Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

May through October

About the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

In 1916 eminent landscape architect Beatrix Farrand designed a rose garden for The New York Botanical Garden. Mrs. Farrand's triangular arrangement fit the irregularly shaped site perfectly. She envisioned a center arbor and iron lattice fences for climbing roses with radiating paths and beds showcasing dozens of different roses. Her design was only partially realized, but in 1988 with a generous gift from David Rockefeller the garden was restored and completed. The new garden was named in honor of Mr. Rockefeller's wife, Peggy, an ardent horticulturist and conservationist, who loved roses. In winter 2006–2007, thanks to continuing support from Mr. Rockefeller, the site underwent additional renovations. Today the Rose Garden, with over 670 varieties, is one of the most beautiful and popular sights at the Botanical Garden.

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What’s New This Season

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is being transformed into one of the most disease-resistant gardens of its kind. Roses have a reputation for being disease prone and difficult to grow. Over the past 20 years, rose hybridizers around the world bred and selected roses for disease resistance. Since 2009, high-maintenance roses in the Rose Garden have been replaced with more than 3,500 new, hardy roses, chosen for disease resistance, long flowering time, and easy care. In 2010 the Botanical Garden received the Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award from Great Rosarians of the WorldTM and the Most Outstanding Public Rose Garden Award from All-America Rose Selections. In 2012 the Rose Garden received the World Federation of Rose Societies Award of Excellence, which recognizes it as one of the world’s best rose gardens.


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