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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

Reference documents (PDF format):

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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.

Regarding photography: Professional photographers are welcome to have sessions at the park, however, all commercial film or photography taking place in a City of Raleigh Park requires a permit. You can apply for an annual film permit directly through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. This is a one year permit and covers all City of Raleigh Parks.

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As of October 2020, Rose Garden rentals are once again available! Rentals MUST adhere to outdoor gathering restrictions, which are currently limited to groups of up to 50 people. 

For further information, contact the Special Event Coordinator by emailing weddings@nullraleighlittletheatre.org or calling 919-821-4579 x 320. Due to limited staff and rental availability, hours for event rentals are currently floating. You can expect a call or email back within a few days of reaching out. Thanks!

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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:

Mary Owens, CAVNC, CPRP
Resource Development Manager
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
PO Box 590, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-996-3292
Mary.Owens@nullraleighnc.gov