Visit the nation's largest garden dedicated to roses.
Many consider the spectacular Gardens of the American Rose Center to be one of the great treasures of the Ark-La-Tex. On the 118 acre property, observe nearly 100 varieties of roses and over 20,000 rose bushes. In late Spring and in the Fall, roses of many different colors bloom in a tranquil and beautiful setting. Undoubtedly, the gardens are a sight to behold. Find statues of roses surrounded by the real thing. Visit the chapel where weddings take place. Then, stroll the paths to see the impressive displays.
The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. Along with hundreds of local chapters, the American Rose Society created the gardens in 1974 to show off the best in roses and to test new species. Recently, work began on the Great Garden Restoration Project so part of the campus is off limits. The centerpiece will be four interlocking circles focusing on the history of the rose. When finished, the gardens will be bolder and brighter than ever.
Once in a while, the gardens host educational seminars for anyone interested in growing
During the Christmas season, bring the family to enjoy Christmas in Roseland. The gardens transform into a whimsical winter wonderland. See thousands of lights, giant Christmas cards and Santa. To learn more about the holiday fun, click here.
Admission to the Gardens of the American Rose Center is donation based. Everyone is encouraged to leave a donation at the Hering Gift Shop. During the garden season (April-October), the gardens are open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday. The gardens close for federal holidays. Christmas in Roseland hours are different. You can go during the off season from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
To travel to the gardens, drive west of Shreveport to the intersection of Interstate 20 at the US 79/US 80 exit (Exit 5). Head north to Jefferson Paige Road and turn left. And make sure you stop and smell the roses.