**In March 2020, the City of Raleigh began stormwater improvements construction in the Rose Garden. During construction, a large section of the Rose Garden will be closed for public use, including the area between the theater building and the Rose Garden, as well as the areas around the fountain and behind the arbor. It is anticipated that other areas of the garden should remain open to the public, including the amphitheater and shelter area. The project began in mid-March and will continue into Summer 2020. Please click here for more information.**
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):
- Raleigh Rose Garden Rose List and Map of Beds (Updated 2018)
- Raleigh Rose Garden Perennials List (2016)
- Raleigh Rose Garden Tree List and Map (Updated Summer 2018)
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.
Due to the City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Improvements Project, Rose Garden rentals are currently unavailable. We will update once reservations become available again. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding as the City works to bring the Rose Garden to its full potential!
For further information, contact the Special Event Coordinator on Monday and Wednesday between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM at Raleigh Little Theatre, 919-821-4579 ext. 320 or email@example.com.
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