Tyler Morning Telegraph

TYLER — The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden has been added to the nation’s top historical sites. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places, an announcement from the city said.

More than two years ago, city representatives began the application process that led to the rose garden being added to the registry of buildings and sites worth of preservation. To be listed, a site must be at least 50 years old and have either historical or architectural significance.

A ceremony to celebrate its inclusion on the registry is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at 420 Rose Park Drive.

The city opened the 14-acre garden in 1952. The garden has about 38,000 bushes with 600 varieties of roses displayed among reflecting pools, walkways and fountains. Many of the original bushes were donated by area rose growers and nurseries.

The garden is the site of the annual Texas Rose Festival Queen’s Tea and other community events.

Last year, the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association named the garden as one of the great public spaces in Texas.