Serving as an instructional site for students, the original Rose
Garden was planted by the Ornamental Horticulture department in
1964. In the 1980s, this garden was cleared out and redesigned
with drainage, sidewalks, electricity, and new soil. The water
feature that lies at the center of the Rose Garden was a Construction
Management student project. Although new rose bushes are added
every year, some of the roses that are present today are the original
ones that were planted 25 years ago. The Ornamental Horiculture
department still uses the garden as an instructional site for
students to learn how to prune roses.
Plant Spotlight: Altissimo Rose
Spanish for “the highest,” the Altissimo Rose is characterized
by its bright blood-red flower and yellow stamen. Able to survive
in less nutrient soils and resist disease, the Altissimo Rose
is known for its hardiness.
Plant Spotlight: Joseph’s Coat Rose
Joseph’s Coat Rose, a fiberoptic wonder, produces flowers
that bud yellow, change to orange, then to pink and red due to
fluctuations in sunlight and temperature.
Plant Spotlight: Secret Rose
Easily identified by its sweet fragrance, the Secret rose is soft
cream highlighted by bright pink edges. New foliage of this rose
is a dark red color.