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Centennial Rose Garden, early 2000s
Rose Garden Construction – 1965
Canadian Shield Rose

Where are the roses?

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden


Leadership in Sustainable Gardening

When Centennial Rose Garden was planted in 1967, none of us could have predicted the effects of pesticide laws, changing climates, and disease-prone roses. Despite our best efforts, in recent years our rose collection has languished.

Balancing these environmental considerations and your love of roses are at the core of our new Rose Garden project.

The Rejuvenated Rose Garden

Opening 2018 — Construction is underway!

The new Rose Garden plan features a spectacular display of roses and companion plants intended to extend seasonal interest and keep diseases at bay. Our focus is on disease resistant, disease-tolerant and cold-hardy roses, including Canadian introductions. We’re excited to present an innovative, sustainable and inspiring experience, the quintessential rose garden for Canada’s largest botanical garden.

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Construction Update

You will notice that our pergolas are being retired and removed from their place in the garden. When Centennial Rose Garden was planted in 1967, these wooden structures were built to hold climbing plants over the garden’s pathways. Fifty years later, the wood has aged and weathered and we find that it is now the plants that are securing the pergolas. While it is sad for us to see them go, the safety of our guests must take priority. The removal of the pergolas allows for the opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate the overall design of our Rose Garden.

Planning for the removal of the pergolas was a detailed process. Our horticulture team diligently inspected every plant on these wooden structures. The only plants that remained on the pergolas at the time of the removal were plants that were not rare and could easily be purchased through local plant nurseries. One plant in particular Actinidia arguta (hardy kiwi) has been propagated for conservation purposes and will be shared with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts from where the plant was first acquired.