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SIOUX CITY | During the Great Depression, a group of garden enthusiasts organized the Municipal Rose Garden Association, and established a colorful display in Grandview Park in 1937.
The association worked with the city's commissioner of parks to form a backdrop for the Grandview Park Band Shell, at 24th Street and Grandview Boulevard.
The city's only official garden was designed by landscape architect Newell F. Guernsey, and at one time the garden had 1,500 rose bushes.
Jackson and Perkins, the nationally known rose-growing company, began using the garden to test varieties of rose bushes. Eventually, the city took over maintenance of the garden.
A local favorite for weddings and outdoor celebrations, the garden is home to more than 900 rose bushes and flaunts over 100 different species of roses, showcased with arching trellises.
In 2002, the garden was renovated and brought back to its former glory. The end result of the $300,000 project was a two-terraced garden, relaxing fountains and a musical theme on the garden’s east end.
The original renovation plans included a second water attraction for the garden, but it was decided that a stage within the garden would allow the area to host more events, opening the park up to a larger audience.
Now, the garden can accommodate between 60 to 100 people for any type of event, be it a concert, fundraiser, wedding, birthday or anything in between.
Though winter isn’t the season for rose bushes, the garden doesn’t take a break. City employees decorate the area throughout the seasons and have been awarded the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s Star of Siouxland Award in January for decorating the garden through the holidays.