Mentor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rose Capital of the Nation
From the 1920s through the 1970s, Mentor was recognized as the Rose Capital of the Nation. Lake effect climate, a variety of soils, and abundant water made Mentor ideal for growing roses. Over a dozen growers produced about five million plants a year from their fields in Mentor. The Civic Center Complex was once a massive field of roses, and streets such as Tea Rose, Wyant, and Rosebud were named in honor of the blossoms that grew so abundantly here. Notable growers include Gerard K. Klyn, the largest rose grower in the Midwest; Joseph Kallay, who in 1932 received U.S. patent No. 10 for "Blaze;" Melvin E. Wyant, accredited rose grower, judge, and lecturer; Joseph J. Kern, nationally recognized expert on old fashioned roses; and Paul R. Bosley, who specialized in hybrid tea roses. By the 1970s, increased land values and development led to depletion of much of Mentor's nursery lands.
Commemorative Rose Garden
In recognition of National City Bank's
generous donation of this property
to the City of Mentor on May 18, 2001.
The Commemorative Rose Garden
was established on this site in 1988
to mark the 25th anniversary of
In appreciation of your many years
of service, leadership and dedication
to the Rose Garden and beautification
of the City of Mentor, we thank you.
Mentor Beautification Commission
June 27, 2002
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Mentor, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-43.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 40.118′ N, 81° 20.076′ W. Marker is in Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Mentor Avenue (U.S. 20) and Hart Street, on the left when traveling east on Mentor Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the Commemorative Rose Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8537 Mentor Avenue, Mentor OH 44060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Windmill (approx. 0.9 miles away); James A. Garfield and the Civil War (approx. 0.9 miles away); Railroad Connection (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gasholder Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Garfield's Farm Lawnfield (approx. 0.9 miles away); James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Expanding the House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mentor.
Also see . . .
1. History of Mentor, Ohio. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mentor, Ohio. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Commemorative Rose Garden. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. American Rose Society. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.