For the entire month of October, Tyler celebrates its famous roses and their history while the spectacular blooms are at their peak. Rose Season is bursting with activities ranging from family events to educational and cultural happenings. Throughout the month, visitors are treated to lovely weather and a spectacular display of this most elegant and esteemed flower for which Tyler is famous.
Visit the Tyler Rose Garden, which is the largest municipal rose garden in the United States, where more than 32,000 bushes and 600 cultivars create an unforgettable parade of color. Here you can also view courtly costumes that have been worn at the Rose Festival’s Rose Queen’s Coronation.
During Tyler’s 80th Texas Rose Festival October 17 – 19, you can also enjoy horticulture workshops; tours of the Chamblee Rose Center, which specializes in Earthkind® roses; a Texas Music Festival; garden tours; and the Arts, Crafts and Plant Sale at the Rose Garden, where you can browse booths from more 70 artists and craftsmen and buy rose bushes.
Rose Festival offers “tea with the Queen” on October 19, when everyone is invited to meet the Rose Queen and her attendants, all dressed in royal finery at the Tyler Rose Garden, 1900 W. Front Street. Another highlight is the Queen’s Coronation, an annual pageant that presents the queen and her court at the Cowan Center at UTTyler. The Rose Festival Parade, at 9 a.m. on October 19, features marching bands, drill teams, and elaborate floats.
Tyler’s first Rose Festival was organized by Tyler Garden Club members, local rose growers and the chamber of Commerce in 1933 to highlight the importance of the rose industry to Tyler, a gracious East Texas city located 90 miles east of Dallas.