The City of Reno has the only rose garden in the state of Nevada certified by the American Rose Society! The one acre Rose Garden, located in Idlewild Park, has 200 varieties of roses and over 1,750 total roses. The rose season begins in early June and lasts until September. The peak seasons, when the entire rose garden is in bloom, are during late June/early July and late August.
The Rose Garden was established in 1958 under the leadership of Fred Gallaway and is now dedicated in his honor. Fred Gallaway was the City of Reno horticulturist for more than 25 years, retiring in 1983.
There are many exciting opportunities to learn more about the Rose Garden and how to properly care and grow your own roses.
Friends of the Rose Garden
This active volunteer group assists our horticulturist with planting, weeding and "dead-heading" rose bushes. Friends are encouraged to give as much or as little time as they wish! It's an informal group that works in the Rose Garden either individually or as a group.
Volunteers do not need experience! The Horticulturist will assist with training and information. For information on the next meeting, please call 775-334-2270.
Public Art in the Rose Garden
This new commissioned public art piece is a 5' x 8' piece containing thousands of tiny pieces of tile to create the "Rose Waterall" mosaic depicting a waterfall with more than a dozen floating pink roses. Designed by local artist Eileen Gay, the piece is located in the southwest corner of the Rose Garden and becomes a gateway for experiencing the natural environment.