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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Smith County Rose Industry and the Tyler Rose Garden

 
 
Smith County Rose Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
1. Smith County Rose Industry Marker
Inscription. A combination of sandy soil, year-round rainfall, and a long growing season make the Tyler area ideal for rose propagation. First known commercial production began here in the 1870s when industry pioneers such as G.A. McKee and Mathew Shamburger (1827-88) sold rose bushes along with other nursery stock.

Business expanded in the 1920s as more nurserymen began growing roses. Production was increased by new growing methods such as irrigation, introduced in 1924 by A.F. Watkins. The Texas Rose Festival was started in Oct. 1933 to publicize the industry. Scientific plant research, begun in the 1930s by J.C. Ratsek, Dr. E.W. Lyle, and others from the Tyler substation of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, was implemented by organization of the Texas Rose Foundation, Inc., in 1945.

The Tyler Rose Garden, a 22-acre municipal park, was created in 1952. Nurseries donate the many varieties of plants, which are cared for by the city.

Today the rose industry is vital to the economy of Smith County. In 1973 the value of bushes and flowers shipped around the world by local nurseries totaled $9,000,000. One-half of the rose bushes produced each year in the United States come from the Tyler area.
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7758.)
The Tyler Rose Garden Center and Rose Museum image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
2. The Tyler Rose Garden Center and Rose Museum

 
Location. 32° 20.7′ N, 95° 19.35′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Rose Park Drive 0.1 miles south of West Front Street (Texas Route 31), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butler College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whitaker-McClendon House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Patterson Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Richard Bennett Hubbard (approx. one mile away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Judge Stockton P. Donley (approx. one mile away); Chilton-Lipstate-Taylor House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Confederate Arms Factory (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
 
Also see . . .  Tyler Rose Garden and Museum. The Tyler Rose Garden can be quite spectacular when the roses are in bloom. The Tyler Rose Museum tells the history of the Rose Industry. (Submitted on January 2, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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