Rose season celebration slated today

Published on Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:22 - Written by From Staff Reports

Rose Sunday, an annual event that marks the beginning of the rose blooming season at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, will take place today.

A ceremony open to all is set for 1:30 p.m. in the atrium at the Rose Garden Center. It is a time to recognize the Rose Garden and the Texas Rose Festival for contributions to the city’s culture, economy and tourism.

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, Tyler Rose Museum and Texas Rose Festival Association are the sponsors.

Displaying more than 35,000 rose bushes and 500 varieties of roses, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden annually attracts 100,000 people, according to a news release announcing Rose Sunday.

“The thriving rose industry, which began at the turn of the century, continues today with approximately one-fifth of all commercial rose bushes produced in the United States grown in Smith County, while over one-half of the nation’s rose bushes are packaged and shipped from this area,” the announcement said.

Among those set to participate in Rose Sunday are Texas Rose Festival President Preston Smith; Rose Queen Kathryn Elizabeth Peltier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Peltier; and Duchess of the Rose Growers Kathleen Sinclair Bertram, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kenneth Bertram.

Previous presidents of the Texas Rose Festival Association will be recognized, the announcement said.