Rose garden

Rose Garden

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a visitor favorite at The New York Botanical Garden from May through October, when the roses are in peak bloom. More than 3,000 roses representing more than 700 different species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties are featured in the garden. The roses are selected for their fragrance, resistance to disease and pests, and beauty.

Initially designed by renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) in 1916, this garden was not completed until decades later. Iron shortages during World War I made the completion of the fence and gazebo, central design features of the garden, impossible. In the mid-1980s Garden Board member Beth Strauss saw the original designs and showed them to David Rockefeller, who then generously supported the completion of Farrand’s fully realized designs in 1988. The garden is named after his wife, Peggy, a horticulturist and conservationist who loved roses.