Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The History of the Duluth Rose Garden
Rose Tips from the Lake Superior Rose Society
The Duluth Rose Society in Leif Erikson Park initially began as a joint effort between the City and the Duluth Rose Society. First envisioned by Mrs. Ausma Klints, the community garden was created with the help of Mrs. Virginia Sellwood and Mrs. Sigrid Mitchell, whose fundraising efforts provided more than $100,000 used to establish the first rose garden. Out of this partnership the Duluth Rose Society was also established September 6, 1967. City employees dug the garden and installed the fountain, which had previously stood at the corner of Superior Street and London Road for watering thirsty horses. The first roses were planted in the spring of 1968 by the Duluth Rose Society. The garden grew to be a major attraction in Duluth drawing many thousands of visitors each year and was chosen to become a Public Display Garden by All American Rose Selections, Inc., in 1970. The Duluth Rose Society maintained the garden until 1986 when the City took over the management until 1989.
In the Fall of 1989 the roses were removed because of the impending Duluth I-35 Extension project. Many of the roses dug that fall can still be found in family gardens in Duluth. The fountain was stored for a future garden and the new I-35 forged ahead. An agreement between Federal, State and City officials gave Duluth the opportunity to restore
The park was built on a base of sand, fill and top soil 7 to 11 feet deep, over the I-35 tunnel, and is ½ acre larger because of a retaining wall built on the east side of the garden. Soil temperatures can be up to five degrees cooler over the freeway in the spring, slowing rose growth by about a week. The fountain was brought out of storage and reinstalled in the Rose Garden in 1994. Several benches from England were added, along with an Italian style Gazebo and a wrought iron fence. In the spring of 1994, the Rose Garden was planted by gardening crews from the City, with more than 2,000 rose bushes, and has become a thriving venture continually growing and changing. The City celebrated with a dedication ceremony of the Rose Garden at Leif Erikson Park on August 27, 1994.
Leif Erikson Park and gardens are managed by the City of Duluth. The Lake Superior Rose Society was formed following completion of the garden. The society assists the City with major projects in the Rose Garden including winterizing the roses in the fall, raising the roses in the spring, and pruning during the summer when the roses are in bloom.
The Rose Garden was again chosen to become a public display garden for All America Rose Selections, Inc. in 1997, receiving recognition because of the rose quality and the overall standard of excellence
Erected by City of Duluth.
Location. 46° 47.889′ N, 92° 4.818′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Click for map. Marker is in Leif Erikson Park, about 100 feet southeast of the intersection of London Street and 13th Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leif Erikson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jay Cooke (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (approx. one mile away); Minnesota's Oldest Concrete Pavement (approx. 1.2 miles away); Trotman Folding Stock Anchor (approx. 1.3 miles away); Determined Mariner (approx. 1.3 miles away); Modern Ship Anchor (approx. 1.3 miles away); Capstan (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Duluth.
Also see . . .
1. Duluth Lakewalk, Rose Garden & Beyond. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Duluth Rose Garden. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Leif Erikson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Horticulture & Forestry •
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