; our mission is to provide rose horticultural and educational opportunities for our members and for garden visitors.
Your donations will help us continue our work; your generosity will be appreciated.
GARDEN ETIQUETTE & RULES
Please enter the gardens through the Klima Education and Visitor Center.
Gardens are handicap accessible.
Rest rooms are in the Klima Education and Visitor Center.
Leave our beautiful flowers for others to enjoy and do not damage plants (cuttings are not allowed).
Keep our gardens clean and beautiful by placing litter in receptacles.
Our garden is smoke and alcohol free; firearms are not permitted.
Observe posted speed limits and park only in designated areas (vehicles are not allowed in the garden).
Pets must be on leash at all times and must be properly vaccinated. Owners please be responsible with your pet and come prepared to pick up after your pet. Please be reminded that some guests may be frightened of animals so they should be held close.
Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a parent or adult chaperone.
No wading in our pool.
GROUPS & TOURS
All tours must be scheduled one week in advance at 318-938-5402, ext 223 or email.
Tours are not available on weekends or holidays
Experience Tour – “All About the Roses” (1.5 hours)
Learn about the care, cultivation and history of the world’s most popular flowers — Roses, and the rose men and women who created them. Hear stories about Presidents, celebrities and other famous people and their Roses they loved. At the end of the tour, guests will taste roses in tea and jelly.
Groups of 10 required.
$10 per person
Guided Cart Tour (30-45 minutes)
Learn about the care, cultivation and history of the world’s most popular flowers — Roses.
Groups of 7 maximum per cart tour.
$10 per person
$150 For Rose Experience Guided Tour, please contact 318-938-5402, ext. 223 or email.
Call for pricing and opportunities
HERING GIFT SHOP
The Jim and Anne Hering Gift Shop is open and fully stocked with gifts and garden items you will want to take home with you.
The Hering Gift Shop is always open during Garden Hours. Water and light refreshments are available for purchase. There are tables for you to relax at before or after your garden stroll.
CHRISTMAS IN ROSELAND
At the end of the year, the gardens are magically transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights for Christmas in Roseland – our largest fundraiser of the year for the gardens.
2019 will mark our 36th year for Christmas in Roseland! We are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 29 through December 15, 2019, with special Encore Nights continuing every night Dec. 16-22, 2019. To visit Christmas in Roseland click here for more information and hours of operations.
Be sure to visit Christmas in Roseland on Dec. 6 & 7 for our Christmas Market. Vendors of beautiful soaps, linens, wood products and other handmade products and gift items will be present.
One of the most popular displays at Christmas in Roseland is the display of Christmas Cards to the Community made by area schools. It is not unusual to have 30-40 cards, 8’ x 4’, beautifully designed and painted by school children of elementary and middle schools of the Shreveport-Bossier area.
CHRISTMAS IN ROSELAND ADMISSION
$5 per person. $100 Minibus (up to 25 people)
$20 per car $200 Tourbus
*Unlimited time in Christmas in Roseland
We welcome you to take photographs anywhere in the garden except in areas where private or American Rose Center events are taking place.
All professional photography and portraits requiring tripods and photography or camera equipment must be scheduled through the office. These sessions must be scheduled in advance. There is no charge but we do encourage you to make a donation to the gardens. Please come in and sign a release – ensuring you will follow rules (CLICK HERE).
Professional photography will not be scheduled or allowed during special events.
Send your best photos to Google images.
WALKING & JOGGING TRAILS
Our 8’ wide walkways through our gardens are wonderful for walking or jogging for exercise.
Picnic Tables are available for your personal use, except during special events. The tables are located on the drive toward the Administration Building near the Children’s Playground. Guests may drive to the area and park along the side of the road for convenience in unloading their picnic foods and supplies.
Phone: 318-938-5402, ext 223 or email with questions, or to request more than one picnic table for special occasions.
CHILDREN’S GARDEN & PLAYGROUND
The Children’s Playground at the American Rose Center was dedicated in memory of the children who lost their lives in Oklahoma City so many years ago. It is open to garden visitors. It was recently brightened for an Eagle Scout project.
The Children’s Playground is open during garden hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Children’s Garden is under development; we are planning exciting, educational, and fun elements for children of all ages. Watch our progress.
8877 Jefferson Paige Road • Shreveport, LA 71119
REMEMBER: Entry to the Gardens for individuals is by donation only. Recommended donation is $5 per person. Donations are appreciated.
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, LA 71119
Entry is free, Donations are welcome.