The American Rose Center, a 118-acre rose garden that serves as national headquarters for the American Rose Society, has been located at 8877 Jefferson Paige Road in Shreveport since opening in 1974. A huge, beautifully maintained garden with paved paths that wind through a variety of themed gardens, the American Rose Center always makes for a pleasant, relaxing visit.

However, once a year—for a few weeks to a month—thousands of blossoming rose bushes transform the grounds of the park into an unbelievably colorful, fragrant spectacle. Rosarians (that’s the term for folks who cultivate and appreciate roses) call it “peak bloom” and, as luck would have it, the Spring 2020 bloom is taking Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’s mandated closure of non-essential businesses.

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The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau (publisher of this blog) worked with the staff of the American Rose Center to access the gardens in order to create a brief video postcard from the gardens, so that fans—and anyone who could use a few minutes of peace, tranquility and beauty—could experience this year’s bloom from home.

Check out the video below and, if you enjoy it, please consider sharing it on social media.

If gardens are your thing, you should make plans to visit the American Rose Center in-person when possible. You’ll also want to check out the incredible botanical gardens at R.W. Norton Art Gallery. Other scenic spots around town include the Asian Gardens of Shreveport in downtown Shreveport, as well as popular outdoor destinations like Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park and the Red River National Wildlife Refuge.

Walking trails are a main attraction at Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Shreveport.