Friday, June 24, 2016

A Dog-Friendly Visit to the American Rose Center

A lovely walk in the Gardens of the American Rose Center
   On the outskirts of Shreveport, Louisiana you will find the 118-acre Gardens of the American Rose Center. It is the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. June is National Rose month, so I 'picked' this time to share our local attraction with you.
Basset and Westie resting in rose gardens
   You can stroll along with your leashed dogs through the wooded trails and rose gardens. There are a variety of statues and benches for perfect photo ops.
Pink, yellow and peach roses

   The Gardens are home to 65 individual rose gardens and thousands of rosebushes. Spring roses peak near the end of April and the first of May.
M. K. Clinton with Bentley Basset and Pierre Westie among green plants
   The Durham Japanese Teahouse & Garden is one of many peaceful places you can stop for a break on your tour. The greenery was gorgeous surrounding the quaint structure.
Bentley Basset & Pierre Westie at American Rose Center
   On the 2nd Saturday of each month, the American Rose Center presents their Green Thumb series seminar featuring a host of topics and speakers.
Rose with woman and two dogs blurred in background
   The dogs enjoyed sniffing the flowers and checking out all of the sculptures and fountains. There are awesome smells to be found everywhere in the park for a scent hound!
three pink roses in a collage

   With so many roses, you are bound to find one in your favorite color. You can look but you are not allowed to cut any of the flowers. Their beauty is for everyone to enjoy.
M. K. Clinton with Pierre Westie and Bentley Basset Hound posing in front of cottage
   In addition to the year-round beauty of the flowers, The Gardens of the American Rose Center is a destination for weddings, an annual Easter egg hunt, and Christmas at Roseland.
Southern magnolia flower
   Your visit to Shreveport, Louisiana wouldn’t be complete without our state flower, the southern magnolia.
Red roses with blurry vision of woman and two dogs.
   After a stop at the picnic area and playground, we are saying good-bye for now. We will return when the fall roses are at their peak. 
Stop sign with "smell the roses" message
   If you decide to stop and smell the roses at our American Rose Center, the entry fee is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Call toll-free (800) 938-5402 for the most up-to-date information about fees and upcoming events. Visit online at
*If you are traveling and in need of a pet sitter, check out Rover for a qualified sitter in your area. They also have local dog walkers to make sure your dog is getting their exercise when you aren’t available. 


  1. now I know why they say you should always take the time to smell the roses... yes, they are beautiful!!!

  2. What gorgeous roses! And the magnolia blossom is just exquisite!

  3. LOL! Love that stop sign! We've never heard of this place. Just be careful when smelling roses that your long floppy ears don't get hooked in the thorny stems! I howl from experience!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of this remarkable place. I can almost smell their sweetness. ღ

  5. I can almost smell the roses on my monitor. Thanks for a lovely tour

  6. We had absolutely no idea that was there! This place is definitely going on our list of Louisiana places to see . . . and it will be nice and cool in fall . . . hopefully. ;-)

  7. Gosh, such beautiful nature!! That 'STOP, smell the roses'-sign is really adorable!!

  8. What a beautiful place, thanks for sharing. I love roses!

  9. What a beautiful place, and it looks so peaceful!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  10. wow a lovely place
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. It's so nice when there are big paths and walkways
    Lily & Edward


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