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Gazebo before restoration

     The Roger Williams Park Victorian Rose Garden was restored and replanted in Spring of 1999. The original Victorian woodwork of the  gazebo and arches was repaired and repainted. A cobblestone raised bed was designed by noted garden designer, Chuck Carberry.

There is a brief history of the rose gardens of Roger Williams Park from the Park's Museum Archives and a listing of the roses that were growing in the park circa 1936.

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Gazebo Spring 1999


The Rhode Island Rose Society chooses the varieties planted and helps maintain the garden in cooperation with Roger Williams Park. Click here for printable map to bring with you to the park.

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September 2000: Chuck Carberry

Check out our page on HelpMeFind.com
on the Roger Williams Park Victorian Rose Garden  for a full listing of cultivars with database links.



The Rhode Island Rose Society is proud to have been the first Non-Profit Friend of Roger Williams Park.  We provide our labor and expertise to help maintain the Victorian Rose Garden.

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2003 Group Winterizing Photo
photo by Barbara Briggs and Patsy Cunningham

We welcome the public's help in maintaining this garden. Join us for our scheduled maintenance days to help and to learn how to care for roses.

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Mike, Ed and Dorrie in Brownell bed

One special area in the garden is the Brownell bed. Dr and Mrs. Brownell were famous Rhode Island rose hybridizers noted for their work in hybridizing winter-hardy roses. One of our members, the granddaughter of the Brownells, Dorrie Nichols, has access to some of these hard-to-find varieties. Click here for Help-Me-Find's list of  varieties bred by the Brownells, with information on each rose. Mulching: win-bobcarols.jpg (51088 bytes)



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Garden vista with Linda and Marion

More garden photos can be found on the
Victorian Rose Garden photos page and
individual varieties can be seen on the map

Channel 10 Interview with Mike Chute in garden

Channel 10 Interview with Mike Chute in garden pt 2




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Date last edited: 10/22/16
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