The Rose Garden was originally located at the Horticulture Hill Farm on the LSU campus and was moved to the Botanic Gardens in the early 1980. This garden was a favorite of Steele Burden. He was known to cut roses from the garden and surprise friends and supporters with a bouquet.
The garden was part of the America Rose Society trial program, a nationwide program that trialed and displayed winning hybrid tea roses. This program was replaced by two new research programs; American Garden Rose Selections, a nationwide network of approved public gardens and the American Rose Trails for Sustainability program.
There are more than 1,500 plants representing 150 varieties of roses ranging from hybrid teas, floribundas, shrub roses, trailing roses and ground cover roses. Starting each April, the Rose Garden offers an exclusive preview of the coming year's outstanding new varieties. The best times to visit this garden are April to May and October to November.
The Rose Garden also offers an elegant location for your event. Go to our rentals page for more information.