Stop and Smell the Roses (or Azaleas)

Shreveport-Bossier is home to some of the most breathtaking gardens in Louisiana, and the beauty of these gardens will be on full display during the month of April. The American Rose Center’s rose season officially begins on Monday, April 1. America’s largest garden dedicated to roses, this 118-acre park serves as the National Headquarters of the American Rose Society. The American Rose Center will host numerous public events in April, including: the Second Annual Dr. Allen Owings Regional Horticulture Symposium on Saturday, April 6; a public tour on Thursday, April 11; and the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Ladybug Release on Saturday, April 13.

Other opportunities to view colorful gardens in bloom include the azalea gardens at R.W. Norton Art Gallery, which are open to the public daily during daylight hours, as well as the ASEANA Asian Gardens of Shreveport, a colorful public garden located at Milam Street and Common Street in downtown Shreveport.