Listed as a Unique Venue with the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the Raleigh Rose Garden is open to the public 7 days a week. The Raleigh Rose Garden was dedicated in 1951, the finishing touch to the WPA landmark Raleigh Little Theatre campus. Since then, the Raleigh Rose Garden has offered a year-round display of roses, trees, and perennials.

One of three accredited rose gardens in North Carolina, the grounds include sixty rose beds with varieties of hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, and antique roses, surrounded by an arboretum of evergreen and deciduous trees.

Take a virtual tour of the Raleigh Rose Garden.

Every year we host Art in the Garden, the annual arts festival benefiting Raleigh Little Theatre, featuring a jury-selected lineup of visual artists, food trucks and live entertainment. This unique outdoor event takes place in the historic Raleigh Rose Garden on the grounds of RLT.

Learn more: A History of The Raleigh Rose Garden

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The Raleigh Rose Garden can be reserved for special occasions and is ideal for small, simple events. Decorations are unnecessary given a parade of roses from May until fall’s first frost in October or November. The fountain, the arbor, and the stone shelter offer lovely settings for wedding ceremonies and other gatherings.

While the Rose Garden can be reserved for weddings and other special occasions, people visit daily to appreciate the roses and spend enjoyable time with family and friends.


We are currently taking reservations for events through to December 31, 2019. Interested in reserving the Rose Garden? Download the Rose Garden Wedding and Special Event Reservation Information document. 

For further information, contact the Special Event Coordinator on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11 am to  noon at Raleigh Little Theatre, 919-821-4579 ext.320 or


The Raleigh Rose Garden enjoys excellent stewardship and care from the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. In addition, a legion of dedicated volunteers known as the Dead-Headers support the upkeep of the beds. Please stop to smell the roses and say a word of thanks when you see these people in the garden.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Ashley Deans, CPRP, CAVNC
Resource Development Manager
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Phone: 919-996-4810