About a half-mile south of Independence, Texas, enjoy one of the worldâ€™s
largest antique rose gardens. Antique refers to classes of roses that
flourished before 1867, about the time a Frenchman introduced the first
hybrid tea rose.
Besides roses, there are lots of other charmers in the
Antique Rose Emporium, including lambâ€™s ears, salvia, verbena,
hollyhocks, German irises and Byzantine gladioli. Roses, though, are
emphasized. Even Teddy Rooseveltâ€™s beloved boutonniere rose, the
Duchesse de Brabant, is here â€” as is, of course, the Yellow Rose of
The focal point of the garden is the unusual terra-cotta pot
arch, designed and built by manager Lynn Smith. The eight-acre
â€œflorascapeâ€ is located on Highway 50; for directions and details, call
(800) 441-0002, or visit weareroses.com.