Seattle Rose Society Celebration Garden
Under the leadership of Lori White, the third club to join the Club and Society Beds portion of the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden was the Seattle Rose Society. The Celebration Rose Garden is located just east of the Paradise Garden.
The space is a beautiful, fragrant public gathering place suitable for celebrations of every kind — as well as a teaching and working border where local rosarians give demonstrations on selection, cultivation, and care.
The Seattle Rose Society’s garden is maintained by a team led by Lonnie Garceau of the Valley Rose Society. Members of other local rose societies are encouraged to join us. The roses are maintained organically, and the only products applied to the roses are Messenger, compost, and love.
A central turf area, planted and maintained by the City of SeaTac Parks Department, is surrounded by mixed borders featuring a variety of the best roses for Puget Sound gardens. The roses are already in, and companion plantings will follow as funding permits. A decorative seatwall surrounds the lawn. This multi-purpose gathering space plays host to around a dozen weddings a year.
Directly north of the lawn is a fountain that anchors a smaller “room” of mixed borders, arbors, and arches draped in climbing roses. The arches, modeled after those at the Monet Garden, were designed by Greg Butler and fabricated by Ron Klein of Klein Art/Fab.
At the opposite end of the space is a display of SRS’s Top 20 Hybrid Tea Roses for Puget Sound Gardens. This planting is updated frequently to showcase the most disease resistant, floriferous, and carefree hybrid tea roses for our area.
The design was completed by a team including former SRS President Lori White and local landscape designers Nikki Fields, Debbie Caton, and Greg Butler.