City Park Rose Garden is one of the main attractions in City Park and has an interesting history.
In 1927, the James W. Berry Rose Garden was put together by the local Kiwanis Club as a beautification project headed by J.W. Berry. In 1936, the garden was named by professor Arthur C. Fay. In 1940, Berry won national recognition for his work with roses and garden planning. In 1940, a hard freeze killed the rose bushes, and in February 1941, the Kiwanis Club and the city split the cost for 1,100 rose bushes purchased from Portland, Ore. In 1942, 325 more bushes were added. Several projects during the ensuing years kept this beautiful garden as one of the gems of City Park.
Weddings are occasionally held in the Rose Garden, and you'll often find people posing for family or senior portraits in this area.
The roses are beautiful to look at but we ask you to please not pick them.