The Rose Garden
Nestled among the trees along the bank of the Arkansas River, the rose garden encompasses approximately 18,000 square feet. But despite its grand scale, the rose garden is comprised of cozy, intimate spaces. Described as "hopelessly old-fashioned," it is accessed via an ornate wrought-iron gate, and surrounded by an oval allée of pleached live oak trees. Gothic garden houses with parapettes grace each end of the garden, with adjacent rectangular pools surrounded by rose-filled parterres and pathways. An octagonal building is located across the central, oval-shaped lawn adjacent to the entrance gate, and includes a spiral staircase leading to the parapette. Stone statuary, urns and other antique garden ornaments decorate the space, while boxwood hedges planted in a herringbone pattern serve as a barrier between the rose garden and nearby river.