Roses, roses, roses! This calendar features roses grown in Smith County, Texas.
About one-fifth of all commercial rose bushes produced in the United States are grown in Smith County, Texas, with Tyler as its county seat. More than half of the nation’s rose bushes are packaged and shipped from this area, according to the Tyler Rose Museum.
According to the Tyler Rose Museum, Tyler’s All-America Rose Selection (AARS) trial garden is one of only 24 throughout the country. Roses in the AARS trial garden are evaluated over a two-year period and must be varieties not previously introduced in the United States. Roses that pass the test and become patented are planted in the Tyler Rose Garden and designated as AARS award winners.
This rose-growing industry, which began at the turn of the 20th century, has established Tyler as the “Rose Capital of the Nation.” From late April until frost, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden features about 500 varieties of roses blooming on almost 40,000 rose bushes. More than 100,000 people from around the world visit the Rose Garden annually.
Below are the roses featured in the calendar, also available as greeting cards.