The American Rose Society classes as “old” any rose introduced before 1867. But most collectors are more lenient, considering as eligible any rose 75 or more years old, which also exhibits old rose characteristics (fragrance and landscape adaptability) .With this in mind, The Gertrude Windsor Garden Club decided to enhance the existing Lions Club Sensory Garden at the Tyler Rose Garden and created the Heritage Rose and Sensory Garden.
Using the combined interests and help of the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, local landscape architects, Texas Agricultural Extension Service and horticulture specialists, a plan was introduced, rose plants provided, structures erected, walks laid and perennials planted. The garden has a lovely bench placed in memory of Gertrude Ann Richardson. An arbor dedicated to Mrs. Gertrude Windsor shades this bench and supports the climbing roses ‘Vanity’, ‘Sombreuil’, and ‘Cecile Brunner’. Many other old roses and constantly blooming perennials make this garden a delight to visit at any time of the year.
Smith Co. Master Gardeners assist in the upkeep in the garden.
Bitsy Wynne, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service