Located in the municipal park at 120 South Estes
Drive, Chapel Hill - contains over 350 rose bushes of 130
different varieties. The many roses in this garden represent
several specific types of the flower.
The rose was first cultivated domestically
several hundred years ago, but roses have grown wild for over 35
million years. The first settlers found wild roses in North
Carolina when they arrived. In 1987 the rose became the
country's national flower.
It was also in 1987 that Gene Strowd proposed
his idea for the Community Rose Garden. Construction began the
following year. Along with the Chapel Hill Rose Society and the
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. Mr. Strowd designed
the layout of the garden. The community garden was dedicated and
named in honor of Mr. Strowd in September of 1990.
With the support of the Chapel Hill Rose Society
and the Strowd family, the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden was
renovated in 2000.
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The garden is a public park, open to
serve the public at all times. The garden can be
reserved up to 8 hours for private functions, such as
small weddings or club meetings.
should be submitted to the:
Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
200 Plant Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Department business hours are:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Requests to reserve the garden are honored in a first-come,
first-served basis. Applicants should be 21 or older.
(If the reservation is for an activity primarily involving persons
under 18, the sponsor signing the reservation agreement will be
responsible for providing one adult chaperon for every 10
participants under the age of 18.) Applicants should be
prepared to state the intended date and time of rental, including
any set-up and clean-up time required.
No fees are charged for use of the Garden, but a $100 damage deposit
(cash or check only) is required. The deposit will be refunded
within 2-3 weeks if no damage has occurred and the area is left in a
clean and orderly condition. Reservations will not be
confirmed until the damage deposit has been received. No signs
may be placed in the Garden area.
amplified music, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products
and fireworks are prohibited. Neither the town of
Chapel Hill nor Strowd Roses, Inc. assumes any liability
for renters' use of the facility.
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The Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden is maintained by the Chapel
Hill Parks and Recreation Department with the help of Witherspoon
Rose Culture. Funding for the Garden is provided solely by
Strowd Roses, Inc.